event 15 Jul 2021

Vacancy // Autumn Internship: Water, Food, Ecosystems for the SDGs at Global Water Partnership

The Global Water Partnership (GWP) is offering an internship for three to six months, starting in September. The intern will be part of the GWP Network Operations Unit, also in the team working with Water Solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals. He/she will support thematic work on food and ecosystems, as well as support regional SDG 6.5.1 activities through the GWP network. Application deadline: July 18, 2021.

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About GWP

The Global Water Partnership (GWP) is a global action network with over 3,000 Partner organisations in 183 countries. Founded in 1996, the network has 65 Country Water Partnerships and 13 Regional Water Partnerships. GWP’s vision is a water-secure world. To realise this vision GWP supports countries to advance governance and management of water resources for sustainable and equitable development. This is pursued by promoting Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), a cross-sectoral policy approach designed to replace the traditional, fragmented sectoral approach that has led to poor services and unsustainable resource use. As a means to achieving a long-term impact on water security, GWP seeks to influence water governance processes through the promotion of IWRM principles. Policy development, strategic planning, legislative change, investment planning and transboundary agreements are examples of such processes and it is here that GWP actively contributes both inside and outside the ‘water box’ at the global, regional, national and sub-national levels.

The GWP Secretariat supports Regional Water Partnerships and Country Water Partnerships to carry out their work programmes, as well as to facilitate knowledge sharing across countries and regions. This support is delivered in the context of GWP’s three anchor areas within the GWP Strategy 2020-2025:

1. Water Solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals

2. Climate Resilience through Water

3. Transboundary Water Cooperation

Main Tasks

This internship offers an excellent opportunity for students interested in sustainable development and water governance to gain exposure to the operations of a network organisation that extends from the global level to regional and national levels.

Note: The Internship will be undertaken remotely, at least until October 31 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and currently working from home mandates. Relocation to Stockholm may be possible in November, depending on how the situation develops but will not be mandatory.

The intern will be part of the Water Solutions for the SDGs team in the Network Operations Unit, supporting thematic work on food and ecosystems and supporting regional SDG 6.5.1 activities through the GWP network. Tasks will include:

  • Contribute to the development of thematic communities of practice on GWP new Toolbox on water & food, water & ecosystems and water energy food nexus, by helping to create an action plan for the communities of practice and to engage with a small group of interested contributors
  • Support engagement with key actors and partners around the preparation of a perspective paper on efficiency of water use in agriculture: contribute to the engagement workshops and meetings and compile and review contributions
  • Support partnership development and resource mobilisation for water & food, water & ecosystems and water energy food nexus: desktop research and analysis on opportunities and actors, support to the development of concept notes and proposal writing
  • Carry out technical reviews of regional SDG 6.5.1 reports as prepared by GWP regions, national SDG 6.5.1 reports as prepared by GWP countries, with an eye for identifying opportunities for advancing on thematic opportunities and resource mobilisation,
  • Take part in the meetings of the SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme, preparing the contents as appropriate, note-taking and facilitating follow up on decisions,
  • Support to the organization of webinars and sessions, including reporting on the events,
  • If time allows, the intern will be invited to contribute to other work related to the SDG agenda (SDG 6.5.1 and thematic areas water & food, water & ecosystems, and water–energy–food nexus)

Requirements, Qualifications and Terms

In addition to the information and requirements set out in the general GWP Internship Description (link below), applicants shall meet the following requirements:

  • Interest in water resources management, any of GWP’s overall focus areas (particularly SDGs and/or youth), and/or other environmental sustainability issues;
  • Knowledge of the 2030 Development Agenda and Integrated Water Resources Management is an advantage;
  • Meet all expenses for travel, insurance and any other expenses through financial support from their educational institution, government, scholarships or through personal resources.

Desired qualifications for this internship include:

  • Background in natural sciences, agriculture, development, or related fields, and an international perspective
  • Excellent communication in English, in writing and orally (other languages are advantageous)
  • Good analytical skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good interpersonal and multi-cultural communication skills
  • Demonstrated good writing skills

Application Procedure

Interested students should submit their applications through the online application system latest by July 18, 2021.

Applications should include the following:

  • Cover Letter with an introduction of the applicant
  • Resume/CV
  • Available start date

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview latest by mid-August.

Further information

More information on the requirements of an internship with GWP can be found here.

Questions can be addressed to Internship@gwp.org. However, applications are not accepted via e-mail).

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