UNESCO seeks Education Intern

The Section of Global Citizenship and Peace Education, within the Division for Peace and Sustainable Development, is in charge of the coordination and implementation of activities related to Global Citizenship Education (GCED) and coordinates, among others, inter-sectoral work on the Prevention of Violent Extremism.

GCED is a strategic area of UNESCO’s Education Sector programme and builds on the work of Peace and Human Rights Education. It aims to empower learners to assume active roles to face and resolve global challenges and to become proactive contributors to a more peaceful, tolerant, inclusive and just world. GCED contributes to the achievement of Target 4.7 of the Goal 4 on Education of the Sustainable Development Agenda. Its learning objectives are described in UNESCO’s publication “Global Citizenship Education – Topics and Learning Objectives” (Global Citizenship Education – Topics and Learning Objectives, UNESCO, May 2015 http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0023/002329/232993e.pdf). Under the GCED umbrella, UNESCO has developed several lines of work: Preventing violent extremism through education, Education about the Holocaust and genocide, Interculturality and multilingualism in education, Human Rights Education, Education for the rule of law.

As part of its role as Focal Point for the Prevention of Violent Extremism within UNESCO, the Section is also in charge of coordinating UNESCO-wide efforts in this field, including for the purpose of reporting to UNESCO’s Executive Board and to the United Nations.


Under the supervision of the Chief of Section of Global Citizenship and Peace Education, and in close collaboration with the other team’s members, the incumbent will be in charge of supporting the Section’s team in the design, development, production and delivery of online capacity building workshops organized by the Section for professionals in education from around the world (in various time zones) on topics such as the prevention of violent extremism (including the fight against antisemitism and hate speech), the promotion of the rule of law and democratic participation, cultural diversity. He/she will also participate in the creation and review of online instructional materials.

This internship will more specifically involve helping the Section achieve the following:

  1. Design and deliver online workshops based on content prepared for face-to-face learning and that needs to be adapted to online modes of communication.
  2. Design, develop and deliver online workshops and instructional material.

Long Description

The intern will undertake the following tasks:

  • Determine realistic learning objectives for online learning through workshops;
  • Structure workshop programmes to achieve the learning objectives  via an online tool (define learning blocks, flow of training, balance between plenary sessions, break out groups & independent work, etc);
  • If necessary, configure UNESCO’s IT platform according to the workshop needs and in line with UNESCO’s IT policy (NB-UNESCO uses Microsoft Teams by default, or ZOOM);
  • Design, develop and produce instructional materials that are adapted and relevant for online learning. No substance matter expertise is required. Training content is provided by the Section;
  • Assist with the facilitation of the workshops: i.e. help facilitate the process if needed, provide technical support as needed to run IT platform, support participant’s connectivity if needed, etc.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

  • Accountability (C)
  • Communication (C)
  • Innovation (C)
  • Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
  • Planning and organizing (C)
  • Results focus (C)
  • Teamwork (C)
For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.


Education: Bachelor degree in education, social sciences, humanities or other subjects related to instructional design.

Language skills: Excellent knowledge of English is required. Some knowledge of French or Spanish would be an asset.

Specific skills for the internship:
•      Experience in IT fields and online workshop technologies;
•      Excellent spoken and written communication skills in English;
•      Excellent interpersonal, time management and team work skills;
•      Knowledge of best practices for curriculum development and competency based education and active learning strategies;
•      Knowledge of learning management systems, synchronous teaching and video capture tools;
•      Proficient computer skills (MSWord, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) 

•      Ability to work independently and remotely in a dynamic and fast-pace environment.

Long Description

General competencies and skills:

  • Strong capacity and openness to maintain effective working relations within a multi-cultural and multilingual setting and to work effectively, with initiative and drive, in a team environment;
  • Close attention to details and quality of work, balanced by ability to manage tight deadlines and work under pressure;
  • Ability to keep abreast of new developments and trends in education;
  • Able to be flexible and with strong professional work ethics, tact and discretion.


Methodology of Supervision

A workplan will be developed in consultation with the incumbent to outline specific tasks and deadlines related to the duties and responsiblities. The workplan will be periodically reviewed and updated in consultation with the incumbent.

Outputs prepared by the incumbent will be peer-reviewed by relevant education specialist from the GCP Section with whom he/she will collaborate, in addition to overall quality assurance by the Chief of Section.

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Chief of the GCP Section, the incumbent will have the opportunity to work in a team interacting with other programme specialists in the Division, in the Education Sector and in the UNESCO network as well as with external stakeholders.


37,5 hours per week, 3 months with possible extension to 6 months.
Starting as soon as possible.  A part-time arrangement is also possible.


  • Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. No modifications can be made to the submitted application.
  • You are allowed to submit only one application.
  • Even if you are eligible, there is no guarantee of placement. We receive more applications from qualified candidates than we can place.
  • Your application will stay in our database for a period of six months.
  • We do not respond to each and every candidate. If selected, you will be directly contacted by the manager. If you do not receive any update within six months, it means that your application has not been successful.


UNESCO does not remunerate interns. There is no financial or any kind of compensation for internship assignments.

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