Terms of Reference

Communications Internship

Arigatou International Geneva

Background

Arigatou International is an international NGO committed to building a better world for children. An initiator and sustainer of partnership-based initiatives to secure child rights and foster children's well-being, Arigatou International seeks to maximize the potential of interfaith cooperation, and always strives to empower and involve children and youth.

Holding special consultative status with ECOSOC and consultative status with UNICEF, Arigatou International liaises and works jointly with UN agencies and other NGOs to foster cooperation within a rights-based approach to the profound issues faced by children and youth today.

At the Special Session on Children of the United Nations General Assembly in May 2002, Arigatou International proposed the establishment of the Interfaith Council on Ethics Education for Children as a unique contribution of people of faith to the wellbeing of children and to contribute to the full implementation of the CRC. With the help of the experts on the Council and the cooperation of UNESCO and UNICEF, in 2008 Arigatou International published Learning to Live Together: An Intercultural and Interfaith Programme for Ethics Education.

The Arigatou International office in Geneva, Switzerland manages the Ethics Education initiative through its enhancement, further development and partnerships. It also serves as liaison office with UN agencies and child-rights-focused NGOs.

Arigatou International Geneva is opening the position of Communications Intern. Under the supervision and guidance of the Director and the Communications Program Officer, the intern will be involved in the preparations of the Global Week of Faith in Action for Children that will take place from 16 – 20 November 2020; and will provide support to the development of communication materials on education and children’s rights.  The Global Week of Faith in Action for Childrenis organized in theframework of the Faith In Action for Childrenthe global campaign launched by Arigatou International in March 2020 to respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic.The campaign is mobilizing and supporting religious leaders and communities, parents, caregivers and educators to protect and empower children, and strengthen their resilience, ensuring their physical, socio-emotional and spiritual well-being.  

Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and upload news on the Ethics Education Website and Arigatou International websites;
  • Support the social media engagement of Arigatou International;
  • Support the coordination of the communications strategy for the Global Week of Faith in Action for Children together with the Communication Program Officers of the different Arigatou International initiatives;
  • Prepare posters, flyers, infographics, short videos and fact sheets;
  • Participate in meetings, webinars, write minutes and prepare materials. 

Requirements:

  • Studies in a relevant field (preferably Communications and Journalism with special emphasis and interest in education, peace and conflict transformation, development studies, child rights, political science, or any other relevant field);
  • Excellent written, editing and verbal communications skills and experience and the ability to adapt styles to meet the needs of online audiences;
  • Interest and experience in child rights advocacy and communications;
  • Experience developing digital materials and communication resource
  • Excellent computer and digital skills: MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Photoshop, InDesign and Publisher, and any other graphic design tools; animation and video software, marketing tools, email campaign generation tools;
  • Quick to become familiar with new Software and online tools.
  • Excellent command of English, both spoken and written; Good working knowledge of Spanish, is preferable.
  • Experience organizing events;
  • Strong attention to detail in all tasks;
  • Excellent organizational skills: the ability to track and follow-up on various efforts;
  • Good interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity: the ability to work in a multicultural environment and successfully interact with people from different cultural and religious backgrounds;
  • Flexible work attitude: the ability to work under pressure and short timelines; the ability to follow direction and effectively learn and work in a multicultural environment as well as self-motivate.

What the Intern will gain from this Internship:

  • Knowledge of new trends on child rights, ethics education, intercultural and interfaith learning, education and peacebuilding and experience applying academic knowledge to practical tools;
  • Exposure to the leading work of Arigatou International, to experts in the field and to a range of partner organizations supporting our work;
  • Involvement in the development of leading materials on issues related to children, children’s rights and empowerment
  • Be involved in the Global Week of Faith in Action for Children that will bring together children and young people from diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds, religious leaders, representatives from civil society and faith-inspired organizations, multilateral agencies and governments, to discuss, reflect, and take action to strengthen children’s rights during and after COVID-19.     

Reports to: Executive Director, Arigatou International, Geneva

Duration: Preference will be given to individuals that can commit to a full time (100%) internship for a minimum period of three months. The selected candidate will start by October 2020.

Location: Arigatou International, Geneva, Switzerland. Applicants should have a valid Swiss residence permit.

Applications including CV and motivation letter should be submitted to genevavacancies@arigatouinternational.org by 2 October 2020.

This Internship is not a paid position although a stipend is provided to the intern.