WASH Intern – UNICEF Ethiopia Internship Vacancy Announcement

UNICEF Ethiopia Internship: Programme WASH Intern, Full-time, 6 months, Mekelle, Ethiopia (for Tigray region residents only), May 21 2023



Organization: UNICEF

Position: WASH Intern

Employment: Internship

Location: Mekelle, Tigray

Deadline: 02 June 2023





Job description


Job no: 561513
Contract type: Internship
Duty Station: Shire/Endaselassie
Level: Internship
Location: Ethiopia
Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)


UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

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

And we never give up.

For every child, clean water

The conflict in Tigray has resulted in massive breakdown of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) services across the region. Resources coming to Tigray are inadequate to meet the demands on the ground, and the WASH situation has been alarming since partners are struggling to meet the minimum standards due to limited resources. Currently, there are about 20 WASH partners working in the Shire area. UNICEF, being the WASH Cluster Lead, is expected to provide leadership role to enable timely and well-coordinated response. The intern will support WASH response in this L3 emergency location and will assist to coordinate, manage and provide rapid and effective responses for WASH emergencies.

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of WASH Specialist NO-C based in Shire, the intern will undertake the following tasks:

  • Provide support in effective coordination mechanisms between all WASH humanitarian partners at Shire level and with the national WASH cluster/coordination platform are in place, including effective links, communication, and information management.
  • Provide support in effective implementation of a monitoring plan to follow up the implementation of UNICEF’s response in WASH sector, incorporating required changes into WASH-specific activities, with special attention to ensure equitable and inclusive provision of services among internally displaced peoples, refugees and host communities.
  • Through the guidance of the WASH Specialist coordinate with government and partners in the different stages of the program implementation, following up on recommendations and other UNICEF commitments, including capacity development to national partners.
  • Compile, analyze and keep up-to-date information on humanitarian WASH partners, their capacities and interventions at [sub-national level] (including Who, What, Where and When) and provide consolidated reports as feedback to partners and for the national WASH cluster/coordination platform.
  • Assist with WASH outcome reporting and effective information sharing to demonstrate the closing of gaps.
  • When necessary, highlight specific issues for the attention of the Tigray WASH cluster coordinator and cluster partners to ensure priority and corrective measures are taken
  • Provide technical support in WASH facilities design and construction supervision



Job requirements

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

  • He or she should be enrolled at a university in Ethiopia at the undergraduate or graduate level or be a recent graduate (within the past two years) in Public Health, Water Engineering, or related technical field is required.
  • Candidates that were enrolled in full time university studies in Tigray for a first (bachelor’s) degree prior to 2020 and who would have graduated in 2020, 2021 or 2022 in normal circumstances, are eligible. This covers all students who were enrolled and had their schooling interrupted. Please make a note of these details in your application cover letter, if applicable
  • Knowledge of relevant computer systems and applications; excellent knowledge of MS Office is required.
  • Fluency in English is required.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  1. Builds and maintains partnerships
  2. Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
  3. Drive to achieve results for impact
  4. Innovates and embraces change
  5. Manages ambiguity and complexity
  6. Thinks and acts strategically
  7. Works collaboratively with others.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Advertised: E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: E. Africa Standard Time

How to Apply


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