The United Nations in Ukraine is organizing “United Nations approach to local and global development” special course for 30 students of 4-6 years of studies from variety of disciplines selected on a competitive basis. The course will run over the period of 1-25 July, so that there will be two course meetings every week from 3pm or 4pm to 6pm.

The deadline for applying to the course is on 20 May 2013.

Course Description

The students enrolled into the course will have a unique opportunity to obtain knowledge about the UN System in Ukraine activities from within, as well as enhance their understanding on the UN work in a global setting. They will also have an access to the recent and the most immediate UN publications and reports, and will be able to start building their professional network with their peers and UN professionals.

Additionally, the students will receive basic training in presentation and public speaking.

Course Outline

During the course students will be introduced to the following thematic areas* by UN experts:

  • Introduction to the mandate and work of the United Nations
  • Millennium Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda
  • Cross-cutting themes: Human rights, gender and countering discrimination
  • UN work in the area of health
  • Democratic governance, local development, human security
  • Sustainable development
  • Population dynamics and migration flows
  • UN peacekeeping and humanitarian action
  • UN works for you! – UN outreach and advocacy activities

*The final course programme will be confirmed closer to the course dates

Place and time

The course meetings will be held by UN experts during July 2013 at the UN House in Kyiv (1 Klovsky uzviz).* Students will continue the course work in small-groups over the period of August–September.

 *The exact course dates and times will be communicated to course participants closer to July


The participation in the course is free of charge.

Eligibility criteria

The course is mainly designed for students of 4-6 years of studies from variety of disciplines. However, individuals who have recently graduated are also encouraged to apply. It is expected, that candidates should have good communication skills and be able to communicate with big audiences. As the main language of instructions during the course will be English, it is advisable that students have a very good command of spoken and written language in that.

United Nations is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.


In order to apply for the course, the candidates are required to prepare and send the following documents:

- CV in English language;

- Motivation letter in English language concretely answering to the following questions: 1) Why candidate is interested in participating in the course; 2) What are the candidate’s main expectations on the course; 3) Why candidate believes s/he is suitable for the course, and 4) How the candidate believes to benefit from the course, max 800 words in total.

The documents are required to be sent in doc or pdf format to the following e-mail address: by the deadline 20 May 2013.

All candidates will receive notification of selection results by 15 of June via contact e-mail.


For additional information, please, visit, or contact Victoria Andrievska, UN Communications Officer, via phone 044 2540035 or email, or Johanna Puhakka, UN Communications Assistant, via email