A leading human rights coalition is seeking the services of an intern to join a small team of high impact researchers and lawyers based in Harare. The ideal candidate for the internship must be a journalism/media studies/mass communications graduate with working knowledge of relevant digital tools, including basic communications software. The ideal candidate must have an interest and understanding of human rights, and use of digital communication platforms.
Under the guidance and supervision of the Senior Researcher, and working closely with the Programmes team, the Media and Communications Intern will be responsible for
planning, developing and implementing communication strategies to promote the local NGO’s programmes. The incumbent will also be responsible for developing partnerships with other relevant organizations, disseminate information and create awareness about topical human rights issues. He/she supports the members of the programme team to effectively contribute to the achievement of the organization’s objectives.
Actual Job Responsibilities
The Communications and Media Intern will work closely with the Programme Specialists and the team to ensure that relevant program materials such as Human-Interest Stories, information reports, factsheets, info-graphs, newsletters and other communication are developed and disseminated to various target groups through relevant media and network channels. The Communications and Media Intern will assist the Programme Team in the proposal development stage to identify appropriate communication activities for the projects. The Intern will maintain and archive a library of communication material, reports, clippings, photographs, audio-visual materials, web resources etc.
- The Intern will develop and maintain contact information and relationships with journalists and media outlets (print, TV, radio, web etc.)
- Specific activities may include drafting and editing newsletters, press releases, human interest stories and other advocacy/information materials.
- The Intern will also collaborate with both traditional and web-based media to organizing project site visits, and facilitate photo and film coverage as appropriate.
Digital Communications/Social media:
- The intern will maintain the organisation’s website and social media sites (Facebook, Twitter and YouTube), including content development and uploads.
Branding and Communications:
- The Intern will ensure timely and quality production of advocacy and branding materials such as periodicals, annual and donor reports, newsletters, calendars, briefing notes, Human Interest Stories, videos, etc.
- The intern will develop and maintain an updated list of donors, special interest groups, partners, beneficiaries etc. to receive our periodic communication.
Monitoring and evaluation:
- The Intern will monitor and evaluate the use and effectiveness of the organisation’s media materials, and of advocacy events/campaigns to target audiences.
Experience And Skills Required
- At least 1 year of similar work experience;
- Ability to work independently, with minimum supervision and guidance from supervisors;
- Demonstrated and extensive social media experience;
- Excellent written and oral English communication skills.
- Knowledge of other languages/dialects is an asset;
- Advanced working knowledge of MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher);
- Basic design and layout skills are an added advantage.
Professional Qualifications Needed
Monitoring and evaluation:
- The Intern will monitor and evaluate the use and effectiveness of the organisation’s media materials, and of advocacy events/campaigns to target audiences;
- Knowledge and interests in human rights
Applications should be addressed, with CV, a cover letter and the names and contact details of at least three referees to: Chairperson of the Human Resources Committee, Ref: Internship – Media & Communications. By email: email@example.com
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Deadline: 22 May 2020