• Added Date: Thursday, 07 March 2019
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 20 March 2019

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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Regional Office for West and Central Africa seeks to recruit two (2) interns for three (3) months as of April 2019 with an opportunity for extension, pending on the needs of the department.

The internships are 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.

Under the overall supervision of the UNODC Regional Representative for West and Central Africa (ROSEN) and the direct, substantive guidance of the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, the successful candidates will be assigned to the Trafficking in Persons / Smuggling of Migrants Unit. The positions are located at the UNODC Regional Office in Dakar, Senegal. It requires interaction with project team members located at HQ, at the Regional Office and in Field Offices across West Africa (Mali, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Ghana and Liberia among others), as well as with national and sub-regional counterparts in support of the effective implementation of the project.

For information on UNODC and ROSEN, please visit and


The Trafficking in Persons/Smuggling of Migrants Unit is offering two (02) internship positions. General duties for both internship positions include, but are not limited to:

• Support the creation, collection and formatting of training and conference presentation materials;
• Draft official communications, press releases, speeches and articles for project team members and ROSEN management personnel;
• Support the unit in helping maintain and update the project internet and social media web pages;
• Facilitate the production and dissemination of public information material through website, brochures, posters, letters, e-mails, and broadcasts in various languages as required reaching a wide public audience;
• Contribute to the drafting and translation of relevant documents such as newsletters, progress reports, training reports, etc;
• Facilitate the implementation of official travel missions and associated project activities throughout the region; and
• Perform other duties as assigned.

In addition, and in accordance with project needs, interns will provide support in 2 thematic areas :

- Prepare country analysis on national legal frameworks and law enforcement efforts related to Trafficking in Persons/Smuggling of Migrants in the beneficiary countries, in support of programmatic drafting;
- Prepare data collection, evaluation and monitoring of technical assistance scheme delivered under the Trafficking in Persons/Smuggling of Migrants Unit in beneficiary countries;
- Provide administrative, logistical and substantive support to the delivery of technical assistance activities (drafting workshops, training courses, sensitization events) delivered to targeted audience.

- Design and prepare content/copy for, presentations, reports, fact sheets, and snapshots;
- Support the visibility and image of the Unit on its webpage, update, create and design content, its look and feel;
- Support the visibility of the Unit and its projects on social media, create and edit content, improve outreach and social media presence;
- Provide design support across a range of print and online products;


• Planning and organizing: Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor work plans, prioritize competing demands and work to tight deadlines
• 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
• Client Orientation: 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 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;
• 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.

We seek candidates with relevant coursework in Law, LLM, Political Science, International Relations, Global Affairs, Public Administration, Management and/or Design, Web Development, Strategic Design and Management, Information Design, Public Relations, Media Studies, Journalism or Data Visualization

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English and French 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 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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