National Intern- Water Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Accra-Ghana. 6 months (on-site)

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UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Are you a young individual looking for an internship opportunity in Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) to kickstart your career path? UNICEF Ghana is looking for you.
We are seeking four (4) passionate interns who are ready to make a difference for every child. As an intern, you will gain hands-on experience in sanitation and hygiene and be exposed to the work of UNICEF. You will be supporting sanitation and hygiene interventions under the Government of Ghana (GoG)-UNICEF WASH programme. If you are excited about this opportunity and wish to bring fresh ideas to the table, please apply now and be part of our success story. Location is Accra and Tamale. Kindly specify your preferred location in your application. Only Ghanaian Nationals are eligible to apply

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, safe sanitation

UNICEF has been the leading child-rights organization, and a respected partner, for saving and improving children’s lives.

In Ghana, UNICEF cooperates with the Government and other partners to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to ensure equitable access to quality social services, and to expand children’s opportunities to reach their full potential.

With offices in Accra and Tamale, the UNICEF team seeks to achieve results in strategic programme areas. The overall goal is for every child to survive and thrive, to live in a safe and clean environment, to learn, to be protected from violence and exploitation, and to have an equitable chance in life. The current Country Programme of cooperation is aligned with the Government priorities, the UN Sustainable Development Partnership (UNSDP) and Key Results for Children (KRCs) in the West and Central African Region (immunization, nutrition, learning outcomes, ending violence and open defecation). UNICEF main strategies include evidence-based advocacy, system strengthening, integrated programming across sectors, emergency preparedness and response, and innovation.

Kindly click on the link to know more about what we do.

How can you make a difference? 

Achieving SDG target 6.2 of ensuring access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and ending open defecation by 2030, remains a significant global challenge, especially among the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. In Ghana, only 1 in 4 households have access to an improved and exclusively used toilet facility, whilst approximately 17% of households still practice open defecation.

UNICEF has been working with the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR) and other stakeholders in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector in Ghana to accelerate progress towards attainment of the SDG 6.2. UNICEF is currently partnering with six (6) Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to demonstrate innovative sanitation interventions and approaches aimed at increasing the pace of progress towards attainment of the SDG targets. One such intervention is the Sanitation and Housing Integration Programme for Scale (SHIP4S) which aims to establish a social norm where toilets are integral to houses and no house exist without a toilet. The programme seeks to achieve its objectives by working with building construction craftsmen, traditional and religious leaders and the institution or strengthening of legal norms and enforcement regimes in MMDAs. The outcomes of the interventions in these 6 MMDAs will be documented and disseminated broadly within the sector and strategies put in place to support their scaling up and replication by government and sector actors.

The main purpose of this internship is to remotely monitor MMDA level implementation, receive MMDA reports and compile them into consolidated programme reports.  The intern will also support with the documentation of lessons and success stories from the field.

Key tasks: Download File ToR-WASH Section Internships.pdf

  • Undertake remote weekly follow up of MMDA level activity implementation and submit summarized implementation progress updates.
  • Support the organization of monthly online review meetings with MMDAs and submit summarized implementation progress reports.
  • Support in the organization of in-person workshops involving project MMDAs and all related documentation, including the update of related reporting formats.
  • Support documentation of field level success stories and lessons learnt for knowledge management.

Key Deliverables:

  • Weekly and monthly consolidated programme/activity reports from all implementing MMDAs
  • Monthly updated action points tracker for MMDA monthly online review meetings and occasional in-person workshops
  • Field level story drafts prepared and shared for at least 2 MMDAs 

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

  • Proof of enrolment in an under-graduate or advanced programme in a Reference letter from school confirming student requires internship OR Up-to date university transcript or Statement of result/certificate evidencing completion of a degree within the last two years (if applicable).
  • Academic background in Civil or Environmental Engineering, Social Sciences, Planning, Development Studies, or related areas
  • Demonstrated ability in report writing, qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset. 

Candidates are expected to apply online through the Talent Management System (TMS), share their CV, three references and a 1-page motivation letter explaining why they are applying, what relevant experiences they may have and what they bring on board.

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 3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and 6) Thinks and acts 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.



UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable [females] are encouraged to apply.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

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

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