Job Category:

Water Sanitation and Hygiene

Pay: TBD

Full Job Description


DATES OF INTERNSHIP: January – April 2021

HOURS PER WEEK: Part-Time: 10 hours/week

INTERNS SUPERVISOR & CONTACT INFORMATION: TSU/Environment/WASH Senior Advisor II Manzoor Hussain, Senior Water & Sanitation Advisor


Mercy Corps responsibilities

For the duration of this internship assignment the intern will receive:

  • Training and supervisory support
  • Access to Mercy Corps online tools
  • All other tools, materials and communication requirements for this project

Intern responsibilities

Intern will remain responsible for all costs associated with:

  • Laptop for working remotely
  • Accommodation, travel and living expenses


Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.

The Environment team is dedicated to sustaining life on the planet by helping communities better manage and productively use their natural resources; reduce risk from disaster; adapt to climate change; and invest in sustainable pathways for economic growth.

We recognize climate change is a key driver of the complex and interrelated shocks and stresses that communities currently face. Mercy Corps builds climate resilience through strategies that reduce poverty, increase food security, enhance social cohesion, strengthen governance, and promote low carbon pathways for development. We call this approach Climate Resilient Development (CRD).

Within the Environment team, the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) arm of the Environment team works with ensuring access to safe water, adequate sanitation and hygiene education. Improving access to WASH services can improve health, life expectancy, student learning, gender equality, and other important issues of international development.[3] This can reduce illness and death, and also affect poverty reduction and socio-economic development.


  • Work with humanitarian contexts; Learn to work with multiple faceted contexts to build positive and constructive outcomes
  • Identify and develop innovative approaches and solution to solve old problems
  • Develop/enhance skills for team work and remote collaboration
  • Integrate various entities and fields of expertise to build integrated strategies and approaches that lead to sustainable programming


  • Create a mapping & tracking database of WASH programs: status, funding level, key program interventions, needs for technical support and capacity building, summary of their WASH strategies and update it regularly
  • Search for WASH programmatic case studies, lessons learned and innovative projects, and participate to elaboration of best practices documents
  • Identify and highlight key features of programs that have integrated WASH, with Resilience, Climate change and Environmental, Energy programming components
  • Help with design and layout of technical documents
  • Screen the Workplace for WASH-related postings, and manage the WASH postings on Workplace
  • Participate in preparation of online events like webinars and online trainings and workshops
  • Participate in development and layout of various technical resource documents for release to the field
  • Participate in preparation and publication of WASH newsletter


  • University degree in progress or recently completed (within 1 year) in relevant discipline
  • Strong willingness and capacity to identify weaknesses and set premises for constructive and sustainable change
  • True humanitarian at heart
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Remote work savvy
  • Interest or background or experience in any of the fields of expertise such as water sanitation, hygiene, behavior change, mass media communication

Mercy Corps interns represent the agency both during and outside of work hours and are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and Mercy Corps policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

Mercy Corps Diversity Statement

Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.

We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.

We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics

Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.

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In your statement, you are encouraged to discuss any relevant experience and demonstrate your interest. Your application will be reviewed by the Mercy Corps team and shortlisted candidates will be contacted directly for interviews.

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