Professional Development

UN Joint Inspection Unit Research Internship

October 20, 2016

The JIU, the only independent external oversight body of the United Nations system mandated to conduct evaluations, inspections and investigations system-wide, is currently accepting applications for research internships with the Unit from candidates who can intern for a period of 3-6 months (6 months preferred) from mid-January or February 2017 onwards. Candidates interested in starting an internship in mid-July/early August 2017 are also encouraged to apply as the JIU accepts applications on a year round rolling basis.

General Duties

In view of his/her professional development, under the direct supervision of an Evaluation and Inspection Officer (EIO) and under the guidance of an Inspector, the intern will be assigned to support a review team. He/she will be tasked to undertake in-depth desk research, analysis and data collection, assist in the preparation of inception papers, questionnaires, interview guides and surveys, organize and analyze information received and prepare the relevant analytical outputs, participate in interviews and video-conferences as note-taker, provide logistical support in preparation for missions and interviews and assist in support tasks related to the preparation of the review findings. 


The following criteria are used to determine eligibility for the internship programme (Research & IT internships):
Background in one of the following fields: evaluation, management, public administration, international law, finance, development economics, international relations, political science as well as other social sciences or other related fields. Candidates with a background in inter-agency coordination, human rights, humanitarian assistance, project and programme fund management, programme and policy analysis, development assistance etc. are also encouraged to apply;

  • Fully proficient in web-based research including use of online databases
  • Fluency in English (reading, writing, understanding, speaking); knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is an asset
  • Experienced in the use of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, including ability to readily prepare tables and charts and maintain and update databases via excel
  • Prior work experience, while useful, is not a prerequisite
  • Advanced Information Technology (IT) skills (for IT internship candidates only)


  • In line with the UN Administrative Instruction on internships (ST/AI/2014/1, 13 January 2014) candidates must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
    (a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher)
    (b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent)
    (c) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.
  • Interns are expected to work on a full-time basis (40 hours per week)
  • Maximum duration of internship: six months
  • All internships are unpaid--no benefits are provided whatsoever

How to Apply

A brief cover letter, writing sample (in English) and the JIU Application form should be sent to Applications are received and reviewed year-round on a rolling basis depending on the needs of the unit. For more details about the internship program please see here.

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