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 internship position is located in the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Risk Mitigation Programme of UNICRI. The scope of this programme is to support Member States and international organizations to reinforce policies and operational capabilities to mitigate risks related to CBRN materials and weapons. One of the current priorities is to support Member States to detect and debunk COVID-19 disinformation, especially in connection with the role of violent non-state actors (i.e. terrorist, violent extremist and organized crime groups) on social media.
The internship is for an initial period of 2 months, with an opportunity of extension up to a total period of 6 months. Preferably, this internship shall commence in March 2021. The Internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns will work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of the Programme Manager Officer and the Head of Unit.
Due to the current international COVID-19 emergency and related containment measures and international travel restrictions, the initial months of this internship will be done in TELECOMMUTING, i.e. remotely from home. Therefore, candidates must be able to telework and must have all necessary arrangements and equipment to perform assignments in teleworking. Should the COVID19-related restrictions and measures be removed, and should a decision to further extend the internship period be taken, such internship can be continued from the premises of UNICRI's HQ in Turin, Italy.
Within the framework of the UNICRI activities in the field of CBRN risk mitigation, under the supervision of the Programme Manager Officer and the Head of Unit, the incumbent will be performing the following duties:
−Collect data, conduct research and provide analysis on relevant issues, including COVID-19 disinformation on social media, cyber-crime, protection of critical infrastructures and security.
−Assist to write and distribute (through social media and other means) content to promote UNICRI's brand, activities and projects to ensure that the UNICRI brand is visible to the relevant stakeholders and the public.
−Assist in drafting and preparing background documents, press releases, flash news on the social media (e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter), reports, leaflets, brochures, issue briefs, talking points, articles, presentations etc.
−Assist in developing visibility material
−Attend and summarize conferences and meetings.
−Support organization of meetings and conferences.
− Support implementation of projects.
−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
−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 consideration for an internship by the UNICRI Internship Programme, 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).
For the advertised post, the preferable fields of education are: crime prevention; international relations; international law; security studies; communication or a similar related field.
Additionally, applicants shall:
−Be computer literate in standard software applications;
−Have a keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter;
−Have 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;
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.
Is your field of study closely related to the type of internship you are applying for (i.e. crime prevention; international relations; international law; security studies; communication or a similar related field)?
Will you be able to telework, and do you have all necessary arrangements and equipment to perform assignments in teleworking?
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 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. 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.Other Skills and Requirements
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, INSPIRA. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of inspira account-holder homepage.
Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application. In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, work experience, and language skills. Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening. Initial screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted. Applications cannot be amended following submission. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.
Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.
The UNICRI Internship Programme is in no way connected with appointment to: a) positions at the professional level and above carrying international recruitment status, b) positions in Field Service category (FS-6 and FS-7), c) positions of consultants and d) positions of UNICRI fellows during the period of the internship or for the six months immediately following the expiration of the internship.
For more details, refer to: ST/AI/2014/1
Interns must keep confidential any and all unpublished information obtained during the course of the internship and not publish any reports or papers based on such information except with the explicit written authorization of the Chief of CMU. Interns are bound by the same duties and obligations as staff members, and the information to which an intern has access in the course of the internship must not be divulged to external parties.
On completion of their internship, interns are required to complete a substantive report on their assignments. This will be included in their file and will be forwarded, upon request, to the sponsoring institution, government body or private organization.
UNICRI interns are responsible for all internship-related expenses that they incur. The United Nations accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during an internship. Therefore, upon award of an internship, interns are responsible for securing adequate insurance coverage and are required to sign and return a statement confirming their understanding and acceptance of these conditions of service.
Candidates of certain nationalities must obtain a visa authorizing their stay in UNICRI duty stations before they depart to begin their internship. While this is the overall responsibility of the selected candidate, UNICRI will provide supporting documents in this regard.
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.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.