Public Information Intern: UNHCR

Deadline: 20 October 2016

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. In more than five decades, the agency has helped an estimated 50 million people restart their lives. Today, UNHCR is operating in more than 120 countries helping an estimated 19.8 million persons.

The Zimbabwe office is looking for a graduate, who has a commitment to refugee issues and a desire to develop their skills and experience in media, communications (including web-based and social media), and humanitarian affairs. The candidates should be computer literate, have good numerical skills, as well as the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality at all times. Good interpersonal skills, flexibility and attention to detail are essential.

The position is full-time and unpaid.

Please Note: There should be no expectation of employment at the end of the Internship, and per UNHCR rules, an intern may not apply for a position with UNHCR until six months have elapsed from the end of their internship.

Description of Internship

Main function: Providing support to the UNHCR Representation in Zimbabwe
Duration: Six months (starting 01 November 2016)
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
Contract: internship (unpaid)

Key duties and responsibilities
Developing and maintaining content for UNHCR’s media platforms, including generating content for social media in collaboration with the Regional External Relations Unit; Assisting in liaising with partners, stakeholders such as NGOs, refugee communities as well as communication service providers; Assisting in implementing campaigns, contacting print, broadcast and online media to place video spots, banners and other materials, liaison with partners and stakeholders etc; Assisting in monitoring the local and international media and preparing summary reports and assist in monitoring policy developments regarding refugees, asylum seekers and other persons of concern in Zimbabwe; Reporting on operational activities by partners and UNHCR; Attending relevant briefings by partners and think tanks and prepare summaries of content; Preparing informational memos for briefings and meetings for senior UNHCR staff; Assisting in the preparation of print and digital communication materials (web stories, photo essays, factsheets, info graphics etc.), visibility items, and in publication design management; Assisting in staging events, including round table discussions, exhibitions, screening of documentaries, press conferences etc; Assist in maintaining UNHCR’s visibility, photo and video libraries as well as media and external stakeholder contact database; Assisting in exploring innovative forms of communication in order to reach new audiences; Administrative duties as required

Knowledge, experience, skills relevant for position
Graduate with a background in media, journalism, communications, PR, advocacy, human rights, politics, international relations, development studies or other relevant discipline; General computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); Social media skills; Strong verbal communication and writing skills in English; Analytical and drafting skills; Good intercultural communication skills; Ability to work as part of a team.
To apply
Please send an updated CV, a current writing sample (maximum 3 pages), and a cover letter stating your reasons for applying for the internship to:

The Representative, UNHCR
Block 8, Arundel Office Park
Norfolk Road
Mount Pleasant

PO Box 4565

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for a written test and oral interview.

NB: UNHCR does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process. Please note that only candidate(s) selected for interviews will be contacted.