Communications Intern

  • Added Date: Monday, 16 September 2019
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 30 September 2019

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**SHiFT is a social innovation hub leading the transformation of post-conflict and/or marginalised zones towards peaceful and prosperous communities. It brings people together and bridges differences through building capacities, raising awareness, creating opportunities, promoting success models and mentoring. SHiFT was founded in 2015 by four local Tripoli residents and activists, after the Lebanese army implemented a security plan in the area to end the rounds of violent clashes. Since then SHiFT has grown into a vibrant community center and business incubator, working for social transformation in the area. Through its programs, SHiFT provides various activities such as business development support to nano, micro and small businesses as well as business incubation, labs, training, coaching and mentoring and job placement services.

SHiFT is currently looking for a Communications Intern to join our team in our office and community center in Qobbeh, Tripoli.

Job description

Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background as well as the internship period. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Support in developing and implementing an annual communications plan to ensure excellent communication internally as well as externally to supporters, stakeholders, and the general public

  • Support in writing, editing and proofreading a range of materials for both internal and external audiences to ensure consistency and compliance with SHiFT’s branding, values, key messages and style guidelines

  • Attend SHiFT’s events and support in event management if needed

  • Be responsible for updating and editing the website and social media

  • Create an archive for media content

  • Attend and summarize conferences and meetings when relevant

  • Evaluate social media analytics and trends

  • Potentially, research topics and issues related to SHiFT’s programming

  • Assisting in other ad-hoc activities as instructed

What we offer

An internship position with many opportunities for creativity and learning, including the following learning objectives

  • Work-based learning through diverse work tasks and regular meetings with the assigned supervisor
  • Developing skills in social media messaging and printed material that serve the visibility of development programs

  • Developing skills in ethical storytelling

  • Capacity to think strategically and look into program activities to develop stories of change and social media posts

  • Increased knowledge and understanding of livelihood and peacebuilding programming

  • Opportunity to receive training in various topics such as conflict sensitivity, project management etc.

  • Opportunity to implement your own ideas

  • Opportunity to network with civil society actors in the Livelihoods and Social Stability sector in Lebanon

As a small local NGO, we are unfortunately not able to pay a salary for this position. However, transportation costs will be covered for the duration of the internship.

Who we look for

We are looking for a social media -savvy intern with genuine interest to learn more about development and peacebuilding work in North Lebanon. In our recruitment process we emphasize the applicant's ability to take initiative and to carry responsibility.


  • Degree (minimum BA) in Media and Communications, Graphic Design or other related fields

  • Fluency in English and Arabic, including strong writing skills

  • Strong computer skills: Excellent Microsoft Office skills, strong skills in social media management

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Ability to work independently and in a team

  • Cultural sensitivity

We appreciate

  • An understanding of the political context in Lebanon and the Eastern Mediterranean region

  • Ability to deal with unexpected challenges - it is good to note that SHiFT is located in a post-conflict area that suffers from poor infrastructure, occasional power cuts etc.

  • Previous experience in communications

  • Previous experience in volunteering or working in a civil society organisation

  • Strong organisational skills

  • Interest and skills in storytelling, graphic design, visual content production

  • Experience in campaign development

  • Skills in Adobe creative or other programs

  • Ability to take initiative

The duration of the internship is minimum 3 months and maximum 6 month and can be negotiated between the potential intern and SHiFT, depending on the type of skills and experience the intern is looking for. Please note that SHiFT is not able to assist in the possible visa process. If you have any questions regarding the position, please be in contact with our Project Development and Partnerships Officer at**

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