Paid internship for Global WASH Cluster

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Home-Based / Remote
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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The Global WASH Cluster (GWC) was formed in 2006, building upon the success of an existing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) humanitarian sector working group. As part of the UN Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Cluster System, the GWC has the primary mandate of “strengthening system-wide preparedness and coordination of technical capacity to respond predictably to humanitarian emergencies and provide clear leadership and accountability in the main areas of humanitarian response”. The GWC supports the 6+1 core functions, which guide cluster coordination at country level to support National Humanitarian WASH Coordination Platforms (NHWCPs), as outlined in the IASC Cluster Coordination Reference Module.1  

The GWC is led by UNICEF as the Cluster Lead Agency (CLA) and is a partnership of 77 organizations, 47 full members and 30 associate members, working in the humanitarian WASH sector across international organizations, United Nations agencies, international non-governmental organizations, academic institutes and donors. UNICEF and the GWC partners have designated the Cluster Advocacy and Support Team (CAST) to manage GWC in close collaboration with a Strategic Advisory Group (SAG). The GWC also constitutes of a Field Support Team (FST), that provides deployable and remote support to national coordination platforms, and Technical Working Groups (TWiGs), that provide technical leadership in key thematic areas, such as Hygiene, Fecal Sludge Management, Cash and Markets, Quality Assurance and Accountability and Operational Research. 

The GWC’s vision is that increased coordination and response quality and capacity of national WASH coordination platforms will result in the improved relevance, quality, coverage and effectiveness of WASH assistance provided to people affected by emergencies. The GWC is committed to (1) supporting agencies providing WASH services to those affected by emergencies, (2) ensuring the quality and coherence of the assistance, and (3) ensuring that the assistance is provided in a manner that is equitable, culturally acceptable and protects the dignity of the populations affected by crises.  


The intern will provide support to key tasks related to the GWC’s programme management, information management and reporting and monitoring portfolio.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Provide programme management support to the GWC partnership agreements and donor reporting;
  • Support to the compiling and analysing for operation and maintenance of system wide processes to provide field operations and country support (e.g. Coordination Toolkit, Auto-report, funding data);
  • Contribute to reporting tasks and performance monitoring of the global and field level coordination (e.g. Annual Reports, Mid-Year Reports, Core Function Report, Satisfaction Survey, Cluster Coordination Performance Monitoring);
  • Support management of the GWC website, social media presence, Sharepoint folders including file management and organising the archive folders;
  • Contribute to the organization of, and attend, relevant meetings (e.g. annual meetings, FST meetings, NCC workshop) and events (e.g. World Water Week, UNC etc.); and
  • Other tasks as requested.

Required Qualifications

  • Enrolled or recent graduate (within last two years) of an undergraduate or advanced degree programme in humanitarian, development and/or international relations related to the field of WASH and/or public health;
  • Experience with programe management, coordination and partnerships, monitoring and reporting. Knowledge of the Cluster system and the IASC is desirable;
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and synthesis skills are an asset;
  • Experience with information management, knowledge management or communications are also an asset.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) in English is required. Fluency in French, Spanish are an asset.
  • Proficient in a range of IT software packages including MS Office, web content management systems (e.g. Drupal) and social media management (e.g. Twitter, LinkedIn); and
  • Proven ability to manage the available time and resources and to work to tight deadlines, with minimal supervision.


This assignment will be supervised by the Coordinator, Global WASH Cluster. This requisition may be used for other internship opportunities in EMOPS Geneva.

Work modality

The internship will be full time and entirely home-based. The intern will be expected be available to work during UNICEF Geneva working hours. As this internship is home-based, UNICEF will not provide a laptop to the intern. Intern is expected to have stable internet connection to perform their duties. 

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How to apply:

Candidates who meet the requirements should apply online and submit the following documents:

-  Dully completed online profile

- Proof of current enrolment into required area of study or a degree certificate received less than 2 years ago (see required qualification section above)

- Recent academic records proving strong performance

- P11 or CV

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.