Internship (Commmunications Intern / Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Intern)

  • Added Date: Thursday, 18 April 2024
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 02 May 2024
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Background Information - Job-specific

General Background

The Sanitation and Hygiene Fund (SHF) is a project of UNOPS.

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partnersโ€™ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development. UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

The Sanitation and Hygiene Fund (SHF)

The Sanitation and Hygiene Fund (SHF) is a UN fund dedicated to achieving universal access to sanitation, hygiene, and menstrual health through market-based approaches. Establishing a global footprint, SHF works with Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) to build robust sanitation economies and the menstrual hygiene marketplace through catalytic financing. A part of UNOPS, detailed information about the SHF, our strategy and operational policies can be found at SHF aims to be transformative and approaches sanitation, hygiene and menstrual health as an ecosystem where people, including the most marginalised, have access to not only toilets, handwashing facilities and menstrual products but also the goods and services needed to safely use, dispose, treat and reuse waste along the entire value chain, we can ensure the health and well-being of people, economies and the planet.

Role of the Communications Intern

The Communications Intern will join the growing Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Team to support SHF in its exciting journey as a growing UN Global Fund dedicated to sanitation, hygiene and menstrual health. This role will involve supporting the creation and publication of various external relations assets, including external publications, brochures, slide decks, website and social media content. The Communications Intern will also support the global positioning of the Fund by supporting participation in various global events.

Role of the Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Intern

The Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Intern will support the development and implementation of tailored donor engagement strategies with strategic bilateral and multilateral partners. The Intern will also contribute to strengthening engagement with private foundations and other non-traditional donors. Finally, the intern will play a key role in supporting the organization of the first replenishment event for SHF, planned for 2025, as well as other high level meetings paving the way to this key moment.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Head of Resource Mobilization and Partnerships, the interns provide support to the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund, performing a variety of dedicated functions ensuring high quality and accuracy of work, in support of the SUN Movement Secretariat and different teamsโ€™ activities.

(1) Communications Intern

Under the guidance of the Head of Resource Mobilization and Partnerships, the Communications intern will:

Social media: propose content for social media channels and tactics to increase social media engagement. SHFโ€™s website: Review the existing webpages of SHFโ€™s website and propose enhancements. Create and curate engaging content and news to drive more traffic to the website. Content: Contribute to the development and implementation of a content calendar, and draft social media packages, blogs, news, articles, scripts and other products as needed. Publications: Support the development of SHFโ€™s publications and flagship reports, including editing content, creating infographics and proposing visuals. Global positioning: help identify key global moments, potential champions and influencers to strengthen SHFโ€™s global positioning on sanitation, hygiene and menstrual health. Event management: Support efforts related to event management โ€“ including preparing and dispatching invitation letters, assisting with organization, implementation of and follow up to events, briefings, video/audio conference calls and webinars Other: Provide general assistance to the Resource Mobilization and Partnerships team on various projects and activities, including administrative support, scheduling of meetings, taking meeting minutes etc.

(2) Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Intern:

Under the guidance of the Head of Resource Mobilization and Partnerships, the Resource Mobilisation and Partnerships intern will:

Partners mapping:Contribute to the mapping of strategic donors and partners to support SHFโ€™s global positioning.

Donor engagement strategies: Support the development of tailored donor engagement strategies for selected multilateral and bilateral donors through desk research.

Donor intelligence: keep track and report on key donor and funding trends relevant to SHFโ€™s development sectors.

Donor tracker: Update donor tracker spreadsheet after each donor meeting, based on meeting notes.

Resource mobilization strategy: support regular updating of SHFโ€™s resource mobilization strategy.

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โš ๏ธ ๐‚๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐‹๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ฐ: ๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐“๐ž๐œ๐ก๐ง๐ข๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐š ๐ฃ๐จ๐› ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐”๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐๐Ž๐–!

Donor visibility: propose content to support donor visibility and recognition across all of SHFโ€™s communications platforms.

Event management: Support efforts related to event management โ€“ including preparing and dispatching invitation letters, assisting with organization, implementation of and follow up to events, briefings, video/audio conference calls and webinars

Other: Provide general assistance to the Resource Mobilization and Partnerships team on various projects and activities, including administrative support, scheduling of meetings, taking meeting minutes etc.

Training components and learning elements The incumbents will have access to project and portfolio documentation to learn about project management and development cooperation in the areas the portfolio covers. She/he has the opportunity to join official meetings and learn about UNOPS, and the UN, and multilateral cooperation. She/he will get exposure to key stakeholders, multi-partner donors, international non-governmental organizations and other representatives.

The incumbent will also have full access to UNOPS intranet, Google Currents/Communities of Practice (COPs) in Project Management, Gender Mainstreaming, Innovation and Research, Sustainable Infrastructure, etc.
Education/Experience/Language requirements

The applicant must be enrolled in a university programme, such as a Bachelor, Masters, or Ph.D. (or equivalent) or have graduated from such studies within three (3) years prior to the applications date of the internship


Professional work experience is not required for this internship.

The following experience will be an asset:

Prior work experience is an asset Experience with prioritization of tasks and strong commitment to teamwork and results is desirable. Good organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines is desired Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal is desired Language:

Fluency in written and oral English is required Working knowledge of other UN languages is an asset. Competencies
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. 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. Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Internship
Contract level: Intern
Contract duration: 6 to 12 Months

This internship is not designed to lead to a staff position with UNOPS. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of the internship.

Interns may be eligible for a monthly stipend from UNOPS provided that they do not receive funds from other institutions. Further, UNOPS may provide a one time travel lumpsum per policy dependent on defined factors. However, Interns must make their own arrangements for accommodation, travel and necessary visa arrangements.

For more details about UNOPS internships please follow this link:
Additional Information

Please note that UNOPS does not accept unsolicited resumes.

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.

UNOPS embraces diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity. Our workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. UNOPS seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce.

Qualified women and candidates from groups which are underrepresented in the UNOPS workforce are encouraged to apply. These include in particular candidates from racialized and/or indigenous groups, members of minority gender identities and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities.

We would like to ensure all candidates perform at their best during the assessment process. If you are shortlisted and require additional assistance to complete any assessment, including reasonable accommodation, please inform our human resources team when you receive an invitation.

Geneva, Switzerland is a UN Family Duty station

All candidates are REQUIRED to include a cover letter in their application stating which of the two functional areas ( Communications / Resource Mobilization and Partnerships)
they are applying to . Please indicate the functional area in the title of the cover letter

Terms and Conditions

All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter and UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential personnel. Recruitment in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

This vacancy is archived.

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