Full Time Internship Programme

Terms of Reference

1. Mission Statement

The mission of UNODC Lao PDR Country Office is to promote and facilitate actions against drug abuse and trafficking, transnational organized crime, human trafficking, money laundering, corruption and terrorism. The Country Programme Framework's five main programmes will support the Lao Government's efforts to deal with the substantive drug related challenges within an integrated programmatic approach. The CPF also links with the six sub-programmes of the Regional Programme Framework (RPF) for Asia and the Pacific's and will complement the objectives of Regional initiatives through the MOU and ACCORD mechanisms from a country programme perspective.

UNODC is engaged in collaboration with donors, international organizations as well as other UN agencies in support of the Millennium Development Goals and in pursuit of the objective of "delivering as one".

2. Objectives of the programme

The Internship Programme aims at providing opportunity for outstanding graduate and postgraduate students to acquire practical professional experience through direct exposure to UNODC's work.  The Programme is designed to provide international experience and enhance better understanding of UN multi-lateral cooperation. In addition, UNODC also provides opportunities for young professionals to take internships in the specific fields of drugs and crime:

3. Description of Responsibilities

The selected young professionals will be working in cooperation with the other staff members of the Country Office and under the overall direction and supervision of the Representative. A mentor/advisor will be assigned to provide technical guidance and supervision to the intern throughout the internship period. The intern participants will have a chance to learn the overall UNODC policies and framework of drug control, development and implementation of UNODC's programmes.  They are also expected to contribute to the Country Office by assisting in compiling information, analysing key issues, collating information and documents received from UN/Headquarters/project offices and performing other duties to be assigned by the advisor and the Representative.

4. Main Activities of the Young Professional Interns

The Internship Programme is comprising the following training activities:

  • The interns will review all relevant information and documents related to UNODC's work in order to acquire basis understanding of the mandates, strategic policies, framework of programmes/activities of the organization.
  • The interns will assist the office in maintaining close contacts with concerned UN agencies and relevant drug control offices and institutions as well as UNODC field offices in the region.
  • The interns will participate in organizing meetings, seminars and donor countries official visits to promote wider cooperation with potential donors and partner institutions.
  • The interns will be involved in the office activities related to information collection and compilation of basic statistical background for the preparation of technical papers and speeches.
  • The interns will be involved in selected field work and programme/project activities related to their priority areas of studies and internship.

5. Qualifications

Candidates for the Internship Programme will be selected on a competitive basis. The following minimum qualifications are required:

  • Enrolment in a graduate degree programme of a recognised institution in the fields related to political and social sciences, economics, public health, psychology, public and business administration, law studies or other relevant programmes. The candidates are eligible to apply before or after their completion of the studies.
  • Strong interest in working with the UN system, particularly on drug and crime related fields.
  • Excellent knowledge of English with fluency in speaking, reading and writing. Knowledge of another UN language is an asset.
  • Good knowledge of all essential computer software including word processing, presentation and Internet communication and searching.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and a strong team working capacity.

6. Financial Aspects

The UNODC Internship programme operates on a non-remunerative basis. The costs connected with an intern's participation in the Programme must be borne by the nominating institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her own arrangements for travel, accommodation, etc.

7. Terms of Appointment

Duration of the internship is ranging from 4 to 6 months and the intern participants are required to work full-time during the office hours. Time is allowed for outside research work and interviews.

8. Duty Station

The intern participants will be working with UNODC Lao PDR Country Office, located in Vientiane.  UNODC Lao PDR also has project offices in several Northern provinces, where internships are available.

9. Further Career Opportunities

The Internship Programme does not guarantee further employment with UNODC or other UN agencies. Intern participants shall not be eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post at UNODC for a period of six months following the end of their internship. However, intern participants who have acquired practical experience and direct exposure to the UN system have very good opportunities to gain future employment after they have completed their studies.

10. How to Apply

Young professionals interested in the Internship Programme should submit a letter of application together with a Curriculum Vitae, two letters of reference and a general statement of purpose to indicate objective of internship, areas of interest, duration and expected outcomes. Admission will be in January for the Winter session, May for the Summer session and October for the Fall session.  Application should be sent to:

The Representative
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Lao PDR Country Office

P.O. Box 345 Kaysone Phomvihane Ave. Vientiane, Lao PDR
Tel: (856-21) 416427/413204/415004
Fax: (856 -21) 413203

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Due to the high volume of internship applications, we cannot respond to your application individually and only successful applicants will be contacted.