DAKARI-1 Internship




Core Value

Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

General Information

A complete 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/ what did you study);
•Graduation date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the progamme);
•List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in;
•List your top three areas of interest;
•Explain why your 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.


This position is located within the Research and Awareness Section of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN). The trainee will be based in Dakar (Senegal) and will report to the Head of Research and Awareness Section.

The internship is for a duration of six (06) months with an envisaged starting date of 1st May 2019 .

The internship are UNPAID and full-time; interns work five (05) days per week (40 hours).

For more information about UNODC and ROSEN, please visit:


The purpose of this internship position is twofold:
•To provide a framework by which students from academic background gain exposure to UNODC through assignment to ROSEN’s Research and Awareness Section in order to enhance its educational experience and gain experience in the work of the United Nations;
•To provide ROSEN’s Research and Awareness Section with the assistance of a qualified student specialized in the field of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, transnational organized crime and terrorism.

Specific tasks:
Development and implementation of projects / Research and support to the administrative and financial management of the section:
Under the supervision of the Head of the Research and Awareness Section, the trainee will perform the following tasks:
•Support the Section Head in project development (writing concept notes, research proposals and reports);
•Support the consultants of the various research themes (desk review, review of reports, organization and coordination of national and regional workshops);
•Participate in the collection and updating of the internal database on drug seizures in West and Central Africa;
•Contribute to internal and external communications;
•Liaise with internal and external partners of the Section;
•Contribute to the organization of events;
•Participate, as needed, in various other complementary activities in the Research section that will contribute to the success of the internship.


•Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies and work plans; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; ability to monitor progress against milestones and deadlines; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time and resources efficiently.

•Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision. Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnership and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender.

•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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in this programme. But at least 02 years of relevant experience in the field of research, data compilation and analysis will be an asset;


Applicants to this internship position 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);
(c) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.

All these in the area of Law, international human rights focused on anti-trafficking, smuggling of migrants, cross border issues, transnational crime, political or social sciences and or public administration.

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 and French are the working languages of the United Nations. Fluency in English and proficient in French are required.


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