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Internship opens for: IWA Specialist Groups and Alternative Water Resources Cluster
The IWA Intern positions are available for starting professionals to gain international working experience for minimum of 6 months.

Intern for IWA Specialist Groups and Alternative Water Resources Cluster

Applications should be submitted before November 10th, 2013

Duration: 6 months, starting January 2014

IWA Internship
Internship Terms of Reference:

About IWA: IWA is a worldwide network for water professionals and companies, with a membership comprising leading companies in the fields of water services, infrastructure engineering and consulting as well as more than 10,000 experts within the water sector. The IWA network is structured to promote multi-level collaboration among its diverse membership groups, and to share the benefit of knowledge on water science, technology and management worldwide.

Each year IWA organizes and sponsors over 40 specialized conferences and seminars on a wide variety of topics in water management in locations worldwide. IWA publishes 12 scientific journals and 40+ books per year on water management. IWA develops leading edge innovations and synthesizes these through the work of the 49 IWA Specialist Groups, 4 Clusters and a set of global programmes focused on for example Cities of the Future, Water, Energy and Climate Change and Basins of the Future. IWA has a worldwide staff of approximately 40, with headquarters in London and offices in The Hague, Singapore, Beijing and Nairobi. SG Clusters are formed in order to facilitate cross-cutting research and dialogues.

Currently we have four clusters: the Alternative Water Resources Cluster, IWA/ISME Bio Cluster, the Networks Cluster and newly formed Resource Recovery Cluster. For more information on these Clusters visit the IWA website – Communities.

Work percentage: 100%

Duration: 6 months, starting January 2014

Duty station: IWA Global Operations, The Hague, Netherlands

Reporting to: Specialist Groups Manager

Key responsibilities:

Under the general supervision of the Manager of Specialist Groups and Clusters, the intern has the responsibility to:
A) To support the cluster activities on alternative water resources:
  • Help with the development of analytic framework for the cluster;
  • Develop a database of utilities practicing alternative water resources and individuals leading researches and practices relating to water sources portfolio approach;
  • Compare alternative sources, develop economic & resilience of portfolios.
B) To support the Specialist Groups and Clusters activities with:
  • Coordination of Specialist Groups activities to be held in IWA World Water Congress Lisbon;
  • Alternative water resources cluster events including the organizational aspect and communication and marketing aspects (e.g. blog development, website updates, social medias, etc.);
The above job description contains the main duties and responsibilities for this position. The intern may be asked to undertake other tasks and missions that are reasonably allocated to them but which are not part of their regular job description. This will be in consultation with the intern, and line manager(s) in IWA.
Key Selection Areas:
  • BSc/MSc education in a relevant discipline (civil engineering, environmental engineering, water and wastewater treatment, environment).
  • Experiences and knowledge on non-conventional water sources & integrated water resources management.
  • Ability to communicate and write effectively in English including ability to undertake research and synthesize information into summary reports and for database entry.
  • Advanced user of MS Office, particularly Excel and Word and database software.
  • Experience in updating and maintaining websites.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and to take initiative.
  • Organizational and time management skills with a proven ability to manage competing priorities monitor and coordinate administrative processes and information flows to meet deadlines.
  • Well-developed verbal communication and interpersonal skills, including demonstrated ability to communicate with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
  • Eligible to work in the Netherlands.
How to apply:

Applicants are asked to submit their CV in English and a supporting letter of motivation along with the names and contact details of three referees. Applications should be submitted by e-mail before 15 November 2013
to: IWA Human Resources department,
IWA is an equal opportunity employer.
Please note that if you have a sponsor, grant or scholarship to support this internship, please inform us in the supporting letter of motivation.


Further details and terms of reference are available from IWA

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