Sri Lanka nationals: Communications Intern

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE)

The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) is a global research-for-development program connecting partners to deliver agriculture solutions that are sustainable and equitable. WLE brings together 11 CGIAR centers, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the RUAF Foundation, and national, regional and international partners to deliver solutions that change agriculture from a driver of environmental degradation to part of the solution.

WLE is led by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a CGIAR Research Center. IWMI is a non-profit, scientific research organization focusing on the sustainable use of water and land resources in developing countries, with its headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and regional offices across Asia and Africa. WLE is based at the headquarters of IWMI.

We are looking for a Communications Intern to assist WLE staff, and help to build support for the program and its sustainable agricultural solutions. The intern will also have the opportunity to develop their skills while working on this global research-for-development program.


  • Early career graduate from Bachelor’s or Master’s program in communications, journalism, marketing or a related field.
  • Interest in science/environmental issues and/or the development sector.
  • Knowledge of communication technologies and processes.
  • Strong writing and editing skills in English.
  • High level of proficiency in using Microsoft Office, web applications, and social media outlets. Multimedia skills are a bonus.
  • Organized and detail oriented.
  • Excellent team player.


Duties will depend on the skills and interests of the intern, and program needs, but will include most of the following:

  • Website: Support content management on the WLE website and Thrive blog:
    • Upload content, including blog posts, stories and news pieces.
    • Curate and publish ‘partner news’, media mentions, etc.
  • Knowledge management: Support the WLE communications and program teams with knowledge management:
    • Support the WLE program database MARLO (Managing Agricultural Research for Learning and Outcomes) with data entry, analysis, report production, liaising with researchers on data, etc.
    • Assist in the maintenance of SharePoint, publications database and WLE/IWMI data portals.
    • Upload photos to Flickr and presentations to SlideShare with captions and information.
    • Contribute to and check report data.
    • Maintain tracking lists of communication products, media, media mentions, etc.
  • Social media: Support staff in the management of social media outreach:
    • Support social media channels, and draft social media posts and kits.
    • Contribute to new social media ideas such as photo contests.
    • Track social media and generate social media analytics reports.
  • Content production: developing or supporting the following:
    • News stories, tools pages, IWMI Today pieces and other material.
    • Email and MailChimp newsletters in support of WLE.
    • Multimedia products.
    • Printed publications and materials.
  • Other duties: as assigned, which may include event support, fieldwork in Sri Lanka, graphic support, presentation support, and publication pipeline support.


  • Minimum eight pieces of content formatted/published on WLE website per month.
  • Minimum five social media posts per week drafted/published for WLE.
  • Minimum four tools pages added per month.
  • Minimum 50 photos, slide decks or others uploaded to sharing sites.
  • Assigned databases updated.
  • Development of at least one written piece per month.

Reporting line:

WLE Knowledge Management, Communications and Engagement Coordinator, or as designated.

Internship details:

  • This is a nationally recruited internship and only Sri Lankans are eligible to apply.
  • Monthly stipend will be paid in line with IWMI policies.
  • Duration of the internship is initially for 6 months with a possible extension.

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is a non-profit, scientific research organization focusing on the sustainable use of water and land resources in developing countries. IWMI works in partnership with governments, civil society and the private sector to develop scalable agricultural water management solutions that have a real impact on poverty reduction, food security and ecosystem health. Headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with regional offices across Asia and Africa, IWMI is a CGIAR Research Center and leads the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE).