• Added Date: Friday, 20 September 2019
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 03 October 2019

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Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for West and Central Africa in Dakar, Senegal (ROSEN).

The intern will be operating as part of the UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN), under the general guidance of the Deputy Regional Representative a.i. for West and Central Africa. She/he will assist the latter in the monitoring and trends in the area of drugs, crime and terrorism in West and Central Africa, as well as participate in the communication and coordination of the UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN).

- The starting date of the internship is as soon as possible
-The internship is UNPAID and full-time.
-Interns work five days per week (40 hours).

For information on the work of UNODC and ROSEN, please visit and respectively.


The Intern will carry out the following activities:
•Assist in the creation, collection and formatting of communication materials for meetings and conferences;
•Assist in drafting official communications, press releases, and articles
•Contribute to the translation of country fiches, talking points, briefing notes and speeches for field missions, meetings and/or conferences and draft minute of meetings if required;
•Support the updating of the website and social media pages to ensure the visibility of ROSEN and its projects/programmes;
•Facilitate the production and dissemination of public information material through website, brochures, reports, inputs for publication, flyers, letters, e-mails, and broadcasts in various languages as required reaching a wide public audience;
•Provide design support across a range of print and online products;
•Liaise with relevant stakeholders/colleagues to collect data and information related to implemented activities
•Facilitate the implementation of official travel missions and associated project activities throughout the region;


-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 Coordination team 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.

Planning and Organizing:
-Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor work plans, prioritize competing demands and work to tight deadlines

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 ;
-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 (OFFICIAL WRITTEN PROOF FROM THE UNIVERSITY SUPPORTING ONE OF THE ABOVE POSSIBILITIES MUST BE ATTACHED TO THE INSPIRA APPLICATION). For this internship candidates studying or freshly graduated in the fields of communication, international relations, administration, management or related fields are sought.

•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.”


English or French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the internship advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required, good level in oral and written French is requested. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantaged.


Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly 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

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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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