Water Resources in Ethiopia (Helms Fellow)

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Washington, DC, United States 🇺🇸

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The WRI Water Program is seeking a 2017 Helms Fellow to help support research and tool development as part of the Aqueduct project. The Water Resources – Ethiopia Helms Fellow will provide critical early-stage research and strategic input into the development of a decision-support tool for managing high water stress by (1) researching the implementation, effectiveness, and cost of current approaches to reduce water demand and/or augment water supply in Ethiopia, as well as any political, environmental, or social issues; and (2) conducting a landscape assessment of existing water savings tools and initiatives globally. This work will culminate in a brief report as well as a presentation, providing recommendations to the WRI Water Program on further development of the tool. The intention is for this tool to be piloted with policy-makers, investors, and other key stakeholders in Ethiopia, and eventually to be launched as a global, open-access tool.

The WRI Water Program works with the private sector, governments, and civil society to ensure a water-secure future. We seek to address both water quantity and quality challenges.  Aqueduct’s global water risk mapping tools helps companies, investors, governments, and other users understand where and how water risks and opportunities are emerging worldwide.

WRI is committed to ensuring gender equity across our program portfolios. As such, the Intern is expected to incorporate attention to gender where appropriate.


The intern will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Conducting literature reviews and desk research on current approaches to water demand reduction and supply augmentation in Ethiopia and the region, as well as any political, environmental, economic, and social considerations
  • Conducting comparative landscape assessments to inform product strategy
  • Assisting in the development of funding proposals toward further development of the Water Savings Tool


  • Required a Bachelors Degree in water resource management, hydrology, natural resource economics, or related fields; Preferred: Masters Degree 
  • Excellent research skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong oral communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team
  • Ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner
  • Ability to work calmly and enthusiastically under high pressure
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Flexible
  • Highly responsible, self-motivated
  • Good sense of humor
  • Extremely well organized and efficient
  • WRI does not sponsor interns for visas of any kind. Must have authorization to work in the U.S. in order to apply for this position.
  • Preferred Language: Amharic

Final candidate will be required to take a writing test

Salary: This is a paid intern position with an hourly rate based on experience.         

Duration: 3 months, June – August 2017 (dates flexible)

Location: Washington, DC

How to Apply

Qualified applicants must apply online at careers.wri.org to be considered.

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