GIZ Internship on South African – German Energy Partnership

Closing Date for Applications: 29 March 2024

GIZ Internship on South African – German Energy Partnership

Reports to: Head of Secretariat: South African-German Energy Partnership

Duty Station: Hatfield, Pretoria

Duration: Six (6) Months – 01 May 2024 until 31 October 2024


The South African – German Energy Partnership was established in 2013 and is co-led by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and the South African Department of Mineral Resources & Energy (DMRE). The Energy Partnership aims to facilitate the energy policy dialogue between the two countries through high level exchange formats and promote trade and investment in energy-related sectors. The Energy Partnership aims at developing sustainable and country-specific solutions for dealing with the opportunities and challenges involved in the transition to clean energy.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH hosts the Secretariat of the Energy Partnership with a coordination function and follows-up the implementation plan of the partnership. 

Both countries pursue the following objectives:

  • Establishing an intergovernmental dialogue on effective and efficient policy solutions for a secure, environmentally friendly, and economically successful energy system.
  • Implementing joint cooperation projects to put sustainable energy solutions into practice. 
  • Cooperating closely with the private sector of both countries by considering energy companies’ perspectives on policy matters and by using their technical expertise and experience.
  • Creating synergies between ongoing bilateral energy cooperation projects.

Against this backdrop, the Energy Partnership wishes to employ an intern for a period of six months from 01 May – 31 October 2024. The intention is to expose the intern to the work environment that spans across focus topics, in particular events management and communication.

TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (See full job description download below)

Main Outputs for the Internship:

The intern will be providing technical and administrative support in the implementation of the key tasks of the Energy Partnership Secretariat. The tasks will comprise of support to the following activities, but not limited to:

  • Contribution to the implementation of the Communication Strategy of the Energy Partnership:
    • Support the implementation of the outreach activities of the Energy Partnership.
    • Develop a social media implementation plan for the Energy Partnership.
    • Manage the Energy Partnership social media platforms (X and LinkedIn): prepare posts and upon approval, assume responsibility for distribution.
    • Update content for the Energy Partnership website.
  • Provide events management support to the activities of the Energy Partnership that aim at advancing the policy dialogue and cooperation with the private sector, civil society and academia.
    • Provide input into the planning and execution of the Energy Partnership events.
    • Prepare social media presence per event (pre- and post- event cards/posts)
    • Provide logistics/admin support per event. This may include physical travel to the event.
  • Support the implementation of the thematic topics:
    • Participate in the execution of the 2024 Operational Plan of the Energy Partnership.
    • Participate in the activities of the GIZ Energy Cluster with the aim of fostering topics synergies and to enhance teamwork spirit.
  • Conduct and support any other relevant activities as and when required.


GIZ will only assess applications which meet the following criteria:

  • Suitable candidates should apply by submitting a
  • A detailed CV.
  • motivation letter (concisely 1 page) stating why they should be the preferred candidate, the value added they will bring to the South African – German Energy Partnership project.

The application should be submitted to: [email protected], with the following email subject line “Application for Internship: South African – German Energy Partnership” for the attention of Head of Human Resource.

Closing Date for Applications: 29 March 2024.

Only applicants shortlisted for interview will be contacted.

Applications without a Cover letter will not be considered!



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