Communications Intern, Harare, Zimbabwe At International Labour Organization (ILO)

the International Labour Organization (ILO)
Closing date: Sunday, 4 June 2023

Grade: Internship

Vacancy no.: HRE/INTERN/2023/01

Publication date: 22 May 2023 Application deadline (midnight Harare time): 05 June 2023

Job ID: 10845 Location: Harare


The International Labour Organization (ILO) is devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights, pursuing its founding mission that labour peace is essential to prosperity. Today, the ILO helps countries with the creation of decent work in conditions that give working people and business people a stake in lasting peace, prosperity and progress. Its tripartite structure provides a unique platform for promoting decent work for all women and men. Its main objectives are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.

The International Labour Organization’s Country Office for Zimbabwe and Namibia (CO-Harare) delivers on its mandate through development cooperation programmes, research and technical advisory services delivered through the Zimbabwe Decent Work Country Programme (Z/DWCP) which supports the Government of Zimbabwe and it’s Social Partners (Employers and Workers’ Organizations) in promoting decent work for all.

As part of the global ILO family, CO-Harare communication objectives are aligned to the ILO Communication Strategy whose objectives are: 1. To communicate about the ILO through advocacy, knowledge, results and recommendations using balanced, accessible, inclusive and multilingual content in various formats in line with the branding. 2. To increase ILO audience size and engagement by using communication campaigns, partnerships, channels and platforms in a strategic way with improved audience marketing techniques, based on performance data; and 3. To create innovative products and platforms, alongside country context appropriate methods, to increase the use and uptake of ILO content and outreach to key audiences

With this background in mind, CO-Harare, is seeking internship applications from graduates in communication who are passionate about communication and all its aspects; and are looking for exposure and “hands-on” learning experience as well as better understanding of the Decent Work Agenda in general.

The Intern shall report to the Senior Communications and Information Management Officer.

The internship is for a maximum period of six months and has no potential for an extension. As this will be a paid internship, the appointed person will be expected to work full-time.

Learning areas

Would you like to learn about communication and information management at the ILO- how the Organizations communicates its activities and results to stakeholders and the general public? How to create value through communication?

If you are a strong communicator with a client focused mind set and motivated to drive initiatives, the ILO through its Country Office in Harare (CO-Harare), can offer you an interesting and rewarding internship opportunity. As an intern in communications, you will be exposed to a whole range of exciting areas such as: dissemination of media briefs, spearhead and support the digital activities of the Office and projects and designing or adapting graphics to be used for communication materials in CO-Harare by undertaking background research, drafting communication and information materials, participating and documenting outcomes of technical seminars, meetings and discussions.

The overall objective of the internship is to assist in the implementation of the overall CO-Harare communication plan based on the ILO communication strategy and plan, with particular focus on the digital communication, design of communication and advocacy support materials. This includes leading and supporting in the design of overall communication activities that lead to communicating of results, leveraging a variety of platforms, including the ILO Harare website, current and new social media platforms with the aim of increasing the Office’s visibility, achievements and increase its reach.

Reporting to the Senior Communications and Information Management Officer, the work of the Intern based in Harare, will be in close consultation and coordination with national project team members to ensure that communication, publications and advocacy guidelines are followed.

Submission of applications The ILO values diversity among its staff. We welcome applications from recently graduated women and men, including those with disabilities. Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted. Interested candidates meeting the above requirements should send their applications including an updated CV via e-mail to: by 05 June 2023.

Required profile


  •  Completed an MA or equivalent degree in Communications, Digital communications with knowledge of international politics, Public relations, Journalism, Marketing OR
  •  The candidate should be enrolled in their final year of graduate degree programme (master`s degree) or should have completed such a programme no longer than 1 year ago


  •  Demonstrated interest and/or experience (up to 1 year) in research and/or work experience related to communications and information management would be an advantage. Should have excellent skills, in writing, presentation and research.
  •  Digital/ computer skills Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, Photoshop or other photo/video editing software, publisher, social media (twitter, LinkedIn…).


Fluent knowledge (both oral and written) of English and/or main local languages – Shona or Ndebele.



  •  Adaptable to an international, multicultural and multilingual environment.
  •  Good interpersonal, networking and communication skills (written and oral)
  •  Positive attitude and ability to multi-task and to work under pressure
  •  Good knowledge, understanding and proven experience of different social media platforms and familiarity with updating social media channels
  •  Show willingness to acquire new knowledge and skills
  •  Some competency in graphic design and publishing software, such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, CANVA, and InDesign, as well as audio-visual editing/production tools,
  •  Selecting, reviewing and uploading ILO Harare photos on appropriate online albums such as Flickr;
  •  Participation in drafting and preparation of media plans for the various events of the Office;
  •  Supporting the production of brochures, posters/banners and other project communication leaflets;
  •  Assist in developing social media focused infographics, impact photos and stories;
  •  Ability to work independently and in a team
  •  Knowledge of the general procedures and practices of public information and related office administrative procedures and policies
  •  Familiarity with public relations and branding compliance;
  •  Some level of presentation skills;
  •  Ability to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time
  •  Ability to produce quality results under deadlines
  •  Sensitivity to diversity as well as gender equality issues

Additional requirements:

  •  Open to learning and flexible about a variety of topics, ILO writing house style, ILO branding guidelines and open to new experiences


1. Search for an internship profile via the page on ILO Jobs

2. Complete your candidate profile and apply to the internship profile

3. Be sure to attach a cover letter in the last section of the application, as applications without a cover letter will not be considered and you cannot attach a cover letter after the deadline.


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