WACDEP launches Young Professional Development Initiative

GWP is calling on Young Professionals in fields related to water management and development, who wish to enhance their professional capacity to express their interest in promoting youth and water engagement through the WACDEP country and regional programmes.

Nine (9) Youth Professionals will serve on an internship basis in each of the eight WACDEP countries and in the WACDEP Coordination Unit in Pretoria, for a period of between six to twelve months. During their internship, the Young Professionals will obtain mentorship, technical support and training from the WACDEP Country and Regional Managers. At country level, they will support WACDEP implementation and strengthening of the CWPs under guidance of the CWP Chairs and Programme Managers. At regional level, they will support WACDEP implementation under guidance of the RWP Coordinators and programme managers. Though located in different countries, the Young Professionals will work as a collective unit across Africa, exchanging lessons, experiences and promising approaches. They will have the opportunity to network and participate in GWP related events at regional, Pan African and global level as may be relevant.


1. Below 35 years of age.
2. Bachelor, Master or PhD degree in water management related fields- hydrology, engineering, agriculture, environment and economics. Social scientists with demonstrated community development skills will be considered.
3. Interest in environmental issues and career in international development cooperation.
4. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Fluency in English required in Ghana, Rwanda and Zimbabwe; Fluency in French required in Burundi, Tunisia and Burkina Faso; Fluency in English or French required in Cameroon; Fluency in Portuguese required in Mozambique.
5. Ability to work as part of a team in a multicultural environment.
Computer literate with strong ability to develop action plans and reports.

Application Process

The first group of Young Professionals will be expected to start in spring 2014. The application period expired on 20th April 2014.

Contact details:

 Mr. Armand Houanye ( and Mrs. Maika Muller (

Bujumbura, Burundi: Mr. Christophe Gahungu (
Kigali, Rwanda: Mr. Jean Pierre Hakizimana (
Tunis, Tunisia: Mrs. Sarra Touzi (
Harare, Zimbabwe: Mr. Wellington Dzvairo (
Maputo, Mozambique: Mr. Paulo Selemane (
Accra, Ghana: Mr. Maxwell Boateng (
Yaoundé, Cameroon: Mr. Felix Kalla Mpako (
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Mr. Hie Batchéné (
Pretoria, Southern Africa & pan-African Unit: Mrs. Ruth Beukman (

For more information, kindly refer to the concept note on GWP on WACDEP/ AMCOW Young Professional Development Initiative.