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-141204-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 Regional Office for Eastern Africa of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC ROEA) covers thirteen countries, namely, Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda. UNODC ROEA under the Regional Programme for Eastern Africa 2016-2021, (Promoting the Rule of Law and Human Security in Eastern Africa) provides tailored technical assistance activities to States in support of, amongst other things, the implementation of a number of UN Conventions, including the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and related internationally agreed Protocols. This technical assistance spans many thematic areas and takes different forms, including legislative assistance, development of national policies and strategies, capacity building activities, and more.
Through the Regional Office, UNODC has garnered knowledge and developed expertise in anti-corruption work in the region. UNODC continues to support member states in the region through the implementation of various projects and through engagement with youth programmes. One such programme is the East African Youth Online Blockchain Challenge.

The EA Virtual Hackathon is a one-month virtual programming marathon for innovative young developers in Eastern Africa to design and implement software block chain- based applications in solving real world challenges on anti-corruption. The challenge will be focused on three major thematic areas i.e. Whistle blowing, Public Procurement and Financial Investigations.

The challenge aims to promote youth awareness, engagement and promotion of the implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) the select focus thematic areas of the Fast-Tracking UNCAC Implementation (FTU) project areas. In this sense, the competition will provide a platform for young people to conceptualize, contextualize and innovate around anti-corruption challenges using Blockchain-Based applications.

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:

In this context, the purpose of this assignment is to provide general support to the countering Corruption Pillar in implementing the East African Youth Blockchain Challenge including but not limited to, Support in research related to the impact of digital technologies such as Blockchain in the fight against corruption, Support in administrative tasks relating to the competition, support in registration and induction of participants, support consultants in implementation of the project, drafting and review of pillar correspondence and support in communications between participants, partners and UNODC during the competition period.

Specific tasks to be performed by the intern:

Under the direct supervision of the David Robison, Regional Anti-corruption Advisor and the overall guidance of the Regional Representative for Eastern Africa, the incumbent, as part of the Countering Corruption Pillar Team, will perform the following substantive duties:

•Contribute to the implementation of the Fat-Tracking UNCAC Implementation Project and the East African Blockchain Virtual Hackathon by providing substantive inputs and administrative support to all assigned activities and initiatives championed by the Regional Anti-corruption Advisor
•Contribute to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analytical notes, reports and studies, substantive publications, newsletters, letters and correspondence, relating to the East African Blockchain Virtual Hackathon
•Provide substantive support for policy coordination and evaluation functions, including the review and analysis of emerging issues and trends, participation in evaluations or research activities and studies;
•Support the Countering Corruption team, as delegated, with the implementation of programme activities (incl. arrangements for workshops, webinars, commemoration of international days, research, report/minute writing, best practices, donor and counterpart liaison), in close coordination with the Government counterparts, donors and other stakeholders, based on best practices, including UNODC manuals, handbooks, guides, and standards and norms;
•Support procurement activities (i.e. drafting of ToRs) of the Countering Corruption Pillar;
•Provide support to meetings, training, conferences and workshops, including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations etc.;
•Support the development of annual work plans and reports and consultancies;
•Perform other work-related tasks and assignments as necessary.


•Communication: 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.

•Teamwork: 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); or
- Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent).


•Be computer literate in standard software applications;

•Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the 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

- 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 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

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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