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Intern (2 positions), Communications Support

Job title:           Intern, Communications Support 
Location:          UNFPA, Zmaja od Bosne bb, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Full/Part-time: Full-time (approximately 40 hours per week)
Duration:          6 months, with 3 months possible extension (start date 1st April 2020)

The Position:

Are you passionate about gender equality, youth activism and engagement? Are you results driven, strong communicator and story teller? Are you looking for an opportunity to kick-start your career in communications field and learn about the work of the UN in Bosnia and Herzegovina? If yes, then you may be the person we are looking for to join our dynamic and versatile team.

Under the direct supervision of the Representative/Assistant Representative and in cooperation with Communications Assistant, the Intern will support the communications team in the areas of communications, research and analysis, liaison with UNFPA offices in the Western Balkans, Region and Regional Office as may be required.

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 expands choices and possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives. UNFPA Country Office (CO) in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been established in 1995. At present it employs one international staff (UNFPA Representative) and 14 national staff. The basis for CO work is the current 2015-2020 Country Programme Document (CPD) consisted of four project components (Sexual and reproductive health, Youth, Gender-based violence and Population and development). 

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. 

The overall work will be with the Communications Support focus on the needs of Country Office but also in support of implementation of Communications Strategy for the Western Balkan region. The intern(s) will: 

•    Research, collect and analyze documents/information on topics of regional/country specific interest, and UNFPA mandate;
•    Region-specific programme analytical briefs, Newsletters, Briefing Notes and Notes to File;
•    Use social media, such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to raise the visibility of the UNFPA CO and inform partners, media and other stakeholders of latest developments;
•    Assist with content production and regular update of the UNFPA web-site and social media channels;
•    Provide assistance in regards to organization of Country Office events; 
•    Perform other duties as required.

You Have: 

Your Education: Active enrolment or recent completion of a Master’s level degree programme in a relevant field e.g. Journalism, Advertising or Public Relations, Political Science or International Relations;

Your Experiences: 

●    Demonstrable research skills; preparation of written content of high quality.
●    Preferably some experience in working with development agencies, including in volunteer capacity. 
●    High level of literacy in B/C/S and strong knowledge of English. Knowledge of other languages an asset. 
●    Experience in media communications including social media is strongly preferable.
●    Strong analytical and writing skills.
●    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:
1.    Increased understanding of the UNFPA and the Programme Division within UNFPA
2.    Understand the UNFPA mandate and policies, including regional set-up 
3.    Understand UNFPA programme design and delivery mechanisms
4.    Understand the dynamics of operational and programme support and communications to the field, and sub-region
5.    Learn UN technical language, working procedures, and coordination mechanisms 
6.    Write and formulate substantive documents
7.    Network with UN colleagues 
8.    Work experience as a team member in a multicultural setting

Financial Aspects:

Interns do not receive a salary or any other form of remuneration from UNFPA. The costs associated with an intern's participation in the programme must be assumed either by the nominating institution, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students, or by the students themselves, who will have to meet living expenses as well as make their own arrangements for accommodation, travel and other requirements. However, they receive a stipend to help cover basic daily expenses related to the internship, if not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government, foundation, or scholarship programme. The amount of the stipend varies according to the duty station. In addition, applicants must have medical insurance for the duration of the internship. Proof of insurance will need to be submitted before the internship begins. UNFPA does not provide medical insurance for interns. 

How to Apply

Please email your CV and motivational letter to using the subject line: Communications Intern. Only applications received by 5pm on Monday, 9th March will be considered under this round of Internship Call.
Due to the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.