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Media and Events Internship, Gulf Area Office, Dubai

Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Conference Services
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-09

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The UNICEF Gulf Area Office (UNICEF GAO) is unique in its mandate. It is accountable for providing programmatic support to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar. In addition, it identifies, cultivates and sustains partnerships with Gulf-based partners to generate resources for the organization globally. UNICEF has a role to play in ensuring rapid development in the Gulf is child sensitive and child focused and that children remain at the heart of the national development dialogue.

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.

And we never give up.

For every child, hope

How can you make a difference?

Establishing visibility for UNICEF in the Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and fundraising for its various activities around the world, is a major task for the Gulf Area Office. Advocacy, Communication and Partnerships are key strategies to achieve results.

The intern will have the opportunity to learn how to develop and implement the Gulf Advocacy and Communication Strategy with a focus on media relations and events management for advocacy and fundraising.

In particular, he or she will be able to better understand the effective use of media and events to reach key national, regional and international audiences, while building communications skills; as he/she will support the team to plan and manage events, build and foster relationships with Dubai- and Gulf-based journalists, and engage the media and the public on issues related to child rights.

In addition, the incumbent will support the organisation with social media and engagement of key influencers.

Purpose of the assignment

Under the supervision of the Communication Manager, the Media and Events intern will be able to learn and contribute to the strengthening of UNICEF's Advocacy and Communication Strategy in the Gulf to achieve better results for vulnerable children and women worldwide.

  1. Main activities
  • Support the development of regional media and influencers lists.
  • Research and draft a regular newsletter to generate and maintain key audiences' interest in child rights issues around the world, with focus on key UNICEF operations relevant to Gulf donors, media and public.
  • Support visits by high-level UNICEF officials, including facilitating media encounters, press conferences, etc.
  • Support the communication section in organising public events, meetings, and other public-facing initiatives, with focus on participant and media outreach.
  • Support operations aspects related to managing communication contractors such as event partners, photographers, videographers, translators and editors.
  • Assist with other tasks and activities assigned by manager.
  1. Start date:
  • The internship is expected to begin on 2 January 2020.
  1. Duration:

The maximum duration of the internship will be 26 weeks.

  1. Duty Station:

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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

  • Be enrolled in a degree programme in an undergraduate or graduate school, or be a recent graduate (within the past two years) in the fields of communication, journalism, public relations, international relations or a related field;
  • Fluency in Arabic and English, both written and oral, is required;
  • Strong academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records or, if not available, a reference letter from an academic supervisor;
  • Excellent writing, research and analytical skills;
  • Organization, research and analysis: demonstrates intellectual creativity, analytical rigor, and contributes innovative ideas;
  • Results orientation: self-starter who demonstrates drive to achieve results in a timely manner and seeks solutions to any problems encountered; makes efficient use of available resources; demonstrates ability to multitask;
  • Communication skills: has the ability to communicate clearly and persuasively; demonstrates ability to build consensus and expresses ideas clearly;
  • Interpersonal skills and client orientation: excellent interpersonal skills and Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors.
  • Ability to work independently as well as with a team in an international, multicultural and interdisciplinary environment.


For every Child, you demonstrate¦

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.


The functional competencies required for this post are...


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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 to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.



Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.


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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.

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