INTERN - Water Operators’ Partnership

United Nations Human Settlements Programme, Berlin, Germany

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource Mobilization
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
22nd January, 2021

Job Description

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.
The internship offers an exciting and vibrant learning environment where candidates can explore current issues facing water and sanitation operators worldwide and explore linkages between capacity development work and service improvements, especially in low-income urban settings.
The UN-Habitat Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA) internship is for 4-6 months.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship. The work hours during the internship shall be determined based on individual discussion between the intern and the supervisor(s) taking into consideration the minimum requirements of the Organization and the time difference between the hosting office and the location of the intern.
A tailored work plan will be developed.
The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.
Interns work five days per week under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.


Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background; the intern's assigned office as well as the internship period.

Under the direct Supervision of a professional staff of GWOPA and the overall supervision of the Officer-in-Charge, the intern will:

  •  Support planning, implementation and reporting on GWOPA’s projects.
  •  Support knowledge development, documentation and management of communities of practice.
  •  Support preparation of the 4th Global WOPs Congress (October 2021), including responding to inquiries, online promotion, content preparation, programme planning, and outreach.
  •  Develop and maintain GWOPA’s databases on monitoring of WOPs and water operators.
  •  Support project/programme budget and financial management.
  •  Assist in the preparation of draft concept papers, background documents, position papers.
  •  Assist in the development of project concept notes/project briefs and project documents for resource mobilization.
  •  Conduct research on pertinent topics related to water and sanitation .
  •  Assist with communication and information management.
  •  Assist with the management of websites and drafting of newsletters.
  •  Assist in the preparation, implementation and follow-up of events and workshops.
  •  Assist in the administration, budgeting and financial management aspects of programme management.
  •  Undertake other assignments as required for the development and implementation of the work programme of GWOPA.


Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Client orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  • a. Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • b. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent);
  • c. Have graduated with Bachelor's degree, Masters, PhD or equivalent.
  • Be computer literate in standard software applications.
  • Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter;
  • Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Preferred Area of Studies;

  •  Water and Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Urban Development, Urban Planning, Urban Environment, Communications/Journalism, Business/Accounting and Development Studies
  •  Design software skills are desirable.


  • No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship position, fluency in English is required and knowledge Spanish, French, or Arabic is desirable.


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