Job Description


Grade: Internship 

Publication date: 31 May 2023
Application deadline (midnight Abidjan time): 30 June 2023

Vacancy no.: DC/ABIDJAN/INTERNSHIP/2023/03 


Job ID: 10883 

Department: RO-Africa 
Organization Unit: RO-Africa 
Location: Abidjan 
Duration of contract: 3 to 6 months 


ILO Internship Programme provides an opportunity for talented individuals to:

(a) increase understanding of relevant issues at the international level by involving them directly in the work of the Office and the application of ILO principles, programmes and strategies;

(b) gain practical experience with the ILO directly related to their field of study.

The internship programme is not intended to lead to a career in the ILO. There should be no expectation of further employment at the end of the internship.


The ILO values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, particularly those with disabilities and from non- or under- represented member States. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to 


Please only apply for an internship if you fulfil the following two criteria:

(1) You have no close relative serving in the ILO.

(2) This is your first internship with the ILO (only one internship is permitted).



The International Labour Organization (ILO) is seeking a Communication Intern to join our team at the ILO Regional Office for Africa (ROAF) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. 
ROAF has overall political and management responsibilities for the promotion of ILO principles, policies and decent work priorities in the region as well as provides strategic guidance and support to all Country Offices (COs) and Decent Work Technical Support Teams (DWTs) in Africa. Furthermore, the ROAF is responsible for promoting collaboration on decent work issues with continental institutions like the African Union, African Development Bank and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. The main objectives of the ILO in Africa are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, promote Labour Migration Governance and Labour Market Information Systems, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues. In 2019, the International Labour Organization – the oldest UN specialized agency – celebrates its 100th anniversary.
With Africa's population on the rise, the need for action to tackle Child Labour through the promotion of decent job opportunities for adults is urgent. Our project aims to address these challenges by working on public policy and good governance, empowerment and representation, partnership and knowledge sharing among global supply chain actors working in Africa, and gender-strategic needs. 
As a Communication Intern, you will work on the project “Accelerating action for the elimination of child labour in supply chains in Africa”. The project has the overarching goal to accelerate the elimination of child labour in Africa, through targeted actions in selected supply chains in Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria and Uganda. Gender is considered as cross-cutting theme; all outcomes will address gender-strategic needs.
The successful candidate will have a strong interest in communication, be a creative and dynamic thinker, and possess excellent written and verbal communication skills. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, resourceful, and able to work collaboratively with a diverse team of professionals.
The intern will report to the Project’s Chief Technical Adviser and the M&E and Knowledge Sharing Officer. 
The internship program is not intended to lead to a career in the ILO nor the project. There should be no expectation of another job at the end of the internship.

Internship Objective

Gain expertise in the field of Advocacy, communications, translation as well as using the website and social Media Platforms as communications tools, through the development and implementation of an effective communication and advocacy strategy for the "Accelerating action for the elimination of child labour in supply chains in Africa" project.

Learning areas

As an intern, you will be exposed to ILO’s conceptual approaches and practical interventions to support child labour elimination in selected supply chains in Africa. You will gain experience in working with the ACCEL Africa teams in Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria and Uganda. You will benefit from the expertise and experiences of technical team at the Regional Office and will be encouraged to participate in meetings organized by colleagues in other areas of work of the ILO.
Under the overall supervision of the ACCEL Africa project’s Chief Technical Advisor and direct supervision of the M&E and Knowledge Sharing Officer, the intern will gain first-hand knowledge and expertise in ILO Knowledge Management strategies.
The Communication Intern will support the overall communication and advocacy of the project, including the development of communication and advocacy material, Social Media Strategy, development of tools and creation/posting of content communication and advocacy platforms, and others.

Inter alia, duties and responsibilities include:

⦁    Support the development and implementation of a communication and advocacy strategy for the project
⦁    Assist in the drafting of communication materials, including press releases, infographics, and social media content
⦁    Support the organization of meetings, events and workshops related to the project to promote wider cooperation with donors, foundations, the private sector, and government partners
⦁    Supporting the production of the Project’s newsletter.
⦁    Develop content including infographics, images and videos for website and advocacy materials
⦁    Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of communication activities and impact of the project
⦁    Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Required profile


⦁    Completed BA or equivalent degree in Communications, Digital communications, journalism, arts, social sciences and/or a related field,
⦁    The candidate must be enrolled in the final year of a graduate degree programme, or in a higher degree programme, in communications, journalism, arts, social sciences and/or a related field, or have completed such programme no longer than one year ago


⦁    Relevant work experience (Optional) or knowledge in social media strategy, communication skills such as Digital Media, social media, graphic Design, and photo editing 
⦁    Demonstrated interest in communications and advocacy


The working language in English and French is required


⦁    Excellent writing and verbal communications in English
⦁    Sufficient knowledge of French to edit, translate and proofread documents
⦁    Experience working with social media and other communications tools
⦁    Ability to work effectively in a team and with partners from diverse backgrounds
⦁    Good analytical and research skills
⦁    Knowledge of child labour and/or supply chains is an asset
⦁    Sensitivity to diversity as well as gender equality issues


How to apply:


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

2. Select the internship profile you would like to apply for, and create a profile on ILO Jobs 

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

4. 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. 


Selection process:


If shortlisted, you may be contacted by the field office for a written test and/or interview. The ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.




As an intern in the field, you will receive a monthly stipend from the ILO based on the cost of living in the area of the duty station, unless you receive funding through another institution (for example your university or a foundation). If you receive partial funding, ILO will cover the difference to ensure you receive the appropriate stipend per month. Your travel to the duty station will be at your own expense.




Please note that the ILO does not take responsibility for any costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship. You will be responsible for your own insurance coverage for illness and accidents for the duration of the internship at the duty station (whether Geneva or the field).


The intern will be provided the facilities needed to carry out his/her tasks, such as office space, and access to a PC, a printer, internet and a telephone.


Fraud warning:


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