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Partnerships & Communication Intern

Khartoum (Sudan)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Khartoum (Sudan)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-21

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Functional Responsibilities

The Partnerships and Communication intern will work in the Sudan office based in Khartoum & will report to the Hub Partnerships Specialist. He / She will support the Partnerships Unit by conducting research on donors and market trends and implementing the Communication Plan in order to increase the visibility of UNOPS in the sub-region by communicating on our results and activities.

The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific tasks:

External Communication

  • Support the updating of ETMCO communication strategy and plan, as well as relevant engagement with the Hub offices

  • Draft high-quality copy for external news stories, newsletter, factsheets and web content.

  • Contribute to the development and drafting of concept notes, proposals, presentations, etc.

  • Ensure data and visualization quality in internal and external communications such as Intranet, Presentations, monthly newsletters, and brochures.

  • Assist with developing outreach and other events in coordination with the HQ Communication Group and ETMCO units.

  • Develop/update list of media outlets in Sudan 

Knowledge Management

  • Ensure that organizational systems are updated and populated frequently

  • When needed, provide regular reports on business acquisition pipeline to the Partnerships Advisor and the Senior Management Team

  • Liaise with the Communications and Partnerships Group in Head Quarters as well as project communication focal points colleagues on communication matters as necessary

Business intelligence

  • Conduct analysis and mapping of donor priorities, areas of focus and geographical priorities as well as national country strategies

  • Prepare business/market analysis reports for major donors and countries in the region to support the development of new engagements opportunities

  • Research events, publications and announcements, to track and screen opportunities for possible UNOPS interventions and identify trends that will drive partnership opportunities

Partnerships and Project development

  • Support the Hub’s efforts in liaising with potential donors, funding partners, agencies and institutions

  • Participate in meetings with potential partners and ensure their systematic and timely follow-up

Perform other related duties as required.     

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education To be eligible the applicants must have graduated within the last three years with a university degree such as a Bachelors, Masters or a PhD in Political Science, International Relations, Development Studies, Project Management, Communications, Business Administration, Marketing or other relevant areas 

Computer Literacy Strong computer literacy would be an advantage: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint &/or Google suite applications.

Language Fluency in Arabic and English (written and spoken) is required.

Work Experience 

No prior experience is required but the ability in researching, writing and editing content that is clear, concise and effectively conveys key messages to target audiences is advantageous, while also being detail focused with the ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environments.
Proficiency in MS Office Suite: Excel, PowerPoint, MS Project. Experience with SharePoint would be an advantage

Experience in the usage of software packages for publication such as Adobe Creative Suite – especially InDesign, Photoshop or other relevant products commonly used – is an asset but is not required


Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

  1. Contract type: Intern.
  2. Contract level: Intern.
  3. Contract duration: 6 months with possible extension.

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Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information - Sudan


The UNOPS Sudan office is based in Khartoum and works closely with the Government of Sudan and international partners to support humanitarian response, recovery and development initiatives. UNOPS is the United Nations sector lead for the Basic Infrastructure Sector in Sudan and helps partners achieve their project goals in sectors including: water resource management, education, census and elections, human resource management and mine action.

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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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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