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  • Added Date: Friday, 01 October 2021
  • Deadline Date: Saturday, 30 October 2021

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Data Development and Dissemination Section (DDDS), Research and Trend Analysis Branch (RAB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA) internships are for minimum of four (4) months to a maximum of six (6) months.

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 more information on UNODC, please visit the following website:

In the context of COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance international travels. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.


The Data Development and Dissemination Section (DDDS) is responsible for collecting and processing data on mandated data collections on illicit drugs and crime and, in coordination with relevant sections, producing relevant estimates for flagship publications and mandated reports. The DDDS covers a wide spectrum of international statistics on crime, criminal justice and drugs, from administrative sources and surveys, including international data collection for the purposes of monitoring progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In line with relevant mandates, the team is currently working on producing evidence-based knowledge on drugs and crime, including activities such as methodological development, revision of data collection instruments, in addition to statistical products such as datasets and estimates.

Work includes data collection, validation and analysis, desk research and drafting of documents. Consultations with other UN bodies, international, regional and national Government Organizations as well as individual experts and staff from other relevant units/sections within UNODC.
The intern shall undertake duties which may include, but are not limited to, the following:

โ€ข Assist in background research and reviewing of data collection instruments and methodological guidelines;
โ€ข Assist in the analysis of trends in time series on drugs and crime by using internal and external databases;
โ€ข Collect information from a variety of sources, carry out research and assist in the preparation of statistical products and inputs for inclusion in UNODC reports, documents and regional studies;
โ€ข Assist in the preparation of international workshops and meetings related to data on drugs and crime;
โ€ข Carry out other relevant assignments as required.


Has good research and analytical skills, has good record of analytical work based on quantitative methods. Experience in managing large datasets through statistical packages (including R, Stata and Excel) is an asset.

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.

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

Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational
regulations and rules; takes responsibility for delegated assignments, where applicable; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable

Technological Awareness:
Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new


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

โ€ข 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 bachelorโ€™s level or equivalent). (OFFICIAL PROOF FROM THE UNIVERSITY TO SUPPORT ONE OF THE ABOVE OPTIONS HAS TO BE ATTACHED TO THE INSPIRA APPLICATION);

โ€ข Be computer literate in standard software applications; working knowledge of MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint is essential. Knowledge of R, Stata and MS Access is desirable.

โ€ขHave a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and

โ€ข Have a demonstrated 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.

In addition, for this particular internship

โ€ข Studies in the field of social sciences, criminology, epidemiology, statistics, economics, data science, information technology, mathematics or equivalent are required.

โ€ข Some experience in research on crime or drugs (or comparable study area) would be an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. Fluency in English, i.e. oral and written proficiency is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager for further assessment.

Special Notice

A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile as well as proof of enrolment and/or graduation) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:
โ€ข Degree Programme (What are you currently studying?)
โ€ข Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)
โ€ข Date when you are available for the internship (Dates when you will prefer to start and end the internship).
โ€ข List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
โ€ข List your top three areas of interest.
โ€ข An explanation why you are the best candidate for an internship with the Data Development and Dissemination Section (DDDS)
โ€ข An explanation of your interest in the work of UNODC, in particular UNODCโ€™s research

In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references. Do not forget to attach your proof of enrolment or graduation.

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 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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