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: 17 September 2020 - 30 September 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-141200-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. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is the global leader in the fight against drugs, organized crime, corruption and terrorism with widely recognized expertise and specialization on issues pertaining to international cooperation in criminal matters. Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through an extensive network of field offices. The work of UNODC is guided by a broad range of international legally binding instruments and a set of United Nations standards and norms on crime prevention and criminal justice.

UNODC, as guardian of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and secretariat to the Conference of the States parties to the Convention, has the mandate to provide support and technical assistance to States Parties to effectively implement the Convention. The backbone for UNODC anti-corruption work is the normative framework provided by UNCAC.
The Regional Office for Eastern Africa of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC ROEA), covers thirteen countries in the Region; namely, Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda.

The complex challenges facing the thirteen countries in the region in the area of human security demand a comprehensive and coherent approach. In this regard, UNODC has garnered expertise and knowledge in anti-corruption programming in the Eastern Africa Region. UNODC ROEA, in close consultation with the countries in the region, is supporting the implementation of UNCAC by building on regional platforms of countries to fast-track effective implementation of the Convention and leveraging regional capacities and knowledge to identify achievable and practical reform priorities. In addition, assisting countries to fast-track identified UNCAC implementation priorities by carrying out activities that serve to achieve tangible results in advancing countries’ efforts to implement UNCAC.
The project focuses on four (4) thematic areas: Corruption and Fraud in Public Procurement, Whistleblowing Protection, Financial Investigations and International Cooperation and has developed project programme around the said thematic areas.

Additionally, the Federal Republic of Somalia is one of the two jurisdictions on the continent that have not yet ratified the convention. In this context, in responding to an invitation by the government of Somalia, UNODC initiated support to work on a roadmap towards ratification for the country.

The internship position is offered for a period of six months starting in October/November 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

The purpose of this assignment is to support the UNODC Countering Corruption Pillar in Eastern Africa in implementation of the FTU (Fast- Tracking UNCAC Implementation) project and UNODC support to the Federal Republic of Somalia in fast-tracking the ratification of UNCAC in Somalia. It is expected that the intern provide support in developing research and prepare all necessary documents for the project and related administrative tasks.

Specific tasks to be performed by the intern:

Under the direct supervision of David Robinson, the Regional Anti-corruption Advisor and the overall guidance of the Regional Representative for Eastern Africa, the intern will perform the following substantive duties:

•Contribute to the implementation of the Fast-Tracking UNCAC Implementation Project by providing substantive inputs and administrative support to all assigned activities and initiatives championed by the Regional Anti-corruption Advisor
•Support communication activities highlighting the work of UNODC ROEA’s Countering Corruption Pillar, to increase the visibility of UNODC ROEA and its partners in Somalia;
•Work proactively with the Countering Corruption team to identify opportunities for capturing and sharing knowledge and disseminating information about UNCAC and its implementation in the region;
•Conduct research on Somalia national legislation for the purposes of ratification and subsequent implementation of the UNCAC;
•Draft, edit and review all the necessary background documents to develop an effective public participation programme on the basis of best practices to aid in the understanding of the UNCAC;
•Assist with content updates for the UNODC ROEA website and social media accounts;
•Support the Countering Corruption Pillar team with drafting and editing reports, letters and other written content;
•Monitor and analyse daily media coverage in Somalia and the East Africa region relevant to the mandate of UNODC in fast tracing UNCAC Implementation;
•Build a photo database containing images that convey the issues, actions and results of UNODC ROEA’s work, in accordance with UNODC guidelines;
•Create Powerpoint presentations, infographics and tables;
•Support the production of publications and other communication material, including graphic design and layout, and arranging printing and dissemination; and
•Perform other work-related duties as required.


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; uses time efficiently.


Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
- Be 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.

Work Experience

Applicants to the UN Internship Programme are not required to have professional work experience. Is your field of study closely related to the type of internship you are applying for?
Are you a student in a Bachelor’s (final year), Master’s or Ph.D. Programme or equivalent or have already graduated from one of these programmes?
Will you be able to cover the cost of travel including visa, accommodation and other living expenses for the duration of the internship?


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.

No Fee


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