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UNICEF has more than 700 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) staff working in more than 100 countries globally. Programmes in these Country Offices range from working with governments to develop national policies, legislation and strategies to protect and conserve water resources to the provision of basic water and sanitation services to millions of people in large-scale emergency situations. In 2018, UNICEF provide safe water (from an improved source, with a travel time of less than 30 minutes, and which meets the national drinking water quality standards) to more than 18.6 million people, and more than 43.6 million people were provided with safe water in emergency situations.

UNICEF works at the forefront of implementing innovative water supply systems in both urban and remote locations through the design, construction and operation of Climate Resilient WASH infrastructure. UNICEF is scaling up the use of various technologies to identify water resources, and to use these as efficiently as possible, as well as scaling up the use of solar powered water systems. UNICEF works closely with a range of sectoral stakeholders at local, national, regional and global levels to increase the sustainability of WASH interventions in UNICEF programmes, as well as across the sector.

Part of this work involves identifying innovative technical approaches being undertaken in Country Offices and developing these into Case Studies or other Knowledge Products, or reviewing those which have been drafted, and helping to disseminate these across UNICEF WASH staff to help share learning, experience as well as potential solutions.

How can you make a difference?

The purpose of this Internship is to support the Water and Environment Team to identify potential examples of innovation in Water and Climate programming from Country Offices and to develop these into short case studies and knowledge products, and to upload these onto UNICEF’s internal and external communication and collaboration sites; and to support the development of these sites.

  • Liaise with Country Office WASH Staff to collect information on the project/intervention and develop case studies and knowledge products (these include integrated water resources management, hydrogeology, solar energy, water treatment, water reuse etc)
  • Review existing materials (papers and case studies) to see how they could be improved (structure, context, content, technical detail etc)
  • Support the review of the Communication and Collaboration Water and Climate sites, offering suggestions on the structure and usability, and making modifications where necessary/suggested.

Benefits to Intern:

The intern will be exposed to the different areas of work within the UNICEF Water Team (water access, equity, sustainability, water safety, climate change adaptation/mitigation, technological solutions and solar powered systems) which will strengthen their capacity. The intern will also obtain a solid understanding of how UNICEF undertakes programmes across a range of contexts. The intern can also participate in the WASH Foundation course (plus historical webinars), and will have access to the internal Communication and Collaboration WASH sites within the WASH Team, which will serve as an enormous resource.


The preferred location is UNICEF HQ, New York however, working remotely from a location within easy commuting distance of New York, with occasional visits to the UNICEF office, could also be considered in particular cases (however, UNICEF will not cover travel costs). There is not expected to be any official travel to country offices under this assignment

Duration: This will be a part time or full-time internship for a period of four months from 1 June to 30 September 2019 (Maximum 26 Weeks).


In accordance with the internal standard operating procedure, interns are paid a stipend of US $1,500 per month for full-time work, or the equivalent amount on a pro-rata basis, if not working full-time, subject to availability of funds. There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship. UNICEF is not responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and will not cover any travel costs.


UNICEF will not be responsible for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the intern’s service, whether on or off UNICEF premises. Therefore, the selected candidate must provide proof of enrolment in a health/accident plan prior to start his/her work. If accepted, the intern will be required to provide a copy of health insurance coverage and to fill out the relevant UNICEF forms on conditions regarding service as an intern.

Living Conditions and Working Environment:

The intern will work at UNICEF HQ, New York, or remotely, with periodic visits to UNICEF HQ in New York, as agreed.  S/he will work with the WASH Section and report to the supervisor of this internship.  S/he is not expected to travel out of this duty station during the assignment. A flexible workspace will be provided. The intern will be expected to participate in Section’s meetings, as well as other UNICEF meetings of interest to the intern, including the seminar series for UNICEF interns, as well as the WASH Foundation course. Guidance will be provided on a regular basis.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or Ph.D. degree programme or have graduated within the past two years in Engineering, Geology, Hydrogeology or other Water-resources related field .
  • If undertaking a Master’s programme, must have the minimum completion of credits undertaken and have the necessary permission from the enrolled university to participate in an internship programme
  • Prior experience with water, sanitation and hygiene in developing country contexts would be a considerable asset
  • Demonstrated advanced technical writing skills (publications)
  • Working knowledge of French would be a considerable asset
  • Enrolled in a degree programme in an undergraduate or graduate school, or be a recent graduate (within the last 2 years)
  • Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records or, if not available, a reference letter from an academic supervisor
  • Have no immediate relatives (e.g. father, mother, brother or sister) working in any UNICEF office
  • Have no other relatives in the line of authority which the intern will report to.
  • Fluent in English

In order to be considered, an Intern MUST attach the following documents with their application:

  • Letter of verification from the college or university that the intern is currently enrolled in an undergraduate school and has completed at least two years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of an undergraduate degree (if the candidate is 18 years old, this replaces the two-year bachelor’s completion requirement); or, Graduate Degree Program (i.e., Master’s, PhD). It should also state the expected graduation date.  Recent graduates are allowed until 2 years after degree completion
  • Confirmation that the minimum completion of credits has been undertaken and the necessary permission has been received from the enrolled university to participate in an internship programme
  • Confirmation of visa status (where applicable)
  • Copy of the most recent official transcript showing excellent academic performance
  • Copy of Identification Card (ID)
  • One letter of signed recommendation on letterhead or from professional email address

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. View our competency framework at: Here

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process