UNESCO Internship for Division of Internal Oversight Services at the Paris Headquarters in France

UNESCO Internship for Division of Internal Oversight Services at the Paris Headquarters in France

Duty Station: Paris Headquarters

Type of contract: Internship

Duration of contract: 1 to 6 months

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time): 30 June 2023

Overview of the Functions of the Post

The Division of Internal Oversight Services (IOS) provides the Director-General with an independent and objective assurance that programmes are delivered efficiently and effectively, that strategic management information is reliable and timely, and that continuous improvements are fostered in methods and procedures to enhance the quality and impact of UNESCO’s operations. IOS is responsible for planning and delivering internal audits, investigations, and evaluations of the Organization’s activities, including field operations.

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UNESCO Internship for Division of Internal Oversight Services at the Paris Headquarters in France

Under the overall guidance and authority of the Director of the Division of Internal Oversight Services, and the supervision of the Heads of Audit/Investigation/Evaluation Offices, the Intern will perform functions that support the development of strategies for safeguarding and protecting the Organization’s interests in pursuit of its goals and objectives.
The Intern will work in close collaboration with the Audit/Investigation/Evaluation team. S/He will embrace a client-oriented approach with a high level of integrity and model UNESCO values and ideals. The intern will ensure that s/he adheres to the endeavours of the Division to promote accountability and professionalism and to foster a culture of learning and improvement.
Activities will vary depending on the requirements of the assignment. Specific Terms of Reference and learning objectives will form part of the Agreement.
In particular the incumbent may perform the following duties as per the specific requirements/needs of each team.



  • Work closely with the Audit team and assist in conducting the audit of selected operations of Headquarters, Field Offices and Information Technology Systems. 
  • Assist in gathering audit evidence to formulate the audit plan/research plan.
  • Assist the team in the examination of records, documents, or assets.
  • Assist in analyzing financial and other data.
  • Contribute to document audit findings and drafting parts of the Audit reports.
  • Contribute to the development of internal methodology, tools, and techniques to ensure excellence in the conduct of Audits.
  • Assist in following up on management responses and implementation of audit recommendations and in facilitating effective and timely planning, monitoring, and reporting.
  • Perform any other tasks as assigned by the Director or the Head of Internal Audit.


  • Assist with the development of relevant policies and operational procedures pertaining to administrative investigations.
  • Assist with the development of core systems supporting the investigation function.
  • Support investigation function in assessing allegations of misconduct and irregularities (e.g., fraud, corruption, mismanagement, harassment).
  • Assist in reviewing cases reported to IOS.
  • Assist in drafting documents and communications with respect to cases under investigation, including investigation plans, witness statements, investigation reports, closure reports and other documents.
  • Assist in conducting interviews with subjects, complainants or witnesses.
  • Assist in identifying, collating and analyzing potential evidence, including carrying out open-source research and forensic reviews.
  • Assist with the editing and review of investigation reports and others documents to ensure that citations to evidence are accurate and complete.
  • Perform any other tasks as assigned by the Director or the Head of Investigations.

Required Qualifications


You must be at least 20 years old to apply.

Academic qualifications:

At the time of your application to the internship programme:

  • You are currently enrolled in a graduate programme (Master’s degree, PhD, or equivalent, second university degree or higher).
  • You have recently graduated with a Master’s degree or PhD (or second degree as defined above), 12 months prior to the start of the internship.
  • Please note that candidates who have completed their full-time bachelor’s degree but are not enrolled in a graduate programme are not eligible to apply.


You should have an excellent command, both written and spoken, of English or French. A working knowledge of the other language (English or French) is an asset, and may be required for internships in secretarial and assistantship assignments at the Headquarters.

Computer skills: You must have an excellent knowledge of computer systems and office-related software.

Team player:

You should be able to work well in a team and adapt to an international working environment.

Communication skills:

You should possess strong interpersonal and communication skills.

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