INT22-1

Title of the activity
French-Irish Mission Internship Programme (FIMIP)
Activity Type
Internship
Description
The main objectives of this internship programme are to:
- enhance the interns knowledge and understanding of the multilateral trading system and of trade policy in general;
- strengthen the understanding of the negotiation process at the WTO, and;
- support the mission in participating more actively in the work programme at the WTO.

The programme provides capital based mid-level public officials, with a minimum of 5 years of working experience on WTO issues with the opportunity to learn more about matters dealt with in the WTO. The FIMIP is available primarily to nationals from least developed countries (LDCs), and other developing countries, with a Geneva mission. Preference will be given to those beneficiaries with lower per capita GNP and the least number of staff in Geneva. Candidates are typically between 30 and 45 years of age and must come from the capital of the beneficiary country. The selected interns work at the Geneva based permanent missions of the beneficiary Members. Selected interns will spend a total period of up to ten months under the programme. Participants receive a monthly lump sum plus travel expenses. The internship cannot under any circumstances exceed the 10 months. The programme will normally start around March/April and finish before the end of the calendar year. The total number of FIMIPs shall not exceed 20. The selection committee will endeavour to maintain a regional and gender balance.

Following a letter sent by the WTO to TA beneficiaries, through the established channels, applications should be submitted electronically to the Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC) as specified in the letter. It should include:
• a complete curriculum vitae (CV),
• a letter of motivation,
• specific indications of the tasks that the candidates are expected to perform,
• a short biography of 150 words,
• a letter of support from the nominating national authorities,
• a letter of support from the Permanent Mission in Geneva.

Incomplete files will not be considered.

Venue
Switzerland
City
WTO, Geneva
Trade topic
General
Start Date
End Date
Duration (days)
209
selection process
The programme provides capital based mid-level public officials, with a minimum of 5 years of working experience on WTO issues with the opportunity to learn more about matters dealt with in the WTO. The FIMIP is available primarily to nationals from least developed countries (LDCs), and other developing countries, with a Geneva mission. Preference will be given to those beneficiaries with lower per capita GNP and the least number of staff in Geneva. Candidates are typically between 30 and 45 years of age and must come from the capital of the beneficiary country. Candidacies will be reviewed by a WTO selection committee. The committee will carefully review the qualifications of each candidate and assess with all means at its disposal including the WTO's data base, the extent to which the candidate has undergone prior WTO training, the number of e-Learning courses completed, face to face training, regional seminars and RTPCs/ATPCs attended.
In addition, feedback will be sought from WTO trainers on the performance of the candidate during the courses, in order to retain the highest qualified officials and for whom the committee considers that the candidate can make the most useful contribution to attain the set objectives of the programme. The selection may include telephone interviews and the permanent mission may also be consulted on the candidates to be retained.
Target Audience
Government officials
Key Result
1. Government officials are implementing WTO Agreements and fully realising Members' rights and obligations
Key Output
1.1: Government officials have enhanced knowledge about the WTO Agreements, formulation of trade policies and conduct of trade negotiations
Invited Members-Observers
Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain, Kingdom of
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia, Plurinational State of
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei Darussalam
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cabo Verde
Cambodia
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China
Chinese Taipei
Colombia
Comoros
Congo
Costa Rica
Côte dʼIvoire
Cuba
Curaçao
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eswatini
Ethiopia
Fiji
Gabon
Georgia
Ghana
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong, China
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Israel
Jamaica
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Korea, Republic of
Kuwait, the State of
Kyrgyz Republic
Lao Peopleʼs Democratic Republic
Lebanese Republic
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Macao, China
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Moldova, Republic of
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia
Nepal
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
North Macedonia
Oman
Pakistan
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Qatar
Russian Federation
Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
Sao Tomé and Principe
Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Syrian Arab Republic
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
The Gambia
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
Viet Nam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe