Engagement and insights -Interships

  • Added Date: Monday, 24 February 2020
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 09 March 2020


Rapid change across the world and within the Humanitarian sector has seen a greater emphasis and need for innovation and change. The innovation team supported by Norwegian Red Cross is working to capture and profile ‘signals of change’ and innovation efforts across the Red Cross and Red Crescent network, the wider humanitarian sector and in areas that intersect with humanitarian interests. This initiative is designed to catalyse innovation efforts across the Red Cross and Red Crescent network, to promote scaling of proven innovations, to build connectivity and collaboration between internal stakeholders, to tackle key issues of change identified by the network through the Strategy 2030 consultations and to provoke dialogue within the network on changes to how we work, partner, think and act.

The IFRC Innovation team is seeking three advanced interns to work full-time with its team globally within the newly established Solferino Academy initiative. The interns can be based in either; Nairobi, Kenya; Lebanon, Beirut or Panama City, Panama.

Key tasks and responsibilities

The roles are focussed on building engagement and insights to stimulate learning and connectivity throughout the Red Cross and Red Crescent network on Innovation. Digital communications, storytelling and a range of multi-media approaches will be the tools and skills needed for these roles. The idea is to develop products that can help internal IFRC network stakeholders easily engage with and learn from innovations and trends occurring throughout the Humanitarian sector.

Primary tasks – Engagement and Insights

· With the support of the Solferino Academy team, other IFRC Secretariat teams and National Societies, source and develop digital stories, case studies and learning on successful innovations happening in the Red Cross and Red Crescent and convert these to compelling (and innovative) digital communications pieces.

· With the support of the Solferino Academy team, other IFRC Secretariat teams and National Societies develop compelling digital communications pieces on shifting trends that are impacting the Humanitarian sector and their potential impacts on the IFRC network and on the communities, we work with.

· Ensure that the network is aware of in an engaging way, key innovation events and initiatives happening in the IFRC network and that a wider internal digital audience can engage with and contribute to these meetings/events virtually.

· Build the digital engagement channels of the Solferino Academy team to ensure access to a wider internal audience, including through social media, emails and web platforms.

· Promote and develop strategies to encourage user-designed content and products.

Intern specifications.

We will be selecting a composition of candidates that can help us fulfil the following skills and expertise across the internships (we will recruit up to 3 of them). Thus, we are looking for people who have some or all of the following.

Key technical skills and competencies we are seeking among the candidates.

  • Ability to convert complex information into simple and compelling storytelling.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and design packages (or similar), specifical competency in using advanced functions of video and image editing.
  • Web design and development proficiency including Word Press.
  • Expertise with digital and social media communications
  • Other skills, competencies, experience and qualifications.
  • Expertise in graphic design, marketing, knowledge management and/or internal communications.
  • Highly developed graphic concept creation.
  • Familiar with the Red Cross and Red Crescent network.
  • Excellent written and oral communication, organizational and presentation skills in English, proficiency in written and spoken French, Spanish or Arabic being an advantage.
  • Proactive attitude to problem-solving. “Can do attitude” required.
  • Highly creative, dynamic and flexible
  • Knowledge of and ability to keep up with trends and practices in digital communications
  • A university degree or other study in communications and multimedia is preferable, but not essential, practical experience, creativity and passion are highly valued.

Reporting to:

Innovation Lead (Head of Solferino Academy) in the immediate term, but eventually to the Manager of Engagement and Design (when recruited).

Time period:

From 1st March to 31st May 2020 (3 months initially with a possibility of extension for up to 6 months – dependant on funding).


The interns can be based in either; Nairobi, Kenya; Lebanon, Beirut or; Panama City, Panama. Note that the applicants must have the right to work in these locations themselves. Some international travel may also be required of the Intern.

This vacancy is archived.

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