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Grade: Internship 

Publication date: 22 August 2019
Application deadline (midnight local time in Nairobi, Kenya): 23 September 2019

Vacancy no.: DC/DAR/INTERN/2019/02 

Job ID: 1658 

Department: RO-Africa 
Organization Unit: CO-Dar es Salaam 
Location: Nairobi 
Duration of contract: 3 to 6 months (starting on the 1st or the 15th of a given month)

You are applying to the ILO generic internship roster, which is published several times per year. The roster will be made available to all departments and field offices, which will then select and directly contact suitable candidates only.

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.

**Please note that you can apply to a maximum of three internship profiles during the current application period. If you apply to more than three internship profiles, your application will not be considered for any profile.** Note that you may withdraw your candidature at any time via the Jobs Applied section of your profile.

It is highly recommended that you submit your application as soon as possible to avoid last minute technical issues or delays. Late applications will not be considered.

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 needed, reasonable accommodation will be provided in the recruitment phase as well as during the internship to promote equality of opportunities.

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).Introduction

The Better Utilization of Skills for Youth through Quality Apprenticeship (BUSY project) is an initiative being financed by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), and implemented by International Labour Organization (ILO) in partnership with the Ministry of Labour, the Federation of Kenya Employers and the Central Organization of Trade Unions. The project is being implemented in three Counties in Kenya – Kilifi, Busia and Kitui.

The project’s objective is to improve the capacity of Kenyan government, employers’ and workers’ organizations, and civil society organizations to establish and expand workplace-based training programs with a focus on vulnerable and marginalized youth, in particular adolescents at or above the legal working age who are engaged in or at risk of engaging in child labor.

BUSY project is seeking interested and qualified Kenyans to fill an internship position in the area of communication and documentation. This position is based in Nairobi, Kenya with frequent activity information sets from project implementation sites in the counties of Kilifi, Busia and Kitui.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall responsibility of the Director of the ILO Country Officer for the United Republic of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, the Communications intern will work under the direct supervision of the BUSY National Project Director. In addition, the intern will work closely with the members of the project team and other key partners.Learning areas

The intern will gain knowledge and skills in the following broad areas, among others: project management, work based training concepts, apprenticeship development, policy development, research and analysis, establishment of coordination institutions or structures, functioning of coordination institutions, managing stakeholders’ expectations, project monitoring and evaluation, budgeting, finance and administration.Duties and Responsibilities

The primary role of the intern will be to support the project in capturing, preparation and dissemination of information and communication materials and documents, and contribute to the implementation of the project and delivery of outputs in the assigned areas through the following tasks:-

a) Information / data Capture

  •   Attend events and capture high quality photographic images, audio and video messages of project activities and maintain a detailed and well classified catalogue of key messages for future reference.

b) Information preparation

  • Edit selected photographic, audio and video messages for quality or relevance on project activities and develop related storylines to articulate specific project themes or messages addressing targeted audience.
  •  Attend project meetings, participate and. contribute towards development, finalization and implementation of the ILO BUSY project communication strategy

c) Documentation of communication materials 

  • Write stories, articles and briefs about events as well as current affairs about project activities; develop case studies on project activities including joint activities with key stakeholders or implementing partners.
  • Liaise with communication departments of key stakeholders and media with regard to project activities to alert them on key project events that require publicity.

d) Information dissemination

  • Liaise with communication units of ILO Country Office in Dar es Salaam or any other ILO Office as may be necessary in order to explain, clarify or articulate messages as developed by the project.
  • Monitor ILO BUSY project presence in the media and keep track of articles written about the project activities in Kilifi, Busia and Kitui counties or any other part of Kenya.
  • Participate in the development and uploading content to project website or other social media network in order to ensure relevance and project visibility.

e) Any other duties

  • Undertake any other relevant duties that may be assigned by the Project Manager/Director.


The candidate should be enrolled in the final year of a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme or equivalent) OR must have completed at least four years at the university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree – Social Sciences, Economics or Public Policy/ Administration or Development Studies, Communication, Media or related studiesExperience

Not requiredLanguages

Proficient in English and KiswahiliCompetencies

  • Good writing, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Adaptability to an international, multicultural and multilingual environment, with professionalism and respect for diversity.


This vacacny is open to Kenya Nationals or Residents of Kenya only, who have not undertaken an internship with ILO or have previoulsy worked for the ILO

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:

Following a first screening by the Human Resources Development Department (HRD), field offices will short-list applicants. You will be directly contacted should an internship opportunity match your profile. If you have not been contacted by any department or field office within six months after your application, you can consider that you have not been selected for this roster. If still eligible, you may apply to the next roster. 

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).

Fraud warning:

The ILO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process whether at the application, interview, processing or training stage. Messages originating from a non ILO e-mail account – – should be disregarded. In addition, the ILO does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.

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