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Join UN University’s Communications Internship and Administrative Assistant Positions!

Join UN University’s Communications Internship and Administrative Assistant Positions!
  1. Communications Internship
  2. Administrative Assistant (GS-4: Part-time 80%)

1. Vacancy – Communications Internship

About UN University

For over four decades, UNU has been a leading think tank for impartial research on global issues such as human survival, conflict prevention, development, and welfare. With more than 400 researchers in 13 countries, UNU’s work spans the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), generating policy-relevant knowledge to drive positive global change. UNU collaborates with over 200 UN agencies, leading universities, and research institutions worldwide.

United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS)

Established in 2001, UNU-CRIS is one of UNU’s research and training institutes. Its mission is to enhance understanding of regional integration and cooperation processes and their implications in a changing world order. UNU-CRIS specializes in comparative studies of regional integration and the interactions between regional organizations and global institutions. Since October 2016, UNU-CRIS has been collaborating with Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Ghent University.


This internship offers the chance to lend your voice and expertise to an international team working to produce policy-relevant research on pressing global issues.

  • Develop the Institute’s social media presence.
  • Assist in copyediting and disseminating research outputs.
  • Produce content for various social media platforms.
  • Draft publication and event announcements.
  • Manage and produce content for the UNU-CRIS website.
  • Collaborate on UNU-CRIS newsletters.
  • Report on events, both virtually and in-person.

Strengthening the voice of UNU-CRIS’s work and finding the right platforms to share it is your core task during your time with us in Bruges.

Profile, Required Qualifications, and Experience

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have a master’s degree or equivalent in communications or languages, with a focus on international relations.
  • Exhibit excellent written command of English.
  • Efficiently manage a variable workload.
  • Possess excellent computer skills and web literacy.
  • Be a good team player with strong interpersonal skills and sensitivity to diversity.
  • Regularly attend the office in Bruges.


  • Relevant experience in an international setting.
  • Familiarity with Africa, Asia, or Latin America.
  • Familiarity with the UN system.
  • Knowledge of Dutch or other UN working languages.
  • Experience with Adobe products and/or Drupal.

Application Process


  • CV
  • Motivation Letter
  • One letter of recommendation

UNU encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious, and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply.

Remuneration: Internships are remunerated based on the applicant’s country of residence, per the UNDP Stipend Rate.
Duration: Three-month period with potential for extension.
Deadline: Applications accepted until 23:59 on Friday, 12 July 2024.
Start Date: From 22 July.

Apply Here

Questions? Contact Andrew Dunn at

2. Vacancy – Administrative Assistant (GS-4: Part-time 80%)

About UN University (UNU)

UNU is an international community of scholars engaged in policy-oriented research, capacity development, and knowledge dissemination, furthering the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. UNU’s mission is to contribute to efforts to resolve pressing global problems that concern the UN and its Member States.

About UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS)

UNU-CRIS specializes in the comparative study of regional integration, multi-level governance, and cross-border policy issues. Visit UNU-CRIS for more information.


Part-time (80%), reporting to the Financial and Administrative Officer:

Financial and Administrative Support:

  • Assist the Financial and Administrative Officer.
  • Handle procurement.
  • Administer internships/CTCs.
  • Support business travel administration.
  • Liaise with IT subcontractors.
  • Assist with asset management and building maintenance.

General Administrative Support:

  • Assist the Management Assistant.
  • Administer the library.
  • Assist with institutional correspondence.
  • Organize events.
  • Onboard Research Interns and Visiting Research Fellows.
  • Occasionally support the Policy and Communications officer.
  • Provide occasional editing support for publication projects.

Perform other duties as assigned by the Director.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely, accurate delivery of accounting processes and reports.
  • High-quality administrative services.
  • Effective resolution of queries.


Education and Certification:

  • Completion of Secondary Education or Bachelor/Technical Bachelor in management assistant, accounting, business administration, or related field.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum 4 years (Secondary education) or 2 years (Bachelor Degree) of relevant experience.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, especially Excel.
  • Ability to prioritize work and multitask.
  • Strong collaboration and team skills.
  • Passion for the mission of the United Nations and UNU.


  • Knowledge of the Flemish administrative environment.
  • Familiarity with the UN administrative system.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English.
  • Working knowledge of Dutch.
  • Knowledge of another UN official working language is an asset.


UNU offers an attractive, tax-exempt compensation package including an annual net salary, 30 days annual leave, dependency benefits, pension plan, and health insurance scheme.

Duration: Part-time (80%), fixed-term appointment initially for one year, with the possibility of renewal.
Expected Start Date: October 2024 (tentative).

How to Apply:
Apply via the UNU website. Complete the UNU P11 Form, provide a motivation statement, and answer questions tailored to the position.

Application Deadline: 12 August 2024.

Assessment: Evaluation may include an assessment exercise, competency-based interview, background checks, and references.

Special Notice: UNU encourages diversity and inclusion. Applications from developing countries and women are strongly encouraged. UNU has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct incompatible with its aims.

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