2019 Internship Announcement
IGES, Bangkok Regional Centre
Established in 1998, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) is an independent think tank and strategic policy research institute that contributes to sustainable development and environmental preservation. The Institute’s mission is to achieve a new paradigm for civilization and conduct innovative policy development and strategic research for environmental measures, reflecting the results of research into political decisions for realising sustainable development both in the Asia-Pacific region and globally. IGES works closely with national governments, local authorities, international organisations, research institutes, businesses, NGOs and local communities on various critical environmental issues including climate change mitigation and adaptation, forest and biodiversity conservation, water resource management, sustainable consumption and production, waste management, integrated policies for sustainable societies and sustainable cities.
Based in Hayama, Japan, the Institute has a special focus on the Asia-Pacific region, with offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Kansai, Kitakyushu, and Tokyo.
UNFCCC-IGES Regional Collaboration Centre (RCC) for Asia and the Pacific, hosted by IGES Regional Centre in Bangkok, seeks highly motivated applicants for an internship that involves working closely with UNFCCC and IGES staff on a number of focused and cross-cutting themes related to climate policy (climate finance, carbon market mechanisms, Clean Development Mechanism, and Standardized Baselines). For details of the unit’s work, please visit the webpage at: https://unfccc.int/about-us/regional-collaboration-centres/rcc-bangkok
The ideal candidate will have or be in the process of obtaining an advanced degree (Masters or Ph.D.) in a field directly related to climate policy (economics, environmental law, political science, international relations, natural sciences, etc.). An attention to detail and an enthusiasm for protecting the environment are essential. Familiarity with global warming issues a definite plus. Inters are expected to provide substantive help to advance climate policy research agenda. In return, interns gain significant insight into the climate policy challenges in Asia, a broad exposure to the tactics, tools, and strategic development of policy solutions, and an understanding of an internationally-oriented non-profit organization.
Terms of Reference
The intern, under the supervision and support the implementation of the programme;
- Support to Climate Finance work
- Research and analyse the data related to various regional actors working in the climate finance sphere;
- Prepare a database of regional institutions (government, private sector, NGOs) working in climate finance;
- Develop an information seeking survey to be sent out to relevant regional financial institutions regarding their green investment portfolio;
- Support the team in data gathering activities and compile and present the data generated from surveys;
- Conceptualize outreach activities to establish links with regional financial networks, including but not limited to media outreach and web based promotion.
- Support to market mechanisms work
- Track the regional distribution of CDM projects in Asia and the Pacific and research their operational status;
- Prepare a matrix of information by regional distribution, categorized according to where the projects are on the CDM project cycle, operational status, barriers, need of support, etc.;
- Prioritize focus countries from the matrix for seeking understanding on the underlying causes for the CDM implementation trends;
- Draft a questionnaire aimed at seeking feedback from focus countries;
- Support the team in reaching out to national representatives and project developers from these countries with the questionnaire and other channels of communication;
- Support the development of a knowledge product based on the information gathered.
- Support to Standardized Baseline (SB) work
- Conceptualize and design a survey to be sent to national representatives seeking information on the trends and penetration of SBs in their country;
- Collect and compile country specific data on this subject;
- Support the follow up by other channels of communication, e.g. video calls
- Support the preparation of a report on this subject.
Specific responsibilities will include but not be limited to:
- Conducting literature reviews on an assigned topic and synthesizing such findings in writing;
- Quantitative policy research and analysis, including drafting reports and making presentations, on some of the topics mentioned above;
- Updating and maintaining stakeholder databases;
- Support the identification and mapping of donors and analyses on their profiles relating to our work streams;
- Planning and execution of outreach activities with various stakeholders;
- Assisting with outreach and logistical preparation for events organized by RCC Bangkok;
- Production of knowledge products and other related duties and back-up functions when required.
- Strong research and analytical skills
- Ability to compile data and present it in easy to access formats
- Innovative conceptual and operational thinking
- Experience interacting with a variety of stakeholders, including government officials, is an asset.
- Knowledge of climate change mitigation issues, sustainable development, and/or economics is desirable.
- An attention to detail and enthusiasm for protecting the environment are essential.
RCC looks for two interested candidates in the period of April, 2019-August, 2019 for 12 weeks or longer. Applicants can propose the internship period. The period will be determined in consultation with the Internship Supervisor.
How to Apply
Please submit the following with your application
- an updated resume,
- a detailed cover letter explaining your interests, your experience, and what you hope to gain through an internship,
- a list of publications if applicable
- and, a writing sample, 2-5 pages in length, can be part of a longer paper.
Electronic submissions to regionalcentre-HR@iges.or.jp and CC to Ms. Ariel Yu email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
For this internship, following condition will apply.
- A person with Bachelor’s degree in the field of associated with climate policy (economics, environmental law, political science, international relations, natural sciences or a related discipline) can apply.
- Citizens of any country may apply. However, candidates who are not Thai citizens or residents are responsible for their legal status in Thailand. Neither the UNFCCC nor IGES are able to provide visa support.
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