Closing date: Monday, 20 March 2023

Posting Title: INTERN – GIS, I (Temporary Job Opening)


Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Duty Station: VIENNA

Posting Period: 06 March 2023 – 20 March 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-203296-J-Vienna (A)

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

Organisational Setting and ReportingThe intern will be part of the Illicit Crop Monitoring Programme (ICMP) at UNODC Headquarters, Vienna, Austria. The ICMP is located in the Programme Management and Development Unit (PDMU), Research and Analysis Branch (RAB), Division of Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA). ICMP promotes the development and maintenance of a global network of illicit crop monitoring systems in coca and opium poppy cultivating countries. ICMP provides overall coordination and technical support to annual illicit crop surveys at the country level and monitors the socioeconomic conditions of households that are living in areas with illicit crop cultivation and/or areas where illicit crops have been replaced by alternative development initiatives. For this purpose, it conducts research on alternative development, develops new survey initiatives, analyses and validates survey results and publishes survey reports. The ICMP internship is for three months starting in May 2023 with an opportunity for extension, pending the need of the office. 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:

  •  Design, maintain and manipulate geographical information (GIS) databases.
  •  Support the development of map products for visualization and dissemination of ICMP data, using both desktop and web applications.
  •  Assist in the management, analysis and quality control of geospatial data related to illicit crop monitoring.
  •  Research on the best practices and latest technology utilized in the field of map production.
  •  Liaise with Universities, research centers, UN networks for cooperating in GIS related research.
  •  Assist in presenting results in reports, graphs, tables, maps and story maps, as well as assist in report writing and in preparing presentations on the key findings of the research.
  •  Perform other tasks related to the implementation of the programme, as requested.

CompetenciesCommunication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, 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. 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.

EducationTo qualify for this internship position, 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);
  •  Degree in the field of remote sensing, geography, agricultural sciences, environmental science, statistics, development studies, or related field.
  •  Knowledge of remote sensing theory, principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial data, and statistical/analytical skills are required.
  •  Knowledge of machine learning techniques for modelling geospatial and RS data is desirable.
  •  Be computer literate in standard software applications; working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Power Point is required. Practical experience with GIS software (e.g. ArcGIS, QGIS) and web map applications is required. Experience storytelling with maps and related software applications is desirable. Basic knowledge of a programming language (e.g. Python) is desirable.
  •  Applicants must have a keen demonstrated interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter.
  •  Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to try and understand and be tolerant 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. Fluency in English, i.e. oral and written proficiency is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

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

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:

  •  The Degree Programme and the name of the University (What are you currently studying?)
  •  The Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)
  •  A list the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
  •  List your top three areas of interest.
  •  Explain why you are 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. Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted. 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.

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.