Engineer/Project Manager- Reduce/Reuse/RECYCLE as part of “SWASH Village”

Academic Credits


Hours per week

35-40 hours per week






Start Date: All throughout the year; Duration: 2-12 months

EduCARE India is looking for an “Engineer/Project Manager-Reduce/Reuse/RECYCLE” in the village of Harike, Punjab. As part of the organization’s SWASH Village program a waste management system is planned that includes waste collection from all stakeholders (incl. households, hotels, restaurants, grocery shops, non-grocery shops & 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 recycled and reused and no waste reaches the landfill.

Under the ultimate aim of ‘Zero Waste’ the engineer/project manager will be responsible for the planning, design and implementation of a waste processing facility that converts soft plastic into another usable and sellable material, e.g. fishing baits, handbags or another viable product. Ideally, a second role will be to recycle paper and cardboard waste into new paper and cardboard or to recycle a third kind of waste prevalent in the village-depending on the candidate’s skills and interests. The goal is to create local environmental and economic value through attaining maximum resource efficiency from existing waste.


-Degree in solid waste management, chemical engineering, civil engineering, environmental engineering, biochemistry, or other environmental science degree preferred

-Ideally work experience in recycling or ability to gain recycling know-how quickly


-Flexibility and self-motivation.

-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.

NOTE ON LOCATION/S: Even though "Harike, Punjab" 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 Gajner/Rangmahal, Rajasthan.


-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

-Maximize Recycling Know-How

-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.

How To Apply

To apply please fill in the Online Application Form and send your CV and cover letter to -CC: We would be delighted to receive your application.