Intern (m/f/d) for Communication and Monitoring at Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) – Trainees

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    Audit and Oversight, Communication and Advocacy, Evaluation, General Support
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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: V000054216
  • Location: Bruxelles
  • Assignment period: 05/01/2023 – 10/31/2023
  • Field: Trainees
  • Type of employment: full-time
  • Application deadline: 03/20/2023

Job description

The Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) supports sub-Saharan cities to tackle 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 the field of international cooperation.

Your tasks

As part of your internship, you will have the following tasks, among others:

  • 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, taking into account its key messages
  • Support CoM SSA’s efforts concerning visibility and dissemination, respecting the guidelines from the European Union and CoM SSA’s Communication and Visibility Plan
  • Support the conceptualization, organization and executions of both online and in-person events, as well as their related communications
  • Contribute to monitoring activities and to the management of the information of the project
  • Support internal communication processes and manage content via different tools (MS Teams and others)
  • Any other task or responsibility within the framework of your internship that
    following the needs of the project and deemed useful by the focal point of communication in order to reach the communication goals of CoM SSA

Your profile

  • You study at least from the 4th semester in Communications, Political Science, International Relations, International Development, Environmental Studies or related fields
  • Proven track record of experience in communications, in particular digital communication. Editorial experience is an asset
  • Prior experience (or demonstration of strong interest) in climate and development cooperation fields, or experience with local administration / cities, is an advantage. In particular, work experience in developing countries (especially in Africa) is a strong asset
  • Excellent command of oral and written English, with excellent command of French being a distinct advantage
  • Proficient use of the Microsoft Office package (e.g. Outlook, Word and PowerPoint). Additional vocational training and qualifications in communication or graphic design are an asset
  • Service-minded and reliable, with a strong attention to detail, creativity and independent work
    • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work in a multi-cultural team and communicate effectively and sensitively with different stakeholders.


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.

Candidates must also hold a Belgian work permit, which in case of non-EU nationality must be uploaded when applying. We pay a monthly stipend of €1.350 – (gross). Please note that the contract will be concluded under Belgian law.

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

For further information, please contact Mr. Martin Baltes (