Graduate Interns (WHO)

Graduate Interns (WHO)

Graduate Interns (WHO)

World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

We are recruiting to fill the vacant position below:


Job Title: Intern – Speechwriter, Outreach and Advocacy
Ref Id: 1703626
Location: Abuja
Grade: No grade
Contractual Arrangement: Intern
Contract duration: 6 Months
Schedule: Full-time
Job Summary

  • WHO’s Speechwriter intern is responsible for developing high-impact communications for the WHO Country Representative (WR). This internship requires strategic thinking with the ability to deliver consistently high quality, well-written, thought-provoking materials under pressure and tight deadlines.


  • Support the WR through drafting of speeches and articles, consistently ensuring a high level of accuracy and flexibility in creating, writing, and adapting content and presentation for a wide variety of audiences;
  • Undertaking original research on a range of development topics including within the context of UN system and Country Cooperation Strategy, South-South and triangular strategies of UN system partners, universal health coverage, climate change, equity and health security) as needed to substantively inform the speechwriting process;
  • Drafting other substantive written material for the Office of the WR as requested, including statements, briefings, op-eds, opinions, articles, talking points, key messages and other written communications. This may include targeted messages for internal communications within the United Nations or for specific stakeholders and partners;
  • Maintaining an up-to-date archive of speeches and data on the WHO website;
  • Extracting key messages from speeches/presentations/articles for dissemination through social media channels, in close collaboration with the Communications Officer;
  • The Speechwriter will be part of a communications team in WCO Nigeria, and will report to the WR (Communication officer).
  • Analyzing complex information, including statistics, financial information and other numerical, qualitative and quantitative data, to extract key messages for integration into speeches, and other communications materials as required;
  • Researching audience expectations, event agenda and topics, and assist in focusing the purpose of each speech to tailor messages for maximum audience appeal and impact;
  • Required Skills and Experience

    • Qualified/suitable intern from the field of journalism, communications, sustainable development, social science, international relations or related field with the following academic qualifications: (a) enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); (b) enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); graduated with a university degree as defined in (a) and (b) above and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year after the graduation.


    • Excellent general understanding of public health, gender, equity and other related issues;
    • Experience working collaboratively in a team structure in a multicultural environment;
    • Experience working with the Microsoft Office suite, and particularly in development of Powerpoint presentation materials;
    • Familiarity with the UN system in general and/or WHO in particular are an asset.


    • Proficiency in English;
    • Knowledge of one of the other five official languages of the UN (French, Portuguese and Spanish) would be an asset.


    • Have a good understanding of strategic communication and how it can contribute to the achievement of specific development goals;
    • Knowledge of analytical tools and methods for undertaking substantive research on various policy related issues;
    • Ability to engage with other parties and forge productive working relationships;
    • Have an understanding of, and experience with the major social media channels;
    • Be familiar with global development issues and the world of the UN.
    • Possess excellent writing skills;
    • Be able to write quickly, clearly and concisely;
    • Ability to originate or edit written content for media and the general public;

    Additional Information

    • Please note that internships at WHO are very competitive and only a small number of applicants will be accepted each year. Only successful candidates will be contacted.
    • All internships at WHO are unpaid and full-time.
    • The duration of WHO internships is between six weeks and six months, depending on the requirements of the programme.
    • Interns are NOT eligible for appointment to any position in WHO for a period of three months following the end of the internship.
    • How to Apply
      Interested and qualified candidates should:
      Click here to apply

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