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Communication Intern

 

Grade: Internship 

Publication date: 14 August 2019
Application deadline (midnight local time in Nairobi, Kenya): 13 September 2019

Vacancy no.: DC/DAR/INTERN/2019/01 

 

Job ID: 1656 

Department: RO-Africa 
Organization Unit: CO-Dar es Salaam 
Location: Nairobi 
Duration of contract: 3 to 6 months (starting on the 1st or the 15th of a given month)


 

You are applying to the ILO generic internship roster, which is published several times per year. The roster will be made available to all departments and field offices, which will then select and directly contact suitable candidates only.

 

ILO Internship Programme provides an opportunity for talented individuals to:

(a) increase understanding of relevant issues at the international level by involving them directly in the work of the Office and the application of ILO principles, programmes and strategies;

(b) gain practical experience with the ILO directly related to their field of study.

The internship programme is not intended to lead to a career in the ILO. There should be no expectation of further employment at the end of the internship.

 

**Please note that you can apply to a maximum of three internship profiles during the current application period. If you apply to more than three internship profiles, your application will not be considered for any profile.** Note that you may withdraw your candidature at any time via the Jobs Applied section of your profile.

 

It is highly recommended that you submit your application as soon as possible to avoid last minute technical issues or delays. Late applications will not be considered.

 

The ILO values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, particularly those with disabilities and from non - or under - represented member States. If needed, reasonable accommodation will be provided in the recruitment phase as well as during the internship to promote equality of opportunities.

 

IMPORTANT:
Please only apply for an internship if you fulfil the following two criteria:

(1) You have no close relative serving in the ILO.

(2) This is your first internship with the ILO (only one internship is permitted).

 

Introduction

The International Labour Organization (ILO) with financial support from SIDA in Kenya, is implementing a project titled “Inclusive Growth through Decent Work in the Great Rift Valley Project” over the 4 year period from 2018 – 2022. The project will be implemented through a range of different public, private and development partners, with each bringing different and specific contributions to the project. Project implementation commenced in May 2018.

The overall goal of the project is to improve the living conditions of young people in and around the two project areas, i.e. Narok and Nakuru counties in Kenya, by acting as a catalyst to boost decent job creation through skills development, business development and community engagement. The immediate objectives of the project are to create decent jobs from better skills by vocational training centres, develop new and improve on growing businesses resulting from new relevant skills, business development services and access to finance, and promoting the rights of workers in the local communities and increase capacity of communities to lobby for increased access to public and social services. The project goal is in sync with promoting employment creation and employability, a priority jointly set by the government, employers and workers organizations, under the Kenya Decent Work Country Programme. The project is among the pathways through which the DWCP and the Decent Work agenda is being implemented in the country.

 

Reporting Lines:
Under the overall responsibility of the Director of the ILO Country Officer for the United Republic of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, the Communication intern will work under the direct supervision of the National Programme Coordinator – Inclusive Growth through Decent Work in the Great Rift Valley Project PPDP. In addition, the intern will work closely with the members of the project team of ILO and Forum Syd.

Learning areas

The intern will gain practical knowledge and skills in the following broad areas, among others: project management, public private development partnerships, stakeholder engagement and management, skills development, enterprise development, community engagement, project monitoring and evaluation, results based management, finance and administration.

Roles and Responsibilities

The primary role of the intern will be to support the project in capturing, preparation and dissemination of information and communication materials and documents, and contribute to the implementation of the project and delivery of outputs in the assigned areas through the following tasks:-

  • Support coverage of PPDP events and field activities through capturing high quality photography, videography, speeches, and social media coverage, in order to always ensure project visibility and communicate project progress and outcomes.
  • Develop project news flashes, stories, change stories, case studies, articles and briefs, (visuals and text) for communication to partners, donor reporting, highlighting project progress and impact and communication materials.
  • Support the design, write text and preparation of PPDP communication and visibility materials.
  • Perform basic graphic design work and editing for PPDP printed and online information products.
  • Liaise with communications unit of ILO Country Office for Dar es Salaam or any other ILO Office as may be required to provide information, clarification or articulate required information.
  • With guidance from the National Programme Coordinator, liaise with communication departments of key stakeholders and media with regard to project activities, and liaise with them on key project events that require publicity.
  • Support to extract analysis from the project and relevant documents, to prepare and preparing simple fact sheets, brochures etc.
  • Develop and maintain a detailed and well classified online catalogue of content and updated imagery database (articles, messages, photos, logos, diagrams, illustrations and videos) for future project use and reference.
  • Provide support in taking meeting minutes and preparing reports on workshops, trainings and seminars.
  • Undertake any other duties that may be assigned by the National Programme Coordinator.
Education

The candidate must be enrolled in the final year of a post graduate degree programme (Masters or equivalent), or in a higher degree programme, in communications and/or a related field (e.g.Communications,Economics, business, social sciences) in a recognized university, school, similar institution or related vocational programme; or have completed such programme in the year preceding the application.

Experience

Relevant experience in communications in a similar role would be an added advantage.

Languages

Fluent command (in both oral and written) of English and good knowledge Kiswahili.

Competencies
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong writing skills in English.
  • Good working knowledge of relevant computer software including MS office, Excel, Powerpoint. Working knowledge of illustrator, Indesign, Photoshop and HTML is an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to take high quality pictures and videos.
  • Demonstrated ability in handling social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter) and related applications to communicate project messages and progress.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and use images, memes and messaging to achieve communication objectives for the project.
  • Ability to carry out assignments in accordance with instructions and guidelines.
  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as a team member.
  • Ability to work quickly to meet deadlines.
  • Adaptability to an international, multicultural and multilingual environment, with professionalism and respect for diversity.
Eligibility

This vacancy is open to Kenya Nationals or Residents of Kenya only.


 

How to apply:

 

1. Search for an internship profile via the page on ILO Jobs 

2. Select the internship profile you would like to apply for, and create a profile on ILO Jobs 

3. Complete your candidate profile and apply to the internship profile

4. Be sure to attach a cover letter in the last section of the application, as applications without a cover letter will not be considered and you cannot attach a cover letter after the deadline. 

 

Selection process:

 

Following a first screening by the Human Resources Development Department (HRD), field offices will short-list applicants. You will be directly contacted should an internship opportunity match your profile. If you have not been contacted by any department or field office within six months after your application, you can consider that you have not been selected for this roster. If still eligible, you may apply to the next roster. 

 

If shortlisted, you may be contacted by the field office for a written test and/or interview. The ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

 

Stipend:

 

As an intern in the field, you will receive a monthly stipend from the ILO based on the cost of living in the area of the duty station, unless you receive funding through another institution (for example your university or a foundation). If you receive partial funding, ILO will cover the difference to ensure you receive the appropriate stipend per month. Your travel to the duty station will be at your own expense.

 

Insurance:

 

The intern is required to have a valid medical insurance cover, which ILO will contribute a fixed amount to on a monthly basis, payable in addition to the the stipend mentioned above.

 

Fraud warning:

 

The ILO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process whether at the application, interview, processing or training stage. Messages originating from a non ILO e-mail account - @ilo.org - should be disregarded. In addition, the ILO does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.