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JOB DESCRIPTION – Intern: REmap – IRENA

Vacancy Announcement: Intern: REmap – IRENA

 Secretariat of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Division: IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) Division

Publication/Transmission Date:     21 March 2023

Deadline for Application:                 3 April 2023 (at midnight, Abu Dhabi Local Time)

Title and Grade:                                 Intern, REmap

Indicative Remuneration:                Monthly stipend[1]

Duration of Appointment:                6 Months

Duty Station:                                      Remote                         

Date for Entry on Duty:                    As soon as possible

Background

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an inter-governmental organisation headquartered in Abu Dhabi, mandated to promote the widespread and increased adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.

IRENA’s mission is to play a leading role in the ongoing transformation of the global energy systems as a centre of excellence for knowledge and innovation, a global voice of renewable energy, a network hub for all stakeholders and a source of advice and support for countries.

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At present, IRENA has 168 Members (167 States and the European Union) that acceded to its Statute, and 16 additional States in the process of accession and actively engaged.

The Agency implements its mandate with the view to sustainable development, increased energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.

Objectives of the Internship Assignment: Intern: REmap – IRENA

The internship post is located in the REmap (Renewable Energy Roadmaps) sub-programme within the IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre. The intern will provide support to the work of the REmap team, particularly in the implementation of the ongoing renewable energy roadmaps for regions as well as the global analysis, as needed.

IRENA’s REmap programme continually engages with countries by means of detailed country, regional and global analysis and reports. To that end, an extensive set of country-specific information need to be collected, harmonized and maintained.

That includes country background information, general information about the economy, energy statistics, energy plans and projections, resource availability, energy policies, energy pricing, etc.

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From the analysis of that information, the REmap programme is able to explore the options for renewable energy uptake in countries, regions and globally using the REmap methodology and tool. In addition to that ongoing effort, the REmap programme is continuously strengthening its analytical capabilities relating to longer term decarbonization, power system analysis and understanding of renewables in transport, industry and cities.

This is accomplished by improving existing energy analysis tools and developing new ones, mainly using Excel.

Particular Functions: Intern: REmap – IRENA

The intern will be involved with REmap’s ongoing work related to regional and global energy analysis. In line with the objectives outlined above, the intern is expected to perform a range of technical and organizational functions, including but not limited to:

  • Research, analyse and summarize energy-related information at the country level gathered from diverse sources;
  • Contribute to the assessment of established and emerging renewable energy technology options in terms of potentials, costs and various social, economic and environmental impacts;
  • Contribute to sector, national and regional analysis to support renewable energy roadmaps development in the REmap framework; 
  • Prepare short texts, presentations and figures based on REmap analysis results and data;
  • Assist with general programme administration and operation.

Learning Areas

During the internship period, the successful applicant will develop an understanding of the REmap process and methodology, including topics related to energy planning, energy technology assessment and energy system decarbonization.

The intern will also be able to further develop their skills related to data research, quantitative analysis, analytical thinking and report drafting.

Timeframe

The internship is for a period of six months commencing as soon as possible. The exact period will be determined based on the availability of the intern and the needs of the programme.

The maximum duration of the internship is nine months, subject to the intern’s continued university enrolment and performance.

Minimum Requirements: Intern: REmap – IRENA

Candidates must have completed an undergraduate degree and be enrolled in a master’s or doctorate programme at a recognized university at the time of application and for the duration of the internship or recent graduates will also be included in the internship programme provided the start date of the internship is less than six months from completion of studies.

Candidates must demonstrate good knowledge of energy analysis both at the macro level (e.g. national energy balances) as well as micro level (e.g. techno-economic assessment of energy technologies).

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Candidates must demonstrate high level of numeracy and ability to deal with energy data and its analysis, in particular using Excel software.

Candidates must be fluent in English (both oral and written).

Candidates should demonstrate solid teamwork, planning and organizing, professionalism and communications skills.

Candidates must be able to work in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment.

Preference is given to candidates studying in the fields of engineering, technology and economics with good understanding of energy analysis.

Candidates should indicate in their cover letter their period of availability.

Internship Conditions: Intern: REmap – IRENA

IRENA internships may be remunerated if an intern is not already sponsored by their government, university or institution.  In such cases, the intern is requested to indicate their sponsorship in their cover letter.

The selected intern will work remotely on a full-time basis (40 hours per week) as per the working hours of IRENA premises in Bonn, Germany. 

Application Procedure: Intern: REmap – IRENA

Qualified candidates must apply for the above-mentioned vacancy on-line, through IRENA’s recruitment platform, ORC by submitting a complete and comprehensive CV and a letter of interest.

IRENA wishes to encourage applications from female candidates, especially from nationals of LDC and SIDS countries.

Please note that only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted for an interview and will receive notice of the outcome of the selection process.

[1] If the selected intern is not otherwise sponsored they will be remunerated at a rate EUR 900 a month. 

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