Legal Affairs Intern at United Nations | March 2024

March 28, 2024
Application deadline closed.

Job Description

Work Location
Arusha, Tanzania
Expected duration
3-6 months
Duties and Responsibilities
Organizational Setting and Reporting: The Office of the President of the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (“Office of the President” and “Mechanism”, respectively) invites applications for several legal internships commencing from April 2024 in Arusha, Tanzania. The duration of the internship generally ranges from (3) three months to (6) six months. Please indicate your preferred internship period in your cover letter. The Mechanism is mandated to perform a number of essential functions previously carried out by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. The Office of the President provides legal, judicial, institutional, diplomatic, and administrative support to the President of the Mechanism (“President”) in the execution of her mandated functions. Responsibilities: In the Office of the President, interns have the opportunity to support the President with a wide range of mandated functions. Interns may: (i) conduct comprehensive legal research; (ii) assist in the drafting and proofreading of decisions, orders, and other judicial documents; (iii) assist in the preparation of reports to the United Nations Security Council and United Nations General Assembly; (iv) analyze relevant law, rules, and policies; (v) assist in the drafting of speeches or official correspondence; (vi) provide support in advising on press and policy matters; and (vii) observe court hearings. Interns may also perform routine tasks such as compiling and collating materials, and other duties as required.
Qualifications/special skills
Candidates must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements: (a) be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university law degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent); (b) be enrolled in, or have completed, a law school graduate programme (second university degree (Master Degree) or equivalent, or higher). No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work, or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship. Previous legal experience is desirable. Applicants must be computer literate in standard software applications.
English and French are the working languages of the Mechanism. Fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable. Working knowledge of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, or Kinyarwanda is desirable.
Additional Information
Special Notice Please note internships are unpaid. Mechanism interns are responsible for all internship related expenses that they incur. Interns must therefore be able to cover their costs of travel, accommodation, as well as living expenses during the internship period. The United Nations accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during an internship. Therefore, upon award of an internship, interns are responsible for securing adequate insurance coverage and are required to sign and return a statement confirming their understanding and acceptance of these conditions of service. Interns must keep confidential any and all unpublished information obtained during the course of the internship and not publish any reports or papers based on such information except with the explicit written authorization of the Chief of Human Resources of the Mechanism. Interns are bound by the same duties and obligations as staff members, and the information to which an intern has access in the course of the internship must not be divulged to external parties. Each prospective intern must sign the Acceptance and Undertaking Form to indicate their understanding and acceptance of this stipulation. There should be no expectation of employment by the United Nations or the Mechanism upon completion of the internship. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
Intern Specific text
Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions. Interns who are not citizens or permanent residents of the country where the internship is undertaken, may be required to obtain the appropriate visa and work/employment authorization. Successful candidates should discuss their specific visa requirements before accepting the internship offer.
No Fee