Spring Internship: Gender & Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships

Global Water Partnership (GWP)
Stockholm, Sweden
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GWP Internship: Gender & Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships

Dates: Flexible start date in February, 3 months extendable up to 6 months


The Global Water Partnership (GWP) is a global action network with over 3,000 Partner organisations 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 realise 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-sectoral policy approach designed to replace the traditional, fragmented sectoral approach that has led to poor services and unsustainable resource use. As a means to achieving 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 new 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 work specifically with the team on the A Stake in Water project and more specially on the Component 1 and 2 of this project that focuses on Strengthening of Multi Stakeholder platforms (MSPs) and on Mainstreaming gender into all aspects of GWPO work. The intern will report to the Project manager and Component leads and will work as part of a team. The tasks will be split more or less equally between the two components. Assignments will include:

  • Desktop research of new publications, events etc in the area of gender and water 
  • Provide technical and admin support to the Women in Water Community of practice (Community of Women in Water – online association) [this will include supporting communication with members, supporting organisation of online events, contributing to newsletters, liaising with members and Community coordinators, reporting, helping organise the mentorship programme for Women in Water etc] 
  • Supporting the SGSI Specialist in providing support to the Regions 
  • Contribute to development of Gender focused online tutorials 
  • Contribute to development of Gender focused communication products – writing blogs and other texts  
  • Survey of the literature on Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships (MSPs) in the field of water 
  • Support the development of an MSP survey based on the Rapid Country Level Analysis 
  • Contribute to the collection and analysis of the data from the MSP survey 
  • Identify potential stories which could be developed into publications to share the experience of specific MSPs in the water sector.  

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:

  • Interest in water resources management, any of GWP’s overall focus areas (particularly SDGs and/or youth), and/or other environmental sustainability issues.
  • Knowledge of the 2030 Development Agenda and Íntegrated Water Resources Management is an advantage
  • Meet all expenses for travel, insurance and any other expenses through financial support from their educational institution, government, scholarships or through personal resources

Desired qualifications for this internship include:

  • MA completed (within 6 months of start date) or enrolled into a programme in the field of Gender studies or Social Anthropology or Sociology or Political Science or Development studies or Human geography, or Communications studies with interest in the social sciences, gender, and participatory methods. 
  • Interest in water and environmental governance, especially in developing country settings   
  • An excellent command of English language, written and spoken 
  • Good writing skills 
  • Skills in online tools and computer software for office work (MS Office a must, Zoom, Miro, MURAL etc an added bonus) 
  • Willingness to learn new skills or improve existing skills 
  • Motivated for work and passionate about equality and diversity. 

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

Note: The Internship is based at the GWP Global Secretariat in Stockholm, Sweden. Due to the current uncertain circumstances globally, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, however, the nature of the internship may be altered. The Internship may be carried out remotely, delays and/or cancellation may also occur. GWP will closely follow developments and notify long- and/or shortlisted candidates of any changes.

Application Procedure 

Interested students should submit their applications through the online application system latest by
13 December 2020.

Applications should include the following:

  • Cover Letter with an introduction of the applicant
  • Resume/CV
  • Available start date

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview in mid-January.

Questions can be addressed to Internship@gwp.org (applications are not accepted via e-mail).