UNIDIR offers a limited number of unpaid positions through its Graduate and Professional Programme. However, eligible candidates will receive a stipend, as a contribution towards living expenses.
The Graduate and Professional Programme is intended to provide successful candidates practical experience in a research institute that serves the global community on questions of international security and assists with disarmament efforts. Selected candidates will be given an opportunity to become part of our team, working directly with outstanding and inspiring career professionals and senior management. Individuals will be exposed to high-profile conferences, participate in meetings, and contribute to analytical work as well as organizational policy of the United Nations. Initial workload will depend on individual capacity; UNIDIR is invested in the growth of its personnel.
Applicants may be undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate students, or they may have completed their studies. Selected candidates will be based in Geneva.
Specific responsibilities vary based on the needs of particular programmes, but ideal candidates would be self-motivated, client- and solution- oriented. Typical Graduate and Professional backgrounds include but are not limited to: disarmament, international relations, peace and security, communications, law, business/public administration. English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat and are used in day-to-day professional exchanges. Knowledge of an additional official language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish) is an advantage.
Successful candidates should be able to provide proof of enrolment in a Medical Insurance valid in Switzerland, as well as a Medical Certificate of good health. The acquisition of the necessary visas, travel costs and arrangements and living accommodation are the responsibility of the applicant.
Starting date: 1 November 2021 (Negotiable)
Duration: 6 months, with the possibility of extension
Location: Geneva, Switzerland (or remote)
Remuneration: Unpaid (eligible candidates will receive a modest stipend, as a contribution towards living expenses)
The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research – UNIDIR is an autonomous institution within the United Nations that conducts independent research on disarmament and related problems, particularly international security issues. The vision of UNIDIR is a stable and more secure world in which States and people are protected from threats of arms-related violence. The role of UNIDIR is to support Member States, the United Nations and policy and research communities in advancing ideas and actions that contribute to a more sustainable and peaceful world. UNIDIR is based in the Palais des Nations, Geneva.
UNIDIR’s Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone (ME WMDFZ) Project is looking for a Graduate Professional to assist with research and to support the implementation of project activities. The ME WMDFZ Project has four objectives:
More information on the project can be found at: https://unidir.org/programmes/middle-east-weapons-mass-destruction-free-zone. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of the Graduate Professional or their sponsoring institutions.
Within UNIDIR’s ME WMDFZ project, the Graduate Professional shall perform the following duties under the supervision of the Programme Lead:
III. Key Skills/ Interests
The Graduate Professional is to demonstrate the core values of the United Nations: Professionalism, Integrity, and Respect for Diversity.
In addition, in this role, the Graduate Professional will demonstrate the following competences:
Qualifications and Experience
To qualify for a GPP with the United Nations Graduate and Professional Program, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
At UNIDIR, preference will be given to applicants with post-graduate degree qualifications relevant to the ME WMDFZ project's specific needs, for instance in the fields of international affairs (especially related to the Middle East), strategic or security studies, or international law.
Please send us a cover letter and your CV in PDF format titled as SURNAME_Name_CV-CL to Ms. Anne-Laure Souissi-Sans, Project Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) with “UNIDIR ME WMDFZ project GPP Application" in the subject line. Deadline for submission of applications is 17 October 2021. Closing date is midnight Geneva time.
Please note that incomplete applications will not be processed.
Please note that due to the high volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
*Applicants for the Graduate and Professional Program must show proof of valid medical insurance coverage to cover the full period of the GPP and provide a medical certificate of good health prior to the Graduate Professional’s commencement. The United Nations accepts no responsibility for the medical insurance of the Graduate Professional or costs arising from injury, illness or death that may occur during the Graduate and Professional Program.
UNIDIR promotes the core values of the United Nations: Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity. Women are encouraged to apply.