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Communications Intern, RedR, United Kingdom

 CATEGORY  Humanitarian
 DEADLINE  10. October 2019


RedR UK is seeking a motivated Communications Intern to provide communications support to the Senior Communications Coordinator. This is a fantastic opportunity to join an international charity and start your career in communications.

Purpose: To provide communications support to the Senior Communications Coordinator

Location: RedR UK, 250a Kennington Lane, London SE11 5RD

Period: 3 to 6 months (1 month probationary review)

Starting date: Preferably early October 2019

Hours: 2-3 days per week (up to 21 hours)

Expenses: This is an unpaid position. However, RedR will reimburse lunch expenses up to £5 per day and reasonable travel expenses up to £13.

Incentives: Valuable experience in the humanitarian sector; great learning experience in the leading capacity-building organisation across the sector; professional and personal development; and the possibility of attending relevant RedR courses and talks.

About RedR

Each year millions of people around the world feel the effects of natural disaster and conflict. RedR is an international charity that improves the effectiveness of disaster relief, helping save and rebuild the lives of people affected by disaster worldwide. We do this by delivering essential training and support to relief organisations and their staff, and by supplying skilled professionals to humanitarian programmes. Our work helps to ensure that the right people with the right skills are responding to global emergencies, and enables both local and international relief workers to react to the needs of those affected by disaster, efficiently and safely.

RedR works with the leading humanitarian agencies, the United Nations, local organisations, corporates and governments bodies.

In 2018, RedR trained 4,015 people, in over 32 countries. We have staff based in the UK, Jordan and Sudan.

Benefits of Internships at RedR

Do you want to drive positive impact in the world? Are you looking to start your career in non-profit communications or humanitarian sector? Are you a passionate storyteller? An internship with RedR will provide a supportive, challenging environment that could help you launch your career.

  1. A chance to be a valued part of a well-regarded global humanitarian organisation, known by all the stakeholders within the sector
  2. A structured intern programme with ownership of specific projects/campaigns
  3. Full induction with all departments at RedR
  4. Management by a 15-year experienced Communications Coordinator and part of an international Fundraising and Communications Team of 6
  5. Support from the Communications Coordinator in building a professional portfolio of work
  6. Participate in any career development initiatives for staff, if available.
  7. A free place on RedR’s ‘So You Think You Want To Be A Relief Worker?’ training course and/or another training course, if appropriate
  8. Opportunities to get involved with RedR events such as running/cycling challenges or drinks/dinner receptions for supporters
  9. Expenses payment of up to £5 for lunch and £13 for travel each day

Role description

RedR Communications activities aim to engage with a range of stakeholders: supporters, corporates, humanitarian community, donors by telling impact stories and driving actions. You will play a major a role in flagging, producing and distributing those stories and their call-to-action across RedR’s network and digital platforms. You will have the space to express your creativity and run your own projects.

  • Coordinate and update the photo and video library.
  • Contribute content to the news section of RedR’s website, mailings, and print publications such as the Global Newsletter and RedAlert (bi-annual supporter magazine)
  • Produce and/or review news stories, reports and case studies produced by the Communications Coordinator and disseminate them via social media.
  • Research and plan the expansion of online activities, including webinars, podcasts and videos.
  • Support the Communications Coordinator and the Programmes team in the production of content and material aiming to publicise our services (e.g. Membership, training) within the humanitarian community.
  • Work with the Central Programmes, Country Programmes and Fundraising teams on flagging impact stories.

Person Specification


  • Good, demonstrable written communications skills (English native-speaker level)
  • Experience in multimedia content production: photos, videos, blogs
  • Experience in shooting high-quality content with smartphone and basic editing skills
  • Experience in using and managing social media platforms
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with colleagues from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • An interest in humanitarian work; especially capacity-building
  • Experience using MS Outlook and Word
  • Good attention to detail, particularly in design and writing
  • Confidence in initiating conversations and engaging with programme staff around the world, particularly using Skype
  • Initiative, enthusiasm and a proactive, problem-solving approach to new challenges


  • Some experience of using Mailchimp and Salesforce/other customer relationship management-based systems,
  • Knowledge of and experience in the humanitarian sector


Email a CV and covering letter demonstrating your reasons for applying and suitability for the role to HR@redr.org.uk.

Please feel free to include with your application any examples of written or design work. Please note that we may contact suitable applicants before the closing date.

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