Internship Opportunity with SANSA in Partnership with DE Africa

Internship Opportunity

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA), in partnership with Digital Earth (DE), Africa has an opening for a Digital Earth Africa communications intern for a six-month fixed-term contract. The opportunity exists within the Programme Management Office and is to be filled by an individual with the relevant skills, drive, competencies, and qualifications.

The successful candidate will be reporting to the head of operations and will be responsible for assisting the communications lead in maintaining the integrity of the DE Africa brand in all communications, including the visual identity and adherence to the programme’s vision and mission. In addition, the intern will assist in executing the communications and public relations plan that will proactively support effective organizational communication. 


Key areas of responsibility will include but are not limited to:

  • Assist in developing and implementing the DE Africa Communications Strategy and Plan.
  • Internal and External Communications.
  • Reputation and Media Management.
  • Events Management

Qualification and Experience

  • Diploma in public relations, journalism, or communications (minimum); Bachelor’s degree is preferred.
  • Proficiency in English – French as a second language would be advantageous
  • Ability to write/edit in a variety of writing styles, and ability to draft materials on a wide range of topics.
  • Experience with organisational social media management
  • Interpersonal skills to facilitate work with a wide range of individuals and groups from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Applicants are to note that the appointment will be on a level commensurate with qualifications, experience, and skills. Background verification, including criminal records, credit checks, security clearances, qualification and citizenship checks, competency assessment, and psychometric testing, may form part of the selection process.

In addition, DE Africa reserves the right to not make an appointment. DE Africa subscribes to the principles of Employment Equity and welcomes applications from all persons with disabilities. Preference will be given to candidates in accordance with this.

Applications will close on 13 October 2022; if you meet the above requirements and are interested, kindly send your detailed CV and cover letter here.  Only shortlisted candidates will receive feedback. Furthermore, applicants may assume their applications were unsuccessful if they do not receive feedback four weeks after the closing date.

Digital Earth Africa has partnered with the South African National Space Agency to establish a Programme Management Office situated in South Africa, Gauteng, Pretoria.

Digital Earth Africa exists to improve the lives of people across the African continent by translating Earth observations into insights that will support sustainable development. DE Africa’s platform and services enable African governments, industry, and decision-makers to track changes across the continent in unprecedented detail. This provides valuable insights for better decision-making across many areas, including flooding, drought, soil, and coastal erosion, agriculture, forest cover, land use and land cover change, water availability and quality, and changes to human settlements.

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