Full Time Internship Programme at the UNODC Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific

Term of Reference

Post Title: Intern
Duty Station: Southeast Asia and the Pacific countries (to be determined)
Duration: 3-6 months



UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime and mandated to assist Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism. UNODC operates in all regions of the world through an extensive network of field offices. The Regional Office/Programme for Southeast Asia and the Pacific covers the following five thematic sub-programmes, formulated to assist Member States with the most pressing regional concerns:

  1. Transnational Organised Crime and Illicit Trafficking
    • Drugs and Precursors
    • Human Trafficking
    • Smuggling of Migrants
    • Wildlife and forest crime
    • Border management
    • Anti-money laundering
    • Cyber crime
  2. Anti-Corruption
  3. Terrorism Prevention
  4. Criminal Justice
  5. Drug and Health, and Alternative Development

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the overall supervision of the Regional Representative, and the direct supervision of the Regional Advisor, Senior Programme Manager, and professional staff/experts of the assigned thematic sub-programme, duties will include but not limited to:

  • Conduct research on the assigned thematic areas, topics may include transnational organized crime, Terrorism Prevention, Criminal Justice, Anti-corruption, Drugs and Health issues etc.;
  • Assist in data collection, verification and analysis of key programme indicators, reviewing relevant literature, and preparing graphs, tables and reports from such data;
  • Assist the Programme Manager and other officers in coordinating with partners and stakeholders
  • Produce desk-based research on various countries in the region;
  • Work jointly with the UNODC team to support development and implementation of communication strategies (website content management, social media, programme briefs, communication materials, etc.;
  • Provide logistical support to the project implementation and activities such as the organization and the reporting of conferences, events, training courses, etc.

Objective and Learning opportunities:

The intern will gain the substantive and operational knowledge on the assigned thematic areas in the region and country offices. In addition, this internship will help the intern broaden the understanding of UNODC's missions and obtain the working experience in the UN system.


  • Be enrolled in a Master Degree or higher programme in law (preferably in criminal or international law), political, public health, or social sciences at the time of application and during the internship period.
  • Excellent written and spoken English; knowledge of other language(s) of the countries in the region is an advantage.
  • Good computer skills in MS package and internet search
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.

Financial aspects:

Interns are not financially remunerated by UNODC. All costs and arrangement of living expenses, travel, visa application fees, insurance, and any other costs related to the internship must be borne by the intern or by a sponsoring institution, e.g. university, education programme, etc. Interns do not receive a salary or emoluments from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Other relevant information:

Information on other relevant information for the internship programme of UNODC is available at the UNODC Website: http://www.unodc.org/southeastasiaandpacific/en/who-we-are/full- time-internship.html

How to apply:

If you are interested in applying for the internship, please submit:

  • A brief application letter (indicating areas of interest and available period for an internship)
  • Proof of continuing studies (i.e. a letter of confirmation from a university)
  • a Curriculum Vitae;

The selection of duty station is to be determined and assigned based on programme needs.

The application should be submitted by e-mail UNODC-Thailandfieldoffice@un.org