Internship - Web development

Duty Station : Dakar, ROSEN/UNODC

Duration : The internship programme is for at least two months and can be extended to six months.

Objective: The objective of the internship is to give you a first-hand impression of the day-to-day working environment of the United Nations. You will be given a real chance to work with our people. As part of our team, working directly with outstanding and inspiring career professionals and senior management within the Organization's, you will be exposed to high-profile conferences, participate in meetings, and contribute to analytical work as well as organizational policy. Initially you will take on the amount of responsibility you can shoulder; the potential for growth, however, is yours to develop.

Duties and responsibilities:

Under the overall supervision of the UNODC Regional Communication Officer,  the intern will assist both UNODC Regional office and its Project offices in defining and implementing efficient communication and advocacy strategies on the Internet. Specifically, the incumbent will support in the design, content, enhancement and maintenance of the UNODC-ROSEN new web portail (

- Evaluating and developing website design, content and structure;

- In consultation with IT staff, creating enhancements and modifications to the website;

- Editing text, stories, images and video and creating interactive forms/links;

- Using social media and email as outreach communication;

- Ensuring website content meets the need of external clients;

- Coordinating timely responses to email inquiries via the website;

- Maintaining website and ensuring content accuracy, timeliness and relevance

- Assist with other related tasks as needed



Enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme in Information Technology/Communications related field such as Journalism, interactive telecommunications or web design/development..

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in written and spoken English and French are a requirement. Knowledge of local or other regional language(s) would be an asset.


- Commitment to UNODC's mission, vision and values;

- Cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;

- Respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter and the UNODC Mission and Mandate.


- Exemplary planning and organizational skills with a high degree of detail orientation;

- Strong IT skills and experience with Web Design (XHTML/HTML) and Web Development - - Applications (Dreamweaver CS3 or Adobe Contribute);

- Good social media/electronic communication skills including writing, summarizing and editing short items.

- Strong writing and editing skills;

- Strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task;

- Attention to detail is crucial;

- Able to work independently

- Responsible, responsive and enthusiastic

- Demonstrated interest and motivation in the field of development;

- A desire to work with people with different language, national and cultural backgrounds


Professionalism: Very sound knowledge of and demonstrated ability to provide effective advice on concepts and approaches relevant to technical cooperation assistance, programme management, drug control and crime prevention; capable of representing the Organization and to negotiate successfully with officials of government, non-governmental and sports organizations; ability to use sound judgement and decision making skills to attain objectives.

Planning and Organizing:

Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor work plans,  prioritize competing demands and work to tight deadlines.

Communication:  Proven ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to communicate effectively, including ability to prepare reports and conduct presentations by clearly formulating positions on issues, articulating options concisely, and conveying maximum necessary information, making and defending recommendations.


Proven interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Other terms and conditions

  • Cost: United Nations interns are not paid. All costs related to travel, insurance, accommodation, and living expenses must be borne by either the interns or their sponsoring institutions.
  • Visa: You will be responsible for obtaining and financing the necessary visas.
  • Travel: You will arrange and finance your travel to the United Nations location where you will be an intern.
  • Medical insurance: You will be responsible for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during an internship. You must show proof of a valid major global medical insurance coverage.
  • Confidentiality: You have to be discreet and keep confidential any and all unpublished information obtained during the course of the internship and do not publish any reports or papers based on such information.
  • Academic Credit: You may get academic credit from your institution of higher education for the internship. Check with your university to confirm their academic credit policy for internships.
  • Age: Eligible candidates are not older than 30 years.