SEI HQ: Internship on integrating climate and sanitation planning

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

Stockholm, Sweden 🇸🇪

We are looking for an intern who is skilled in qualitative research methodologies and has experience working with surveys and interviews. Previous experience working on policy and planning issues at the urban or national levels is a bonus. You enjoy working in a collaborative environment and have a natural ability to coordinate and drive tasks forward.

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Type of contract: Full-time internship, six months
Internship period: September 2022–January 2023
Deadline: 9 May 2022

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Project background and tasks

The global sanitation and waste management sector is responsible for at least 1.5 billion metric tons of methane emissions annually as of 2016, as well as about 3.2% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions altogether. In low- and middle-income countries, GHG emissions from sanitation systems can account for more than half of all the emissions from a city.

At the same time, more sustainable approaches to sanitation interventions, including resource recovery via composting and anaerobic digestion, can contribute significantly to climate change mitigation, as well as towards climate change adaptation through measures like wastewater reuse in water scarce contexts and more integrated planning. However, there is a significant disconnect between sanitation and climate policy, planning, financing and action, a phenomenon that recent SEI research has highlighted.

Available frameworks and tools for sanitation planning such as Citywide Inclusive Sanitation Planning (CWIS), the WHO Sanitation Safety Planning approach (SSP) and Community-Led Urban Environmental Sanitation (CLUES) do not adequately cover climate mitigation and adaptation aspects that are relevant for sanitation, while Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) often do not comprehensively cover how sanitation can contribute to climate mitigation and adaptation.

This internship aims to explore how the disconnect between sanitation and climate policy, planning, financing and action manifests in a specific country context, as well as how it contributes to barriers to integrated policy and planning. The project will also identify planning frameworks and tools that are available to help cities and countries integrate climate and sanitation planning, and potential improvements that can be made to those frameworks and tools. The project will involve a case study approach, with the country of focus to be selected together with the intern based on his/her/their knowledge and experience and ideally one of the partner countries of the Sanitation and Water for All partnership. The tasks will potentially involve desk-based reviews, surveys and/or interviews with practitioners as well as the development of ideas for planning tools/frameworks, and it will contribute to a rapidly growing area of research at SEI and globally.

The internship can be either full- or part-time. The duration is six months (September 2022–January 2023) and the intern should be based at SEI HQ.

Profile

We are looking for an intern who is studying environmental science/engineering, urban and regional planning, sustainability science, international development or similar with a focus on climate change, water and sanitation and/or sustainable development.

You are skilled in qualitative research methodologies and have experience working with surveys and interviews. Previous experience working on policy and planning issues at the urban or national levels is a bonus. You enjoy working in a collaborative environment and have a natural ability to coordinate and drive tasks forward.

This internship can also be part of your thesis work.

Skills

  • Student currently undertaking a master’s programme
  • Fluency in English.

How to apply

We are reviewing applications on an ongoing basis so please submit your application as soon as possible, but no later than 9 May 2022, 23:59 Stockholm local time. Applications should be written in English and consist of a short CV and cover letter (maximum 1 page).

Please include a cover letter addressing:

  • what you would like to do during your internship and your strengths related to the internship description and which country case you would like to focus on if selected
  • how the internship relates to your studies and future plans
  • what kind of insurance you are (fully) covered by if you are granted the position of intern here at SEI
  • a CV including one reference (name, affiliation and contact details).

Location

The internship is based at SEI HQ in Stockholm. An in-person internship involving office visits once or twice a week is preferred, but an online internship may also be possible.

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Questions?

For questions regarding the research aims of the internship, please contact Research Associate Daniel Ddiba ([email protected]) and/or Biljana Macura. For questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact HR Specialist Filippa Klintberg  ([email protected]).

About SEI

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) is an independent international research institute founded in 1989. Its mission is to support decision-making and induce change towards sustainable development around the world by providing integrative knowledge that bridges science and policy in the field of environment and development. SEI ranked second among the world’s top think tanks on environmental policy issues in the 2020 Global Go To Think Tanks Index compiled by the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program.

SEI has around 300 employees working at research centres in seven countries around the world. SEI’s headquarters are located in Stockholm, Sweden. Additional SEI research centres are located in Colombia (SEI Latin America), Estonia (SEI Tallinn), Kenya (SEI Africa), Thailand (SEI Asia), the UK (SEI Oxford and SEI York) and US (SEI US).


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