Mentor for Suriname WASH Project

We are now looking for an experienced mentor in water engineering and/or environmental engineering, who can steer the project team working on the following project.

Project Number: 2021.004  

Project Name: Clean Water Access for Indigenous and Tribal Communities in Suriname

Skills required in the project: Water resources engineering; Environmental monitoring and assessment; Experience in mercury and other heavy metals treatment (optional); Experience working in developing countries or aid sector (optional)


EWB-SWE has initiated a partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Suriname, who suggested a project to improve the provision of drinking water to indigenous and tribal communities in interior Suriname. Indigenous and tribal people are the most disadvantaged of Surinamese society, and often lack access to essential services. Only 18% of indigenous and tribal communities have access to piped water, and they are therefore forced to rely on untreated river water or rainwater for drinking. This increases the risk of water-borne illnesses. Illegal gold-mining has released mercury into the river system, posing an additional health risk. 

EWB-SWE will find and implement a solution that accounts for local needs and conditions. EWB-SWE will also engage in some capacity development to train indigenous and tribal people to independently maintain and operate the identified solution in the long-run. 


What you can expect to gain from this role:

  • Opportunities to work in a dynamic and international environment;
  • Collaboration with UNDP in Suriname;
  • Opportunities to help a community and create a global impact;
  • Drive the goal to achieve sustainable development.

Main responsibilities:

  • Work with a team of students studying related disciplines;
  • Provide advice on technical issues and project management to the team;
  • Preside in internal meetings;
  • Give 3 hours-per-week (flexible and dynamic working hours);
  • Be able to communicate effectively within the team.

[As with all volunteer positions within Engineers Without Borders KTH, this position is unpaid]

We look forward to your application!

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