17 Sep 2020

Internship: Designing Dreams Project at United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

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For two decades, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has been helping make the world safer from drugs, organized crime, corruption and terrorism. We are committed to achieving health, security and justice for all by tackling these threats and promoting peace and sustainable well-being as deterrents to them. Because the scale of these problems is often too great for states to confront alone, UNODC offers practical assistance and encourages transnational approaches to action. We do this in all regions of the world through our global programmes and network of field offices.

Vacancy Description

This internship is located within the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Regional Office for Eastern Africa (UNODC ROEA), CPCJ Programme. UNODC – ROEA in the context of its Regional Programme for 2016-2021 entitled “ Promoting the Rule of Law and Human Security in Eastern Africa” in partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, through its Department of Children Services (DCS), is supporting a rehabilitation and reintegration initiative for adolescent girls in conflict with the law at the Kirigiti Rehabilitation School and Dagoretti Rehabilitation School in Nairobi.

This initiative is part of the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice programme of the Regional Programme and seeks to empower and provide adolescent girls with soft and life-skills, entrepreneurship skills, education, and vocational training, as well as psycho-social support. Through this initiative, UNODC undertook a needs assessment for rehabilitation homes, borstal institutes and prisons in Kenya. The findings of this this assessment highlighted the complexity and challenges associated to the reintegration young women and adolescent girls in the community, who, in many instances, are unable to return to their homes and have no means to sustain themselves. For the past years Kenya has embarked in the reform of care systems for children. dismantling institutional care and redirecting resources towards family support and strengthening other forms of family-based alternative care. These include kinship and foster care.

In an effort to address the findings of the assessment, UNODC, in partnership with a Spanish NGO, THRibune, is supporting the national Government with the establishment of a residence providing temporary accommodation and a safe space for adolescent girls who are unable to find placement in foster care or traditional structures. This temporary arrangement will allow them to pursue education and training programs, receive comprehensive psychosocial support post release, avoid recidivism and maintain the gains earned through their rehabilitation process.

As part of this initiative, UNODC launched fashion design and entrepreneurship programme, in partnership with local fashion designers and the Kenyan Government. At this inception stage and with a first cohort of adolescent completing their first creations, UNODC organized two fashion events to showcase the outcomes of the adolescent’s training. These events served to diminish the strong stigmatization surrounding this vulnerable group of youth making them susceptible to crime and recidivism, human trafficking, substance use and radicalization. It also underlined the principle that sound investment in these girls will sustain the tidal wave of progress achieved as we strive to reach the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Following these fashion events, UNODC in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Kenya and THRIBUNE (a Spanish NGO) seeks to collaborate to establish the first residence for temporary accommodation for adolescent girls in conflict with the law. The reintegration programmes will be offered for the duration of the stay of the girls, or until they reach the age of eighteen.

The internship position is offered for a period of six months starting in October 2020. The intern will work five days per week (40 hours) under the first supervision of the head of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme, UNODC – ROEA. The internship is UNPAID and fulltime.

For further information on UNODC, please visit the following website: www.unodc.org

Given the current situation due to COVID-19, selected interns may have to start working remotely from their country of nationality/residence subject to travel restrictions in effect both in their home country and duty station as well as availability of affordable air or surface transportation as applicable.


Purpose of the assignment:

To assist in the implementation of the Designing Dreams project in Kenya

Specific tasks to be performed by the Intern:

Under the overall supervision UNODC ROEA Head of the Criminal Justice Programme the intern will; –

  • Assist in the design, planning and implementation of the Designing Dreams project in Kenya,
  • Assist in meetings with counterparts and partners as it is related to the project
  • Assist in the reporting and monitoring of the Designing Dreams project
  • Assist in the activities related to building a temporary residence for girls in conflict with the Law
  • Carry out any other duties as required


  • Professionalism: Knowledge, experience and/or training in criminal justice, criminal law, human rights and/or public international law. 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 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.
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational 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 decision may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher).
  • Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent).


In addition, applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Be computer literate in standard software applications.
  • Have demonstrated keen 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 include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language and/or Kiswahili is an asset.


Short-listed candidates may be contracted 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.

Method of Application

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Closing Date : 30th September, 2020


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