Intern (Support to ECOWAS Regional Action Plan) – Dakar


  • Suitable candidates should be enrolled in a Master’s or Ph.D. programme in Criminal Justice, Law, Political Science, Public Health or an equivalent academic discipline;
  • Have graduated with university degree and if selected, must commence the internship within one year period of graduation from an academic programme;
  • Interested students must send during their application a letter from his/her university confirming current enrolment and graduation date.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat;

For the post advertised, fluency in written and spoken English and French are a requirement. Knowledge of Portuguese or any other additional working languages would be an asset.

Other terms and conditions

Duration of the internship assignment: the minimum duration of an internship is two (02) months. This period can be extended up to a total period of six months

Subsequent employment: the purpose of the internship programme is not to lead to further employment with UNODC but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship. Internes may not apply for or be appointed to any position in the professional or above categories and for positions in the field service category during the period of their internship and for the six (06) months immediately following the expiration date of thereof.

Cost: United Nations interns are not paid. All costs related to travel, insurance, accommodation, and living expenses must be borne by either the interns or their sponsoring institutions. Interns are considered gratis personnel. They are not staff members.

Visa and Travel: Interns are responsible for obtaining and financing the necessary visas and making the appropriate travel arrangements for Dakar.

Official travel: Interns does not undertake official travel on behalf of UNODC.

Medical insurance: Interns are responsible for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during their internship. They must provide proof of a valid medical insurance coverage to cover the full period of the internship at the duty station and provide a medical certificate of good health prior to the commencement of the internship.

Confidentiality: Interns must be discreet and keep confidential any and all unpublished information obtained during the course of the internship and do not publish any reports or papers based on such information.

Academic Credit: Interns may receive academic credit from their institution of higher education for the internship, depending on that institution’s academic credit policy.

Age: Eligible candidates must not be more than 30 years old.

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