Belgium: Policy Intern – UNODC Brussels Liaison Office

Organization: UN Office on Drugs and Crime
Country: Belgium
Closing date: 25 Jan 2018

The internship at the UNODC Brussels Liaison Office is for 3 to 6 months – with a preference for 6 months.
The Internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work 5 days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of the Representative of the UNODC Brussels Liaison Office.


Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Support the Representative of the Brussels Liaison Office in policy and networking activities with counterparts in Brussels and at UNODC HQs in Vienna;
  • Monitor, analyze and synthesize various sources of information regarding developments in the institutions covered by the Office and in terms of policy initiatives, events, public announcements and other news items of relevance to UNODC;
  • Research, collect and analyze documents in preparation of meetings with stakeholders and partners, including other UN agencies; if possible accompany the Representative to meetings and assist in the follow-up;
  • Monitor EU funding opportunities relevant to UNODC;
  • Support the Office in the preparation and conduct of UNODC or UN team events in Brussels;
  • Ad hoc assignments as requested;


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 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.
Planning & Organizing:
Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; and uses time efficiently.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
• Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
(1) have obtained her or his first university degree (bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
(2) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
(3) have graduated with a second university degree.
If selected, she or he must commence the internship prior to or within one year from the date of graduation. An official document supporting one of the above must be attached to the Inspira application.
• Be computer literate in standard software applications
• Have a demonstrated interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the United Nations Charter; and
• 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.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme. For the UNODC Brussels Liaison Office, practical knowledge of, and experience with the functioning of the EU and its institutions is a highly appreciated asset;


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. Fluency in English, i.e. oral and written proficiency is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language, particularly French, is an advantage.

Special Notice

The application must include a cover letter that includes the following information:
• Degree programme (i.e., what are you currently studying?)
• Graduation date (i.e., when will you or when did you graduate from the programme?)
• Explanation of your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme
• Explanation of why you are the best candidate for this specific internship
• Any previous work experience in an international organisation or in the field of international criminal law (or public international law)
In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT and language skills, and three references.
Due to the high volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

How to apply:

To apply, please visit the job opening #91435 on INSPIRA. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.