Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute
Duty Station: THE HAGUE
Posting Period: 30 November 2021 - 30 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Natural and Life Sciences-UNICRI-169540-J-The Hague (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

UNICRI is a United Nations entity established in 1968 to support countries worldwide in preventing crime and facilitating criminal justice. UNICRI is mandated to assist intergovernmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations in formulating and implementing improved policies in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice. UNICRI' s goals are:

-to advance understanding of crime-related problems;
-to foster just and efficient criminal justice systems;
-to support the respect of international instruments and other standards;
-to facilitate international law enforcement cooperation and judicial assistance.

This position is located within UNICRI’s Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in The Hague, The Netherlands. The internship is for an initial period of 2 months, with an opportunity of the additional extension for up to a total period of 6 months. The Internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of the Head, Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. This internship shall preferably commence in mid January 2022.

Due to the current international COVID19 emergency and related containment measures and international travel restrictions, the initial months of this internship may be done in TELECOMMUTING, i.e. remotely from home (depending on the COVID19 government regulations of the Netherlands). Therefore, the candidates will need to be able to telework and must have all necessary arrangements and equipment to perform assignments in teleworking.


Under the supervision of the Head of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, the intern will be involved in UNICRI activities concerning the role of artificial intelligence and robotics in law enforcement, crime prevention and control and health security. Examples of duties to be performed may include the following:
−Conduct research and provide analysis on relevant issues.
−Monitor regional and global news sources for relevant articles and stories. relevant to the project, programme or unit activities.
−Identify and map the relevant community of stakeholders.
−Assist in drafting, and preparing and reviewing official project proposal documents.
−Assist in drafting and preparing background documents, reports, issue briefing notes, talking points, articles, presentations etc.
−Assist in data collection.
−Support the organization of meetings and conferences.
−Attend and summarize conferences and meetings.
−Perform other job-related duties as assigned.


−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

Technological Awareness:
−Keeps abreast of available technology
−Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office
−Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks
−Shows willingness to learn new technology

−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


−Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
a.Be enrolled oh have recently graduated a second university degree or equivalent, or higher (Master's, PhD);
b.Be enrolled in the final academic year or have recently graduated from a first level university degree program (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent);

Studies relevant to the work of artificial intelligence robotics, law enforcement, crime prevention and control, health security or other related fields are desirable.

−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

No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for this internship. Knowledge of an additional official United Nations language is an asset. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations.


Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

Special Notice

A complete online application including online Personal History Profile and the cover letter is required. Please note that documents may only be in English, and that incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

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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