Intern – Research on Trafficking in Persons, Vienna, Austria At Office on Drugs and Crime

Closing date: Sunday, 19 March 2023

Posting Title: INTERN – RESEARCH ON TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS, I (Temporary Job Opening)


Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Duty Station: VIENNA

Posting Period: 02 March 2023 – 19 March 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-203060-J-Vienna (A)

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

The internship is located in the Crime Research Section, Research and Analysis Branch (RAB), Division for Public Affairs (DPA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Vienna (Austria). The intern will work under the direct supervision of Professional staff of the section. Duration: This position is for an initial period of four months, to take place between April and July 2023. An extension to a maximum period of six months is possible subject to the needs of the office and the availability of the intern. The Research and Analysis Branch (RAB) is centrally responsible within UNODC for the collection and analysis of data on drugs and crime trends. In response to a mandate from the General Assembly, expressed in the 2010 United Nations Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons (A/RES/64/293), the UNODC Crime Research Section produces the biennial Global Report on Trafficking in Persons. Drawing primarily on official national information collected from countries all over the world, the Global Report presents data and analyses of human trafficking at the national, regional and international levels. For this purpose, CRS is looking for a qualified intern to support the conceptualization of the next Global Report on Trafficking in Persons. Internships with Offices of the United Nations Secretariat are UNPAID and full-time, i.e. 5 days per week (40 hours). For more information on UNODC, please visit the following website:


The intern shall undertake the following duties which may include, but are not limited to:

  •  Contribute to the conceptualization of a study on trafficking in persons in the African continent.
  •  Conduct literature review and analysis of court cases on trafficking in persons and related crimes.
  •  Contribute to the global data collection on trafficking in persons.
  •  Perform other tasks as necessary. After a four-month assignment, the intern will gain experience in:
  •  International research topics related to UNODC mandates, with a particular focus on areas of global common interest, such as trafficking in persons.
  •  Data collection on trafficking in persons.
  •  Principles of qualitative and quantitative analysis in social science.


Communication: 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. 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. Planning and organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.Education

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;
  •  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.” Applicants for an internship must be enrolled in a full-time university degree programme (having completed the third year of a four-year program or equivalent). For this internship, a background in the field of liberal arts, classics, archeology, or ancient history is recommended. Knowledge of MS Word and Excel is essential and some experience in social research (or comparable study area) would be an asset.

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. Fluency in English (oral and written proficiency) is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.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. In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references. The Cover Note must include: – Name of university and title of degree you are currently pursuing. – Graduation date (when you expect to graduate from the programme). – A listing of IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in. – An explanation why you are the best candidate for an internship with the Studies and Threat Analysis Section. – An explanation of your interest in the work of UNODC, in particular in UNODC’s research. Applicants must attach to their application documentary evidence of continuing matriculation to a university degree programme in a graduate/post-graduate school during the planned period of internship with UNODC/RAB (i.e. an official letter of confirmation from a university). 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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