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Communication Internship

The purpose of this internship is to assist with developing content for use on websites, social media platforms and to support communications (internal and external). The intern will be for a period of 6 months and assist the partnerships and communications unit in strengthening communications.

Background and Justification



The purpose of this internship is to assist with developing content for use on websites, social media platforms and to support communications (internal and external). The intern will be for a period of 6 months and assist the partnerships and communications unit in strengthening communications.


Scope of Work



The following is required from the service provider in the execution of this assignment:





(Estimated # of days or months)




·         Drafting human interest stories

·         Regular writing of articles for website

·         Update website

·         Editing documents



Media monitoring of English print and electronic media


·         Daily selection of news. clippings.

·         Ad-hoc selection of UNICEF headlines related to UNICEF issues




08h30 -10h30 daily



·         Taking minutes at communication section meetings.

Once a month



·         Familiarising oneself with the placement of documents for easy access.

Once every two weeks


·         Assisting the Section with researching information on a range of issues.

·         Keep abreast of international and domestic news.






UNICEF Website

·         Assisting with keeping the website current.


Ad-Hoc/ Daily



·         Preparing and manning exhibition tables of information materials at UNICEF events for all units including outreach events, report launches, seminars, commemorative days and similar initiatives.


·         Preparing registration forms for outreach events.











Social Media

·         Assist with developing social media posts for facebook and twitter for all UNICEF related issues.



Content generation

·         Write copy, source relevant information and develop non- written content that can be used for marketing purposes.



Project Management

·         Assist and support the management of project communication between UNICEF and service providers.




·         Develop or improve databases for media, service providers and stakeholders




Additional guidance/examples:  The intern will do a monthly report detailing all deliverables.


Payment Schedule


R8000 stipend will be paid for each month against approved monthly reports


Desired competencies, technical background and experience


a)      A first university degree, preferably in journalism, media or similar field

b)      Fluency and proven native-level writing skills in English. A second local language is desirable.

c)      Outstanding research and analytical skills, including strong ability to analyse, integrate and summarise information from a wide range of sources;

d)     Excellent writing skills in English, including a demonstrated ability to draft clear and concise reports;

e)      Good computer skills, including familiarity with search engines and academic databases;

f)       Ability to work independently and to ensure high-quality deliverables;

g)      Demonstrated capacity to carry out the assignment within allocated timeframe.


Administrative issues


The intern will be required to be based at the UNICEF office as regularly as necessary. Time worked away from the office will require the permission of the manager of the consultant.




The successful intern will be governed by the following conditions:

will apply:


-          Status: Although not considered a staff member of UNICEF, the intern shall be subject to the authority of the  Executive Director and the authority delegated by her to Director and Heads of Offices.  Interns are not entitled to the privileges and immunities accorded by member states to UNICEF's officials and staff members.

-          Financial Support: Interns are not be paid by UNICEF and must make my own arrangements for living expenses.  Travel costs to and from the duty station and living accommodations are also their own responsibilities or those of the sponsoring institution. However, UNICEF South Africa will assist with a monthly stipend to the amount of ZAR 8400.00

-          Medical Health and Coverage:  UNICEF accepts no responsibility for costs or fatality arising from illness or accidents incurred during the internship; therefore, the intern must carry adequate and regular medical insurance.  I will be covered by the following health during the internship period (UNICEF internship policy requires that you be covered by medical insurance during the entire period of internship, which you should provide):


-          Passports and Visas:  The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary passport and visas when required. UNICEF will issue only a letter stating acceptance of an individual as an intern and the conditions governing the internship.

-          Confidentiality and Publication of Information:  As an intern, you will respect the confidentiality of information that you collect or are exposed to at UNICEF.  No reports or papers may be published based on information obtained from UNICEF without the explicit written authorization by the Head of Office or Division Director.

-          Employment Prospects:  The UNICEF internship programme is not connected with employment and there is no expectancy of such.  Interns cannot apply for posts advertised internally to UNICEF staff during the period of internship.


You will be requested to supply documentary evidence (I.e. transcripts, letters of recommendation from professors, proof of insurance coverage, etc.) that supports the conditions stated above. Do not, however, send any documentary evidence until you have been asked to do so by the UNICEF and, in any event, do not submit the original texts of references or testimonials unless they have been obtained for the sole use of the UNICEF.

Other Conditions:

-   The intern will work on computer(s) provided by the office.

-    Local travel (outside Gauteng) and airport transfers (where applicable) will be covered in accordance with UNICEF’s rules and tariffs.

-   Flight costs will be covered at economy class rate as per UNICEF policies.

-   Any air tickets for travel, will be authorized by and paid for by UNICEF directly, and will be for the attendance of meetings and workshops (if contractor is from outside Gauteng)

-   The candidate selected will be governed by and subject to UNICEF’s General Terms and Conditions for interns.


How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit their application to the following link: 505096 By 23 June 2017.

This notice will appear on,, UN Job List, UN Jobs and Reliefweb.

If you have not been contacted within 1 month of the closing date please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Regret emails will be sent to shortlisted/contacted

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from South African nationals, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.




Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location:
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication
  • Closing Date: 2017-06-23

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