Position: Communications Intern (2 Positions)
Location: Nairobi and Eldoret
Duration: 3 months
Mercy Corps is a leading global relief and development agency saving and improving lives in the world’s toughest places.
In more than 40 countries, we partner with local people to put bold ideas into action, help them overcome adversity and build stronger communities.
We help communities survive and move beyond emergencies. When natural disasters strike, economies collapse or conflict flares, Mercy Corps is there.
Working with communities, we leverage local logic to help people transform their lives to grow more food, earn higher incomes and ultimately advocate for their needs.
We see global challenges as an invitation to pioneer innovative, sustainable solutions.
In Kenya, one of Mercy Corps programs is funded by The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF) to implement a youth empowerment program: the Youth Empowered for Success (YES!) program in Kenya.
Scope of Work: The YES! Program works to support young people access economic opportunities including jobs, businesses, marketable skills, and financial and career services.
YES! also works to improve the enabling environment for youth economic empowerment by promoting youth friendly policies and services and facilitating youth inclusiveness in program and policy development.
As a part of the YES! team, the Communications Intern will assist the monitoring and evaluation officer in YES! beneficiaries stories development and broadcasting of success stories through Mercy Corps reports, newsletter, social media, outreaches, as well as participating in events.
Learning Objectives: The Communications Intern will learn how to make effective beneficiary success presentations to internal and external audiences and how to write a variety of mass media products (including news stories using Mercy Corps guidelines).
In addition, the Communications Intern will design and lay out a variety of mass and social media products, including webpage articles, newsletter pieces, and Facebook posts as a part of the greater communication strategy.
Under the supervision of the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, the intern will assist with the following:
- Write and share beneficiary/project success stories
- Assist with social media efforts, including Facebook;
- Create a Story Bank to generate content for monthly E-Newsletter & other communications;
- Other relevant program support duties, as assigned
- Must be presently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Communications, Public Relations or related field from a recognized University in the final year of study
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are essential;
- Prior experience in a non-profit setting and working with youth is preferred, but not required;
- Strong computer skills, particularly experience in social media;
- Ability to take initiative and work independently;
- Must be comfortable working in a cross-cultural environment;
- Flexibility and ability to handle multiple tasks successfully
Interested candidates who meet the above required qualifications and experience should submit a cover letter, detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing three references (including a University Lecturer)
on or before Monday 30th May, 2016 by 4.00pm.
The email subject line must clearly show the job title and location they are applying for.
Please do not attach any certificates.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.