Internship (Icebergs and Water Tankers)

UNU Institute for Water Environment and Health (UNU‐INWEH)

Hamilton, ON, Canada 🇨🇦

Background:

Conventional approaches relying on rainfall and river runoff in water scarce areas are not sufficient to meet the human needs, despite improvements in water‐use efficiency techniques. Water‐scarce countries, regions and communities need a new water paradigm considering a range of unconventional water resources to narrow the water demand‐supply gap for food production, livelihoods, ecosystems, and sustainable development. Some unconventional water resources such as towing icebergs to water scarce areas are still in their infancy. Although it is a complex undertaking but given that an iceberg of 76 million cubic meters (76 billion liters) of freshwater can meet the needs of one million people for five years, it is worth detailed analysis. Another possibility refers to moving water with tankers. These interesting but challenging opportunities for water scarce areas warrant detailed outlook and in‐depth analysis.

At UNU‐INWEH, we intend to initiate the process of data and information collection and synthesis to develop a state‐of‐the‐art review to elaborate on the status of iceberg towing and water tankers along with their economic, policy and institutional, and environmental trade‐offs, among others. In addition, we aim for developing a policy brief.

We are looking for an intern to assist in the process of data and information collection and synthesis, prepare draft of the report, and support the work on other types of unconventional water resources in general.

Internship Requirements:

  • Eligibility requirements as available at: http://inweh.unu.edu/internships/
  • A final year undergraduate student or a postgraduate student or recent degree holder
  • Familiarity in undertaking research and literature reviews
  • Excellent computer skills, particularly use of Excel
  • Fluent in oral and written English; knowledge of any other UN official languages is an advantage

Responsibilities (List of Tasks): 

  • Collect and synthesize data and information on the status of iceberg towing and water tankers. 
  • Search of literature on the economic, policy and institutional, and environmental trade‐offs, among others. 
  • Prepare draft of the state‐of‐the‐art review and policy brief on the status of iceberg towing and water tankers.
  • Undertake additional tasks related to other unconventional water resources, and any other activities related to the above tasks, as assigned by the supervisor.   

Expected Products (Outputs):

  • Data and information synthesis on the status of iceberg towing and water tankers.  
  • Policy brief and state‐of‐the‐art review on iceberg towing and water tankers.  
  • Internship report submitted to UNU‐INWEH, as per requirement of UNU‐INWEH internship program.  

Duration and Start Date:

The duration of internship is at least 3 months, which may be extended to 6 months depending on the need and work progress. The internship is expected to start 1 July 2018 or at a mutually agreed date  

Application Procedure:

Interested applicants should apply before 15 April 2018 by following the application procedure available at: http://inweh.unu.edu/internships/ by writing ’UNU‐INWEH/Intern.2018.04 Icebergs and Water Tankers ’ in the subject line   [ sample: Internship Application – name‐surname‐ UNU‐INWEH/Intern.2018.04 Icebergs and Water Tankers ]


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