Geneva UN Ofice Internship 1200 USD per month (UNIDIR)

Geneva-based, USD 1210/month Internship At The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)

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.

Duties and Responsibilities

Within UNIDIR’s Space Security Programme, the Graduate Professional shall perform the following duties under the supervision of the Head of Programme:

  • Background research, including research national policies related to space security in support of the development of the Space Security Portal;
  • Assisting in the further development and digitization of the Lexicon for Space Security;
  • Assisting in the planning and implementation of programme activities (e.g. meetings, workshops, conferences, field missions), in particular UNIDIR’s flagship Outer Space Security Conference;
  • Contributing to day-to-day tasks, including communication, coordination and administrative matters;
  • Performing other tasks, as required by programme staff.

Required Skills and Experience


To qualify for a GPP with the United Nations Graduate and Professional Program, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
  • Have graduated with a university degree (second university degree, as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the graduate professional programme within a one-year period of graduation.

At UNIDIR, preference will be given to applicants with post-graduate degree qualifications relevant to space security-related issues, for instance in the fields of international relations, political science, international law, and or international security.

Work Experience

Applicants:Are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme, while demonstrated experience/interest in space issues, disarmament or international security will be considered an asset;

  • Shall be computer literate in standard software applications, including Microsoft Office and graphic design tools (e.g. InDesign);
  • 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 at least one other official UN language is an asset.

Closing Date: 15 February 2024


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