Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - DRUG CONTROL & CRIME PREVENTION, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 08 September 2020 - 21 September 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-140811-J-Nairobi (A)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This internship is located within the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Regional Office for Eastern Africa (UNODC ROEA), CPCJ Programme. UNODC - ROEA in the context of its Regional Programme for 2016-2021 entitled “ Promoting the Rule of Law and Human Security in Eastern Africa” in partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, through its Department of Children Services (DCS), is supporting a rehabilitation and reintegration initiative for adolescent girls in conflict with the law at the Kirigiti Rehabilitation School and Dagoretti Rehabilitation School in Nairobi.

This initiative is part of the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice programme of the Regional Programme and seeks to empower and provide adolescent girls with soft and life-skills, entrepreneurship skills, education, and vocational training, as well as psycho-social support. Through this initiative, UNODC undertook a needs assessment for rehabilitation homes, borstal institutes and prisons in Kenya. The findings of this this assessment highlighted the complexity and challenges associated to the reintegration young women and adolescent girls in the community, who, in many instances, are unable to return to their homes and have no means to sustain themselves. For the past years Kenya has embarked in the reform of care systems for children. dismantling institutional care and redirecting resources towards family support and strengthening other forms of family-based alternative care. These include kinship and foster care.

In an effort to address the findings of the assessment, UNODC, in partnership with a Spanish NGO, THRibune, is supporting the national Government with the establishment of a residence providing temporary accommodation and a safe space for adolescent girls who are unable to find placement in foster care or traditional structures. This temporary arrangement will allow them to pursue education and training programs, receive comprehensive psychosocial support post release, avoid recidivism and maintain the gains earned through their rehabilitation process.

As part of this initiative, UNODC launched fashion design and entrepreneurship programme, in partnership with local fashion designers and the Kenyan Government. At this inception stage and with a first cohort of adolescent completing their first creations, UNODC organized two fashion events to showcase the outcomes of the adolescent’s training. These events served to diminish the strong stigmatization surrounding this vulnerable group of youth making them susceptible to crime and recidivism, human trafficking, substance use and radicalization. It also underlined the principle that sound investment in these girls will sustain the tidal wave of progress achieved as we strive to reach the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Following these fashion events, UNODC in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Kenya and THRIBUNE (a Spanish NGO) seeks to collaborate to establish the first residence for temporary accommodation for adolescent girls in conflict with the law. The reintegration programmes will be offered for the duration of the stay of the girls, or until they reach the age of eighteen.

The internship position is offered for a period of six months starting in October 2020. The intern will work five days per week (40 hours) under the first supervision of the head of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme, UNODC - ROEA. The internship is UNPAID and fulltime.

For further information on UNODC, please visit the following website:

Given the current situation due to COVID-19, selected interns may have to start working remotely from their country of nationality/residence subject to travel restrictions in effect both in their home country and duty station as well as availability of affordable air or surface transportation as applicable.


Purpose of the assignment:
To assist in the implementation of the Designing Dreams project in Kenya

Specific tasks to be performed by the Intern:

Under the overall supervision UNODC ROEA Head of the Criminal Justice Programme the intern will; -
•Assist in the design, planning and implementation of the Designing Dreams project in Kenya,
•Assist in meetings with counterparts and partners as it is related to the project
•Assist in the reporting and monitoring of the Designing Dreams project
•Assist in the activities related to building a temporary residence for girls in conflict with the Law
•Carry out any other duties as required


-Professionalism: Knowledge, experience and/or training in criminal justice, criminal law, human rights and/or public international law. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

-Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets message 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 the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

-Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational 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 decision may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
-e enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher).
-Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent).

In addition, applicants must meet all of the following requirements:
-Be computer literate in standard software applications.
-Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter.
-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.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language and/or Kiswahili is an asset.


Short-listed candidates may be contracted directly if further information is needed during the review of their application. Due to the high volume of applications received, candidates who have not been short listed will not be contacted.

Special Notice

“A completed online application (Cover Note, Personal History Profile as well as proof of enrollment and/or graduation) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include:

•Degree Programme (What are you currently studying?)
•Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)
•List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
•List your top three areas of interest.
•Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.
•Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme in general and this assignment in particular.

In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references. Do not forget to attach your proof of enrollment or graduation.

Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful 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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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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