Internship: WASH in Institutions

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
New York, NY, United States
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International Organization
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UNICEF has more than 700 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) staff working in more than 100 countries globally. Programmes in these Country Offices range from working with governments to develop national policies, legislation and strategies to protect and conserve water resources to the provision of basic water and sanitation services to millions of people in large-scale emergency situations. In 2018, UNICEF provide safe water (from an improved source, with a travel time of less than 30 minutes, and which meets the national drinking water quality standards) to more than 18.6 million people, and more than 43.6 million people were provided with safe water in emergency situations.

UNICEF works at the forefront of implementing innovative water supply systems in both urban and remote locations through the design, construction and operation of Climate Resilient WASH infrastructure. UNICEF is scaling up the use of various technologies to identify water resources, and to use these as efficiently as possible, as well as scaling up the use of solar powered water systems. UNICEF works closely with a range of sectoral stakeholders at local, national, regional and global levels to increase the sustainability of WASH interventions in UNICEF programmes, as well as across the sector.

For every child, an Equitable Chance in Life …

The purpose of hiring an Intern is to provide support to the WASH in Institutions Specialist to deliver on key priorities in the annual workplan, in particular, knowledge management, to strengthen learning and exchange of ideas, experiences, knowledge and skills amongst UNICEF staff and WASH in schools partners and enhance programme design and delivery.

How can you make a difference?

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Assist the WASH Specialist to promote and maintain the WASH in school’s website and support knowledge exchange and experience sharing via yammer community of practice to galvanize WASH in school’s network members to contribute and engage effectively. Prepare periodic analytics on yammer exchanges and compile critical issues for follow up.
  • Provide support to development and dissemination of knowledge products (technical notes, guidance documents, case studies, field notes) to help countries strengthen their knowledge to scale up WASH in school’s services
  • Assist the WASH Specialist to develop WASH in Schools profiles to inform strategic global guidance to country offices.
  • Support the WASH Specialist in the organization of global webinars and disseminate webinar summaries/ reports.

Location: The internship will be based in UNICEF HQ and it is not expected that the intern will travel during the assignment period.

Duration: This will be a full/part time internship and the duration will be for 3 to 6 months (maximum allowable 26 weeks)


In accordance to UNICEF’s guidelines, interns will be paid a stipend of 1500/month. 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:

S/he will work with hiring section and 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 area of Education, Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Social Sciences, or another related field, or recent graduates with specialized skills in the above areas of education.
  • Complementary training in related areas is an added advantage- such as skills in computer programming, development and or website design desired.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

Other Requirements:

  • 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.