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Internship, Communication Section, UNICEF Bissau, Guinea Bissau

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. For this purpose, UNICEF Guinea Bissau is opening an internship opportunity for a dynamic and dedicated student in communication to perform the above mentioned tasks.

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Position

 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.

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


  1.   Support the development of content for UNICEF social media and the planning, posting and monitoring of these social media platforms;
  2.  Monitor and report daily on media articles / press clippings related to UNICEF programme, and issues affecting children in Guinea-Bissau;
  3.  Support the section in managing its photography database and taking photos whenever requested to document UNICEF ‘s work and the situation of children;
  4.  Support in writing human interest stories
  5.  Help collect information and manage UNICEF calendar of events;
  6.  Support the planning and the production of UNICEF Human Interest Stories;
  7.  Support in developing/reviewing/making the layout of communication materials (briefing notes, press releases, factsheets, reports, brochures, calendars, posters, leaflets, etc...) including infographics.
  8.  Support in the preparation and realization of UNICEF key events
  9.  Perform any other duties as required.

 Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  •  Enrolled in a first-level or advanced level university degree in communication or related areas
  • Knowledge of relevant computer systems and applications; excellent knowledge of MS Office is required.
  • Excellent knowledge of social media platforms usage and monitoring, especially facebook, twitter, YouTube are mandatory
  • Knowledge of national media landscape is an advantage
  • Knowledge of photography and infographics are an advantage


  • Start date (indicative): 10 July 2017
  •  The duration of the internship is three (3) months with possible extension up to a maximum of 6 months.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies

  • Communication
  • Working with People
  • Drive for Results



UNICEF will not pay for services provided by an intern and all the expenses connected with these services must be borne by the intern. There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship.


UNICEF will not be responsible for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the intern's service, whether on or off UNICEF premises. Therefore, the selected candidate must provide proof of enrolment in a health/accident plan prior to start his/her work with Communication Section.


You must be discreet and keep confidential any and all unpublished information obtained during the course of the internship and may not publish any documents based on such information.

If accepted, the intern will be required to provide a copy of health insurance coverage and to fill out the UNICEF form on conditions regarding service as an intern.


For every Child, participation…

Our core values are Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and our Core Competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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


To view our competency framework, please click here

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, 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
    • Communication
  • Closing Date: 2017-10-14

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