Communication for Development Intern

UN Children's Fund, Zimbabwe

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
28th October, 2019

Job Description

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

For every child, early moments matter

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favouritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society most disadvantaged citizens addressing inequity not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfil their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply. Our workplace policies promote flexible work arrangements, to support all staff in maintaining a healthy life balance, both in and out of the office.

We are the first United Nations agency to be awarded the EDGE certification - the leading global standard for gender equality in the workplace.

UNICEF prides itself on fostering a multicultural and harmonious work environment, guaranteed by a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment and discrimination. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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How can you make a difference?

  • Rationale and context of the assignment
  • A Communication for Development (C4D) Intern is needed by the Zimbabwe Country Office (ZCO) to assist the C4D Specialist in providing support to communication for development strategy planning and implementation for nutrition, HIV and AIDS, maternal, new born and child health, water, sanitation and hygiene, child protection, among other communication initiatives.
  • Henceforth, UNICEF requires an enthusiastic, hard-working, and determined intern who will assist in creating evidenced-based communication for development (C4D) materials that increase uptake of social and behavior change communication interventions, increasing community participation and empowerment of affected communities who include women and children. The services will enhance promotion, protection and fulfilment of children’s rights.

Top individual work-plan deliverables for the INTERN:

  • Support to implementation of C4D strategies, plans and C4D activities.
  • Establish advocacy, networking and partnership building platforms for C4D interventions.

Scope of work and objectives

  • The Communications for Development (C4D) intern will assist in C4D strategy development and design across WASH, Nutrition, Child protection, Health and Education to guide implementation of C4D interventions. The C4D intern will ensure the establishment of advocacy, networking and partnership building platforms for coordinated C4D interventions in Zimbabwe
  • Under the guidance of the Communication for Development (C4D) Specialist, the Intern will assist with the following tasks:
  • Provide quality technical assistance and support for strategy development, and implementation of C4D interventions which nurture and shape positive mindsets, attitudes and behaviours supportive of children’s rights in society.

Support, in collaboration with UNICEF partners, the implementation of:

  • C4D for prevention of gender-based violence against adolescent girls and young women.
  • C4D for Improved adolescent and maternal nutrition, improved infant and young child nutrition practices; and U-Report / innovations for citizen engagement and accountability.
  • C4D for reproductive health, maternal, new born and child health, with focus on new-born care.
  • C4D for routine immunization.
  • C4D for HIV Prevention and Mitigation.
  • C4D for water, sanitation, and hygiene.

This will be a full-time internship; the duration will be for 6 months from date of assumption of duties.

Conditions of Intern:

  • Health/Medical insurance: Individual is required to hold valid health/accident insurance covering the internship duration. UNICEF accepts no responsibilities for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship whether on or off UNICEF premises.
  • Employment: There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship.
  • Visa: UNICEF is not responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.


UNICEF will provide all necessary administrative and logistical support according to guidelines for supporting Interns.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Requirements for Intern: Key Competencies, Skills and Experience

  • Has graduated within the past 2 years or enrolled in an undergraduate program in mass communication, communication for social change, or psychology, anthropology, public health, behaviour change communications, health promotion, development studies, media and development.
  • Good writing and coordination skills.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records.
  • Outstanding interactive skills with multidisciplinary groups and organizational skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and sound knowledge of content management systems (Google analytics) an added advantage.
  • Fluency in English and local language is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is considered as an asset.
  • Have no immediate relatives (e.g. father, mother, brother, sister) working in any UNICEF office
  • Have no other relatives in the line of authority which the intern will report to.
  • Previous Work Experience in Communications, youth organization programming or youth engagement is an added advantage.


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