Spring Internship: Transboundary Water Cooperation

Global Water Partnership (GWP)
Stockholm, Sweden
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GWP Internship: Transboundary Water Cooperation

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 be part of the Transboundary Water Cooperation team in the Network Operations Unit. Assignments will include:

  • Support in implementing MOOC on Governance for transboundary freshwater security, including regular monitoring of discussion forum, maintaining and updates to the platform, promotion, supporting translation process, support organizing online events, and other relevant tasks 
  • Support in development of transboundary page on the GWP toolbox. 
  • Update GWP transboundary water web site 
  • Support GWP regional and country water partnership learning exchanges on transboundary water topics. 
  • Support in GWP transboundary program development 
  • Support network operations in Asia region 
  • Any other ad hoc tasks 

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 include:

  • Understandings and interest in working with transboundary water issue. Work or study experience in this subject is a plus. 
  • Be a good team member, adaptive to different working environment, and ability to work independently.  
  • Good interpersonal and multi-cultural communication skills. 
  • Proficiency in English, proficiency in other languages is a plus (particularly French, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese) 
  • Good writing skills 
  • Good organizational skills 
  • Skills in online tools and computer software for office work 

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. However, due to the current uncertain circumstances globally, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, 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 latest in mid-January.

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