United Nations Intern - MICT Library Jobs in Arusha - Tanzania

United Nations Intern - MICT Library Jobs in Arusha - Tanzania

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, more commonly referred to as the MICT, is a body of the United Nations established in 2010 to carry out a number of essential functions of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), after the completion of their respective mandates. The MICT comprises two branches.

One branch covers functions inherited from the ICTR and is located in Arusha, Tanzania. The other branch is located in The Hague and inherited functions from the ICTY.

This position is located in the Archives and Records Section of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals in Arusha. It is under the supervision and direction of a Librarian.

A MICT 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 Librarian. The duration of a MICT internship can range from a minimum of three months to a maximum of six months, according to the needs of the intern’s assigned office.


  • Through this programme, the intern will acquire practical skills and knowledge in the daily operation of the library. Also, the intern will learn about the tools used in the library and learn how to use them. By the end of the internship programme, the intern will be able to apply these skills in practice and work in a library environment with confidence.
  • During the period of internship programme at the library, the intern will accomplish the following tasks:
  • Receive and prepare documents for processing;
  • Participate in the cataloguing of library materials (books, articles) based on on X-Ref library management system;
  • Assist in providing daily services at the reference desk (Requests of information, research assistance to library users, scanning and distributing documents including newspapers);
  • Provide library brief to visitors in the absence of the Librarian;
  • Issue and monitor book loans in accordance with library guidelines and maintain accurate records;
  • Process library loan by using appropriate X-Ref functions;
  • Ensure the smooth running of the integrated library management system (X-Ref);
  • Participate in various ad-hoc projects related to the library such as the publication of the 2018 edition of the MICT Bibliography on ICTR and ICTY; Monthly production of list of new acquisitions etc;
  • Familiar with Library online databases and other electronic resources;
  • Re-shelve used materials such as books and articles;
  • Participate in the monthly production of library statistics;
  • Perform any other tasks assigned by the project supervisor.
  • Please note that at the end of the project / internship programme, the intern is required to make a report and he would be evaluated according to the work produced.


  • Professionalism – Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery 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.
  • Communication – 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 the 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.


  • Candidates for an internship in MARS are required to be enrolled in, or have completed in the last 12 months, a relevant diploma/degree programme in Library Science, archives, records management or information management. Applicants must be computer literate in standard software applications.

    Work Experience

  • Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participating in the programme, and must be at least 18 years old. Previous experience in a library, archive or information management work environment is an asset.


  • English and French are the working languages of the MICT. Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French and/ or Swahili / Kinyarwanda 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.

    Special Notice

  • A complete online application including ALL of the documents listed below is required. Please note that documents may only be in English or French, and that incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

    Applicants must attach ALL of the following documents to each UN Careers portal application submitted via our website:

  • Completed MICT Intern Acceptance and Undertaking; 2. Two (2) letters of recommendation;
  • Copies of university transcripts (including courses taken and grades received). Please list the dates you are available in the cover letter on your application and indicate whether you would be interested in internships in other sections of the MICT.
  • Please contact us at internship@un.org if you have any problems uploading these documents.

    How to Apply

  • 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) apply by 7th January, 2019

  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Intern - MICT Library Jobs in Arusha - Tanzania

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