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 Security and Technology Programme (SecTec) seeks to build knowledge and awareness on the international security implications and risks of specific technological innovations and convenes stakeholders to explore ideas and develop new thinking on ways to address them.

The Security and Technology Programme is seeking a Graduate Professional to assist with the coordination and implementation of institutional initiatives and programme activities. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation, insurance and living expenses are the responsibility of the Graduate Professional or any relevant sponsoring institutions. A stipend is offered as a contribution to living expenses (Geneva-based, USD 1,210/month; remote, USD 605/month). Successful candidates who already receive a stipend from another source, such as an educational institution, will have their stipend topped up to this amount.


Within UNIDIR’s Security and Technology Programme, the Graduate Professional shall perform the following duties under the supervision of the designated Reporting Officer(s):

  • Assists in the development, delivery, and dissemination of research outputs related to the work of UNIDIR;
  • Assists in organizing meetings, seminars, and workshops;
  • Drafts official documents and other materials related to the work of UNIDIR;
  • Assists in outreach and partnership activities with UNIDIR interlocutors;
  • Attends conferences and meetings, and provides verbal and written briefings to colleagues;
  • Contributes to day-to-day tasks, including administrative, communication, and coordination matters;
  • Performs other duties as requested by the supervisor.

Key Skills and Interests

  • Research and analytical skills;
  • Writing and editing skills;
  • Project management and/or delivery of activities;
  • Ability to synthesize information into concise, high-quality written products;
  • Organization and coordination;
  • Interpersonal, teamwork and communication (written and oral) skills;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office tools (in particular Word, Excel, and PowerPoint);
  • Experience working with digital tools such as Adobe InDesign and Canva is strongly desirable;
  • Should have an interest in international peace and security, disarmament and the work of the United Nations.


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:

  • Communication: Identifies the information needs of target audiences and tailors communication accordingly, drafts clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills, demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals.
  • Planning & Organizing: Uses time efficiently, foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning, monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary to ensure tasks are completed.
  • Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be ‘clients’ and seeks to understand and reflect the clients’ points of view in their work.

Qualifications and Experience


To qualify for the UNIDIR’s Graduate Professional Programme, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • have graduated with a university degree (first or second university degree or equivalent); or
  • preferably have obtained a PhD degree or are currently enrolled in a PhD programme, and, if selected, must commence the Graduate Professional Programme within a one-year period of obtaining either eligible degree.

Work Experience


  • are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme, while demonstrated experience/interest in cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, emerging technologies, international peace and security, disarmament and the work of the United Nations will be considered an asset;
  • shall be computer literate in standard software applications;
  • have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
  • have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.


For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

How to apply

To apply

Please send us a cover letter and your CV in PDF format titled as SURNAME_Name_CV-CL to Ms Jessica Espinosa Azcárraga ( with “UNIDIR SecTec GPP Application” in the subject line. Deadline for application submission is 31 March 2024, 23:59 CET (Geneva time).

Applicants are requested to clearly state their preference for conducting the Graduate and Professional Programme either in-person or remotely within their application.

Subject line UNIDIR SecTec GPP Application

Please note

Incomplete and late applications will not be processed.

*Applicants for the Graduate and Professional Programme 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 Programme.

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