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Intern Job in Kenya - Communications

Organization: College of Ophthalmology of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa
Job Title: Communications Intern
Reporting To: Programme and Fundraising Manager
Location: Secretariat in Nairobi, with occasional travel to the field

Duration: 3 months

The College of Ophthalmology of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa (COECSA) is a regional eye health organization with the mandate to contribute to Human Resources for Health through quality training in ophthalmology, set standards for professional ophthalmic practice, facilitate continuous professional development, and promote research which advances ophthalmology in the region.

We are looking for a self-starter who is demonstrably good at health and development communication, for a 3-month communications internship at our secretariat in Nairobi. 

The intern will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Manager, and closely with the programme’s team.

Duties and responsibilities:
  • Liaise with the programme’s team on preparation of regular policy and information digests and dissemination of these to relevant stakeholders
  • Update all of COECSA’s members in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa on the organization’s activities
  • Research and write communication material, including the COECSA quarterly newsletter, media releases and web copy. Liaise with the publisher for timely publication and dissemination of hard and soft copies of the newsletter
  • Spearhead the preparation and dissemination of COECSA’s visibility and branding material – documentaries, banners, brochures etc.
  • Manage and regularly update information on the COECSA website and web portals
  • Expand and manage COECSA’s presence on social media – Facebook, Twitter and blog
  • Support the programme manager’s, programme team’s and programme activities administrative and logistics needs
  • Any other duties along the lines of the position’s knowledge and skill requirements as may be assigned
 Skills and Qualifications:
  • A student or recent graduate of Development Communication or any other related degree
  • Excellent written and oral English communication skills
  • Proficiency with MS Office
  • Exposure to relevant formal work preferably involving creation of articles, publishing, research and advocacy
Desired Qualities:
  • Good organization skills
  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy
  • Comfortable working with a team of varied personalities
  • Interest in health sector, development work, and public and health policy
  • Willing and eager to learn and explore new areas of interest
  • A self-starter who can work independently with minimal support but can also work in a team environment
  • Ability to work under pressure yet deliver on time

Qualified and interested candidates should send a cover letter and their CV in an email with the Subject “Communications Intern” to by Friday, 5th July, 2013.

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