Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - Communication, languages and research, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute
Duty Station: ROME
Posting Period: 22 December 2021 - 11 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNICRI-171123-J-Rome (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (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 in the UNICRI Liaison Rome Office. UNICRI Rome liaises with the Host Country, the diplomatic corps, the academic and business sectors and the Rome-based UN agencies as well as the civil society. In close cooperation with relevant counterparts, UNICRI Rome supports the communication for new projects; follows up on the ongoing projects financed by the Italian Foreign Ministry; facilitates meetings with Government officials for Heads of Units based in UNICRI Headquarters in Turin; and represents UNICRI in events in Rome. UNICRI Liaison Office in Rome produces and maintains website (in Italian) with the latest news from UNICRI including its events, as well as news from the United Nations system. For more information, please visit:
The internship is for an initial period of 2 months, starting from mid-February 2022, with an opportunity of an extension up to a total period of six months. The Internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the programme, project or unit to which they are assigned.
Due to the current international COVID19 emergency and related containment measures and international travel restrictions, the first two months of this internship will be done in TELECOMMUTING, i.e. remotely from home. Therefore, applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship and must be able to telework and have all necessary arrangements and equipment to perform assignments in teleworking. Should the COVID19-related restrictions and measures be removed, internship can be continued from UNICRI's premises.


2. Responsibilities:

− Translate press releases/articles/news from English into Italian.
− Assist in updating the Italian website
− Assist in data collection.
− Conduct research and provide analysis on relevant issues.
− Assist in drafting and preparing background documents, reports, issue briefs, talking points, articles, presentations etc.
− Assist in the coordination, organization and implementation of the training activities organized in cooperation with UNICRI’s Partners in Rome.
− Monitor regional and global news sources for articles and stories relevant to the project, programme or unit activities.
− Assist in maintaining databases.
− Perform other related duties as assigned.


− 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 the 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

Client Orientation:
− Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view
− Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect
− Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions
− Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems
− Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects
− Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client


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

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

Preferable fields of study: foreign languages, literature, translation, journalism or other related fields.

In addition, interested candidates must:
- Be computer literate in standard software applications including MS Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point);
- Have a 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 both spoken and written English and Italian is required for this internship. Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an asset. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.


Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.

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.

Due to a 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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