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Paris, September2018
Agreement on thé establishment of thé
Sponsored Traineeship Programme

thé United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization


Misk Initiatives Center at MiSK Foundation

Considering thé mutual désire of Misk Initiatives Center at MiSK Foundation (hereinafter "Partner
Institution") and thé United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (hereinafter
"UNESCO"), to establish a général framework of collaboration between them and to provide an
opportunityfor théTraineesto acquirea firsthandworkingexpérienceat UNESCO;
ThéPartner Institutionand UNESCO(together referred to as thé"Parties")hâveagreed to establishthé
Sponsored Traineeship Programme as follows:
Pur ose

1. Thé purpose of thé Sponsored Traineeship Programme is threefold:

a) To offerto théselected Traînées specialized in théareas related to théwork of UNESCO,thé

opportunity to enhance their knowledge and consolidate their expérience through practical work
b) To exposeTrainees to théwork of UNESCO,and enable them to gain a better understanding
of its mandate, programmes and processes, and thus promoting and strengthening UNESCO's
work in thé areas of its mandate;
e) To benefit from thé input of professional individuals, who can bring new ideas, knowledge,
expérience and dedication in support of UNESCO's programmes and activities.
Général rinci les

1 UNESCO does not remunerate Trainees. There is no compensation, financial or otherwise, for
traineeship assignments. Trainees will be financially supported by Partner Institutions.
Arrangements and costs for travel to a duty station, visas, primary living expansés and coverage
of health insurance are under thé responsibility of thé Partner Institution or thé Trainee.
2. UNESCO accepts no responsibility for thé médical insurance of thé Traînées or for any cost or
responsibility arising from accidents and illness(es) incurred during thé traineeship with UNESCO.
Traînées are fully responsible for arranging, prior to thé traineeship, a health insurance covering
théperiodoftraineeship.Anysuchexpensesshall not becovered byUNESCO,and must be borne
by thé Partner Institution, théTrainee's insurance or at théTrainee'sown expense.
3. UNESCOaccepts no responsibilityfor loss and damagesto personal effects that may occurduring
thé traineeship.
4. UNESCO is not responsible for any daims by any parties where thé loss of or damage to their
property, death or personal injury was caused by thé actions or omission of action by thé Trainees
during their traineeship.
5. Théfinal décisionregardingthéappointmentand assignmentof a Trainee rests with UNESCO
Status of Traînées

1 Trainees are not UNESCO staff members. No privilèges and immunities are granted to them by
2. Traînées shall not be sought or accepted as substitutes for staff members in thé implementation of
programmes and activities.

3. Traînées work in accordance with thé time schedule agreed with thé superviser and shall notify thé
superviser in case of absence owing to illness or other unavoidable circumstances.
4. Trainees are not authorizedto supervise UNESCOstaffmembers, commit funds, approve budgets
or take part in recruitment and procurement actions. They shall not officially represent UNESCO
and speak on its behalf.
5. Trainees shall observe ail applicable rules, régulations, policies, instructions, procédures and
directives of thé Organization notwithstanding their status as described in paragraph 1 above.
6. Traînées shall adhèreto thé Standards of Conduct for thé International Civil Service.
7. Traînées shall carry out their assignments and regulate their conductwith thé interest of UNESCO
only in view, and shall not seek or accept instructions regarding thé services performed under thé
traineeship from any Government or from any authority external to UNESCO.
8. Trainees shall refrain from any conduct that may adversely reflect on UNESCO, and_4shall not
engage in activities incompatible with thé aims and objectives of UNESCO.
9. Traînées must keep confidential any and ait unpublished information made known ta them by
UNESCO during thé course of thé assignment and must not publish any reports or papers based
on information obtained or made available to them during thé assignment, except with thé written
authorization of UNESCO. This provision shall remain in effect after thé expiration of thé

10. Title rights, copyrights and ail other rights of whatsoever nature on any material produced by thé
Trainees duringthécourse of théassignmentwith UNESCOwill be vested exclusivelyin UNESCO.
However, it is agreedthatTraineesmayusethéresults ofthéwork made bythem duringthécourse
of thé assignment with UNESCO in their académie dissertation or for any other académie purpose,
subject to UNESCO'sprior authorization.
11. Traînées providea médicalcertificateissued bya recognized physicianin orderto confirm thatthey
are physically fit for thé traineeship assignment. Any expenses incurred in connection with this
certificate shall be covered by Traînées or their Partner Institution.
Rôles and res onsibilities

