The UNV Field Unit (FU) is responsible for mobilization, recruitment and placement of UN Volunteers in UN Agencies, Government, Civil Society Organizations and the Private Sector. The UNV Field Unit represents and positions the UNV Programme in-country and brings UNV’s services and volunteer solutions closer to cooperating partners. The UNV FU is further responsible for every day management of serving volunteers.
The Communications Intern will support the UNV Head of Field Unit in Communications and Advocacy initiatives for the UNV programme in Tanzania. He/She will receive support and guidance from the UNV Communications Associate based in the UNV Regional Office in Nairobi.
The Intern will be expected to support with the outreach, advocacy and Communications by demonstrating a forward-thinking approach to match the current communication trends including social media engagement.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of the Head of Field Unit and support from the Communication Associate, UNV ESARO in Nairobi, the intern shall work and/or assist the UNV Field Unit to perform, inter alia, the following tasks: -
- Engage with the UNV Regional Office team in strategic communications planning and processes that support the organization’s mission, strengthen the visibility of the Field Units activities and raise public awareness on volunteer mobilization;
- In collaboration with the UNVFU team, design and produce relevant knowledge management products and communication packages;
- Engage with the UNV FU team in writing and disseminating of external-oriented content for the UNV website, social media, newsletters, and other outreach mediums, in line with corporate guidelines;
- Review and edit success stories, blogs, etc. from field unit’s serving volunteers and, in line with corporate guidelines, ensuring they demonstrate UNV’s added value and thought leadership, and are ready for publishing and dissemination;
- Monitor and improve communication tools (including communications products and online channels) to ensure clear communication of results and UNV positions on key issues to advance the development agenda;
- Assist the FU in the organization of key events and communication opportunities
- Promote key events and results of the Field Units and the UNV Regional Office within the Region;
- Identify sources of information related to volunteerism and development from countries in the region and facilitate sharing and replication of practices and lessons learned;
- Assist in development of a Volunteers database and mailing lists and ensure they are maintained up to date;
- Participate in meetings and perform other communications/advocacy support tasks as required.
- Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
- Demonstrates openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
- Works collaboratively with team members by sharing information openly and displaying cultural awareness and sensitivity;
- Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external partners;
- Positive and results-oriented attitude.
- Excellent writing and researching skills;
- Strong analytical aptitude, communication and presentation skills;
- Good organizational, time management and strong interpersonal skills;
- Ability to work flexibly and meet tight deadlines;
- Attention to detail and ability to work independently and effectively;
- Fluency in both written and spoken English;
- Experience in maintaining social media channels and using communication tools
Development and Operational Effectiveness;
- Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
- Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors;
- Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
- High degree of self-motivation and initiative;
- Willingness to learn and apply new analytical approaches.
Required Skills and Experience:
UNDP may accept interns providing the following conditions are met:
- Be enrolled in a relevant graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) or;
- Be enrolled in a relevant final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent);
- Have graduated with a university degree as defined below and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation
- Field of study related to communications, journalism, Marketing, Public Relations, and/or related fields.
- Knowledge in production of advocacy material will be an advantage
- UN or UNDP experience or know-how beneficial;
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience in communications, media relations and/or advocacy campaigns, using traditional and social media;
- Work experience considered as an asset.
- Sound computer skills and experience using the Internet and web-based applications and content management systems.
Language: Fluency in English - written and spoken is required