Intern (Monitoring and Evaluation)

Geneva, , CH

Background Information – Job-specific

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is at the heart of the global movement to improve sanitation and hygiene, so that all people can enjoy healthy and productive lives. Established in 1990, WSSCC is the only United Nations body devoted solely to the sanitation needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized people. WSSCC is embarking on a new strategic plan for 2017-2020. The overriding aim of the plan is to accelerate progress towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 6.2 “By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations”

To achieve the goal of ending open defecation and ensuring improved sanitation and hygiene for all, the WSSCC created the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) in 2008.  The Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) invests in collective behaviour change approaches that enable large numbers of people in developing countries to improve their access to sanitation and adopt good hygiene practices. The GSF is supporting programmes in 13 countries and since 2008 has committed over $112 million to transform lives in developing countries.

The GSF is an integral part of the WSSCC Secretariat, which is located in Geneva, Switzerland. Further information including a full description of GSF is available in the WSSCC website:

GSF is hiring a Monitoring Intern to support with activities related to the GSF monitoring system including the reporting of results and analysis of data coming from the 13 GSF country programmes.    

Under the supervision of the GSF Senior Monitoring Officer, the Intern shall per…

Candidates must be either currently enrolled in undergraduate or a Master’s or PhD course in a relevant field (e.g. social science, statistics, development, demography, etc.), or have graduated within the past three years prior to the application date of the internship.  

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience but experience in the following areas is highly desired. 
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) development sector.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of programmes in the development field.
  • Statistical analysis with experience of analysing household survey data.

Fluency in oral and written English and French is required. 

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.
  • Proven ability to conduct independent research and analysis, identify issues, and recommend solutions. Familiarity with UN and UNOPS rules, regulations and policies. Ability to work systematically, accurately and under pressure.
  • Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan and those under his/her supervision.

Contract type: Internship
Contract level: Intern
Contract duration: 6 months.

This internship is not designed to lead to a paid position with UNOPS. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of the internship.

Interns may be eligible for a monthly stipend  from UNOPS provided that they do not receive funds from other institutions. Further, UNOPS may provide a one time travel lumpsum of 500 USD if the intern has to travel internationally to take up the internship. However, the intern must make their own arrangements for accommodation, travel, insurance coverage and any necessary visas.

Swiss legislation requires interns to possess valid medical and accident insurance from a Swiss insurance company for the duration of their internship.  Information and quotations can be found here

Interns should confirm that they are fit specifically for the duty station conditions, as certified by a medical practitioner. The Interns are responsible for receiving clearance from a medical doctor to travel and perform this internship.

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  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered
  • Attach CV (maximum 2 pages)
  • Attach Cover Letter describing why you want the internship and how your skills, qualifications and experience will be relevant for the position (maximum 2 A4 pages in 12 pitch font).
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.