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Position: Internship
Institution: Eidgenössische Anstalt für Wasserversorgung, Abwasserreinigung und Gewässerschutz
Location: Switzerland
Duties: Are you interested in sustainable development and wastewater management? Do you want to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all? Then help us to develop methods and tools that should enable engineers to more systematically consider novel technologies, local conditions, and the preferences of the local people and to prioritise more appropriate and more sustainable sanitation solutions at an early planning phase
Requirements: Student of a postgraduate degree in environmental engineering, or related field (individuals which are not enrolled at a University cannot be employed as interns); Fundamental knowledge on environmental management, particularly wastewater management and urban sanitation; At least basic knowledge on strategic urban sanitation planning, decision analysis (e.g. multi-criteria decision making or structured decision making), and stakeholder participation; Passionate about sustainable development; Fluency in English (spoken and written)
   
Text: Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is an internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH Domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology). Eawag conducts research, education and expert consulting to achieve the dual goals of meeting direct human needs for water and maintaining the function and integrity of aquatic ecosystems. Sandec, the Department of Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development seeks a motivated and qualified person for an Internship (min. 4 months) Planning locally appropriate and resource efficient sanitation systems in rapidly developing urban areas Are you interested in sustainable development and wastewater management? Do you want to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all? Then help us to develop methods and tools that should enable engineers to more systematically consider novel technologies, local conditions, and the preferences of the local people and to prioritise more appropriate and more sustainable sanitation solutions at an early planning phase. It is particularly challenging to reach SDG 6.2, sanitation for all , in rapidly expanding urban areas where most of the current population growth is taking place. Conventional solutions are often not viable as they rely on costly sewer networks, large quantities of water, stable institutions, and long planning horizons. As a result, novel technologies and new system configurations are being developed such as urine diversion toilets or container-based sanitation. These innovations are independent from sewer, water, energy and thus more appropriate for these areas. Flexibility and resource recovery are other features that enhance their sustainability. But while those innovations enhance sustainability, they also enhance planning complexity. Structured decision-making (SDM) procedures, such as Community-Led Urban Sanitation (CLUES), Sanitation21 or City Sanitation Planning (CSP) can assist in planning. But those procedures require a suitable set of options to choose from. Identifying such a set is difficult due to the growing portfolio of technologies and sustainability criteria to consider. Therefore, we have developed Santiago (the SANitation sysTem Alternative GeneratOr, Santiago) a software and technology library that enable engineers in systematically considering technology innovations and sustainability criteria when producing input into a facilitated participatory SDM process. Currently, an open-source interactive web-based Santiago application is being developed (see also https://www.eawag.ch/en/department/sandec/projects/sesp/sanitation-technology-and-system-choice-for-urban-planning-sanichoice/ ). At the other hand, and to facilitate engineers in applying Santiago in practice, we developed the Santiago methodology based on a number of interactive workshops. This methodology was developed in a design thinking approach in collaboration with case studies in Nepal Ethiopia, Peru, and South Africa and documented in several peer-reviewed publications and their supplementary material. The aim of this internship, is to make the Santiago methodology available to a diverse and large range of practitioners worldwide by preparing a methodological guidance document (PDF and print). This work not only involves reading background information and translating the often complex method into a simple step-by-step methodology, but also to conduct semi-structured interviews with partners from Nepal and Ethiopia, to better understand the requirements of the intended future users. Responsibilities The student will be expected to (a) review existing literature on Santiago, (b) to develop a concept for a Santiago methodology that provides practitioners with an easy-to-follow step-by-step guidance how to apply the Santiago method integrated in any structured urban sanitation planning process; (c) to compile this Santiago methodology in a general public document of approximatively 100 pages plus annexures and similar to the SOWATT manual: https://www.eawag.ch/fileadmin/Domain1/Abteilungen/sandec/schwerpunkte/swm/ SOWATT/sowatt.pdf . The internship is planned to last for approximatively three to four month. Depending on how fast the task can be completed, there is also the possibility to contribute to the online training material development or a case study in Nepal. We are looking for a motivated environmental engineering or environmental science student (or similar) interested in inter- and transdisciplinary work and with a particular focus sustainable sanitation and development in rapidly growing urban areas of the global South. Candidates for this position should have the following qualifications: Student of a postgraduate degree in environmental engineering, or related field (individuals which are not enrolled at a University cannot be employed as interns) Fundamental knowledge on environmental management, particularly wastewater management and urban sanitation At least basic knowledge on strategic urban sanitation planning, decision analysis (e.g. multi-criteria decision making or structured decision making), and stakeholder participation Passionate about sustainable development Fluency in English (spoken and written) Capability to deal with complexity Good communication skills (translating scientific methods into general public tools) Experience report writing and publishing Applications must be submitted by 15 January 2021 and should include an application letter describing your interests and their relevance to this position as well as a CV. For further information, please contact Dorothee Spuhler . We look forward to receiving your application . Please send it through this webpage, any other way of applying will not be considered. A click on the button below will take you directly to the application form. Apply now Apply with xeebo Print Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
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