Intern – Drug Control & Crime Prevention [temporary], Niamey, Niger At United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Closing date: Sunday, 23 April 2023

Posting Title: INTERN – DRUG CONTROL & CRIME PREVENTION, I (Temporary Job Opening)


Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Duty Station: NIAMEY

Posting Period: 10 April 2023 – 24 April 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-205435-J-Niamey (A)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for DiversityOrganisational Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Regional Office for West and Central Africa, seeks to recruit one (1) intern for six (6) months starting in May 2023. 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 information on the work of UNODC and ROSEN, please visit and respectively.


Under the overall supervision of the UNODC TIP/ SOM Unit coordinator and direct supervision of National Project Officer based in Niamey. She or he will work closely with the team member in charge of communication, visibility and monitoring and evaluation of the unit’s projects. The Trafficking in Persons/Smuggling of Migrants Unit is offering one (1) internship position which will focus on the specific tasks below: Under the supervision of the National Project Coordinator, the candidate will have the following tasks and responsibilities:

  •  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 key internal and external information material, including brochures, web stories, press releases, briefing points and official discourses;
  •  Draft articles on unit’s activities in Niger together with original stories related to trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants (feature stories, photo stories and Press notes);
  •  Prepare data collection, evaluation and monitoring of technical assistance scheme delivered under the Trafficking in Persons/Smuggling of Migrants Unit in beneficiary countries;
  •  Provide substantive, administrative and logistical support to the delivery of technical assistance activities (drafting workshops, training courses, sensitization events) delivered to targeted audience. General duties include, but are not limited to:
  •  Assist with the creation, collection and formatting of training and conference presentation materials;
  •  Assist with drafting of official communications, press releases, speeches and articles;
  •  Support the unit in helping maintain and update the project internet and social media web pages;
  •  Assist with the production, design 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;
  •  Assist with the implementation of official travel missions and associated project activities throughout the region; and
  •  Perform other duties as assigned.


The United Nations Core Competencies include:

  •  Communication: proven ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to communicate effectively, including ability to prepare reports and conduct presentations by clearly formulating positions on issues, articulating options concisely, and conveying maximum necessary information, making and defending recommendations.
  •  Excellent command of photography, writing for the web, filming or editing. Experience in webdesign and creation of communication supports, use of design and creation software such as Adobe Illustrator Teamwork: proven interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  •  Planning and organizing: ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor work plans, prioritize competing demands and work to tight deadlines.


To qualify for this internship, the following conditions must be met:

  •  Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: (a) be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); (b) Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent). (OFFICIAL WRITTEN PROOF FROM THE UNIVERSITY SUPPORTING ONE OF THE ABOVE POSSIBILITIES MUST BE ATTACHED TO THE INSPIRA APPLICATION);
  •  Be computer literate in standard software applications and design and creation software
  •  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.
  •  Familiarity with the topic of combating the smuggling of migrants / migration or trafficking in persons is an asset.
  •  Familiarity with project elaboration, implementation and monitoring and exposure to international development cooperation is desirable.
  •  Required are studies in journalism, communication, media with a strong interest for social science, international relations, political science, law, public administration or related fields.

Work Experience

No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.Languages

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

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

Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions. 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, 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. 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 “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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