Legal Intern

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Bonn, Germany (home-based)
Application Deadline :02-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :4 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :4 months

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. We work with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well supported UN Volunteers into development programming and promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism. UNV is represented worldwide. UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The legal functions are imbedded in the UNV Executive Office with a functional reporting line to the UNDP Office of Legal Support. The intern will work under the supervision of the Legal Specialist and will provide legal and administrative support to the UNV Advisory Panel on Disciplinary Measures and Claims (APDMC). The main focus of the internship will be legal research and support on institutional and administrative law matters, in particular disciplinary cases.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Legal Specialist, the incumbent is expected to:

  • Conduct intake reviews of disciplinary cases;
  • Contribute to the organization of a training for APDMC members;
  • Prepare statistics and analysis on disciplinary cases;
  • Conduct legal research on international administrative law matters;
  • Assist the HR Section in implementing the anti-discrimination/anti-racism dialogues and preparing related reports.



  • Strong organizational and research skills;
  • Excellent analytical, communication and drafting skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work under minimum supervision and tight deadlines;
  • Computer proficiency: MS Office applications.


  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness, by modeling the UN/UNDP/UNV values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UN/UNDP/UNV;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.


Required Skills and Experience


In order to qualify for the program, the student must be enrolled in a graduate-level degree program leading to a Juris Doctor degree, Master of Laws (LLM) or one that is comparable if outside the United States.  If the applicant has graduated, the internship must commence within one year of graduation.

Language Requirements

  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Working knowledge of another United Nations official language is desirable (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish).


  • Intern are eligible to receive a monthly stipend with the rate that varies depending on the duty location. The stipend will be paid monthly, and part-time internship arrangements are prorated accordingly;
  • Where an intern is financially supported by an institution, government or third party, UNDP will, subject to the rules of such institution, government or third party, pay the intern the difference, if any, between the external financial support provided and the applicable UNDP Stipend;
  • Except for the stipend, all other expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring government or institutions;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship;
  • The intern must provide proof of enrollment in health insurance plan;
  • Interns are not considered staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.
  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the successful candidate will be expected to work remotely;
  • The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment within the UN System, but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.

Application Procedure

  • Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website;
  • The application must contain a) Cover letter and b) Curriculum Vitae. Please compile all the documents into one pdf. file to be uploaded with your application.

The selected candidate will be required to provide the following additional documents:

  • A Medical Certificate of Good Health from a recognized physician.
  • Proof of medical insurance valid for the duration of the internship.
  • Official letter from the University confirming enrollment in a graduate-level degree program, specifying the expected graduation date, or diploma if the applicant has graduated within the last year;
  • A copy of his/her current school transcript;
  • A letter of recommendation from a professor;
  • A signed UNDP Internship Agreement;
  • Copy of passport

We highly encourage women and individuals originating from the Global South to apply.

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