Media Relations Associate (Internship)

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Location : Dakar, SENEGAL
Application Deadline :21-Oct-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 months

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.



UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

UN WOMEN West & Central Africa Regional Office has been supporting multi-initiatives through programming, global advocacy and building strategic partners with national governments, civil society, UN agencies, and other bilateral and multilateral development organizations. In this process, UN WOMEN WCARO has contributed to building interest, capacity, and commitment to integrating Gender issues processes in the West and Central Region. UN WOMEN Regional and country offices are supporting several other initiatives at regional and country levels and there is a need for visibility.

Reporting to the Regional Communication Specialist, the Media Relations Associate will be in charge of supporting the WCARO Communication Unit in tying and maintaining a strong relationship with media in west and central Africa. He/She will also be supporting the signing of strong media compacts with regional media, and media monitoring.

The results have a substantial impact on the effectiveness of UN Women’s regional communications and outreach efforts, enhancing the visibility, raising awareness, and understanding of UN Women and its mission, thus helping ensure UN Women achieves its strategic goals.

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support drafting of press releases and media advisories
  • Manage and update comprehensive media database of journalists;
  • Distribute press releases, media advisories and other materials
  • Monitor publications, social media and other sources for relevant and timely stories and new press contacts.
  • Support media mapping and signing of media compacts with the WCA press
  • Support pitching and placing of editorials, profiles, and other related content; Organize interviews of UN Women experts spokespeople to media outlets on a regular basis.
  • Create formal media/press plans for events, reports, project launches, etc.
  • Coordinate press conference logistics.
  • Schedule and coordinate media interviews.
  • Manage daily clip reports and other media-related reports as necessary; and
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

Functional Competencies:

  • Ability to write, create, edit and present information in clear and presentable formats: online and offline
  • Interest in the work of UN Women and to the ideals of the UN Charter.
  • Energetic self-starter with multi-tasking abilities and discipline with deadlines.
  • Ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
  • Strong computer skills (i.e MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Teams, Zoom);
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Knowledge of social media and communication strategies and methods
  • Detail oriented. 

Required Skills and Experience


  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in Communication, Public relations, Journalism, Political science.


  • Fluency in English and French is required.
  • Working Knowledge of anther other UN official working language is an asset.


Interns who are not in receipt of financial support from other sources such as universities or other institutions will receive a stipend from UN Women to partially subsidize their basic living costs for the duration of the internship.

Application Information:

  • All applicants must submit a completed and signed P.11 form with their application.
  • Due to the high volume of applications received, we can ONLY contact successful candidates.
  • Successful candidate will be required to provide proof of enrollment in a valid health insurance plan at the duty station of the internship, proof of school enrollment or degree, a scanned copy of their passport/national ID and a copy of a valid visa (as applicable).  

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