Hours per week
35-40 hours per week
ViKAAS Deva Centre
District Tehsil Kolayat
Duration: 2-12 months; Desired Start: As soon as possible
SWASH Village is looking for an “Assistant Project Manager- Design Management” in five villages of different topographic environments (high mountains, hills, agricultural plains, and desert/arid region) in India. As part of the organization’s SWASH Village program a waste management system is planned that includes waste collection from all stakeholders (incl. households, and, depending on location, also hotels, restaurants, grocery shops, non-grocery shops and/or food stands a waste collection and storage facility as well as a waste processing facility). The ultimate goal is for the locality to be a ‘Zero Waste’ village in which all waste is treated as a resource for recycling and reused to prevent any waste from reaching the landfill.
In order to construct the most sound and sustainable waste management system its design and processes need to be well defined and informed. This should be done, in particular in collaboration with the project managers for “Waste Management Prototype Design” and “Planning & Facilitation of Zero Waste System”. In addition, in collaboration with the manager for the “Planning & Facilitation of Zero Waste System” policies need to be drafted that ensure the sustainability of the waste management system, especially on how to keep the community members involved and establish leaders that take ownership and responsibility of the village’s waste management system and judge it to be crucial to community development. The method/design to be used is up to the project manager(s) to decide. Regardless, sound policies in addition to a robust design are essential for community development.
-Self-motivation and flexibility
-Ability to work both on your own and as part of an international team.
-Ability to multitask and organize your work under minimal supervision and limited resources.
-Strong communications skills.
-Interest and motivation to collaborate with community and team members.
-Creative, open minded and positive manner facing challenges and unexpected events.
–Degree or present study in sustainable development or the social science domain, e.g. social work, communications etc. or the natural science domain, e.g. solid waste management, chemical engineering, civil engineering, environmental engineering, biochemistry or other environmental science degree preferred but not condition for acceptance
–Passion for sustainability and conservation of the environment strongly desired.
NOTE ON LOCATION/S: Even though "Gajner/Rangmahal, Rajasthan" has been indicated as the "internship location" (only one location can be given per internship role) this position is available in most, if not all other EduCARE India centers with an ongoing "SWASH Village" program, i.e., depending on availability, also in Rait, Himachal Pradesh; Naddi, Himachal Pradesh; Karu-Changa, Ladakh and Harike, Punjab.
-Learn how to plan, research, manage, empower, and work individually and alongside a team
-Gain on ground exposure to the operation of a grassroots development NGO
-Develop a deep understanding of challenges faced by developing countries like India as well as what is making it succeed
-Gain cross-cultural fieldwork experience in a multi-cultural team
-Develop project management and leadership skills
-Gain a first hand perspective with a developing self-sustainable social enterprise model NGO
-Develop new global perspectives and connections within the development sector abroad
-Affordable internship with free accommodation, office with internet facilities and coverage of all work-related expenses.