UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) Internship Program 2023

UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) Internship Program 2023

Are you interested in supporting UNESCO administrative officer with her wide-ranging tasks at the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning? Apply for the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) Internship Program 2023.

  •  Internship period: 15 January – 15 July 2023
  • Application deadline: 20 December 2022


  • Duty Station: UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), Hamburg
  • Type of contract: Internship
  • Duration of contract: 6 months
  • Recruitment open to: External Candidates
  • Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time): 20 December 2022
  • Internship period: 15 January to 15 July 2023
  • Mode: remote or in-person (TBD)

UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism


The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), located in Hamburg, Germany, is one of UNESCO’s key education-related institutes and is the only organizational unit in the UN family that holds a global mandate for lifelong learning.

UIL strengthens the capacities of Member States to build effective and inclusive lifelong learning policies and systems, in line with Sustainable Development Goal 4. It aims to develop learning ecosystems that work across life, in every setting and benefit everyone through building capacity at local and national levels, strengthening partnerships, and offering data and knowledge. Its activities are closely aligned with UNESCO’s functions (laboratory of ideas, standard setter, clearing house, capacity builder and catalyst for international cooperation) and are essentially focused on supporting Member States in the field of lifelong learning, adult and continuing education, literacy and non-formal basic education.


Under the overall authority of the Director of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), and the guidance and direct supervision of the Administrative Officer, the intern shall support with the following activities:

Support to prepare the Financial statement

  • Prepare the financial statement
  • Prepare notes for the accounts
  • Analysis of the financial statement

Operations Support:

  • Support other financial report preparation in coordination with other staff

Activities will vary depending on the requirements of the assignment. More detailed Terms of Reference and learning objectives will form part of the contract.


  • Understand the approach to preparing the financial statement for the Institute
  • Carry out data analyses as it relates to the Financial Statement.
  • Design of briefs on the report, using a variety of tools such as PPT.
  • Developing domain knowledge in the field of Financial management at UNESCO
  • Acquiring and strengthening skills in research, writing and communication.
  • Developing soft skills such as problem-solving skills, interpersonal skills and work ethic.

The intern will also gain an understanding of the overall work of UNESCO and be given an opportunity to develop soft skills of the UNESCO Competency Framework, in particular teamwork, flexibility, communication and client focus.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)

Communication (C)

Innovation (C)

Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)

Planning and organizing (C)

Results focus (C)

Teamwork (C)

Professionalism (C)

– For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.




You must be at least 20 years old to apply.

Academic qualifications:

At the time of your application to the internship programme:

  • You are currently enrolled in a graduate programme (Master’s degree, PhD, or equivalent, second university degree or higher) in Accounting / Business study.
  • You have recently graduated with a Master’s degree or PhD (or second degree as defined above), 12 months prior to the start of the internship in Accounting6/ Business study.
  • Part qualification in chartered Accountancy will be added advantage.

Please note that candidates who have completed their full-time Bachelor’s degree but are not enrolled in a graduate programme are not eligible to apply.


You should have an excellent command, both written and spoken, of English or French (specify the languages and level)

Other Skills

  • Analytical skill of financial numbers: You must have excellent knowledge to use financial numbers to prepare financial statements under IAS and IPSAS
  • Team player: You should be able to work well in a team and adapt to an international working environment.
  • Communication skills: You should possess strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Computer skills: You must have an excellent knowledge of computer systems and office-related software.


Remote or in-person


Candidates shall apply for the vacancy that matches their personal expertise and domain. Candidates who successfully applied to the vacancy will stay in the intern talent pool and will be further assessed and selected by relevant hiring managers. The candidature will be valid for 6 months. Candidates who have been selected will be contacted directly by the relevant hiring manager. Those who were not selected for an internship in the current cycle will need to reapply to the internship programme when the new internship vacancies are released.


Duration: The minimum duration of an internship is one month, and the maximum duration is six months.

Visa: You should be responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.

Travel: You must arrange and finance your travel to the location where you will undertake your internship.

Medical insurance: You must show proof of comprehensive health insurance valid in the country where you will undertake your internship and for the entire period of the internship.

Medical certificate: Before the beginning of your internship, you must provide a medical certificate indicating you are fit to work. Please note that a Medical Certificate should be issued by a qualified medical practitioner and you should NOT submit detailed medical records such as results of blood tests, X-rays, CT scans, etc.

Supporting Documents: Before the beginning of your internship, you must provide your ID/Certificate of Enrollment/Diploma (if you have just recently graduated).

Leave: Interns are entitled to 2.5 days of leave per month during their internship.

Before applying

  • Have your motivation letter and résumé ready before filling out the application form. You only have one hour to finish the process.
  • Make sure your contact details will be valid for the next 6 months.
  • You can only use either English or French in applying.
  • Please provide an unofficial French or English translation of your documents if they are not in these languages.
  • UNESCO does not remunerate interns. There is no compensation, financial or otherwise for internship assignments.
  • 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 be further accessed by UNESCO managers around the world and will stay in our internship portal 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

How to apply: Please apply here.

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