Job Opening

Posting Title: Intern - Drug Control & Crime Prevention, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Posting Period: 28 March 2018 - 26 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-95012-J- (A)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The mission of the UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme is to promote and facilitate actions against maritime crimes such as piracy, trafficking of illegal substances, smuggling of migrants, and several other threats to security.

The Internship Programme aims at providing opportunity for outstanding postgraduate students to acquire practical professional experience through direct exposure to UNODC's work. UNODC gives opportunity for young professionals to take internships in the fields of drugs and crime, more specifically related to the maritime sphere.

The UNODC Internship programme operates on a non-remunerative basis. The costs connected with an intern's participation in the programme must be borne by the nominating institution or government or by the students themselves. The students also have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her own arrangements for travel, visa, accommodation, etc.

Duration of the internship is ranging from 3 to 6 months and the internship participants are required to work full-time during the office hours. Time is allowed for outside research work and interviews.

The GMCP is looking for interns to join the offices in the following duty stations:
- Nairobi, Kenya;
- Colombo, Sri Lanka;
- Bangkok, Thailand;
- Abuja, Nigeria;
- Dakar, Senegal.


The Internship Programme comprises the following activities:

•Assisting in organizing, implementing and monitoring the relevant programme strategies and activities

•Assisting in organizing and preparing a variety of outputs, such as background papers, mission reports, analyses, briefings, presentations, enforcement strategies, policy proposals and documents, manuals, tool kits, guides, etc.

•Assisting in the development of technical assistance programmes

•Aiding in the formulation of work plans and other organizational management tools necessary for programme planning and monitoring

•Assisting in the preparation of programme/project development and assessment missions conducted for relevant programming

•Carrying out other duties as required.


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.

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

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 be enrolled in a degree programme in a graduate school (second university or higher); be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelors or equivalent); or have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation. 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 demonstrated the ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views. Familiarity with Excel is an educational requirement.

Work Experience

Candidates for the Internship Programme will be selected on a competitive basis. The following minimum qualifications are required:

•Strong interest and experience with maritime crime.

•Enrollment in a graduate degree programme of a recognized institution in the fields related to criminology, social sciences, police administration, business or public administration or relevant social or political area with adequate focus on international maritime affairs, international security policy, criminal justice and/or law enforcement issues. Internships must be commenced either prior to graduation or within one year of graduation from an academic programme

•Strong interest in working with the UN system, particularly on drugs and crime related fields.

•Excellent knowledge of English with fluency in speaking, reading and writing. Fluency in French and knowledge of another UN language is an asset.

•Good knowledge of all essential computer software including word processing, presentation and Internet communication and research.

•Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and a strong team working capacity.


Excellent knowledge of English with fluency in speaking, reading and writing. Fluency in French and knowledge of another UN language is an asset.


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

Special Notice

Young professionals interested in the Internship Programme should submit:
¿ Curriculum Vitae
¿ Degree Programme
¿ Expected Graduation Date
¿ Cover letter including:
-Any specification of desired area of internship (Indian Ocean, Horn of Africa, Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Guinea or Detention and Transfer)
-Objective of internship and expected outcomes
- Information on any special competences such as communications, social media, photography, IT skills, etc.
-Availability and duty station.

Applications should be sent to:
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Regional Office in Eastern Africa
UNON Gigiri, Block X 212
PO Box 30218
00100 Nairobi, Kenya

Applications can be submitted electronically via email to Pernille Rasmussen, Internship Coordinator at
*Due to high volume of internship applications, we cannot respond to your application individually and only successful applicants 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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

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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