International / Multinational

Intern – Drug Control and Crime Prevention, I Recruitment at UNODC

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is a United Nations office that was established in 1997 as the Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention by combining the United Nations International Drug Control Program (UNDCP) and the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Division in the United Nations Office at Vienna. It is a member of the United Nations Development Group and was renamed the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in 2002.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Intern – Drug Control and Crime Prevention, I (Temporary Job Opening)

Job Opening Number: 18-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-106992-J- (A)
Location: Abuja
Job Code Title: Intern – Drug Control and Crime Prevention
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

  • The Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) of UNODC provides support to develop and strengthen the capacity of states in the Indian Ocean, Horn of Africa and West Africa to respond to the threats posed by maritime crime. The mission of the UNODC GMCP is to promote and facilitate actions against maritime crimes such as piracy, trafficking of illegal substances, smuggling of migrants, and several other threats to security.
  • The Internship Programme aims at providing opportunity to acquire practical professional experience through direct exposure to UNODC’s work, in the fields of drugs and crime, more specifically related to the maritime sphere.
  • The offered internships are unpaid and for duration ranging from 3 to 6 months. Interns are required to work full-time (40 hours) during the office hours. Time is allowed for outside research work and interviews.


  • Assisting in organizing, implementing and monitoring the relevant programme strategies and activities:
  • Assisting in organizing and preparing a variety of outputs, such as background papers, mission reports, analyses, briefings, presentations, enforcement strategies, policy proposals and documents, manuals, tool kits, guides, etc.;
  • Assisting in the development of technical assistance programmes;
  • Aiding in the formulation of work plans and other organizational management tools necessary for programme planning and monitoring;
  • Assisting in the preparation of programme/project development and assessment missions conducted for relevant programming;
  • Carrying out other duties as required.

Requirements, Languages and Experience

  • 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:
    • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
    • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
    • Have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within 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).

The candidate should also:

  • Be computer literate in standard software applications
  • Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and 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.

Work Experience:

  • Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the Internship Programme.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the internships advertised, fluency in English is required and knowledge of French an asset. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.


  • Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
  • Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.


  • 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 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


  • Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further assessment and consideration.

Deadline: 22nd December, 2018.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • Completed online application (Cover Notes and Personal History Profile) is required, incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • The Cover Note must include:
    • Title of the degree you are currently pursuing
    • Graduation Date
    • IT skills and programmes you are proficient in
    • Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship
  • Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme, ensure to include all past work experience, if any, IT skills, and three references.
  • Due to the high volume of applications, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

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