Intern - Legal Affairs

United Nations Secretariat, Syria

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and CampaignResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st January, 2021

Job Description


The positions of Legal Intern and Research and Analysis Intern are located in the Collection, Analysis and Sharing Section (CASS) of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Persons Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under International Law Committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011. More commonly referred to as the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (Syria) or IIIM, is a body of the United Nations, located in Geneva, Switzerland, established to collect, consolidate, preserve and analyse evidence of violations of international humanitarian law and human rights violations and abuses committed since March 2011 in the Syrian Arab Republic. The legal intern works under the supervision of a legal officer and the research and analysis intern works under the supervision of an analyst in CASS.

The IIIM internship is unpaid and full-time. Core working hours for interns are Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 18:00. Overtime may be required to meet deadlines for specific projects.

The duration of the IIIM internship can range from a minimum of three months to a maximum of six months, according to the needs of the IIIM and the established UN rules and regulations, with a preference for internships of duration closer to six months. Selections will be made on a rolling basis.


Legal Intern: The duties of legal interns in CASS include, but are not limited to assisting in the provision of advice relating to the preparation of case files and on sharing material in accordance with the IIIM’s mandate; assisting in the review of the IIIM’s evidence collection; conducting research on domestic and international criminal law as well as research on factual and policy issues pertaining to the work of the IIIM; drafting meeting minutes; and cite checking, compiling and collating materials.

Research & Analysis Intern (R&A): The R&A intern is assigned to perform research and analysis, examine events, personalities, organisations, and crimes under review by the IIIM. An intern participates in the research and collation of information, determining its value and integrating it into the evidential development of the broader issues being pursued.


  • PROFESSIONALISM - Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
  • COMMUNICATION – 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; tailor’s language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • TEAMWORK – Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational 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.
  • TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS – Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:

  • Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or,
  • Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent).

In addition:

  • Applicants must have studies in a relevant field of study in law, criminal law or international criminal law, political science, Middle Eastern studies, conflict studies or another analysis based program, related fields.
  • Be computer literate in standard software applications;
  • Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and·
  • Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes a willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Applicants are encouraged to list all relevant work experiences in their application, as well as interests, skills and knowledge in the areas indicated in the job opening.


  • 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.
  • The field of study should be closely related to the type of internship you are applying for.
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural international work environment, conducting legal research and dealing with sensitive or confidential information may be considered as an advantage
  • It is particularly useful for interns to have legal training or experience in international criminal or humanitarian law.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of other languages, particularly Arabic and French, is an asset.


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