Communication Intern (m/f/d) at Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA)


Our model for success is a better life for everyone and purposeful tasks for our employees. For more than 50 years, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), as a company of the German Federal Government, has been supporting the implementation of development policy goals worldwide. Together with partner organisations in 120 countries, we are involved in a diverse range of projects. If you want to make a difference in the world and develop yourself in the process, you’ve come to the right place.
  • Job-ID: V000058460
  • Location: Bruxelles
  • Assignment period: 05/01/2024 – 10/31/2024
  • Field: Trainees
  • Type of employment: full-time
  • Application deadline: 04/10/2024


Job description


The Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) supports sub-Saharan cities in tackling the interconnected challenges of climate change and access to sustainable energy. Under CoM SSA, local authorities are invited to make voluntary political commitments to implement climate and energy actions in their community. The initiative supports its signatories through three pillars: (1) the development of Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plans (SEACAP); (2) technical assistance in the development of infrastructure projects; and (3) city-to-city partnerships for knowledge exchange. The programme is implemented by GIZ in cooperation with the French and Spanish development agencies. GIZ is an experienced service provider and assists the German government in achieving its objectives in international cooperation.


Your tasks


  • Develop communication products for GIZ to be disseminated through external and internal channels (CoM SSA website, social media, press, videos, written publications…)
  • Draft communication materials in English and French, including presentations and visual content
  • Devise new approaches to communication aimed at the initiative’s target groups, considering its key messages
  • Support CoM SSA’s efforts concerning visibility and dissemination, respecting the guidelines from the European Union and CoM SSA’s Comms and Visibility Plan
  • Support the conceptualization, organization, and execution of both online and in-person events and their related communications
  • Contribute to monitoring activities and the management of the project’s information
  • Support internal communication processes and manage content via different tools (MS Teams and others). Preparation, implementation, and documentation of (online) meetings
  • Any other task, following the needs of the project, deemed useful by the focal point of communication to reach the communication goals of CoM SSA.


Your profile


  • You are studying in the fourth semester or higher in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, International Development, Environmental Studies or related fields
  • Proven track record of professional experience in communications, particularly with content creation across different communication channels, including websites, social media, press, videos, and written publications. Editorial experience is a strong asset
  • Prior experience in climate and development cooperation fields, or experience with local administration/cities, is an advantage. Work experience in developing countries (especially in Africa) is a strong asset
  • Excellent command of oral and written English and French
  • Proficient use of the Microsoft Office package (e.g., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and MS Teams for internal communications. Additional vocational training and qualifications in communication or graphic design are an asset
  • Self-starter, proactive, with strong attention to detail, and independent work
  • Team player with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, capable of working in a multicultural environment.




Please be informed that you are only allowed to apply for this internship, if you are currently enrolled as a student or graduated not longer than six months ago from the start of your internship.

We pay a monthly stipend of €1.350,- (gross). Working time will be 38 hours/week.

Candidates must already hold a Belgian work permit, which in case of non-EU nationality must be uploaded when applying.

Please note that the contract will be concluded under Belgian law by means of a ‘Convention d’immersion professionelle’ (CIP). This must be approved by the authorities, a process that can take up to 2 weeks.

GIZ would like to increase the proportion of employees with disability, both in Germany and abroad. Applications from persons with disabilities are most welcome.

Please send us your (maximum one page) cover letter outlining how your background matches the position and how the role fits into your personal career development. Please also send your CV (maximum 2 pages) and at least one reference.

For further information, please contact Ms Baldeon ([email protected]).



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