Project Manager “SWASH Village”- Products & Packaging, Research, Design and Development

Academic Credits


Hours per week

35-40 hours




ViKAAS Deva Centre nearby Wetland Sanctuary and Forest Complex


Start Date: As soon as possible; Duration: 2-12 months

SWASH Village is looking for a "Project Manager- Products and Packaging Research, Design & Developmen” in six villages of different topographic environments(high mountains, hills, agricultural plains, 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 from 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 for the locality is to be a ‘Zero Waste’ village in which all waste is recycled and reused with no waste going to the landfills.

The goal of zero waste can only be attained by also reducing waste at the production / product / supply / storage and consumption level. Thus, the project manager will undertake one or more of the following tasks/responsibilities:

i)- Identify and promote the sale and purchase of products in the village that are made using eco-friendly, sustainable processes and that have no or very little toxic packaging.

ii)- Trigger alternative means of production to mass-produced industry packaged and supplied products (carrying high waste) that can be made using local, safe and recyclable materials. This may include liaising with local entrepreneurs.

iii)Promote the avoidance of toxic and non-recyclable materials in the village, so that maximum resources can be recovered with least harm to the environment. This may be done by conducting workshops, seminars or other education-enhancing methods and utilizing behaviour-change communication.


-Self-Motivation and flexibility

-Strong communication skills.

-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.

-Interest and motivation to collaborate with community and team members.

-Creative, open minded and positive manner facing challenges and unexpected events.


-Degree in Environmental Science, a Sustainability domain or Product Design preferred

-Passion for sustainability and conservation of the environment

-Ideally experience in design and/or production of organic products

NOTE ON LOCATION: Even though "Harike, Punjab" has been indicated as the "internship location"(only one location can be given per internship role-please see below) 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/Jammu & Kashmir; Gajner, Rajasthan and Rangmahal, Rajasthan.


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

How To Apply

-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

-Heighten organic product design skills

-Improve delivery of educational measures

-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.