Communications Internship

United Nations Development Programme , Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
7th March, 2021

Job Description


The Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission is working in partnership with Ethiopia to achieve its ambitious economic growth targets through the implementation of the Climate Resilient Green Economy Strategy (CRGE) and by transforming the nation’s forest sector with the National Forest Sector Development Program (NFSDP). The NFSDP aims to reduce deforestation and increase afforestation to catalyze GDP growth, generate employment, contribute to self-sufficiency in forest products and enhance ecosystem services and promote sustainable forest management.

The commission has also established a Forest Sector Transformation Unit (FSTU) to create transformational change by unlocking and attracting investment, through developing partnerships, supporting the establishment and development of large-scale conservation zones, exploring private-public partnerships. The FSTU also seeks to improve the coordination and cross-sectoral collaboration through strategic communication and by advocating for strong monitoring instruments and standards of accountability.

Duties and Responsibilities

UNDP is looking for a communication intern to support FSTU to develop various communication materials. Specifically, the intern will be responsible for, but not limited to the following:

  • Support the preparation of communication materials for the Forest Sector Transformation Unit in Ethiopia;
  • Carry out necessary review and research work for ongoing and upcoming project activities;
  • Assist with relevant data collection and background research;
  • Assist with analysis of preliminary data;
  • Assist with identifying key documents and conducting stakeholder analysis;
  • Assist with review of inception and draft reports for data accuracy;
  • Synthesize consultant’s study reports and findings into concise policy briefs for donors and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Assistance in updating communication materials, such as presentations, briefs and other materials related to the evaluation of the sector’s programmes;
  • Support to produce communication materials for the Forest day;
  • Edit and revise relevant communications materials;
  • Any other relevant tasks as required.


  • The intern will support to produce and finalize at least two communication materials per month including reviewing and synthesizing reports and documents.

Functional Competencies:

  • Research skills;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Capacity to manage and synthesize large amounts of information;
  • Creativity and technological awareness;
  • Ability to work in groups for data collection and project development;
  • Trained, involved in M&E.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Candidates must meet one of the following educational requirements:
  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  • Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.

Field of study:

  • Environmental policies, natural sciences, political sciences, social sciences, cultural studies, international development, or other similar subject at the university level;
  • Good knowledge and experience in reviewing and synthesizing documents;
  • Good writing skill for publishing communication materials;
  • Any experience of Ethiopian context will be an advantage.

Language skills:

  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required;
  • Strong writing and editing skills, attention to conceptual accuracy and use of proper terminology;
  • Working knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.


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