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UNCTAD Internship in the Human Resources Development Section/TRAINFORTRADE, Trade Logistics Branch/DTL [Temporary]


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UNCTAD Internship in the Human Resources Development Section/TRAINFORTRADE, Trade Logistics Branch/DTL [Temporary]

  • Country: Switzerland
  • Organization: UNCTAD
  • Deadline:  2023-11-23
  • No of Vacancies: N/A


In the framework of the TrainForTrade Programme of UNCTAD and under the supervision of the Chief of the Human Resources Development Section/ TrainForTrade of the Trade Logistics Branch of the Division on Trade and logistics, and, the direct supervision of the Programme Management Officer, the incumbent will undertake the following tasks:

Training and mentoring will be provided all along the internship by the supervisor (s) and team of colleagues in the Office. Carrying out his/her tasks under the guidance and supervision of a supervisor, duties include:

• Assist in quantitative and qualitative background research on Trade related issues, Digital Economy, Trade Statistics, Port Management.
• Participation in online meetings and webinars with the supervisor and/or the team.
• Contribute to the management of TrainForTrade online courses, moderation in the forum, exchange of emails with participants, work on the restitution webinars.
• Prepare short drafts on specific issues as indicated by the supervisors, including development of charts, graphs.
• Assist with proof reading and editing publications and course material.
• Contribute to the social media activities of the programme
• Support other activities of the Section as required.

More generally, interns shall:
1. Observe all applicable rules, regulations, instructions, procedures and directives of the Organization notwithstanding their status as described in section 4 of the UN Internship Programme Administrative Instructions ST/AI/2000/9 & ST/AI/2005/11.

2. Provide the receiving departments/offices with a copy of all materials prepared by them during the internship. The UN shall be entitled to all property rights, including but not limited to patents, copyrights and trademarks, with regard to material which bears a direct relation to or is made in consequence of, the services provided under the internship. At the request of the UN, the interns shall assist in securing such property rights and transferring them to the UN in compliance with the requirements of the applicable law.

3. Respect the impartiality and independence required of the UN and of the receiving department/office and shall not seek or accept instructions regarding the services performed under the internship agreement from any Government or from any authority external to the UN;

4. Unless otherwise authorized by the appropriate official in the receiving department/office, they may not communicate at any time to the media or to any institution, person, Government or any other external source any information which has become known to them by reason of their association with the UN or the receiving department/office, that they know or ought to have known has not been made public. They may not use any such information without the written authorization of the appropriate official, and such information may never be used for personal gain. These obligations also apply after the end of the internship with the UN.

5. Refrain from any conduct that would adversely reflect on the UN or on the receiving department/office and will not engage in any activity which is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the UN.


COMMUNICATION:- Speaks and writes clearly and effectively.- Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately.- Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication.- Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience.- Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

TEAMWORK:- Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals.- Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others.- Places team agenda before personal agenda.- Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position.- Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


The United Nations internship programme is intended to expose students or recent graduates to the United Nations in order to enhance their educational experience and to help them to gain experience in the work of the Organization. Therefore, applicants to the programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

(a) Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or,
(b) Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent).


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