United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Intern - Drug Control & Crime Prevention - Kisumu Jobs in Kenya

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Intern - Drug Control & Crime Prevention - Kisumu Jobs in Kenya

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The internship position is located in the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme of UNODC - Regional Office for Eastern Africa. The internship is expected to start in April/May 2023 for a period of six months under the supervision of the PLEAD Programme Management Officer.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time (five days per week - 40 hours) and based in Nairobi, Kenya.

As the global guardian of the UN Standards and Norms in Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, UNODC is mandated to support Member States in upholding the Rule of Law, promoting crime prevention and effective, fair, humane and accountable criminal justice systems in line with the United Nations standards and norms on crime prevention and criminal justice and other relevant international legal instruments.

In line with this mandate, UNODC’s project titled “Reinforce the rule of law, improve access to justice, increase efficiency and accountability in the justice system and use of technology as an enabler of justice” aims to support in addressing capacity needs and persistent bottlenecks affecting service delivery in the justice sector.

It also aims to advance digitalization to streamline the administration of justice and countering corruption will be central elements as the Government of Kenya seeks to improve access to justice for all Kenyans, including those at risk of exclusion and marginalization.

The PLEAD component implemented by UNODC targets support to the following institutions in the justice chain (national partners): National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ), Judiciary, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), Probation and Aftercare Service (PACS), Witness Protection Agency (WPA), Directorate of Children Services (DCS), Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), Kenya Prisons Service (KPS) and National Police Service (NPS).

On the other hand, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will support Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) through its flagship Amkeni Wakenya facility.

The Programme is funded by the European Union and targets 19 counties namely: Kisumu, Nairobi, Mombasa, Uasin Gishu and Nakuru, Wajir, Mandera, Lamu, Tana River, Marsabit, Isiolo, Garissa, Meru, Kericho, Kisii Bungoma, Kakamega, Migori and Narok.


  • Support the preparation and organisation of meetings, training activities and other events including preparing summaries, minutes and reports.

  • Conduct research on legal aspects of crime prevention and criminal justice reform and contribute to the preparation of UNODC publications, background notes, reports, briefing materials, presentations, talking points and speeches;

  • Conduct research and compile information from multiple sources for use in reports, briefs, speeches, presentations, infographics etc.

  • Assist in staff members' preparation of technical assistance missions, workshops, meetings, high-level events and conferences, including support to field offices;

  • Support in the follow-up of meeting outcomes.

  • Contribute to other day-to-day operational tasks of the team and section, as appropriate.



    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.


    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.


    To qualify for this internship 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 political science, international relations, law, criminal justice or related discipline is desirable;

    • Be computer literate in standard software applications, including proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; and be able to work online and communicate via Teams, Zoom, etc.

    • Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and

    • Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes the willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

    Work Experience

  • No 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.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in written and spoken English is required for this internship. Knowledge of Swahili is desirable.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Intern - Drug Control & Crime Prevention - Kisumu Jobs in Kenya

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