Communications Intern

Job categories Communications
Vacancy code VA/2021/B5329/22871
Department/office AFR, KEMCO, Zimbabwe
Duty station Harare, Zimbabwe
Contract type Intern
Contract level Intern
Duration 6 months with possibility of extension
Application period 18-Nov-2021 to 06-Dec-2021

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

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Background – Zimbabwe

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is the operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world.  Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.  With over 8,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, where they need it.  By implementing around 1,000 projects for our partners at any given time, UNOPS makes significant contributions to results on the ground, often in the most challenging environments.

The UNOPS Zimbabwe Office fallsunder the purview of the UNOPS KEMC (Kenya Multi-Country Office) located in Nairobi, Kenya, which manages a growing portfolio of engagements, including associated strategic and operational risks. The KEMC sub-region currently consists of an established Operation Centre in Nairobi/Kenya which manages a portfolio of engagements in multiple countries in East and Southern Africa. This includes a large portfolio of Infrastructure, procurement and project management service projects in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and several Island states. 


UNOPS Zimbabwe Office has a growing portfolio of projects. Following the devastation caused to life, livelihoods and property by tropical storm Idai in March 2019, the WB has allocated up to US$ 75 million to finance a recovery project for Zimbabwe and the African Development Bank has allocated US$ 25 million. The projects address both early and mid-term recovery needs in multiple sectors (livelihoods, health, education, agriculture, transport). UNOPS has been requested to manage the WB funds and is establishing a Project Implementation Unit (PIU) and is the Implementation Agency for the AfDB project. UNOPS will engage multiple UN partner organisations to deliver specific components of ZIRP and private sector companies to deliver on the infrastructure works under AfDB. Additionally, UNOPS manages the overall funding for the Government of Ireland funded project on ensuring safe and accessible channels for reporting Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) to beneficiaries of the Humanitarian Assistance Programme in Zimbabwe.

The PIU is being established as a facility to support the World Bank fund only. As the Fund Manager/PIU UNOPS will be responsible for multiple functions vis-a-vis the ZIRP including the design of an early recovery/emergency response facility, fiduciary management, legal and technical oversight Monitoring and Evaluation, reporting, quality assurance and communications. Communications Unit is housed within the PIU, providing strategic communication support across the portfolio of projects implemented in Zimbabwe.

Background Information - Job-specific

Under the direct supervision of the  Communications Associate - Public Relations and Outreach, the Communications Intern will work in the Communications Unit based in  Harare. The role will focus primarily on producing communications materials and reports for UNOPS Zimbabwe’s portfolio of projects covering a range of development sectors. The work of the Project Implementation Unit is diverse and requires a significant level of multitasking. 

The intern will be required to deliver high-quality  products to tight deadlines. Additionally, the Communications Intern will also closely coordinate with other programmes, infrastructure and procurement units.  

We are seeking qualified applicants who have strong communication, planning and coordination skills. The successful candidate must be client/service-oriented as well as structured, organized and detail-oriented.

Specific intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to:  ...

Enrolment in a University Degree or significant coursework (if degree still ongo...

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience but experience ...

Fluency in oral and written English is required.

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and enc...

Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time Applications ...

Contract type: Internship Contract level: Intern Contract duration: 6 months ren...

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful imp...


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