Spring Internship: Water Solutions for the SDGs

Global Water Partnership (GWP)
Stockholm, Sweden
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GWP Internship: SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme

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 the Water Solutions for the SDGs team in the Network Operations Unit. Assignments will include:

  • Updating of the SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme website, including the IWRM Action Hub+ 
  • Looking for external platforms on which to promote the SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme and its activities, including but not limited to the Water Action Hub and the Dakar Initiative.  
  • Contribute to the operation of the Community of Practice on the SDGs  
  • Carry out a peer review of the IWRM Action Plans under production, and flag issues of concern and areas of opportunity 
  • Prepare materials for the IWRM ToolBox based on the SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme activities 
  • Review GCF proposals in countries where the SDG activities are being planned to look for synergies between the two sets of activities  
  • Prepare PowerPoints, briefs and other materials to facilitate the roll-out of NDC policy briefs in up to 15 countries  
  • Take part in the meetings of the SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme, preparing the contents, 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:

  • 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:

  • An excellent communicator in English, in writing and orally (other languages a nice-to-have) 
  • Good analytical skills  
  • Good organisational skills 
  • Good interpersonal and multi-cultural communication skills 
  • Background in natural sciences, agriculture, development, or related fields, and an international perspective 
  • Demonstrated writing skills are a plus 

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 latest in mid-January.

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