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Communications And Media Relations Internship at Mercy Corps

Job Description


DATES OF INTERNSHIP:  May 15 - November 15, 2017


INTERNS SUPERVISOR & CONTACT INFORMATION: Director of Humanitarian Programs 


Mercy Corps responsibilities

For the duration of this internship assignment the intern will receive:

  • $1500/month stipend
  • Airplane tickets
  • Accommodations
  • Visa fees (reimbursable)
  • ISOS Med-Evac coverage
  • Work station in Mercy Corps’ office with internal system access

Intern responsibilities

Intern will remain responsible for all costs associated with:

  • Living expenses
  • Medical insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • All other costs associated with this internship

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:  Mercy Corps has been present in Nigeria since 2012, focusing its interventions on adolescent girls’ empowerment, economic development and conflict mitigation. With the insurgency spilling over from the north-east of Nigeria and causing displacement of millions of individuals, Mercy Corps has decided to address the rising humanitarian needs among displaced households and vulnerable host communities by starting its humanitarian program in July 2014. The current program aims to provide assistance to populations affected by the crisis in North-East Nigeria. With funding from humanitarian donors including OFDA, FFP, and ECHO, GAC and WFP the humanitarian program has been focusing on food assistance, non-food items distribution, protection, livelihoods support, WASH , nutrition, shelter and capacity building of humanitarian response actors.

Mercy Corps Nigeria portolfio has expanded substantively over the past two years and with diverse funding sources and sectoral interventions, communications and media relations becomes an important factor of the strategy.


  • Gain a deeper understanding of humanitarian and development programming in Nigeria from the angle of international aid organizations.
  • Management of communications and media relations for INGOs from a field perspective with exposure to internal and external logistical, security and operational challenges.
  • Expanded understanding of visibility requirements and communication strategies complying with donor guidelines, inter-agency guidelines and internal processes.


  • Identify and define communications and media strategies to engage key target audiences.
  • Create calendar for program related communication activities, events and campaigns.
  • Support and develop a program visibility strategy aligning with donor guidelines and programmatic needs.
  • Work closely with the Program Development and Quality Advisor in producing compelling reports and other visibility material for donors.
  • Lead on the design and production of communication and visibility materials.
  • Liaise and represent where necessary the agency at media and communications fora.


  • College experience/relevant courses
  • Interest in media relations
  • Ability to learn and utilize new online research tools quickly
  • Interest in humanitarian and development issues
  • Demonstrated solid writing, editing and researching skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced work environment
  • Solid computer skills:  must be able to work effectively and accurately with MS Word, Excel, email and internet applications 
  • Flexible work attitude: able to work productively in a team environment and independently
  • English fluency at native or academic level


This internship will be based in Abuja, Nigeria and it requires substantial travel. In Abuja, accommodation will be provided in Mercy Corps guesthouse. Considering the frequent travel from/to different field locations, this position will require flexibility in terms of accommodation and logistics. Housing in the field will be in hotels or guesthouse where available.  Security in the field locations require additional vigilance and accessibility will be reassessed continuously. Access to good medical services is limited. Phone communication, internet, electricity and water is available, but can be erratic. Given the nature of the country portfolio, working hours require flexibility and working through weekends/evenings might be necessary.

Mercy Corps interns and volunteers represent the agency both during and outside of work hours and are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

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