Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - RULE OF LAW, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INTERN - RULE OF LAW
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 13 January 2020 - 14 February 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Rule of Law-UNODC-129788-J-Vienna (A)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is within the Justice Section, Division for Operations of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), located in Vienna, Austria. Selected candidate will work on issues related to crime prevention and criminal justice reform, under direct supervision of two or more staff members of the Justice Section.

This vacancy announcement is for 3-4 internship positions for a period of four to six months. Selected candidates are expected to start in April 2019.

Please be advised that the internship is full-time and unpaid. Selected candidates must be able to cover her or his travel, accommodation, health insurance, and other living expenses for the duration of the internship. If selected, proof of health insurance is required.

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Under overall supervision of the Chief of the Justice Section, and under direct supervision of two or more staff members, the selected candidates will be responsible for the following duties:

• Conduct research on political and legal aspects of crime prevention and criminal justice reform and contribute to the preparation of UNODC publications, background notes, reports, briefing materials, presentations, correspondences with Member State governments, talking points and speeches.

• Assist in staff members' preparation of technical assistance missions, workshops, meetings, high-level events and conferences.

• Attend and take notes at various meetings.

• Perform other tasks as necessary.


Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning & Organizing:
Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; and uses time efficiently.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:

• Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
(1) have obtained her or his first university degree (bachelor's degree or equivalent);
(2) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
(3) have graduated with a second university degree.

If selected, she or he must commence the internship prior to or within one year from the date of graduation. An official document supporting one of the above must be attached to the Inspira application.

• Be computer literate in standard software applications
• Have a demonstrated interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the United Nations Charter; and
• Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Work Experience


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. Fluency in English, i.e. oral and written proficiency is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language, particularly French or Spanish, is an advantage.


Potential candidates will be contacted by the Hiring Manager for an interview.

Special Notice

The application must include a cover letter that includes the following information:

• Degree programme (i.e., what are you currently studying?)
• Graduation date (i.e., when will you or when did you graduate from the programme?)
• Explanation of your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme
• Explanation of why you are the best candidate for this specific internship
• Any previous work experience in an international organisation, in the field of international criminal law, or public international law

In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT and language skills, and three references.

Due to the high volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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