Internship Opportunity, AWARD, Limpopo

Area / Field:  Ecosystem services & human well-being

Period: 1st March 2016 – 28th February 2017

The Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD) is implementing the “Resilience in the Limpopo River Basin – Olifants” (RESILIM-O) programme, which aims to reduce the vulnerability of people and ecosystems through improved transboundary governance and management of natural resources in the Olifants River Basin (ORB). A central tenet of the programmatic approach to building resilience is that if people understand the links between ecosystem services and their well-being they are more likely to support protection measures in practice. In this second year of the research phase, AWARD will continue to build an integrated, systemic picture of natural resources in the ORC as a basis to strengthen practices that build resilience.
Scope of Work
AWARD is commissioning this study to further the understanding of the impact of key activities/anthropogenic drivers, addressing specifically how (1) key activities/ anthropogenic drivers affect ecosystem services and (2) the subsequent link between changes in ecosystem services and HWB, especially human health. The literature review and data analysis, mapping the potential health risks in the ORB for the South African portion of the catchment has been conducted. The linkages between ES change and HWB for one sub-catchment has started and needs to be continued. AWARD is looking for an intern to support the analysis for the additional sub-catchments as well as the Mozambican portion of the ORB through providing the following:

Providing support to the USAID RESILIM-Olifants project team
Assisting with the development of research and resilience assessments
Contributing towards the objectives of enhancing resilience in the Olifants River basin
Conducting desk-top research
Finding, reviewing, and analyzing data and literature related to the impact of key activities/anthropogenic drivers impact natural resources in the ORC and detailing how changes in the ecosystem services affect human well-being, especially human health
Providing support to the SES group (e.g. inputs regarding health and demographics data for the SDM)
Analysing and synthesizing commissioned research
Developing and narrating diagrams showing the casual links between characteristics of the natural resources, ecosystem services and outcomes in the basin and determining the likely impact of various future scenarios
Coordinating meetings and workshops
Organizing materials for field visits
Scribing or note taking for planning, meetings, workshop activities and various other activities
Minor support on facilitation activities
Reporting regularly on current practices of natural resource management
Providing support for the data analysis
Assisting in writing reports
Providing support for organizations governing water resources
Presenting about the USAID RESILIM-O project at meetings with strategic partners
Plus any duties as assigned by the project manager or senior researchers

Interns can look forward to:
Support for personal skills needs identification and professional development planning guidelines
Career guidance and career path development guidance
A variety of hands-on and conceptual learning opportunities
On-site mentors
Exposure to a vibrant collegial community including renowned international scientists

Location of the work
It is expected that the intern will work from AWARD’s offices in Hoedspruit, Limpopo, South Africa. Accommodation and a monthly stipend are provided.

Closing date 4th March 2016

Candidates who meet the above requirements should forward their motivation letter, CV’s, including at least three contactable references, and certified copies of qualifications to:
The Office Manager
Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD)
PO Box 1919, Hoedspruit, 1380,

Only short listed candidates will be contacted. If no response has been received within 21 days of the closing date, candidates may consider their applications unsuccessful.

AWARD is committed to fair recruitment and selection practices and shall not discriminate on grounds of race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, family responsibility, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, political opinion, culture, language and birth.