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  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Banking and Finance
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
  • Closing Date: 2019-02-21

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Intern (Multiple in WSSCC), Multiple positions

Geneva (Switzerland)

Background Information - Job-specific

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) was established in 1990 and mandated by name in United Nations General Assembly resolution A/RES/45/181.The WSSCC Secretariat is hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and aims to accelerate the achievement of sustainable sanitation, hygiene and water services for all people, with special attention to the unserved poor, by enhancing collaboration and coordination of all sector stakeholders. The WSSCC Secretariat is located in Geneva, Switzerland. More information on WSSCC (also known as ‘the Council’) can be found on the website at The Council is unique in having members from across the world. These individuals come from a diverse background and have considerable influence in the domain. Governance of the Council is through its Steering Committee. 

WSSCC is recruiting for multiple internship positions and seeking highly motivated, dynamic and skilled interns who will have the opportunity to work with senior and experienced professionals and get exposed to learning and professional development.

For the duration of their internship, interns will be members of project/unit teams, participate in meetings, support specific exercises and provide assistance to meet business needs. Interns will work under the guidance of a Unit Head in one of the following thematic areas and/or units based their qualifications and performance during the assessment.

  • Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM)
  • Communications
  • Knowledge Management and Documentation
  • Membership and database
  • Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (PMER)
  • Operation and Finance 

Functional Responsibilities

  • Provide operational assistance to project/unit teams. 
  • Assist with drafting reports and conducting data analyses for reporting to management/unit.
  • Assist with the creation, organization, classification and use of photo library and filing systems.
  • Help ensure the effective capture, tracking and organization of information and sharing of information, also promoting business continuity.
  • Carry out research and analysis to support project implementation or other business needs.
  • Assist with the organisation of internal and external events and workshops.
  • Participate at meetings and events, as required.
  • Draft articles on key themes, emerging trends and achievements as appropriate.
  • Provide inputs to concept notes and synthesize research findings as appropriate.
  • Draft briefing notes, talking points, power point presentations and visual materials and assist with communication and dissemination.
  • Perform other related duties as required by the supervisor.  

Training components

UNOPS highly values interns’ contributions and realizes the importance of learning during an internship. UNOPS thus provides a wealth of opportunities for on-the-job training, studying project-related documents, data analysis and preparation of reports and statistics. UNOPS encourages the intern to raise specific wishes regarding learning opportunities before and during the internship.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • All applicants must be enrolled in a Master’s Degree or Ph. D. program (or equivalent); or have graduated from such studies and a Bachelors Degree within three (3) years prior to the application date of the internship.
  • Area of study and interest should be preferably one of the following: Public Health, Business Administration, Development Studies, Economics, Finance, Social Sciences, Political Science, Communications/Journalism, Graphic design or related fields.


  • Applicants are not required to have professional work experience but some international work experience and exposure is desirable.
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office Suite is essential, in particular Excel proficiency. 
  • Familiarity with managing web applications/databases, social media and other digital platforms is highly desirable. 
  • Some basic knowledge of Javascript and of SharePoint is an asset.


Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French will be highly desirable. Working knowledge of other UN languages would be considered an asset.


Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Internship
Contract level: N/A
Contract duration: 6 months with possible extension, 

Swiss legislation requires interns to possess valid medical and accident insurance from a Swiss insurance company for the entire duration of their internship.  Information and quotations can be found here

Interns should confirm that they are fit specifically for the duty station conditions, as certified by a medical practitioner. The Interns are responsible for receiving clearance from a medical doctor to travel and perform this internship. 
This internship is not designed to lead to a staff position with UNOPS. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of the internship.

Interns may be eligible for a monthly stipend  from UNOPS provided that they do not receive funds from other institutions. Stipends may be subject to applicable Swiss Taxation. Further, UNOPS may provide a one time travel lumpsum of 500 USD. However, they must make their own arrangements for accommodation, travel and necessary visa arrangements.

For more details about UNOPS internships please follow this link:

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.


Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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