Human Resources Interns - Two (02) Opportunities

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The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a CGIAR Research Center, is seeking applications from enthusiastic learners who are looking to gain professional experience in the field of Human Resources (HR). This internship will be based at IWMI’s headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Scope of internship

During the internship period, the selected candidates will gain a broad understanding of the HR procedures and processes in an international organization. During the internship, the interns will be able to interact with staff at IWMI’s headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and its regional offices across Asia, Africa and Europe. This will also give them an insight into working with people from different countries and cultures.

The intern will assist and thereby gain experience in the following areas:

  • Support the HR functions across its different units, including HR Operations and Capacity Development.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date files.
  • Prepare HR-related reports.
  • Perform audits of HR files and records to ensure that all the required documents are collected and filed appropriately.
  • Planning and execution of special events, such as organization-wide HR meetings, employee recognition events and other HR-related events.
  • Provide support to additional HR functions as needed.


  • Undergraduates or graduates in the field of Human Resources / Commerce/Business Administration.
  • A part or full qualification in Human Resource Management from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) or any other recognized institution.
  • An excellent command of the English language (written and oral).
  • Ability to comprehend complex written material.
  • Computer literacy and proficiency in Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).
  • Must be detail oriented.
  • Candidates should have strong self-motivation with good interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Integrity is of utmost importance in this role.


IWMI will provide a monthly stipend ranging from LKR 33,000 to LKR 42,000 to the selected candidate based on their qualifications and internship experience.

The duration of the initial internship contract will be for 3 months with the possibility of extension up to 12 months based on performance, requirements of the IWMI and availability of funds. This is a nationally recruited internship and only Sri Lankans are eligible to apply.

To apply, visit Applications must be submitted by 24:00 (Colombo time) on February 29,2024 (Thursday).

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is an international, research-for-development organization that works with governments, civil society and the private sector to solve water problems in developing countries and scale up solutions. Through partnership, IWMI combines research on the sustainable use of water and land resources, knowledge services and products with capacity strengthening, dialogue and policy analysis to support implementation of water management solutions for agriculture, ecosystems, climate change and inclusive economic growth. Headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, IWMI is a CGIAR Research Center with offices in 15 countries and a global network of scientists operating in more than 55 countries.

IWMI believes that diversity powers our innovation, contributes to our excellence, and is critical for our mission. We offer a multi-cultural, multi-color, multi-generational and multi-disciplinary working environment. We are consciously creating an inclusive organization that reflects our global character and our commitment to gender equity. We, therefore, encourage applicants from all cultures, races, ethnicities, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

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