Water Monitoring Interns Vacancy


Post Title: Water Monitoring Interns 

Duration: 6 months from August 1st, 2018 

Duty Station:

Water for Growth office and the Water Resources Monitoring Department (WRMD), Rwanda Water and Forest Authority (RWFA), Ministry of Environment (MoE) Kigali, Rwanda, with regular field missions including overnight stays

Supervisor: Deputy Team Leader / Water Management Specialist

Background / Purpose of the post:

Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority (RWFA) is a public institution that implements policies, laws, strategies and Government decisions related to the management of forests and water resources.

Water is the most precious of the natural resources of Rwanda. Water sustains life, including human and ecosystem’s health, and supports all sectors of the national economy. It is a unique substance with no known substitute. Its proper management, accordingly, is a high priority for the Government of Rwanda

The IWRM Programme Rwanda supports the Rwanda Water and Forest Authority (RWFA) of the Ministry of Environment to enhance capacities at national, catchment, and local (district) level in the areas of catchment management and integrated water resources management (IWRM). The programme is funded by the Government of the Netherlands through the Royal Netherlands’ Embassy in Kigali. The brand name for the implementation process of the IWRM programme Rwanda is ‘Water for Growth Rwanda’.

MoE/RWFA, through the WRMD, is responsible for water resources monitoring in Rwanda. The IWRM Programme Rwanda will be instigating a series of interventions to rehabilitate the water resources monitoring programme for surface water, groundwater, water quality and sediment.

To support these objectives, the IWRM Programme Rwanda is creating a monitoring support team to assist RWFA in developing Standard Operating Procedures and in field data collection. To this end the Programme is seeking six (6) interns to assist in a programme field work and data processing.

The first responsibility of the intern will be to assist WRMD mostly in monitoring work for: Groundwater; Surface water; Water quality, and; Dams, as well as field data collection and processing (river gauging / water quality sampling / groundwater monitoring / suspended sediment).

The intern may also be asked to undertake a range of other duties as necessary.

Reporting relationship: Reporting progressively to WRMD/W4GR

Major duties and responsibilities:

  1. Help to organise and carry out field monitoring activities, as per the WRMD’s monitoring responsibilities;
  2. Submit checked field data to the WRMD Hydrologist, and the responsible RWFA monitoring officer;
  3. Enter field data into the Aquarius database (under supervision of either the WRMD Hydrologist and Programme Data Officer);
  4. Contribute to the analysis of data, modelling and reporting of findings and other tasks, as defined by the WRMD and the IWRM Programme.

Interns will receive training in their area of monitoring from the WRMD/IWRM Programme monitoring support team. Interns may also attend other training offered as part of the IWRM Programme, if it does not interfere with their tasks and with the written permission of the Team Leader. Certificates of attendance will be awarded.

Output expectations:

The main deliverables for the Interns are field data files (hard and soft copies), Excel spreadsheets, reports and other documents and communication means as required. A monthly timesheet will need to be submitted, and if requested, specific field visits etc supported with a ‘mission report’.


Successful interns will be paid a small monthly stipend and be eligible for DSA when on field visits and stays outside Kigali. All transport and accommodation costs will be met for them.

Minimum Qualifications:

The incumbent should:

  • Should have studied, or be studying, a relevant subject like Environmental Science, Ecology, Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Water Resources, Civil Engineering, Water Sciences, Mathematics (geometry, arithmetic, formulas/equations and statistics)
  • Fluency in English required. Knowledge of French and Kinyarwanda is an asset.
  • Good computer skills (MS office, especially Word and Excel) are a requirement
  • Experience with databases is an advantage

Successful candidates will be self-motivated, willing to take initiative and with excellent organisational skills.

Required competencies:

  • Technical:
    • Analytical skills and the ability to analyse and report on data in a clear and concise manner
    • Knowledge of field sampling techniques
  • Managing resources:
    • Can organises and manage their time effectively
    • Can prepare for field trips and manage equipment
  • Communication:
    • Can effectively presents data and information in presentations, meetings and talks to colleagues and others
    • Listens well to instructions and feedback
    • Willing to ask questions and interact with others
  • Good interpersonal skills:
    • Able to work well in a team environment
    • Able to work well in a multi-cultural environment
  • Ability to work independently and show initiative.

Expected guidance and support/developing opportunities for interns:

Daily guidance/support will be provided by the supervisor and interns will collaborate closely with WRMD water monitoring (and other) staff, IWRM Programme staff and the WRMD and IWRM Programme core team and management.

Selection process:

  • Candidates are invited to submit their CV, along with copies of relevant university degrees (or recommendation letters), academic transcripts
  • CVs should be accompanied by a letter of motivation stating why they are suitable for this post and what they can give should they be awarded a position. Cover letters should be maximum one-page, in English
  • CVs and letters should be sent by email to contact@water.rw no later than 3pm, July 15th, 2018. More information on the positions can be obtained via the same address. No phone calls, WhatsApp or SMS messages, please
  • Shortlisted candidates will be contacted to take part in a short-written test and with oral interview during the week starting July 23rd, 2018.
  • Selected candidates will be expected to commence work no later than August 1st, 2018 and be available full-time until end of Jan 2019


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