GARDP Digital Communications Intern

Geneva, Switzerland
[Closing date: 4 January 2019]


Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) is a collaborative, patients’ needs-driven, non-profit drug research and development (R&D) organization that is developing new treatments for Neglected Diseases ( In the initial period of migration, DNDi will be seconding this position until GARDP is fully operational.

The Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP) is a not-for-profit research and development organization that addresses global public health needs by developing and delivering new or improved antibiotic treatments, while endeavoring to ensure sustainable access. Initiated and incubated through close collaboration between WHO and DNDi, GARDP is part of the implementation of the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance that calls for new public-private partnerships for encouraging research and development of new antimicrobial agents and diagnostics.(

GARDP’s mission is to work in partnership with the public and private sectors, to develop and deliver new treatments for bacterial infections where drug resistance is present or emerging, or for which inadequate treatment exists.

GARDP is currently hosted by DNDi, which provides the scientific environment, necessary personnel, and infrastructure to ensure an effective start-up phase. The GARDP Foundation has been created as a separate legal entity and a Communications Manager is now required to help promote GARDP.


Purpose of the position

The Digital Communications Intern will support GARDP’s communications. The responsibilities will include a range of tasks focused on creating, editing, and disseminating content. There will also be the opportunity to help with other communications tasks in the department as these arise.

The internship will offer real-world experience in digital communications within a busy team and the opportunity to develop core digital communications skills and expertise. As a full-time member of the GARDP communications team, the intern will gain invaluable experience in a wide variety of global health NGO communication work.


Specific job responsibilities

Core responsibilities

  • Update websites with articles and content including events, people profiles, job advertisements, press releases, media coverage, scientific articles, etc.
  • Update existing website content by editing text and images to update information and improve SEO
  • Source and edit images, maps, graphics, and statistics
  • Prepare and upload downloadable content and videos
  • Proofread, research, edit, and write texts (blurbs and web copy)
  • Support setup, formatting, and distribution of e-newsletters and mass mailings
  • Upload and edit content in the multimedia database
  • Update contacts in the contact database
  • Answer general GARDP email and direct emails as appropriate

Additional opportunities depending on skillsets and workload priorities

  • Develop and disseminate content for social media and other digital channels
  • Research and identify opportunities to engage with online influencers and distribution channels
  • Produce regular and ad-hoc reports on website usage and e-newsletter engagement
  • Support research into website visitors, user journeys, and navigation


Job requirements

Skills and attributes

  • Ability to use initiative, prioritize, multi-task, and work well under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Good communication skills in multicultural, multi-lingual environments
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a multicultural team
  • Demonstrable interest in digital and media work
  • Excellent computer literacy and familiarity with current web technologies, including content management systems, basic HTML coding, and MS Office applications
  • Working knowledge of current social media platforms and channels, including best practices
  • Good eye for design and basic graphic design skills, including familiarity with Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Strong writing and proofreading skills in English (other languages, particularly French, an advantage)
  • Accurate and detail-oriented
  • Plenty of ideas, motivation, and inspiration
  • Willingness and ability to manage administrative tasks
  • Strong organizational skills, punctual, reliable, and self-motivated with the ability to work independently
  • Flexible team member ready to adapt to the needs of the team


  • Experience of working in digital marketing/communication


  • Have completed, or be working towards, a degree in a relevant field, i.e. international relations, political science, journalism/communications, digital production, health/medical/science, or law

Other requirements

  • Proficiency in local languages
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Suite


Reporting line

  • S/he reports to the GARDP Senior Communications Manager, but will also engage in work managed by other members of the Communications Team as appropriate


  • S/he works closely with the GARDP Head of Development, GARDP Communications Manager, communications consultants and agencies, and with a number of teams and units in many departments including – External Relations (Fundraising), Policy Advocacy, R&D, Finance & Administration, Legal, Business Development, and Regional Offices


Other information

  • Intern position – 6 months
  • Status: 100% (negotiable)


To apply

  • Deadline for application: Accepting applications until 4 January 2019
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted