Remote/Home-based Internship with the Global WASH Cluster, Programme Management Support Desk – Geneva, Switzerland (6 months)

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Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

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For every child, Hope

The Global WASH Cluster (GWC) was formed in 2006, building upon the success of an existing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) humanitarian sector working group. As part of the UN Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Cluster System, the GWC has the primary mandate of “strengthening system-wide preparedness and coordination of technical capacity to respond predictably to humanitarian emergencies and provide clear leadership and accountability in the main areas of humanitarian response”. The GWC supports the 6+1 core functions, which guide cluster coordination at country level to support National Humanitarian WASH Coordination Platforms (NHWCPs), as outlined in the IASC Cluster Coordination Reference Module.

The GWC is led by UNICEF as the Cluster Lead Agency (CLA) and is a partnership of 86 organizations, 53 full members and 33 associate members, working in the humanitarian WASH sector across international organizations, United Nations agencies, international non-governmental organizations, academic institutes and donors. UNICEF and the GWC partners have designated the Cluster Advocacy and Support Team (CAST) to manage GWC in close collaboration with a Strategic Advisory Group (SAG). The GWC also constitutes of a Field Support Team (FST), that provides deployable and remote support to national coordination platforms, and Technical Working Groups (TWiGs), that provide technical leadership in key thematic areas, such as Hygiene Promotion, Fecal Sludge Management, and Cash and Markets.

The GWC’s vision is that increased coordination and response quality and capacity of national WASH coordination platforms will result in the improved relevance, quality, coverage and effectiveness of WASH assistance provided to people affected by emergencies. The GWC is committed to (1) supporting agencies providing WASH services to those affected by emergencies, (2) ensuring the quality and coherence of the assistance, and (3) ensuring that the assistance is provided in a manner that is equitable, culturally acceptable and protects the dignity of the populations affected by crises.

How can you make a difference?

The intern will provide key support key tasks related to the GWC’s programme management, information management and reporting and monitoring portfolio.

More specifically the intern will:

  • Provide programme management support to the GWC partnership agreements and donor reporting;
  • Support to the compiling and analysing for operation and maintenance of system wide processes to provide field operations and country support (e.g. Coordination Toolkit, Auto-report, funding data);
  • Contribute to reporting tasks and performance monitoring of the global and field level coordination (e.g. Annual Reports, Mid-Year Reports, Core Function Report, Satisfaction Survey, Cluster Coordination Performance Monitoring);
  • Support management of the GWC website, social media presence, Sharepoint folders including file management and organising the archive folders;
  • Contribute to the organization of, and attend, relevant meetings (e.g. annual meetings, FST meetings, NCC workshop) and events (e.g. World Water Week, UNC etc.); and
  • Other tasks as requested.

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

  • Be enrolled or recent graduate (within last two years) of an undergraduate or advanced degree programme in humanitarian, development and/or international relations related to the field of WASH and/or public health;
  • Experience with programme management, coordination and partnerships, monitoring and reporting. Knowledge of the Cluster system and the IASC is desirable;
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and synthesis skills are an asset;
  • Experience with information management, knowledge management or communications are also an asset.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) in English is required. Fluency in French, Spanish are an asset.
  • Proficient in a range of IT software packages including MS Office, web content management systems (e.g. Drupal) and social media management (e.g. Twitter, LinkedIn);
  • Proven ability to manage the available time and resources and to work to tight deadlines, with minimal supervision;
  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Have strong academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records or, if not available, a reference letter from an academic supervisor; and
  • Have no immediate relatives (e.g. father, mother, brother, sister) working in any UNICEF office and have no other relatives in the line of authority that the intern will report to.


Stipend: In accordance to UNICEF’s guidelines, selected intern will provided a monthly stipend during the internship. Actual stipend amount will be based on the location of the selected intern. There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship.

Insurance: 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 enrollment in a health/accident plan with coverage in Switzerland prior to starting his/her internship. Interns are subject to Swiss Law on Medical Insurance (LAMal) and will be required to enroll into a Swiss insurance under LAMal scheme as soon as they receive their Legitimation Card or to request an exemption from LAMal office provided that their insurance is equivalent to or has a better coverage than an insurance under LAMal scheme. More details will be communicated to a selected candidate in due time.

Mandatory Courses: Selected intern will be requested to complete online mandatory courses prior to commencement of the internship.

Location: Selected intern will ideally be located between UTC-4 and UTC+4 timezones to facilitate communication with the supervisor who is located in Geneva, Switzerland.


Qualified candidates are requested to apply online and submit the following documents:

  • Resume;
  • Cover Letter stating availability and motivation;
  • Recent university or institution records certificate (or a reference letter from the academic supervisor confirming a strong performance should the records certificate not be available at this stage); and
  • P11 form (The P11 can be downloaded from here: or duly completed online application profile

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA), and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


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

Suitable applicants for this assignment may be considered for future assignments throughout 2022.

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