UN Office of Drugs & Crime is Recruiting Admin Interns – South Africa (Closes 8/08/23)

UNODC is Recruiting

UN Office of Drugs & Crime would like to hire the intern with excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, a solid understanding of the domain of UN Office Drugs & Crime’s mandate and the sensitivity of its issues, an ability to work with and relate to a diverse set of clients, and excellent visualization skills.

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Under the overall supervision and guidance of the HIV/AIDS Programme Officer, the Intern will support the implementation of the HIV/AIDS programme’s work in line with UNODC mandate on HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support related to (a) drug use in particular injecting drug use and (b) prison settings. More specifically, the Intern will perform the following.:

•Assist the HIV programme with the review and drafting of technical publications, project
documents, briefing materials and other documents. In doing so, the intern will ensure that a
human-rights based-approach is adopted;
•Support the HIV programme with the organization and preparation of events and workshops.
The intern may be expected to gather documentation, coordinate the agenda and other related
•Assist the HIV programme in updating HIV related country profiles (research and drafting
skills required), including developing new info-graphics;
•Assist the team with the drafting of web stories and other materials to be published in
UNODC’s website, as well as other social media related tasks;
•Perform other tasks as required.


Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly
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.

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

Commitment to continuous learning:

Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession. Actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally.
Contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates. Shows willingness to learn from
others. Seeks feedback to learn and improve.


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: (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).
• 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
•University studies or degree in public health, social sciences, communication, international development studies, international relations, political science, or other relevant fields is required.

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.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this position,
fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations
Secretariat language is an advantage.

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