UNFPA is looking for a Donor Communications Intern (New York, USA)

UNFPA is looking for a Donor Communications Intern (New York, USA)

Due to the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

UNFPA is looking for a Donor Communications Intern (New York, USA)

  • Level: Internships / fellowships
  • Contract Type: Internship
  • Closing date: 02 Jan 2024 11:59 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: NY, USA

The Position:

Under the direct supervision of the Donor Communications Officer, (Resource Mobilization Branch, Division of Communications and Strategic Partnerships), the intern will support the team in the areas of content creation and strategic communications planning for public sector partners.

A work plan with achievements for the duration of the Internship and learning opportunities will be agreed upon. Periodic progress meetings will lead to a beneficial environment for the Intern enhancing her/his skills and capacity in areas related to UNFPA’s mandate.

About UNFPA and How You Can Make a Difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.  UNFPA’s strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations, and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on womens’ and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results. We need interns who are exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results. 

You would be responsible for:

  • Developing compelling content, including stories, digital, social media, and multimedia content, as well as internal communications products, with a focus on communicating the effectiveness of UNFPA’s programmes and the communications of results; 
  • Supporting the planning of activities by creating mapping and analysis of existing content and partnerships;  
  • Supporting the socialization of the newly developed donor communications guidelines, including through capacity-building exercises such as training, webinars, workshops and others;
  • Helping provide powerful evidence, data and results to demonstrate the value of contributions and partnerships, working with various units and offices in the countries where we operate. 

During your internship, you will also:

  • Support the Donor Communications Officer in their day-to-day activities (including content creation, guidance and capacity-building, and strategic and long-term planning);
  • Provide ideas for enhancing donor visibility at the global level and for the regions; 
  • Create donor visibility reporting mechanisms, including for social media and digital content; 
  • Perform other duties as required.

Qualifying for an Internship

  • All interns must meet the following educational and other eligibility requirements:

Your Education: 

  • Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as master’s programme or higher) in Communications, Journalism, International Relations, or Development studies;
  • Have recently graduated with a university degree as defined above and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation; or
  • Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional trainee programme and undertake the internship as part of this programme.

Other eligibility requirements

  • Demonstrate interest in the field of development;
  • Demonstrate written and spoken proficiency in at least one of the working languages of the United Nations (English or French) and fluency in the official language (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish) of the UNFPA office; and
  • Demonstrate ability to adapt to new environments and to establish and maintain good working relations with individuals of different cultural backgrounds.

Your Experiences: 

  • Experience in communications, social media, or fundraising;
  • Experience in content creation: social media posts, videos, photos, infographics, brochures;
  • Knowledge of social media best practices on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram;
  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of other languages is an asset. 
  • Strong analytical and writing skills.
  • Proven ability to manage diverse and complex tasks;
  • Some experience in working with development agencies, including in volunteer capacity.
  • Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members from different national and cultural backgrounds.

Learning Elements:

Upon completion of the assignment, and depending on its duration, the Intern will gain the following knowledge assets:

  • Increased understanding of the UNFPA and the Division of Communications and Strategic Partnerships within UNFPA;
  • Understand the UNFPA mandate and policies;
  • Understand how communications can help drive partnerships and funding in an international organization; 
  • Understand and familiarize with communication principles and messaging;
  • Understand basic project management principles;
  • Understand how to participate in a creative and collaborative content production process;
  • Work experience as a team member in a multicultural setting.

DEADLINE: 02 Jan 2024 11:59 PM (America/New_York)

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