WASH Systems Academy Internship

The Hague, Netherlands
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NGO/Civil Society
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IRC is looking for a motivated and independent intern to strengthen the business plan of the WASH Systems Academy 2020 - 2025.

The internship involves a market study of business models of other similar online training institutes offering online and face-to-face training in the development sector. The research aims to identify possible cost revenue models and pathways to scale the WASH Systems Academy in the next 5 years. Proposed research methods are a combination of a desk study, a user survey and interviews with both training institutes, WASH System Academy users and IRC key partners.

  • Research question 1: What are possible cost revenue models for online training platforms as the WASH Systems Academy?
  • Research question 2: What are possible pathways to scale for online training platforms as the WASH Systems Academy?
  • Research question 3: What are competitors of the WASH Systems Academy?

Duration internship:10-12 weeks

Location:The IRC NL office is based in The Hague but working remotely during this internship is possible.

Facilitation and support: Jeske Verhoeven 

The outcome of the internship will be used to strengthen the business plan 2020-2025 for the WASH Systems Academy that is currently in development.

The WASH Systems Academy

The WASH Systems Academy is collaborative online platform developed and hosted by IRC to assist WASH sector professionals with the knowledge and tools to strengthen WASH systems. The Academy was launched in September 2019 and now has over 1500 registered users.

Over 90% of the users recommend our courses. Existing users have a high diversity both in terms of background and geography; ranging from technical and non-technical practitioners, policymakers to civil society and coming from fragile contexts such as Niger, Afghanistan and Yemen to middle-income countries such as the Philippines, Panama and Egypt, lower-middle income countries such as Kenya, Zimbabwe to high-income countries such as the USA, the UK, Italy and the Netherlands.

The Academy currently has 2 free courses available that start every other month. The 16-hour course ’WASH systems strengthening: the basics’ consists of 9 interactive sessions dedicated to topics such as the origins and rationale for a system strengthening approach, hygiene promotion, service ladders, how to leave no one behind. This course also introduces the nine building blocks of the WASH system; what they are and how they collectively create sustainable WASH systems. The 16-hour course on ‘The building blocks of sustainable WASH systems’ goes into detail and each session in this course focuses on one of these building blocks of a sustainable system.

In 2020, we are developing 5 more courses on financing resilient WASH systems, driving change for strong WASH systems, advocating for universal WASH services and fundraising for WASH. We are also developing tailor-made courses for the supporters of Viva con Agua staff and the OneDrop Foundation.

Application process

Please apply before 30 September 2020 to recruitment@ircwash.org. Starting date for the internship is 5 October 2020.

For more information see WASH Systems Academy