Internship, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH)

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)


Organizational Context

IFRC has a zero-tolerance coverage on conduct that’s incompatible with the goals and goals of the Purple Cross and Purple Crescent Motion, together with sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment and different types of harassment, abuse of authority, discrimination, and lack of integrity (together with however not restricted to monetary misconduct). IFRC additionally adheres to strict baby safeguarding rules.

The Well being, Catastrophe, Local weather and Disaster (HDCC) Division focuses on all parts of catastrophe danger administration, in addition to all phases of catastrophe and disaster response recognizing that this usually function in a concurrently and overlapping method. The HDCC ensures high quality, related and efficient help to the Nationwide Societies of Purple Cross (NS) to enhance the companies they supply to communities and folks affected by disasters and crises and in help of resilience-building processes of deprived teams. This covers actions reaching all ranges of intervention –from native to global- in a approach that fosters the efficient integration of the seven areas of focus, in addition to well timed help to make sure that Purple Cross Nationwide Societies constantly ship –by their volunteers and staff- related country-wide companies to weak individuals, sustained for so long as wanted.

To attain its purpose, the HDCC division delivers companies to completely different stakeholders, at completely different ranges. It primarily works with and thru Purple Cross Nationwide Societies, offering technical help and aiding within the implementation of their operations and programmes. It additionally works intently with different humanitarian companions and different actors, comparable to regional integration mechanisms, catastrophe administration programs and civil society.

Job Objective

As a WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) intern on the Worldwide Federation of Purple Cross and Purple Crescent Societies (IFRC), your function will contribute to the event of actions carried out by the Federation’s Catastrophe and Local weather Disaster Unit as a part of the response, follow-up and monitoring of the emergencies and disasters within the Americas area, supporting and contributing to numerous WASH initiatives and packages.


Basic Targets relevant to all employees are:

  • Actively work in direction of the achievement of the Federation Secretariat’s objectives
  • Abide by and work following the Purple Cross and Purple Crescent rules.
  • Carry out every other work-related duties and duties which may be assigned by the road supervisor.
  • Adhere to straightforward operational procedures (SOPs), Code of Conduct, Rules and Guidelines for Purple Cross and Purple Crescent Humanitarian Help and different requirements.
  • Submit the Handover Doc, Mission Appraisal, and a Deployment Suggestions on the finish of the mission.

Job Duties and Duties

The Intern will work intently with the Regional WASH Coordinator on the next particular duties and goals, they usually might differ relying on the wants of the group and ongoing initiatives, however listed here are some widespread duties it’s possible you’ll encounter:

  • Mission Help: Help within the planning, implementation, monitoring, and analysis of WASH initiatives, which can embrace emergency response actions, community-based packages, or long-term growth initiatives.
  • Information Assortment and Evaluation: Assist collect related knowledge and data on water provide, sanitation services, hygiene practices, and associated well being indicators. Conduct evaluation and contribute to studies to tell decision-making and program enchancment.
  • Capability Constructing: Help the event and supply of coaching classes, workshops, and consciousness campaigns to reinforce the information and abilities of employees, volunteers, and group members in WASH-related areas.
  • Seek the advice of with the Reference Heart for Institutional Emergency Preparedness in all studying and capability constructing matters relationship with gender and management technique implementation.
  • Documentation and Reporting: Help within the preparation of undertaking documentation, together with progress studies, case research, success tales, and classes discovered. Contribute to the event of communication supplies to boost consciousness about WASH points and IFRC’s work.
  • Analysis and Innovation: Keep up to date on rising developments, finest practices, and technological developments within the WASH sector. Contribute to analysis initiatives and discover progressive approaches to deal with WASH challenges successfully.
  • Cross-functional Collaboration: Collaborate with different departments throughout the IFRC and exterior companions, comparable to WASH LAC Regional Group, NGOs, and UN companies, to make sure coordinated and built-in approaches to WASH programming.
  • Different duties that aren’t obligatory recognized however could also be wanted.

Keep in mind, these duties and goals might differ primarily based on the particular wants of the IFRC and the initiatives to which you’re assigned. Be certain to speak together with your supervisor or mentor to align your work with the group’s objectives and goals.

