IFRC Communications and Partnerships Research Internship 2020

The world’s most extensive humanitarian organization, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, or IFRC, is calling on suitable individuals who would be interested in joining its Communications and Partnership Research Internship Programme for 2020. Read further on for more details about this internship opportunity.

As the largest humanitarian organization in the world, the IFRC is backed by 192 individual National Societies spread out in five (5) geographical regions. The organization’s work adheres to its seven fundamental principles are as follows:

  • Humanity
  • Neutrality
  • Impartiality
  • Voluntary service
  • Independence
  • Universality
  • Unity

The IFRC is served by the Secretariat located in Geneva and has five regional offices operating in Panama City, Kuala Lumpur, Nairobi, Budapest and Beirut. In Southern Africa, the IFRC operates its Country Cluster offices in Pretoria, South Africa. The County Cluster then serves countries such as South Africa, Botswana, E-Swatini, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia, Angola, Zambia and Lesotho.

IFRC Communications and Partnerships Research Internship

The primary objective of this internship is to have the successful candidate develop a “Media Map” of 10 select Southern African countries’ conventional and social media landscapes including key donor markets that are yet to be determined. Moreover, the IFRC Communications and Partnerships Research Intern will be supporting the Partnership and Mobilization team by mapping the IFRC’s Partnership and Mobilization group by mapping the organization’s income generating opportunities.

The functions of the Media Map the intern will be creating are as follows:

  • Monitor and record the conventional and social media landscape of the region and specific international markets
  • Keep track of social media trends in Southern Africa including important international markets
  • List the top 10 leading and most influential traditional and social media platforms in key international and regional markets
  • Document income generation trends of various humanitarian organizations
  • Research prospective local and international funding opportunities
  • Research events in Southern Africa that can help raise the IFRC profile
  • Perform admin support tasks within the Communications and Partnerships team

Who should apply?

To be considered eligible to apply for the internship, candidates must meet the minimum requirements below:

  • Must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce or Humanities or in the final year of qualification
  • Students of Media Studies, Social Sciences or Business Sciences will be given preference
  • Must have effective research skills
  • Capable of researching, analyzing and compiling large amounts of data
  • Knows how to work with online analytics
  • Good Microsoft Excel skills
  • Knows the range of scope of conventional media
  • Knows how to use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube
  • Proficient in spoken and written English

How do I apply?

Candidates who meet the minimum eligibility requirements and wish to push through the application will need to access IFRC’s employment portal. Click here to start the application process.

Application Deadline?

The deadline for submission of applications is set on 26 February 2020. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Contact Information

For further enquiries about this internship, click the link and fill out the online form.


  • How long is the duration of the internship?
    This internship will run for a duration of three (3) months.
  • Where will the internship take place?
    The successful intern will fulfill the internship contract in one of IFRC offices in Centurion, Gauteng.

Click the link to view the IFRC Communications and Partnerships Research Internship 2020 advert.

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