Funded traineeship for young graduates at the EU Delegation to the United Nations and other international organisations – Humanitarian and Migration section

17.11.2021 Expired

The deadline for submitting applications is 10/12/2021


Are you a young graduate interested in international relations? Are you curious to learn more about work of a diplomatic mission and how the EU Delegation represents EU interests and values in Geneva at the United Nations and other international organisations ?

We offer:

A traineeship of up to 5 months within the humanitarian and migration  Section of the EU Delegation to the UN in Geneva, starting in March  2022, subject to availability of the budget.

The Communication and Policy Coordination section is in charge of horizontal issues at the EU Delegation, mainly all public outreach, press relations and events. The section also handles the coordination of the weekly meetings of the EU Member State Ambassadors, chaired by the Head of the EU Delegation as well as other horizontal policy issues.

Main tasks:

  • Provide an active input to the EU Delegation's tasks of representation and EU coordination in the area of humanitarian affairs, refugees and/or migration.
  • Contribute to the interaction between national diplomatic and administrative system(s) and the EU in the context of EU coordination with EU Member States and in particular close cooperation within EU Team (EU Delegation + EU Council presidency)
  • Take part to meetings and ensure timely and quality reporting. When needed draft notes/briefings on humanitarian affairs, refugees and/or migration or on issues of a more general nature.
  • Contribute to and take part in the organization of meetings and events at the EU Delegation
  • Assist in the organisation of missions from EU Headquarters to Geneva

We look for:

Qualifications or special requirements:

  • Excellent drafting skills in English, knowledge of French would be a strong advantage; knowledge of the workings of the European Union and of the United Nations would also be advantages. 
  • Understand how the UN and other international organizations work; contribute actively to the EU's interaction with them.
  • Understand the specific area of humanitarian affairs, refugees and/or migration as part of international multilateral relations in Geneva

How to apply?

Candidates must apply to the e-mail address  and send the following documents:

  • A detailed standard Europass curriculum vitae (CV) (CVs in other format will not be considered)
  • a cover letter describing why you want to participate in a EU traineeship
  • and an application form

Please mention in the subject of your e-mail: Funded Traineeship - Humanitarian and Migration Section (you may only apply to 1 traineeship per delegation, however based on your profile, the delegation could offer you a traineeship in another section).

Important information to read before applying

Before applying you are requested to examine the dedicated website as well as the general eligibility criteria for a paid traineeship (Article 8 of the Decision ADMIN(2017)28 – Paid traineeship)

Each selected trainee will receive a monthly grant to cover living expenses. All costs related to travel inside the country of residence, visa, insurance, accommodation must be borne by the trainee.

Applications from non-eligible candidates will not be considered. After the evaluation of all applications, shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited for an interview. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified by email. In case the selected candidate is not able to present the required documents, his/her candidacy will be rejected.

Non-resident candidates must provide proof that they will be covered against the risk of a pandemic and the costs of repatriation.

The traineeships can only be offered in compliance with the local legislation as well as the legislation of the country of origin. In assessing the applications received, account will need to be taken of the COVID-19 situation and its possible effects on access possibilities to the country of assignment and thus candidates currently residing in country of assignment might be preferred.

The Delegation informs that even if our Headquarters confirm the eligibility of the selected candidate, traineeships could be postponed, suspended or even cancelled considering the very evolving context of the COVID-19 outbreak in the host country as well as in the country of origin. The same rule apply if a selected candidate is unable to reach the country of assignment.