INTERN - Illicit Crop Monitoring Programme [Temporary]

  • Added Date: Friday, 10 May 2019
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 30 May 2019

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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) provides support to the Government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia by providing reliable and timely information about the surface and geographical location of coca bush crops. This information serves as input to strengthen national policies, to the development of coca crop control strategies and to promote comprehensive development in the country. the UNODC Office provides technical assistance within the work frame of the “Illicit Crop Monitoring Programme” (ICPM) with base in the UNODC Headquarters in Vienna. The Coca Crops Monitoring Report is part of the “UNODC Assistance Programme to the Implementation of the Action Plan for the Strategy for the Fight against Drug Trafficking and Reduction of Surplus Coca Cultivation, 2011 - 2015" (ELCNyRCEC)”, financed by the Delegation of the European Union in Bolivia.

This programme was designed to assist in the fight against drugs and encompasses the following areas of intervention: i) Coca crops monitoring, ii) Regional cooperation and technical legal assistance, and iii) Validation of information of destruction/incineration of seized illegal drugs and strengthening of forensic laboratories. Bolivia is the third coca producing country in the world. In 2017, the official figures reported 24,500 hectares under coca bush cultivation, which must be controlled and monitored.

Under this context, two (2) interns are required to assist on the assessment, digitizing, quantification of coca cultivations and support on diverse activities related to the elaboration of the “2018 Annual Coca Crops Monitoring Report”. Both interns are expected to be located in La Paz (Bolivia).

The internship is for an initial period of two months starting in May 2019 and is UNPAID and full-time. The interns will work five days per week (40 hours) under the first supervision of the Associate Expert of UNODC Country Office in La Paz (Bolivia). For further information on UNODC, please visit the following website:



In general, the Interns will primarily work on the visual interpretation of coca cultivation through the assessment of high and mid-resolution satellite images taken from October 2018 to January 2019 in the northern region of La Paz, the Yungas of La Paz and the Tropics of Cochabamba. These tasks include the identification and quantification of coca crops. In addition, interns will provide support on specific tasks related to the elaboration of the 2018 Annual Coca Crops Monitoring Report.

Specifically, the interns will undertake the following tasks which may include, but are not limited to:

In relation to the quantification of coca crops:

o Review of coca crops interpretation keys for the region of Yungas of La Paz and Tropics of Cochabamba.
o Assist in the organization of satellite image information of different sensors in a database established in the project
o Assist with the visual analysis of satellite images for the identification of current land use coverage within the monitoring areas (coca cultivation, alternative crops, urban areas,
rationalization/eradication areas and others) in a specialized software (ArcGIS)
o Support on the topology control of the generated hedges
o Help with validating visual interpretation by reviewing geo-referenced photograph files of coca crops obtained in the field
o Assist with the database debugging of the generated coverages that includes the review of fields and records.

Regarding the support in specific tasks on the elaboration of the Coca Crops Monitoring Report:

o Support in the generation and updating of the basic cartographic coverages for the elaboration of thematic maps.
o Other tasks designated by the Expert on Crop Monitoring.



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 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.

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 technology.



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

o 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 TO SUPPORT ONE OF THE ABOVE OPTIONS HAS TO BE SUBMITTED IF SELECTED FOR THE

o Studies in the field of Geographical Engineering or in a related field, such as Environmental Engineering, Forest Engineering or Biology.
o Familiarity with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) platforms, such as ArcGIS and ERDAS; Computer literacy in standard software applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is required.

Work Experience

Work Experience

o Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme but are encouraged to list all relevant work experience in their application.
o Applicants must have a keen demonstrated interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter.


Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Spanish is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

• A completed online application (Cover Note, Personal History Profile as well as proof of enrollment and/or graduation) 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 general and this assignment in particular.

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 “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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