UN Intern - Legal Affairs Jobs in Arusha Tanzania

UN Intern - Legal Affairs Jobs in Arusha Tanzania

  • This position is located in the Office of the President of the Mechanism.

  • It is under the supervision and direction of the Head of the Arusha branch of the Office of the President.

  • The Office of the President is seeking legal interns on an ongoing basis at the Arusha branch.

  • A Mechanism internship is unpaid and full-time.

  • Core working hours for interns are Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

  • Interns work under the supervision of a staff member in the office to which they are assigned.

  • The duration of an internship at the Mechanism can range from a minimum of three months to a maximum of six months, according to the needs of the intern’s assigned office.


  • The President is the institutional head of the Mechanism and fulfils functions both in Arusha and The Hague.

  • The President is responsible for the overall execution of the institution’s mandate, represents the Mechanism before the United Nations Security Council and the United Nations General Assembly, presides over the Chambers, and is responsible for appointing judges to hear cases as required.

  • The President of the Mechanism is a member of the Appeals Chamber and presides over its proceedings.

  • In the President’s Office, interns provide legal support with respect to a wide range of mandated residual functions, including by conducting independent legal research, analyzing laws and policies, drafting and editing orders and decisions, and advising on press and policy matters. Interns may also observe hearings and deliberations, attend meetings of the President with interlocutors inside and outside the Mechanism, assist in the preparation of reports to the United Nations Security Council and United Nations General Assembly, and prepare drafts of speeches.



  • Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and master of subject matter;

  • is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;

  • is
    motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.


  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively;

  • listens to others, correctly interprets message 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.


  • Candidates for legal internships in the Office of the President are required to be, at a minimum, in their final year of law school/university.

  • If the candidate has already completed a four-year undergraduate university degree before commencing graduate legal studies, he or she must have completed at least one year of graduate legal studies by the time the internship commences.

  • Applicants must be computer literate in standard software applications.

    Work Experience

  • Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme, and must be at least 18 years old.

  • Prior experience in a legal work environment is an asset.


  • English and French are the working languages of the Mechanism.

  • Fluency in oral and written English and/or French is required.

  • Knowledge of other languages – particularly Kinyarwanda or Swahili – is an asset.


  • Short-listed candidates may be contacted by the hiring team directly if further information is needed during the review of their application.

  • Due to the high volume of applications received, candidates who have not been short-listed will not be contacted.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; UN Intern - Legal Affairs Jobs in Arusha Tanzania

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