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Org. Setting and Reporting

The internship is located in the Crime Research Section, Research and Trend Analysis Branch, Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Vienna (Austria). Duration: The envisaged starting date is at the beginning of February 2021 and the duration is an initial period of 24 weeks with possibility of extension to a maximum of six months subject to the needs of the office and the availability of the intern.

The intern will work under the direct supervision of the Wildlife Crime Research Officer for the Unit.

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

For more information on UNODC, please visit the following website:

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises.

Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.


The intern shall undertake the following duties as part of the research work on the World Wildlife Crime Report which may include, but are not limited to:

Collect information and literature on wildlife trafficking trends at the international level;

Assist with quantitative and qualitative data compiling, quality checking, entry, and management;

Help develop data collection tools and fieldwork research plans for species-specific consultancies;

Analyze data to define trends in wildlife trafficking;

Other relevant assignments as required.

The current research avenues for the World Wildlife Crime Report, with which the selected candidate could get involved are:

1)Research on the displacement of ivory, pangolin, and rosewood trafficking to Vietnam;

2)Research on the emergence of Nigeria as a transit hub for various wildlife trafficking products;

3)Research on jaguar, reptile, or songbird trade in Latin and South America;

4)Species-specific research on the illegal trade in tiger parts and other species (including marine and plant species) to be determined during the research design phase of the report. This could include but is not limited to:

a.Analysis of illegal wildlife product prices along the trafficking chain through court records or media sources;

b.Analysis of wildlife crime arrests and prosecutions and the laws under which they occurred.



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.


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.

Client Orientation:

Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Technological Awareness:

Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


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). (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.”

Knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Power Point is essential. Studies in the field of social sciences, economics or criminology is required. Familiarity in the area of crime research (or comparable study area) would be an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. Fluency in English, i.e. oral and written proficiency is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

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 Crime Research Section, focusing on wildlife trafficking;

- An explanation of your interest in the work of UNODC.

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 (i.e. an official letter of confirmation from a university).

Due to the high volume of applications received, only successful candidates will be contacted.