UNIDIR has a core staff responsible for project and programme management, publications, administration and technical support. Research projects are undertaken either at the Institute or by outside experts or research organizations commissioned to undertake the work. The staff is complemented by visiting fellows, supported either by their national government or sponsored through our fellowship programme, and interns.


Please note, fictitious vacancy announcements for posts at the nonexistent 'United Nations Institute for Development and Research (UNIDR)' are circulating on the web.

All positions within UNIDIR are posted here. For other UN recruitment announcements visit the UN’s website:

Graduate and Professional Programme

UNIDIR offers a limited number of unpaid positions through its Graduate and Professional Programme. Applicants may be undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate students, or they may have completed their studies.

The specific requirements for a given position will depend on the needs of the programme or project seeking a candidate. Such vacancies will be found under "Current announcement". Only applications for active announcements will be considered.

Current announcement

UNIDIR is seeking a qualified candidate for the following position:

Intern in the Conventional Arms Programme

The internship is unpaid, full time and based in Geneva, Switzerland. Interns work five days per week (40 hours) under the supervision of the staff member to whom they are assigned. The internship is for a duration of six months. The deadline for application is 22 June 2018. To apply please send a CV and Cover Letter to

UNIDIR promotes the core values of the United Nations: Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity. Women are encouraged to apply for the position.