Studying Outcomes

  • Catastrophe WASH Administration expertise, City WASH, Improvement WASH, WASH in Public Well being (DREF, Emergency Appeals, Surge System, CVA Program, Data Administration, Planning, monitoring, and analysis)


The internship will probably be for a interval of 1 months. Any extension of this era will probably be agreed by the Intern and the Regional DCCPRR workforce. After this era, the intern will absolutely debrief all features and results of their help as intern to the IFRC´ Americas Regional Workplace.

Pre-deployment Duties:

All bills incurred on account of this internship will probably be coated by the IFRC Americas Regional Workplace, together with meals, transportation, lodging, insurance coverage, and airline tickets.


The Intern will adhere to the in-country safety laws of his/her Responsibility Station. The next safety laws will apply:

  • The intern is included within the IFRC Safety Framework, and s/he should pay attention to and cling to the IFRC Safety Tips through the mission. These embrace signing the “Acknowledgement of danger: safety within the subject” doc annexed to the Safety Tips.
  • The interns will observe safety plans of her/his place of residence throughout offering help remotely.
  • If there usually are not Safety tips already in place for the nation of operation, these will probably be set by the TL in coordination with the Safety Focal Level, and the Safety Unit in Geneva ([email protected])
  • It’s a requirement that every workforce member should full the IFRC Keep Protected on-line course.

As a result of significance of the protection and safety of people and the mission as a complete, any breach of Safety Laws could also be misconduct. As such, safety breaches might have disciplinary penalties, as much as and together with the rapid termination of the task or mission.

Responsibility of Care

  • Journey approval course of: The Regional Surge Point of interest should pay attention to all journey requests. Journey can’t be accredited till coordinated with the next focal factors within the regional workplace or nearest IFRC workplace: Safety, Workers well being (if accessible within the area), and Air Ops. The journey guidelines have to be signed and accomplished previous to journey.
  • PPE: If the Speedy Response personnel want to have interaction in subject work the place bodily distance is just not doable and they aren’t supplied with PPE previous to journey, then ample PPE is to be offered by the receiving workplace. Please observe the proposed packing record for deciding ample PPE quantities.

Mission Well being Vaccines

  • The Intern ought to have the minimal required vaccinations accomplished earlier than deploying to the mission nation. Please see the Workers Well being Steering doc accessible on IFRC GO for extra details about COVID-19.
  • Please verify for extra info at SoS worldwide (– username 22AMMS000091)
  • Contact individual at Regional Workplace for any queries relating to vaccination: employees.well [email protected]

Different info:

  • The Intern ought to put on signage as offered by the Federation workplace.
  • All workforce members ought to put on signage as offered by their Nationwide Society or Federation workplace.
  • All workforce members ought to carry Identification issued by their Nationwide Society figuring out them as a member of the Motion.
  • All members must be outfitted with correct gear together with:
    • Laptop computer pc and thumb drives
    • Cell phone
  • The person will probably be briefed on-line (Skype, Groups, and so on) as soon as the deployment is confirmed.


  • College diploma on Social Sciences, Political Sciences and/or associated tutorial information with gender and variety.
  • Trainings associated to emergency WASH.
  • Trainings associated to emergency operations.
  • Trainings on Gender, Variety and Gender primarily based Violence (GVB).
  • Trainings on Baby Safety.
  • Trainings on Incapacity Inclusion. Trainings associated to emergency CEA.


  • Working or volunteer expertise throughout the Purple Cross Motion and / or IFRC.
  • Working expertise in emergency operation throughout the Purple Cross Motion
  • Earlier mobilization throughout the area as speedy response personnel
  • 1 yr Working expertise or cooperation initiatives in GVB, Baby safety or associated.
  • Management expertise.
  • In-country contextual understanding and operational expertise.
  • Expertise in capability constructing and facilitating workshops and coaching.
  • First-hand expertise with accumulating and systematizing knowledge.

Data, Abilities and Languages

  • Efficient communication abilities.
  • Skill to work in a multi-cultural setting.
  • Good stress administration abilities.
  • Primary information on foremost safety points
  • Communication abilities with high-level personnel.


  • Spanish, Spoken and Writing – Obligatory
  • English, Spoken and Writing – Preferable

Competencies, Values and Feedback

VALUES: Respect for variety; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability

CORE COMPETENCIES: Communication; Collaboration and Teamwork; Judgement and Resolution Making; Nationwide Societies and Buyer Relations; Creativity and Innovation; Constructing Belief

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