Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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Job Category

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)

Job Subcategory

UKMIS (UK Mission to the United Nations)

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

The United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations in Geneva represents the interests and policies of the UK at the UN and is recruiting a highly motivated and skilled person to do an internship with the Mission’s small and dynamic Press and Public Affairs (PPA) team.

The internship offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the PPA team’s cross-mission work, with a focus on social media management, communications campaign management and events.

The internship will offer insight into the public diplomacy  [JB emphasis] work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the opportunity to learn about the UK’s work on a range of issues that include human rights, humanitarian assistance, trade and health issues. The work is both challenging and rewarding. We often work under time pressure in a fast-paced environment.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience
  • Fluency in English (both oral and written); 
  • Strong interest in working in public diplomacy and communications in a multilateral environment
  • University degree in the field of media, communications, journalism, public relations or information management, or have practical experience in any of these fields; 
  • Prior experience of managing, social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook is essential; 
  • The successful candidate needs to be highly motivated, flexible, and have excellent skills in communication and organisation; 
  • Willingness to undergo a mandatory security check.
Desirable qualifications, skills and experience
  • Education: a background interest in human rights, international relations, political science, or other relevant disciplines could be useful; 
  • Work experience: prior internship or work experience in the context of the international organisations would be an advantage and also experience in working across with other digital platforms and experience in producing digital content for social media; 
  • Language skills: knowledge of French.
Required competencies

Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace

Application deadline

22 May 2018



Type of Position

Full-time, Temporary, Intern

Working hours per week



Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia



Location (City)

UK Mission to the Office of the United Nations, Geneva

Type of Post

International Organisation Delegation

Number of vacancies


Starting monthly salary (CHF)


Start Date

2 July 2018

Other benefits and conditions of employment

All applicants should have permission to live and work in Switzerland. Applicants must hold a full passport valid for at least 12 months for any EU / Schengen country.

The UK Mission will be holding an information Q&A session via Skype to answer any questions on the internship. Please email: by 11 May if you would like to participate.

The UK Mission will offer the intern a monthly training allowance of 1,250 CHF. Please note that the intern will need to arrange and pay for his or her own travel, accommodation, mandatory health insurance, as well as any other costs. This internship will be for a period of 6 months, with a possibility to extend to 11 months, subject to mutual agreement.

The final appointment will be dependent upon successful security clearance. Please note that selected candidates will have to visit the Mission (around 4-6 weeks before starting)for a security interview, which is also at their own cost.

Additional information

Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

We advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application, since only applications completed and submitted before the deadline will be considered.

Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen.

Please be advised that the UK Mission will not be able to meet the travel costs incurred when travelling to the interview, security check nor the costs connected with relocation if offered a position.


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