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Intern for baseline survey and partnership engagement: Climate Resiliency in suburban Freetown, Sierra Leone Spring 2020 (2-3 months of posting)

Do you have a passion for international development and are you keen to work on an exciting project in Sierra Leone? Are you a student or recent graduate with knowledge and experience within surveys, mapping and community engagement? Perhaps you are Engineers Without Borders Denmark’s (EWB-DK) new intern in Freetown from February 2020. 

About the project

EWB-DK is together with World Hope International (WHI) and National Skill Pool (NSP) working to create locally based resilience towards climate change in the two suburban communities Pottor and Kaningo. This is done through a participatory approach to implement climate change adaptation initiatives through self-organization, collaboration, social networks, knowledge sharing and learning. Along with these initiatives, the collaboration will also establish local organizational capacity, as well as to strengthen the local partner NSP as a more professionally driven organization. 

Main tasks are...

  • Gain insights in structure of city strategies and national risk reduction management
  • Assist development of a baseline through surveys e.g. interviews, questionnaires etc.
  • Analysis and map stakeholders related to climate adaptation in collaboration with NSP
  • Assist in development of partnerships (EWB-DK, World Hope International and National Skill Pool)
  • Assist partners in completing report scheme for monitoring and evaluation
  • Co-organize awareness raising campaigns with local partners
  • Capacity building of NSP
  • Mapping of critical infrastructure and sensitive assessment
  • Assist other local EWB-DK projects

You are..

  • A student within the social or natural science such as techno anthropology, development studies, global studies, education regarding risk reduction or disaster management or similar studies at the master level or newly graduated.
  • Have technical knowledge/interest within social science methods - perhaps connected with a technical background
  • Interested in development work and have an understanding for working with other cultures than your own: you respect the different culture, history and traditions
  • Highly adaptable to change and not afraid to find yourself in situations that you cannot plan beforehand
  • Able to work independently and in a small team
  • Strong communicator and listener
  • Basic curiosity for other people and their livelihoods
  • Adventurous
  • Fluent in English - both orally and in writing
  • Foreign field work is an advantage
  • A member of EWB-DK before you begin your internship

Who is EWB-DK?

EWB-DK is a technical humanitarian organization of volunteer members with technical competences. We collaborate with local and international NGO's to improve the living conditions for distressed and vulnerable people in poor countries. We ensure local anchorage and lasting solutions and our efforts are founded in UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

Who is WHI?

WHI is a well-established relief and development organization that delivers projects through local and global partnerships. The organization has proven to be a significant national player in Sierra Leone for the past 20 years and will be the lead implementing partner of the project.

Who is NSP?

NSP is a local volunteer driven organization specializing in mobilization, citizen participation and community engagement. The organization was established as a youth development NGO in 2016 with a strong focus on building resilience in marginalized and vulnerable communities.


The internship will be hosted by WHI in Freetown, Sierra Leone from February 2020. You will be stationed in two-three months with possible extension. Additionally, the internship will consist of two-three weeks of practical preparation in Denmark, and by three-four weeks of reporting in Denmark after posting. The purpose of the internship is to assist local partner NSP in working with the community and to obtain knowledge on international development work from a technical and professional perspective.

As an intern, you will be stationed under the conditions of the EWB-DK guidelines for internship. EWB-DK covers travel and accommodation in Sierra Leone.


You can read more about Engineers Without Borders Denmark on our website
Questions regarding the position can be directed to Secretary General Dorte Lindegaard Madsen on phone +45 50 59 94 06 or Questions regarding the project and your tasks should be forwarded to Project Manager, Marianne Skov at

How to apply

If you’re interested, give us your informations in this questionnaire and submit application and CV and other relevant documentation in one document (in English) to as soon as possible and no later than Monday January 13th 2020 at 10AM. We expect to have interviews on Wednesday, January 22nd 2020. In the subject field you write “Internship Freetown, Spring 2020”.

Engineers Without Borders Denmark wants to promote equality and diversity. We therefore encourage all qualified candidates to apply for the position - regardless of gender, age, ethnic background, religion, disability or sexual orientation.

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Daglig ledelse, projektinformation og samarbejde:
Dorte Lindegaard Madsen
50 59 94 06

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