Internship: Country Engagement for Sanitation and Water for All

Sanitation and Water for All (SWA)
New York, NY, United States
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Organization Type: 
International Organization
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Not Specified


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Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) is a global partnership of over 200 national governments, donors, civil society organizations, the private sector and other development partners working together to increase political will and strengthen resource allocations for water supply and sanitation.  Strengthening resource allocations will require improved mobilization and better targeting of resources by both donors and national governments.  The goal of SWA is sanitation and water for all. 

The Secretariat of the SWA global partnership is hosted by UNICEF at its Headquarters in New York. The SWA Secretariat is responsible for supporting the Steering Committee, Global Leaders Council Chair, promoting the country-level engagement of partners, and organizing global High-level Meetings (including the Sector Ministers Meeting (SMM) and for guiding the related country-level preparatory and follow up processes.

The SWA Secretariat is now looking for an intern to support the Communications team.

How can you make a difference?

Main duties will include

  • Support documentation of country engagement experiences, ensures they are widely shared and maintains proper database
  • Gather preliminary data and analysis on country engagement for SWA reporting
  • Provide logistical support during webinars
  • Maintain updated records of focal points contacts
  • Share welcome package for new partners
  • Provide back-end support for the tools portal
  • Manage tools portal reviews and respond to user queries

Benefits to Intern:

  • This internship will provide the Intern with the opportunity to gain exposure to country engagement processes and interact with a variety of stakeholders in the Water and Sanitation sector.
  • The Intern will learn firsthand about SWA’s work in the context of the SMM preparatory process.

Location: UNICEF New York HQ.

Duration: This internship will be for a period of 26 weeks from the actual start date 


In accordance with the internal standard operating procedure, interns are paid a stipend of US $1,500 per month for full-time work, subject to availability of funds. There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship. UNICEF is not responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.


UNICEF will not be responsible for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the intern’s service, whether on or off UNICEF premises. Therefore, the selected candidate must provide proof of enrolment in a health/accident plan prior to start his/her work. If accepted, the intern will be required to provide a copy of health insurance coverage and to fill out the relevant UNICEF forms on conditions regarding service as an intern.

Living Conditions and Working Environment:

The intern will work at UNICEF House, New York.  S/he will report to the supervisor of this internship. S/he is not expected to travel out of this duty station during the assignment. A flexible workspace will be provided. The intern will be expected to participate in Section's meetings, as well as other UNICEF meetings of interest to the student, including the seminar series for UNICEF interns. Guidance will be provided on a regular basis.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or Ph.D. degree programme or have graduated within the past two years in the relevant area or related field.
  • Knowledge of project management tools (Smartsheet)
  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

In order to be considered, an Intern MUST attach the following documents with their application:

  • Letter of verification from the college or university that the intern is currently enrolled in an undergraduate school and has completed at least two years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of an undergraduate degree (if the candidate is 18 years old, this replaces the two-year bachelor’s completion requirement); or, Graduate Degree Program (i.e., Master’s, PhD). It should also state the expected graduation date.  Recent graduates are allowed until 2 years after degree completion.
  • Copy of their most recent official transcript showing excellent academic performance
  • Copy of Identification Card (ID)
  • One letter of signed recommendation on letterhead or from professional email address

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. To view our competency framework, please click here.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.