Programme Management Intern

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Nairobi, Kenya

The internship is UNPAID, and interns work five days per week (full time - 34 hours). The Global Maritime Crime Programme was established in 2010 in response to United Nations Security Council resolutions calling for a concerted international response to address piracy off the Horn of Africa. The programme then known as the Counter Piracy Programme played a central role in the establishment of a regional 'piracy prosecution model'. This involved providing comprehensive criminal justice support to states in the Indian Ocean region, which received suspected pirates for prosecution. Since then the Counter Piracy Programme has expanded both thematically and geographically into the Global Maritime Crime Programme covering a much wider spectrum of maritime crime within 6 ocean spaces globally.

The Indian Ocean West team of the Global Maritime Crime Programme is based in the Regional Office for Eastern Africa in Nairobi. They have extensive experience and knowledge in supporting states in the region in the fight against maritime crime and have a programming presence in the following countries in the East African Region: Angola, Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia Seychelles, South Africa and Tanzania. The programme is committed to support Member States, through its mandate, to develop cooperation both at a regional and international level and build law enforcement capacity among member states to counter serious organized crime within the maritime domain. In terms of our lines of activity, we traditionally offer support to countries to tackle transnational maritime crime throughout the entire criminal justice chain. This involves technical, material, and infrastructural support to law enforcement, prosecution, and detention.

All interventions have a strong regional cooperation emphasis and under the mandate of its Indian Ocean Forum on Maritime Crime (IOFMC), it provides a strong coordination and delivery mechanism, covering thematic areas for intervention focusing primarily, but not limited to, Maritime Drug Trafficking, Fisheries Crime and Smuggling of Somali Charcoal. This internship is located in the GMCP Indian Ocean West (IOW). The Intern reports to the Programme Officer. The intern will support the team in the administration and programme management support. Tasks will include:

  • Assist with planning of project implementation in the Southern Route countries including but not limited to Pakistan, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa and the Gulf Countries.
  • Assist with the drafting of website articles and social media posts -Drafting invitation letters and sending out to the partners
  • Assist with the organization of internal and external meetings and events, developing necessary background materials, and report writing. -Provide administrative, project management, and information management support.
  • Carry out other duties on a need's basis. -Provide support in M&E and internal and external reporting

Qualifications/special skills

Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher)
  •  Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s degree or equivalent).
  • Applicants to the UN Internship Programme are not required to have professional work. experience. However, a field of study that is closely related to the type of internship that you are applying for is required.
  • Applicants must be a student in the final year of the first university degree (bachelor or equivalent), Master’s or Ph.D. Programme or equivalent, or have completed a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PH.D. Programme. Do you meet any of the above criteria? If yes, please indicate which one and attach proof to the application. Please note that you will have to provide an official certificate at a later stage.
  • Applicants should have good knowledge of standard software applications, especially MS Word, MS PowerPoint, and MS Teams
  • Ability to draft news articles and/or social media posts in desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the internship. Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an advantage. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat