Closing date: Thursday, 16 March 2023

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


Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Duty Station: VIENNA

Posting Period: 02 March 2023 – 16 March 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-202579-J-Vienna (A)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and ReportingThe internship position is located in the Synthetic Drug Strategy team in the Laboratory and Scientific Service (LSS), Drugs, Laboratory and Scientific Services Branch (DLSSB), Division for Policy Analysis (DPA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Vienna (Austria). Through its Global Scientific and Forensic Programme, LSS aims to strengthen forensic capacity and skills worldwide by providing tailored scientific services to deliver cross-cutting solutions to address drugs, crime and terrorism. Managed by LSS, the UNODC Synthetic Drug Strategy leads a coordinated UN-wide response to the world synthetic drugs problem through collaboration with various UN agencies and programmes in order to bring together relevant expertise from across the UN system and provide a framework for comprehensive and integrated action to address the challenges posed by synthetic drugs. The internship is expected to start in April 2023 for a period of six months under the supervision of the Programme Management Officer. The internship is UNPAID and full-time (five days per week – 40 hours) based in Vienna. For the work of UNODC, please visit


he intern will assist the Synthetic Drug Strategy team to plan and conduct effective communication and implementation activities. The intern will undertake duties which may include, but are not limited to:

  •  Assist the development of outreach and communication content for the Synthetic Drug Strategy for use on webpages, social media and other public information platforms including preparing written content and graphics.
  •  Assist in conceptualizing and preparing data visualization products and tools, including infographics and the development of dashboards.
  •  Assist with content management of the UN Toolkit on Synthetic Drugs website.
  •  Support the preparation and organisation of meetings, training activities and other events including preparing summaries, minutes and reports.
  •  Conduct research and compile information from multiple sources for use in reports, briefs, speeches, presentations, infographics etc.
  •  Contribute to other day-to-day operational tasks of the team and section, as appropriate.

CompetenciesCommunication: 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& 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.


  •  Applicants 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); or (c) have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined above) (OFFICIAL PROOF FROM THE UNIVERSITY IN SUPPORT OF ONE OF THE ABOVE OPTIONS HAS TO BE ATTACHED TO THE INSPIRA APPLICATION)
  •  Applicants must have studied international relations, law, public health, psychology, social sciences or a related field.
  •  Applicants must be proficient in the use of standard computer software. Ability to use data visualization tools such as Microsoft Power BI or Tableau or knowledge of graphic design tools such as Adobe Illustrator, Piktochart or Canva would be considered an advantage.
  •  Applicants should have a keen interest in the work of the United Nations and a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter.
  •  Applicants must be able to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes tolerance of differing opinions and views.

Work ExperienceNo 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.

LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the internship. Any other language SP, AR, RU, CH, would be an asset.

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

Special NoticeInterns 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?)
  •  The IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
  •  UN official languages that you are proficient in or have knowledge of.
  •  Your main areas of interest.
  •  Why you are a suitable candidate for this specific internship.
  •  Your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme. In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experience, IT skills and three references. Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

United Nations ConsiderationsAccording 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.