Fundraising Content Intern

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UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Hardship Level (not applicable for home-based)

H (no hardship)

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Staff Member / Affiliate Type


Target Start Date


Job Posting End Date

July 2, 2024

Terms of Reference

Title: Fundraising Content Intern
Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: Six months (with a possibility of 2 months extension)
Contract Type: Internship – Full-time (paid)
Stipend: 1,680 GBP per month
Expected Start date: July 2024

1. Organizational context

This is an exciting time for UNHCR. The organisation has recently undergone a process of realignment which led to the creation of a new Supporter Engagement Section, in which this position sits. The Supporter Engagement Section comprises Campaigns, Individual Giving and Digital Marketing teams and operates within the broader Private Sector Partnerships (PSP) section in headquarters (HQ). The function of PSP HQ, among others, is to support fundraising offices around the world with their national fundraising.

This position is within the Fundraising Campaigns Team which is responsible for the strategy, content and delivery of global thematic campaigns and appeals, one of the key drivers of growth for the organisation. Campaigns are a prioritized and growing area of work due to their potential to raise significant income for under-funded areas of work and to help increase UNHCR’s brand equity. Current campaigns include Aiming Higher which funds scholarships for refugees, an annual winter campaign to help refugees survive harsh winter conditions, and a new Food Insecurity Appeal. The team also leads on an innovative new product called Connecting Worlds that connects donors directly with refugees and a number or shorter-term appeals such as for birth registration, and an appeal directly for our supporters who give via Crypto currencies.

2. The position

Based in UNHCR’s offices in London, England, this is a unique opportunity to gain experience within the UN system as part of UNHCR’s Division of External Relations, specifically working within the Supporter Engagement Section. The role will provide insight and experience in communication and fundraising functions, as well as administration and team support within the context of an international humanitarian organization.

The role will support the communication officer with content management and the preparation, organisation, and coordination of communications packages for the Food Insecurity Appeal, the Winter Campaign, the Aiming Higher Campaign and Connecting Worlds Apps, as well as providing more general support in terms of preparation of reports and presentations. Photo, video, and social media all play a significant role in the work and an aptitude and interest in this area will be an advantage.

3. Duties and responsibilities

• Assist in producing video for multiple external audiences (Editing using Adobe Premiere Pro software)
• Filming, editing and support of workflows and organization of equipment
• Support with storing and managing photo and video assets on UNHCR’s database (Check, upload, archive and prepare)
• Collaborate with Video Unit colleagues, field producers and other members of the Global Communications Service on production of video content
• Shot listing and building detailed metadata for videos
• Research to support video production on various key communication priorities
• Support social media initiatives relating to fundraising campaigns
• Help draft creative decks and toolkits for relevant campaigns
• Prepare, draft, and format documents and presentations as required
• Complete ad-hoc tasks, including meeting support
• Media monitoring/social listening to identify trends
• Support the team on ad hoc activities in relation to video production

4. Minimum qualifications required

In order to be considered for an internship, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:

• Be either a recent graduate (having completed their studies within two years of applying) or a current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme from a university or higher education facility accredited by IAU/UNESCO; and
• Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant or of interest to the work of UNHCR.
• Candidates should have a demonstrated interest in communications, advocacy or external relations.

NOTE: An individual whose father, mother, son, daughter, brother or sister is a staff member of UNHCR, including a Temporary Appointment holder or a member of the Affiliate Workforce, is not eligible for an internship.

5. Desirable qualifications and skills

• Knowledge of Premiere, Photoshop, video-editing tools or an interest in learning them is an advantage.
• Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills are essential
• Demonstrable experience with, and interest in, photography, film, social media, and communications industry
• Knowledge of digital media, content management systems or other web-based applications
• An eye for a good story
• Strong team player
• Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and basic administrative skills
• Flexibility, organisational skills, ability to work quickly under pressure and juggle multiple tasks essential
• A proactive approach to work with a proven ability to work independently and problem solve
• Background or interest in refugee issues and/or international relations welcome
• An interest in the arts, influencers, sports, music and social media desirable.

6. Location and Conditions

This internship is full time and the intern will be based in the UNHCR Office of London, United Kingdom.

The successful candidate will be expected to be located at this office during the period of the internship. Flexible work options are possible in line with UNHCR policies and with the agreement of the supervisor.

As the given duty station is London, applicants should be able to demonstrate permission to reside and legally work in the UK at the point of application for duration of the internship. Obtaining and renewing current visas and residence permits including all associated costs, are the primary responsibility of the intern. UNHCR may assist by providing supporting documentation if needed.

Remuneration: Interns who do not receive financial support from an outside party will receive an allowance of 1,680 GBP to partially help to cover the cost of food, local transportation and living expenses.


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