1. UNESCO undertakes to submit to thé Partner Institution thé requests for thé following year's
traineeships in thé form of traineeship proposais (i. e. Terms of Référence), in a timeframe to be
mutually agreed.
2. Thé Partner Institution follows its internai processes in terms of dissémination of traineeship
proposais and présélectionof candidates.
3. Thé Partner Institution pre-selects at least three (3) suitable candidates per traineeship proposai
fulfilling thé minimum requirements as established by UNESCO, and submits thé list of candidates
4. After receiving thé list of candidates from thé Partner Institution, UNESCO évaluâtes them and
informs thé Partner Institution of théfinal sélection décisionregardingthéselected Traineeswithin
a reasonable timeframe to be mutually agreed.
5. When proposing assignments, UNESCO endeavors to thé extent possible, to match thé interests
of Trainees with thé needs of thé Organization. Traînées shall not be assigned to serve in a
Sector/Bureau/Office/lnstitute where there could be a potential conflict of interest.
6. UNESCO shall assign supervisors to Trainees. Thé supervisors should give guidance and regular
feedback to thé Trainees on thé progress of their assignment.
7. Atthéendofassignment,théUNESCOsupervisershouldevaluatethéperformanceofthéTrainees
and communicate thé évaluation report to thé Partner Institution, as required.
8. Unsatisfactory performance, or failure to conform to thé Standards of Conduct set out above, may
lead to termination of thé traineeship, for cause, at thé initiative of UNESCO. One week's notice
shall be given in such cases. In thécase of unsatisfactoryperformance, a warningshall be given
to thé traînée, first.

9. Any serious breach of thé duties and obligations that would justify séparation before thé end of
notice period will be immediately reported by UNESCO to thé Partner Institution in view of
immédiatecessation of assignment.
10. UNESCO monitors thé Sponsored Traineeship Programme and identifies corrective actions, as
appropriate. Thé Partner Institution also monitors thé Sponsored Traineeship Programme and
provides suggestions to UNESCO,as appropriate.


Théduration of thétraineeshipvaries accordingto thétype of assignments, UNESCO'sneeds, as

well as thé Traînées availability and thé Partner Institution's requirements. Thé standard duration
should normally be minimum six months, with a maximum duration not exceedingtwelve months.
Traineeships are normally on a full-time basis, in accordancewith théworking hours established
by UNESCO,althoughassignmentsmaybecarriedout on a part-time basisin agreementwiththé
superviser and thé Partner Institution.
3. Traînées are entitled to a leave of 2. 5 days per month during thé traineeship. Requests for leave
should be cleared in advance by supervisors.

Eli ibilit criteria

Trainees should be qualified in areas related to UNESCO'sfields of compétenceor in other areas

which support UNESCO's work.
Applicants must hâve completed at least three years of studies (first university degree or Bachelor
degreeor équivalent)at a universityor équivalentinstitution, and must providea certificateor a list
of exams taken.

3. Trainees shall be proficient (written and spoken) in at least one of UNESCO's working languages
(Englishor French).A working knowledgeofthéotherworkinglanguageis an asset, and so is thé
knowledgeof otherofficiai UNESCOlanguages(Arabie, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish).

4. Trainees must be able to adapt to an international working environment and work effectively with
people from différentbackgrounds.
5. Trainees should hâve strong interpersonal and communication skills, and be able to work well in

6. Traînées must be computer literate.

Dis ute résolution

Ail disputes arising out ofor in connection with this Agreement shall be settled by mutual understanding.
However, if no amicable settlement can be arrived at, any dispute shall be arbitrated according to thé
rules defined by thé United Nations Commission on International Trade Law ("UNCITRAL).

Théterms and conditionsofthis Agreement may be modified in writing by mutual consentofthé Parties.
Such amendments are considered as an intégral part of this Agreement, and enter into force when
signed by both Parties.

Ent into force and termination

1. This Agreement enters into force when signed by both Parties.

2. ThéAgreement shall remain in force until terminated by giving three months' notice in writing, either
by thé Partner Institution or by UNESCO.
3. Thé termination of this Agreement shall not affect existing or ongoing Individual Traineeship's
contract(s) until their completion, unless thé Parties agrée otherwise.

Signed in two original copies, each Party keeps a copy.

For UNESCO: For thé Partner Institution:

Name: Hong Kwon Name: Ali Alzabarah

Title: Director, Bureau of Human Resources Title: CEO, Misk Initiatives Center
Date: 13 ^.^
Date: 3. î. /g

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