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UNOPS Jobs for Communications InternJob categories: Communications
Vacancy code: VA/2018/B5308/16459
Department/office: AFR, ETOH, Ethiopia
Duty station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Contract type: Intern
Contract level: Intern
Duration: Internship
Application period: 27-Sep-2018 to 19-Oct-2018

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.


Background Information – UNOPS


“UNOPS plays a critical role in providing management services for our life-saving, peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. I have seen many examples of how these activities help suffering people in troubled parts of the world.”  -Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General


UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.


Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peace building contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.


We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, a network of five regional offices and a further 20 operations and project centres, UNOPS oversees activities in more than 80 countries.


UNOPS is committed to achieving a truly diverse workforce.


Background Information – Job-specific


The intern will work in the Partnership and Communications Unit under the direct, overall supervision of Partnership and Communications Team Leader and will assist in producing a range of print, online publications and visibility items.


Functional Responsibilities


Duties and Responsibilities


Specific intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


Writing high-quality copy for external news stories, newsletters, fact sheets and web content, proposal;

Media relation and press release including translation;

Assisting with research for the annual report and other publications;

Liaising with Ethiopia Operational Hub and country office focal points and project managers to secure information and images for communications materials;

Assisting with the distribution of communications products;

Researching and analyzing information on field projects;

General administration and support;

Reporting to and perform other duties as requested by the communication focal point.


  1.   Training components and learning elements


The intern will have a hand on experience in communication and media relation. The intern will be attending UN Communication Working Group and will be able to learn how UN agencies coordinate, and how other UN agencies operate in terms of communications.


  1.   Participation in missions or training courses


The intern will be part of the team and will participate in any training available if the content is applicable for the position.

Additional comments


Stipend will be provided.


Education/Experience/Language requirements


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Academic qualifications


Completed university degree or significant course work (if degree still ongoing) in journalism, communications, development or a related field.

Language Skills


Applicants must be fluent in English and French and should be comfortable in reading and writing in both languages.

Computer Literacy


Strong Microsoft Office Suite skills, additional knowledge of Adobe illustrator, Adobe Design and Photoshop is desirable.


Internship-related experiences


For an internship, no work experience is required.


Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and determination to meet deadlines are 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.

Functional competencies


Desired skills


Experience in writing and editing news and feature articles is desired.

Research experience.

Journalism/communications experience.

Knowledge of/demonstrated interest in development work.


Contract type, level and duration


Contract type: Internship

Contract duration – Six months


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.

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

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.

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