ILO Regional Office for Africa (ROAF) Internship Program 2019 -Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (Monthly Stipend)

Application Deadline: July 31st 2019

The position will be located in the ILO Regional Office for Africa (ROAF) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The ROAF has overall political and management responsibilities for the promotion of ILO principles, policies and decent work priorities in the region as well as provides strategic guidance and support to all Country Offices (COs) and Decent Work Technical Support Teams (DWTs) in Africa. Furthermore, the ROAF is responsible for promoting collaboration on decent work issues with continental institutions like the African Union, African Development Bank and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

Vacancy no.: ABIDJAN/EB/INTERNSHIP/2019/03 

Job ID: 1596 

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

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 main objectives of the ILO in Africa are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, promote Labour Migration Governance and Labour Market Information Systems, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues. In 2019, the International Labour Organization – the oldest UN specialized agency – celebrates its 100th anniversary.

Africa’s population is rising the fastest. The pressure to provide decent work opportunities for new labour market entrants will be particularly acute in Africa. The ILO in the region has given priority to promoting employment in the rural and informal economies, and underscored the need for action to tackle youth unemployment. Building the capacity of its constituents to contribute more effectively to the achievement of equitable and inclusive growth is a major urgency.

The Communication Intern will work on the project “Accelerating action for the elimination of child labour in supply chains in Africa”. The project has the overarching goal to accelerate the elimination of child labour in Africa, through targeted actions in selected supply chains in Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria and Uganda. To achieve this goal, the project has identified four inter-related components (i.e. three outcomes and one cross-cutting knowledge component).

The project will work on a) public policy and good governance; b) empowerment and representation, and c) partnership and knowledge sharing among global supply chain actors working in Africa. In addition, the project will be supported by continuous research and identification of good practices from the project implementation and from other sources. Gender is considered as cross-cutting theme; all outcomes will address gender-strategic needs.

Internship Objective:

The objective of the internship is to gain expertise in the field of Advocacy, communications, translation as well as using the website and social media platforms as communications tools. The internship program is not intended to lead to a career in the ILO nor the project. There should be no expectation of another job at the end of the internship.Learning areas

Under the overall supervision of the ACCEL Africa project’s Chief Technical Advisor and direct supervision of Communication Officer, the intern will gain first-hand knowledge and expertise in ILO activities relating to communications, advocacy, media, with a specific focus on maintaining and updating the ACCEL Africa project webpage and social media accounts.

The Communication Intern will support the overall communication and advocacy of the project, including the development of communication and advocacy material, social media strategy, development of tools and creation/posting of content communication and advocacy platforms, and others.

Daily Assignments:

  • Providing assistance to collect, write and edit of the project stories from the six countries covered by the project in the Region.
  • Supporting the production of newsletter, brochures, etc.
  • Supporting to maintain the Twitter and Facebook account.
  • Helping with the editing/updating of additional website content information
  • Assisting in report launches and media enquiries, including media outreach
  • Helping to develop content including infographics, images and videos for website and advocacy materials
  • Helping to organize meetings, seminars and events to promote wider cooperation with donors, foundations, the private sector and government partners
  • Undertaking any other day-to-day Advocacy activities.

Required profile


The candidate must be enrolled in the final year of a graduate degree programme, or in a higher degree programme, in communications, journalism, arts, social sciences and/or a related field, or have completed such programme no longer than one year ago.Experience

Any relevant work experience or knowledge in social media strategy, communication skills such as digital media, social media, graphic designs and photo editing.Languages

Fluency (both oral and written) in French and English. Excellent drafting skills (both in French and English) are also required.Competencies

  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verballyShow willingness to acquire new knowledge
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Ability to produce quality results under deadlines
  • Ability to work in a multicultural and multilingual environment

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 in the last section of the application:

  • A cover letter(150-250 words) outlining their reasons for doing an internship ;
  • A proof of continuing studies (i.e. a letter of confirmation from a university);
  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV) 

Applications without required documents will not be considered and you cannot attach them 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.


You should ideally receive funding for your internship through an institution (for example you university/sending institution or a foundation), to cover your subsistence expenses (in Abidjan the stipend is estimated at 377,833 F CFA per months). However, if this is not provided, you will receive this stipend to cover living expenses. 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 and a copy of documentation attesting to such insurance coverage should be provided to HRD by each intern on their first day of internship In addition to the amount referred to in paragraph on stipend, each intern shall receive the amount of 26,587 F CFA per month which is a contribution from the Office towards the cost of medical insurance to cover the period of the internship.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the ILO Regional Office for Africa (ROAF) Internship Program 2019


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