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Title: Intern (Office of Legal Affairs and Compliance)

​​Requisition ID: 1165
Grade: Intern
Category: Internship
Employment Type: NonStaff-Regular

Country: Austria
Duty Station: Vienna

Internship Duration: 3-6 months

Application Deadline: ongoing

Vacancy Announcement


The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mission of UNIDO, as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013 as well as the Abu Dhabi Declaration adopted at the eighteenth session of UNIDO General Conference in 2019, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Member States. The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will frame United Nations and country efforts towards sustainable development. UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs. Accordingly, the Organization’s programmatic focus is structured in four strategic priorities: Creating shared prosperity; Advancing economic competitiveness; Safeguarding the environment; and Strengthening knowledge and institutions.

Each of these programmatic fields of activity contains a number of individual programmes, which are implemented in a holistic manner to achieve effective outcomes and impacts through UNIDO’s four enabling functions: (i) technical cooperation; (ii) analytical and research functions and policy advisory services; (iii) normative functions and standards and quality-related activities; and (iv) convening and partnerships for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation. Such core functions are carried out in Departments/Offices in its Headquarters, Regional Offices and Hubs and Country Offices.


This internship position is located in the Office of Legal Affairs and Compliance (ODG/LEG), which assists the Organization in achieving its goals by ensuring that all its activities and programmes are in compliance with the Organization’s external and internal legal framework. The core function of the Office consists in the provision of sound and impartial legal advice and expert legal assistance in order to promote the rule of law and to manage legal risks in all aspects of the Organization’s activities, as well as to defend the Organization’s rights, positions and interests in contractual and litigation matters.

The Intern shall be assigned under the direct supervision of the Director of ODG/LEG.

The duration of an internship at UNIDO is between three to six months, is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work under the supervision of a staff member, in the department or office that they are assigned to. Interns shall cover all costs associated with their internship, including visas, travel to and from the duty station, insurance, transportation, accommodation and living expenses.


Under the guidance of the Legal Adviser and Director of ODG/LEG, the Intern will be exposed to some of the regular core functions of ODG/LEG and engage in on-the-job training. Specifically, the Intern will assist the Office by performing the following tasks, as required:

  • Review draft agreements and arrangements with governments and organizations, including funding, cooperation and project-implementation agreements;
  • Review draft administrative issuances;
  • Review complaints brought before the ILO Administrative Tribunal and other claims against UNIDO;
  • Review legal questions arising from internal investigations;
  • Review legal questions concerning private law matters, including commercial contracts and intellectual property issues;
  • Review legal questions referred to the Office by legal advisers of other organizations and agencies;
  • Review legal questions relating to other activities and operations of UNIDO;
  • Conduct research, provide inputs and prepare drafts of correspondence and other texts in connection with the above;
  • Other tasks as assigned.

The Intern will be required to prepare an end-of-internship report, which will be submitted to and cleared by UNIDO Internship Coordination.


Age: Minimum 20 years on the first day of the internship.

Education: Completion of a first (Bachelor’s) university degree plus enrollment in, or recent completion (within the last 12 months) of, an advanced (Master’s or equivalent) degree in law or similar degree programme.

Languages: Excellent verbal and written skills in English are required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.

Computer literacy: Microsoft Windows, proficient use of processing tools such as Microsoft Office package (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).

Please note that the Office of Legal Affairs and Compliance will only consider applications with a resume and a motivation letter, which should indicate the period of your availability and the preferred duration of the internship. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Core Values
WE LIVE AND ACT WITH INTEGRITY: work honestly, openly and impartially.
WE SHOW PROFESSIONALISM: work hard and competently in a committed and responsible manner.
WE RESPECT DIVERSITY: work together effectively, respectfully and inclusively, regardless of our differences in culture and perspective.

Key Competencies
WE FOCUS ON PEOPLE: cooperate to fully reach our potential – and this is true for our colleagues as well as our clients. Emotional intelligence and receptiveness are vital parts of our UNIDO identity.
WE FOCUS ON RESULTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: focus on planning, organizing and managing our work effectively and efficiently. We are responsible and accountable for achieving our results and meeting our performance standards. This accountability does not end with our colleagues and supervisors, but we also owe it to those we serve and who have trusted us to contribute to a better, safer and healthier world.
WE COMMUNICATE AND EARN TRUST: communicate effectively with one another and build an environment of trust where we can all excel in our work.
WE THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND INNOVATE: to stay relevant, we continuously improve, support innovation, share our knowledge and skills, and learn from one another.


  • Enhance knowledge of the legal framework and practice of a specialized agency of the United Nations;
  • Gain insight into the substantive legal issues dealt with on a day-to-day basis by the legal office of a specialized agency;
  • Become familiar with the organization, management, and methods of work of such an office, including in the field of knowledge management;
  • Develop essential lawyering skills, in particular legal research and drafting;
  • Obtain experience in a diverse and multicultural professional environment.

UNIDO Interns are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity at all times, both at work and outside.
Only candidates who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for internships at UNIDO.

All applications must be submitted through the UNIDO Online Recruitment System.

Correspondence will be undertaken only with candidates who are being considered at an advanced phase of the selection process.

Visit the UNIDO website for details on how to apply:

Notice to applicants:
UNIDO does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. If you have received a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it. Vacant positions within UNIDO are advertised on the official UNIDO website. Should you have any questions concerning persons or companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of UNIDO and requesting payment of a fee, please contact:

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