Internship – Communication and information

UNICEF, Bissau, Guinea Bissau

Skill Required:, Project Management
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
26th November, 2020

Job Description

The UNICEF Internship Programme offers qualified and eligible students at both Headquarters (HQ) and Country Offices (CO) the unique opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF's work and the United Nations system under the direct supervision of experienced UNICEF staff.

UNICEF is supporting the Government of Guinea-Bissau to drive change for children. UNICEF is fostering open dialogue on child rights among decision makers, partners, children, adolescents and communities. Communication and public advocacy is being strengthened to support programme results achievement, in close relationship with the United Nations Communications Group. Building on the advocacy and child participation efforts of the Children's Parliament, UNICEF is fostering child, youth and citizen engagement to advocate and influence the highest levels of the State towards child-friendly policies and budgeting in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Sustainable Development Goals.

UNICEF is capitalizing on and widen the alliance for child rights through strategic partnerships for communication, advocacy, behaviour and social change, fostering innovations such as youth multifunctional centres that promote child and youth participation through combined local radio, internet/social platforms and social-cultural child rights promotion initiatives. In a country where harmful social norms, behaviours and practices hinder the achievement of results in all programme areas, UNICEF is enhancing child participation approaches in each programme area to address such bottlenecks and barriers and to promote and accelerate the much needed social transformation for full and equitable realization of children's rights. UNICEF is capitalizing on established community-based networks and partnerships to leverage improved knowledge among individuals and communities, particularly women and girls, to promote essential family practices that strengthen resilience, life skills and the capacity of families and communities for better survival, development and protection of children.

The successful intern candidate will accompany the advocacy, communication and partnerships section, in close collaboration with the relevant communication departments from the Ministries and partners, in ensuring the protection and promotion of Children Rights in the country at all levels.

Purpose of the internship:

  • UNICEF is supporting the Government of Guinea-Bissau, in collaboration with its partners, to promote child rights, knowledge, behaviour and social change for children, with particular focus on disadvantaged communities.
  • Through its Advocacy, Communication and Partnership (ACP) component, UNICEF programme is supporting the Government of Guinea-Bissau, non-governmental organizations and community leaders to promote child rights and conduct social and behaviour change communication activities at different levels of the society in Guinea-Bissau.
  • Communication and public advocacy is one of the key strategies used by UNICEF to put children on the public agenda and to foster an open dialogue on child rights among decision makers, partners, children, adolescents and communities. UNICEF uses communication to advance programme results, raise awareness on the rights of the child, give visibility to key donors and inform the public about its own contribution in Guinea Bissau, utilizing various communication means, which include the organization of key public events, the collaboration with print and broadcast media for publications/programmes on children related issues as well as publications through on-line and social medial media. The documentation of the situation of children and of UNICEF's work through videos, photos and human-interest stories is therefore necessary to feed in these various communication channels.
  • UNICEF has been progressively investing social media, aiming at reaching and engaging with an increasingly number of people. In addition, UNICEF has been regularly developing communication materials (factsheets, two-pager project proposals, folders) in order to enhance the office's efforts to mobilize additional of resources.

To be considered for an internship with UNICEF, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree programme or have graduated within the past two years; and
  • Good oral and written skills in English is required, knowledge of Portuguese or French is an asset
  • Knowledge of relevant computer systems and applications; excellent knowledge of Search Engine Optimization; knowledge of Social media monitoring tools is an asset.
  • Experience working with children / youth organizations is an advantage;
  • Adequate knowledge of social media platforms, especially facebook, twitter, YouTube
  • Knowledge /experience of video and/or photography is an asset
  • Relevant communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records
  • How can you make a difference?

The intern will be working under the supervision of UNICEF Communication Officer, who is under the Representative, in close collaboration with the Advocacy, Communications & Partnership section and will:

  • Support the planning and the production of UNICEF Human Interest Stories, in collaboration with the relevant communication and programme colleagues;
  • Contribute to the development of content for UNICEF social media and the planning, posting and monitoring of these social media platforms;
  • Support the section in managing its multimedia database;
  • Collaborate in the production of multimedia content (video and photography), to showcase UNICEF's work and the situation of children;
  • Perform any other duties as required.
  • Duration: The duration of the internship is three months with possible extension up to a maximum of 6 months. The candidates should indicate their availability in the cover letter

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

  • Enrolled in a first-level or advanced level university degree in communication or related areas, or have graduated within the past two years;
  • Good command of English and storytelling skills are mandatory;
  • Knowledge of relevant computer systems and applications; excellent knowledge of Search Engine Optimization; knowledge of Social media monitoring tools is an asset;
  • Good knowledge of social media platforms usage and monitoring, especially facebook, twitter, YouTube are an advantage;
  • Knowledge of video, photography and search engine optimization are an advantage;
  • Experience with children / youth organizations;
  • Knowledge of Drupal is an advantage.


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