2023 GWP Spring Internship: Water Solutions for the SDGs

Global Water Partnership (GWP)

Stockholm, Sweden 🇸🇪


GWP Spring Internship: Water Solutions for the SDGs

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. 

Main tasks 

The intern will be part of the Water Solutions for the SDGs team in the Network Operations Unit and assist the SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme in its knowledge sharing, promotional and investment attracting activities.    

  • Provide administrative, technical and communications support to the SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme in assisting countries in their SDG 6.5.1 monitoring and reporting (Stage 1) 
  • Provide quality assurance of deliverables of Stage 1 (Country Consultation Reports, feedback survey) 
  •  Support in the preparation and execution of knowledge sharing activities (e.g. learning events, online course) for countries in Stage 1 
  • Support in the drafting of relevant communication material for Stage 1 
  • Support in the running of a Community of Practice (CoP) on SDG 6.5.1, including conceptual and organizational support in the delivery of learning exchanges and discussions  
  • Contribute to innovative communication activities and tools with a view to increase impact and outreach of the SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme   
  • 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   
  • Any other ad-hoc tasks to support the SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme   

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: 

  • Background in natural sciences, water resources management, water policy, sustainable development, communication or related fields, and an international perspective    
  • Interest in and knowledge of the 2030 Development Agenda, Paris Agreement and Integrated Water Resources Management    
  • Good computer skills (including Microsoft office tools) and ability/willingness to learn using new tools   
  • Excellent communication in English (other languages are advantageous, in particular official UN languages) and demonstrated good writing skills   
  • Good analytical and organisational skills  
  • Curious mind-set and good interpersonal and multi-cultural communication skills  

Desired qualifications for this internship include: 

  • Knowledge of environmental/water issues in the Global South is an advantage
  • Knowledge of climate finance mechanisms is an advantage
  • Basic understanding of project cycle management and in particular of monitoring and evaluation
  • Demonstrated good writing skills

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 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