Intern in Strengthening Skills and Capacities in the Jordanian Water and Wastewater Sector

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Amman, Jordan 🇯🇴

Job Description

GIZ provides services worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. With over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security, the diverse expertise of our federal enterprise is in demand around the globe.

We have been working in Jordan for over 40 years, and since 2001, water has been a priority in Jordanian-German cooperation. Jordan is one of the world’s most arid countries and suffering from severe water scarcity due to low precipitation, high population growth, and an inefficient governance of water resources. Moreover, since the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011, more than 655.000 Syrian refugees have officially been registered in the country. Especially in rural areas, the water infrastructure and management are not fit to supply the rising population, resulting in provision bottlenecks and an increasing conflict potential. One of the key problems is the lack of qualified staff: Both the responsible sector institutions and water utilities are in dire need for trained professionals for the reliable supply of drinking water to the people as well as for an effective treatment of wastewater. Among the reasons for this lack of technical staff are the absence of a consistent further education and training programme in the sector institutions as well as the difficult employment conditions, leading to migration of skilled labour to other countries in the region.

Against this backdrop, the two projects Technical and Vocational Education and Training for Jordanians and Syrian Refugees in the Water Sector (VTW) and Strengthening Capacities for Wastewater Management (CWWM) focus on building up skills and capacities in the Jordanian water and wastewater sector. Among our core activities is the support of Jordan’s Vocational Training Corporation in creating training courses for sanitation professionals as well as providing advice to the trainees on improving their employment and income prospects. We furthermore work together with the Water Authority of Jordan as well as one of the country’s main water utilities in building comprehensive needs-based professional development programmes for their technical staff. In order to ensure a both efficient and effective wastewater management, we additionally introduce a quality management system to Jordan’s wastewater sector and support the responsible actors in improving the operation of wastewater treatment plants.

Your tasks

  • To gain first-hand experience in the implementation of technical cooperation projects in the water and wastewater sector.
  • To make a vital contribution to the projects by independently developing a study on the migration of skilled workers from the water and wastewater sector in Jordan to other countries (which e. g. may form the basis for a Master’s thesis).
  • To gain insights into a complex political environment.
  • To develop analytical and drafting skills in practice.

Your tasks entail:

  • Conducting literature and field research on the migration of skilled workers
  • Collecting and analysing information from different sources, processing it as needed for different purposes (reporting, public relations, etc.)
  • Developing and drafting a study on labour migration from the water and wastewater sector in Jordan to other countries
  • Supporting the team in implementing project activities and management tasks
  • Supporting the preparation and realisation of workshops, trainings, and other events

Your profile

  • At least a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (political sciences, social sciences, development studies, or a related field)
  • First experience with capacity building or vocational training, preferably in developing countries
  • First experience in the water and/or wastewater sector desirable
  • A structured way of working, reliability and the ability to work independently
  • Capacity to quickly acquire, analyse and summarise information, good research and drafting skills
  • Fluency in spoken and written English, including excellent academic and policy-oriented writing skills; Arabic and German language skills are an asset
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in an international team
  • Readiness to travel regionally and internationally


Please be informed that you are only allowed to apply for this internship, if you are currently enrolled as a student or graduated not longer than six months ago.

GIZ would like to increase the proportion of employees with disability, both in Germany and abroad. Applications from persons with disabilities are most welcome.

For further information, please contact Ms. Franziska Bock ([email protected]).

Please provide us with a representative work sample (i. e. academic or journalistic English language writing) together with your application.