Internship - Communications and Social Media Outreach, Copenhagen, Denmark

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Country: Denmark

City: Copenhagen, Denmark

Office: WFP Nordic Liaison Office

Closing date: Thursday, 1 October 2020

Internship - Communications and Social Media Outreach,

WFP Nordic Office, Copenhagen

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies, and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. We are currently seeking to fill a communication and social media outreach intern position in the WFP Nordic Office, based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Are you passionate about humanitarian and development work? And do you want to gain experience within communication, outreach, and advocacy? An internship at the UN World Food Programme’s Nordic Office will give you the opportunity to contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 2 and the fight against hunger in the world’s leading humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide. WFP Nordic Office is located in Copenhagen in the UN City, which hosts 11 UN organizations. The office raises awareness of the key role of WFP in reaching Zero Hunger and the results achieved together with its Nordic partners.

In preparation for the internship, you will have a full week of handover with the outgoing group of interns. The dates of the internship are therefore fixed.

General Information

Title of Post: Internship

Supervisor: Communications Officer

Unit: Communication, Advocacy and Marketing (CAM)

Country: Denmark

Duty Station: Copenhagen

Duration of internship: 6 months (full-time position)

Expected Start Date: 8th February 2021

Expected End Date: 13th August 2021

Duties and responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Communications Officer, the candidate will perform the following duties:

Maintain and further expand WFP Nordic Office’s online support base through:

Translating, editing and updating Swedish website

Creating content, translating, editing and updating Swedish Facebook, Twitter and Instagram account

Translate and distribute corporate updates, statements and press-releases

Cooperate on various campaigns and outreach activities

Host visits and make presentations to students about the work of WFP

Handle inquiries from students and general public

Monitor national media on issues related to the work and mandate of WFP and report on relevant media coverage

Carry out national political surveillance on issues related to the work and mandate of WFP and report on relevant developments in government policies in Sweden

Tags development assistance ethics internship journalism sustainable development sustainable development goals translation

Monitor trends and issues which impact hunger and food assistance and identify opportunities for WFP to influence public debate on hunger, food and development assistance

Assist in the planning and preparation of visits, meetings and conferences, briefing material and other administrative matters

Any other duties as required

Qualifications and experience

Currently enrolled having completed at least two years of undergraduate studies or have recently graduated in the last six months

University course attendance in the past 12 months

Excellent written communication skills in Swedish

Translations - from English into Swedish and vice versa

Fluency in Swedish (mother tongue); excellent command of English; Working knowledge of a second UN language would be an asset

Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook)

Desirable requirements

BA or MA in Communication, Journalism, International Development or other fields related to the mandate of WFP

Experience in online communication - with a strong social media knowledge. Experience from journalism, communication or other information related work is desirable

Working experience in national or international organizations, relevant to the humanitarian and/or development field

Experience in outreach/advocacy campaigns and other activities

Required soft skills/WFP Competencies:

Enabler of positive change, demonstrate I will/I can spirit, teamwork approach, connect and share across the team, high work ethics, prepared to take on responsibility, adaptability skills.

Working Languages

Fluency in Swedish (mother tongue) and English (proficiency/level C) is required.

Supervision (Level/Methods of Supervision)

Under the direct supervision of the Communications Officer, the incumbent will be provided with close, guidance and technical supervision. Performance planning and reviews as well as learning and development discussions will be elemental part of the supervision. The WFP Nordic Office Director will be the second-level supervisor. With the support of a comprehensive induction package and assignment of a buddy, the intern will rapidly become a productive member of the team.

Training components

Throughout their assignment, WFP interns have access to an industry-leading learning platform, weLearn. Depending on time and opportunities, interns may attend conferences and other activities in or outside the UN City, as appropriate.

Learning Elements

At the end of the assignment, the Intern should have gained solid hands-on experience in all aspects of communication, advocacy and marketing and have obtained a profound understanding of the mandate and work of WFP and its contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals/Agenda 2030.

Information on the Country of Assignment

Living conditions in Copenhagen, Denmark

The security situation in Denmark remains in line with other European Countries. There are no specific threats against the UN in Denmark. Fighting among criminal gang have taken place in major cities in Denmark. Normally they target members of criminal gangs but some ‚drive by shootings‘ have resulted in innocent civilians coming in harm’s way. Whilst UN staff continue to be victims of minor crime such as street robbery and apartment break-ins, the infrequency of attacks and random nature of locations do not indicate that UN staff are at an elevated risk in comparison to residents or tourists in Denmark.

Other relevant information

Interviews will be held in English via Skype and are scheduled to take place in the week after the closing date. For questions, please contact: Birgitte Keller Pedersen

World Food Programme

UN City, Marmorvej 51

DK-2100 Copenhagen

Tel.: +45 45 33 53 50

E-mail: :

Once you are chosen for an internship with WFP, please be prepared to provide your recent university record, ie: proof of enrolment or degree, as well as course transcripts.

For more information on WFP please visit:

Sweden: Website: // Facebook:

Twitter: @WFP_SE

Instagram : @WFP_Nordic

VA Reference no: 125741

Closing Date: 01 October 2020 (Rome Time GMT +1)

Terms and Conditions:

Interns receive a monthly stipend from WFP up to the maximum amount of US$1000 per month depending on the duty station of assignment.

WFP is not responsible for living expenses, arrangements for accommodation, necessary visas and related costs.

WFP will reimburse travel ticket for candidates who are nationals of developing countries and are pursuing their studies in their home country.

WFP will recognize candidates‘ educational credentials from recognized institutions that have been certified by competent international or national authorities such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) or Ministries of Education.

Candidates who bear any of the following relations to WFP staff members are not eligible to apply: sons, daughters, brothers or sisters.

Due to uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the conditions stated in this vacancy announcement may change, including the expected start date. We encourage you to follow the situation in Copenhagen/Denmark closely.

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply. WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.