• Added Date: Wednesday, 20 January 2021
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 03 February 2021

Org. Setting and Reporting

The intern will work in the Office of the Police Adviser in the United Nations Police Division, Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) within the Department of Peace Operations (DPO). The Police Division supports the implementation of policing and rule of law mandates of United Nations peace operations. The intern reports to the Special Assistant of the Police Adviser. The internship is for a period of six months and is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.

More information on the functions of the Police Division can be found on the below link:


Duties for the Policy and Administration Intern may include, but are not limited to:

- Assist in the research, analysis, development, consultation and formulation of policy positions for the UN Police Adviser and his senior management team based on the Strategic Guidance Framework for International Police Peacekeeping (SGF);
- Support the administration of the UN police knowledge management system to help cohesion in effort and facilitate organizational learning in line with the DPKO DFS (Department of Peacekeeping Operations and Department of Field Support) Policy on Knowledge Sharing and Organizational Learning (Ref. 2015.13);
- Assist with the development and maintenance of UN police strategic planning tools, monitoring and evaluation instruments to facilitate the Police Division's support to UN police field components in the effective implementation of mandated tasks;
- Support the preparation, coordination and follow up of UN police events.
- Perform other duties as necessary.


- Knowledge of concepts related to policy development and political analysis
- Ability to perform academic applied research; draft and review internal and external correspondence in line with the UN Correspondence Manual

-Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
-Solicits input by genuinely valuing othersโ€™ 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

- 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


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

1. (a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); (b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent); or (c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation;

2. Be computer literate in standard software applications including Microsoft Office suite (Excel and PowerPoint in particular); ูญ Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations. ูญ 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

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 UN Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Working knowledge of any other UN official language(s) is desirable.


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

Special Notice

Duration of need: six (6) months. A completed online application (cover letter and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The cover letter must include: ูญDegree Programme (What are you currently studying?); ูญ Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?); ูญ List your policy and administrative skills; ูญ List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.ูญ List your top three areas of interest; ูญ Explanation why you are the best candidate for this specific internship; ูญ Expression of interest in the United Nations Internship Programme. In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills and three references. 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 โ€œsexual exploitationโ€ 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 โ€œsexual abuseโ€ means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term โ€œsexual harassmentโ€ 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 perpetratorโ€™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 โ€œManualsโ€ 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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