Communication Intern

UN Children's Fund, Zimbabwe

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
11th December, 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.

How can you make a difference?

Under the guidance of Chief of Communication the intern will assist in the following tasks:

  • Liaise with UNICEF graphic designer for access to all electronic design files, and guidance on correct formatting and conversions necessary for archiving.
  • Migrate all Freehand files to illustrator and review for correct conversions as according to guidance from Graphic designers.
  • File/archive all design files systematically for easy access.
  • Upload all selected design files to a local shared point.
  • Participate in online training provided by UNICEF HQ or an accredited consultant on use of relevant software and guidelines for uploading pictures to the global WeShare platform.
  • Using UNICEF photo documentation guidelines, select pictures from professional photographers for uploading to global photo library under Zimbabwe section.
  • Add all required meta-data to each selected picture before uploading to global photo share to enable search ability.
  • Organise and uploaded pictures to global website by thematic area.
  • Organise and correctly label videos and archive.
  • Develop guidelines for archive system and share with graphic designer.
  • Any other Communication task required to ensure smooth capturing and conversion of necessary files.

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

  • Requirements for Intern: Key Competencies, Skills and Experience
  • Current eligible undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students in Graphic Design, library sciences, design for print and photography or related technical fields.
  • Knowledge in the following graphic software’s: Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Macromedia freehand and QuarkXpress.
  • Experience with similar assignments an added advantage
  • 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 documentation, archiving, branding, an added advantage.


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