2023 GWP Spring Internship: Learning and Knowledge Management

Global Water Partnership (GWP)

Stockholm, Sweden 🇸🇪


2023 GWP Spring Internship: Learning and Knowledge Management

Dates: Flexible start date in March, 4 months minimum extendable up to 6 months (6 months strongly preferred) 


The Global Water Partnership (GWP) is a global action network with over 3,000 Partner organizations 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 realize 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-sectorial policy approach designed to replace the traditional, fragmented sectoral approach that has led to poor services and unsustainable resource use. As a means to achieve long-term impact towards 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 subnational 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 

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

Short Description of the Internship:     

The selected candidate will support the GWP’s Knowledge and Learning agenda and activities. This will include working on the GWP ToolBox: IWRM Action Hub – an online platform with more than 85 tools on integrated water resources management and live communities. The candidate will also contribute to developing a series of publications on multi-stakeholder partnerships for good water governance. The Knowledge Management intern will work under the supervision of the Senior IWRM and KM Specialist and work closely with Senior Learning Specialist and other members of the MELK team.   

Main Tasks   

  • Support the development of new tools related to water and the thematic areas explored in the GWP ToolBox: IWRM Action Hub 
  • Support for developing case studies for the GWP ToolBox: IWRM Action Hub 
  • Support mapping and uploading supporting resources to Tools  
  • Support the development of user guides for the GWP ToolBox: IWRM Action Hub, e.g., guide on how to submit a case study.   
  • Support the GWP ToolBox: IWRM Action Hub outreach activities, incl. organization of trainings, webinars and learning labs. 
  • Support GWP ToolBox: IWRM Action Hub communication activities, incl. social media and communication with users 
  • Support GWP ToolBox: IWRM Action Hub platform maintenance, including the review and formatting of existing content. 


Desired qualifications for this internship include:   

  • Master completed or enrolled into a programme in the field of International Development studies, Political Science, or Human Geography with interest in the social sciences, environmental law, governance processes.  
  • Interest in water and environmental governance, especially in developing country settings.    
  • An excellent command of English language, written and spoken.  
  • Experience in research and knowledge management is an asset.  
  • Experience with communities of practice is an asset. 
  • Willingness to learn new skills or improve existing skills.  
  • Motivated for work and ability to work independently.   

Please, familiarize yourself with the full description and requirements of an internship with GWPO here: https://www.gwp.org/en/About/more/Vacancies-and-Internships/

Application Procedure 

Interested candidates should submit their applications through the application tracking system latest by 11:59PM CET on 03 February 2023.

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 an interview, by February 2023. Questions can be addressed to internship@gwp.org  (applications are not accepted via e-mail).

Please note: 

  • Interns accepted to this programme must be either enrolled in an educational programme at the time of application or recently graduated within 6 months of the application deadline.
  • Interns will be part of the GWP Internship Programme, which has been established to provide opportunities for young professionals to achieve meaningful work experience in a field related to their area of study while gaining insight into the activities of a global water organisation.
  • In addition to completing work tasks detailed in the Terms of Reference, this Programme creates spaces for networking with various stakeholders in the water community, connecting with the wider GWP staff, and developing relevant workplace skill sets. 

A stipend may be offered to interns to support the intern’s needs to meet subsistence costs and living expenses incurred during the time of their internship. GWP will offer no remuneration or any other financial support to meet expenses for travel to and within Stockholm, health/accident insurance, or related costs.  This stipend will be dependent on funds available. 





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development