Internship (WASH Section)

Amman, Jordan 🇯🇴

Job Number: 504982 | Vacancy Link
Work Type : Internship

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.


For every child, hope.

The UNICEF Internship Programme offers qualified and eligible students at both Headquarters (HQ) and Country Offices (CO) the unique opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF’s work and the United Nations system under the direct supervision of experienced UNICEF staff.

To be considered for an internship with UNICEF, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree programme; and
  • Be proficient in at least one of UNICEF’s working languages: English, French, Spanish. Russian, Mandarin or Arabic. Additional language requirements may apply;  and
  • Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records

Purpose of the internship:

Topic:    Review of the performance of the Za’atari Wastewater Treatment Plant

Proposed Products / Title:

Review of the performance of the Za’atari Wastewater Treatment Plant with recommendations on improvements

Key research question/s to be addressed

  • What is the current treatment performance of the MBR treatment train compared to design performance?
  • What are the optimal operations settings to maximize treatment capacity and minimize operational cost?
  • What is the optimal maintenance regime for critical MBR equipment?
  • What interventions are required to improve the treatment efficiency of the plant (short, medium and long term solutions)

Use of the findings

•             Form the basis of discussions with the Water Authority of Jordan

•             Develop an Implementation Plan to improve the performance of the treatment plant

Proposed approach

•             Review the reports on the daily volumes of wastewater collected to date

•             Review the performance reports of the plant to assess the treatment capacity of the plant and the impact of the declining capacity of the plant

•             Conduct an assessment of the plant to understand the treatment processes, their efficacy and identify solutions to imprive these

•             Discuss proposed solutions with the Government and the Contractor and UNICEF

•             Finalise report with proposed improvements, with a Timeframe and costing model


Expected Methodology

•             Desk review of available studies and reports

•             Field visits

•             Performance analysis

•             Research on proposed alternatives

•             Presentation to the Technical Committee

•             Submission of Final Report

Fieldwork – scope and scale       

•             Regular visits to the Za’atari Wastewater Treatment Plant

Availability of info / data on topic           

•             UNOPS reports available (on daily wastewater quantities)

•             Contractor performance reports on the plant

•             Recent evaluation of the plant performance and improvement plan

Start date: July 2017

Duration: Two months (July and August 2017) – at least one month in Jordan and one month can be remote


  • Primary Degree in Engineering or other WASH-related field
  • Specialised knowledge of MBR wastewater technology

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Our core values are Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and our Core Competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

Opening Date Sun May 28 2017 08:00:00 GMT+0200 (CEST) Jordan Daylight Time
Closing Date Wed Jun 14 2017 22:55:00 GMT+0200 (CEST)