• Added Date: Wednesday, 12 February 2020
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 03 March 2020

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Regional Office for West and Central Africa seeks to recruit one (1) intern for six (6) months, tentatively starting in March 2020.
Duty station: Abidjan – Côte d’Ivoire

The internship is UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week (40 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.

For information about the work of UNODC and ROSEN, kindly visit www.unodc and respectively.


Under the overall supervision of the UNODC TIP/ SOM Unit coordinator and direct supervision of National Project Officer based in Abidjan. The successful candidate will be assigned to the Trafficking in Persons / Smuggling of Migrants Unit.

The objective of the mission is to assist the National Coordinator of the project in the operationalization, implementation and monitoring of work related to the smuggling of migrants within the framework of the projects “Improving the criminal justice response to trafficking in persons through integrated actions” and "Strengthening the capacities of West African States to develop a human rights-based response to migrant smuggling and to respond effectively to human rights violations related to irregular migration" (PROMIS Project) and more generally within the UNODC Country Programme in Côte d’Ivoire and the Region (ROSEN).

Under the supervision of the National Project Coordinator, the candidate will have the following tasks and responsibilities:
•Assist in the administrative and financial coordination of the project,
•Assist in the preparation/revision of detailed work plans for project implementation,
•Contribute daily to the implementation of project activities within the deadlines set by the work plan,
•Guide and cooperate with project partners in its implementation,
•Participate in field visits as part of the monitoring of project implementation,
•Assist in the regular evaluation of the progress of activities and document the project with all relevant materials,
•Contribute to the strengthening of the network with other partners with an interest in the project's field of intervention,
•Support the Project in actions aimed at increasing the visibility of the project with the support of the communication team of the TIPSOM Unit of the Dakar Regional Office,
•Contribute to the organization of project evaluation activities, including visits from partners, donors and evaluators,
•Ensure the collection of relevant and up-to-date information from different sources for project implementation and evaluation,
•Rigorously classify all programmatic, budget and financial transaction support documents under the direction of the Project Manager,
•Organize and coordinate the filing of correspondence/documents and ensure that they are regularly updated,
•Provide information/guidance to implementing partners on the implementation of projects on the production of supporting documents for expenses related to Project activities,
•Provide administrative support for the preparation and implementation of all activities related to the fight against trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, including workshops and training seminars,
•Perform any other task compatible with his or her duties.


The United Nations Core Competencies include:
•Planning and organizing: ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor work plans, prioritize competing demands and work to tight deadlines.
•Communication: proven ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to communicate effectively, including ability to prepare reports and conduct presentations by clearly formulating positions on issues, articulating options concisely, and conveying maximum necessary information, making and defending recommendations.
•Teamwork: proven interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
•Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: (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;•OFFICIAL PROOF FROM THE UNIVERSITY IN SUPPORT OF ONE OF THE ABOVE OPTIONS HAS TO BE ATTACHED TO THE INSPIRA APPLICATION

•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 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.

•Familiarity with the area of combating the smuggling of migrants / migration or trafficking in persons is an asset.

•Knowledge of project elaboration, implementation and monitoring and exposure to international development cooperation is highly desirable.

•We seek candidates with relevant coursework in Law, LLM, criminal law, criminology, Political Science, Social sciences, International Relations, Global Affairs, Public Administration, Management.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written French and English is required for the 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 the hiring manager for further consideration.

Special Notice

A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:
•Degree Programme (What are you currently studying?)
•Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)
•List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
•List your top three areas of interest.
•Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.
•Explain your 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 the 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.

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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