IFRC Communications Internship Programme 2021

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 Internship Programme for 2021. 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 Internship Programme

The successful candidate will become part of IFRC Southern Africa Cluster team. Reporting directly to the Communications Senior Officer, the incumbent will provide support with various communications and advocacy activities concerning humanitarian challenges in the region. Moreover, the communications intern will support essential Communications deliverables in the IFRC’s Cluster Office in the Southern African Region.

The other duties and responsibilities of the successful candidate are as follows:

  • Develop and propose compelling stories making use of audio-visual content guided by editorial strategy and grounded on current humanitarian issues in the region
  • Provide support in creating, producing and disseminating content by the IFRC office as well as the National Societies for distribution across the Red Cross organization, international, local and social media platforms
  • Provide assistance in identifying lapses in content creation for essential programmes in Disaster Risk Management, International Disaster Law, Health and Water Sanitation, Livelihoods, and more
  • Support creation of media communications materials, op-eds, press releases, key messages, briefings and talking points in support of the IFRC’s advocacy
  • Develop a media map of southern African media
  • Provide assistance during media briefings and pitching to the media

Who should apply?

The ideal candidate must be able to satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  • Must have exceptional skills in verbal and written English
  • Possesses creative and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated experience in social media account management
  • Knowledgeable in all Microsoft Office applications
  • Preferably with editing and digital shooting skills
  • Designing skills will be an advantage
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Portuguese is a plus
  • Effective working independently or in a team
  • Able to work under pressure and beat deadlines

How do I apply?

Eligible candidates who wish to apply may do so by registering their profile on IFRC’s recruitment portal. Click here to get started.

Application Deadline?

The deadline for submission of applications is on 19 October 2020.

Contact Information

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


  • How long will it take?
    The programme will run for a period of three months.
  • Where will it take place?
    The successful candidate will be based in IFRC’s regional office in Centurion.

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