Praktikant (m/w/d) im Projekt: Sustainable Sanitation Sector Programme

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Bonn, , DE

Job description

More than a third of the global population is still living with extremely poor sanitation or even without access to adequate and safely managed sanitation. The GIZ sector programme Sustainable Sanitation aims to promote sustainable sanitation in our partner countries through partnerships, consulting and networking. The team of the sector program is dedicated to scale-up existing sanitation approaches to improve sanitation and hygiene for as many people as possible. The focus of the sector programme lies on urban and peri-urban areas in fast growing cities worldwide and the consideration of suitable digital applications.

GIZ is a partner of the international “Sustainable Sanitation Alliance” (SuSanA) and the sector programme Sustainable Sanitation hosts the SuSanA secretariat. The secretariat is responsible for maintaining and developing the online platform ( with different knowledge management tools like the library, the project & partner database, event section, 13 Thematic Working Groups, and three Regional Chapters. The SuSanA platform also offers a public Discussion Forum ( where over 10.000 international members discuss and exchange among various topics around sustainable sanitation.

Closely related to the SuSanA Platform is the Shit Flow Diagram (SFD) Web portal ( SFD is a visualization that tool summarizes and presents what happens to excreta in cities. The SFD portal provides support through its Helpdesk, an internal area for the submission of SFDs, communication with experts and for the revision of SFDs prepared independently.

Your tasks

The tasks you will carry out for the GIZ sector programme Sustainable Sanitation will be diverse and relate to a wide spectrum of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) topics; from technical aspects to support of online events and website maintenance. The focus of your activities will be supporting the day-to-day operations of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) secretariat and the Shit Flow Diagram (SFD) Platform and Helpdesk.

This includes tasks such as, maintaining the SuSanA mailbox and social media channels (mainly Facebook and Twitter), uploading documents and projects to the SuSanA library and project database from various partners, supporting the SuSanA Discussion Forum community manager, and in general, contributing to the further development of the SuSanA and SFD online platforms.
Additionally, you will support the team in preparing presentations, compiling background information and literature on specific topics, organizing and documenting (online) meetings and events.

Your profile

Applicants should hold a Bachelor or Master degree in environmental engineering/management, information systems, IWRM, geo sciences, political science, urban planning / management, geography or other relevant field.

Basic knowledge of sustainable sanitation, an interest to work in the sanitation sector and an understanding of global development agendas (e. g. 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, SDGs) are expected.

Proficiency in MS office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) is required. Understanding of how to present contents convincingly and of how to use social media (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube) efficiently for professional networking purposes are important requirements.

Prior knowledge of website editing in a content management system (CMS), ideally Joomla, and/or basic knowledge in layout and design with Adobe Software (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) will strengthen your application.

Fluency in English and intermediate German language skills are expected. Good command in Spanish, French or Arabic are an advantage.


Please be informed that you are only allowed to apply for this internship, if you are currently enrolled as a student or graduated not longer than six months ago from the start of your internship.

 We pay a monthly stipend of €1.608,- (gross).

GIZ would like to increase the proportion of employees with disability, both in Germany and abroad. Applications from persons with disabilities are most welcome.

For further information, please contact Ms Carvalho Rodrigues ([email protected]).