Title: Terms of Reference for a Graduate Intern on Renewable Energy and Energy transition
Type of contract: Fixed Term Contract
Duration: 11 months ( 1 September 2022-31 July 2023)
Summary: Intern to support the Climate Change and Energy Governance Programme Management Unit
1. SUMMARY OF ZELA
Formed in 2000 and legally constituted as a Trust in November 2001 under Notarial Deed of Trust MA1669/2001, the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) is a public interest environmental law organization that seeks to promote environmental justice, sustainable and equitable use of natural resources, democracy and good governance in the natural resources and environment sector. ZELA’s work is mainly anchored on a core group of rights reflective of natural resources governance, namely Environmental, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (EESCR). To achieve its mission, ZELA uses various strategies, which include legal and policy advocacy, investigative and evidence-based research, litigation, community training, and capacity building, conflict resolution. ZELA’s program portfolio comprises five programs, namely; Extractive Industries and Mining, Local Service Delivery Governance, Natural Resources and Land, Responsible Investments and Business and Climate Change and Energy.
1.1 CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY PROGRAMME
There is an urgent need to guard the poor population against the vagaries of climate change, such as droughts, floods, storms and changing weather patterns which lead to loss of livelihoods, food insecurity, biodiversity loss and agricultural systems, and new disease strains and high levels of poverty. We will play our part by implementing a selected set of activities under the Climate Change and Energy Programme Management Unit. This will enable us to take measures to increase public awareness of climate change, use of green or renewable energy sources, advocate for responsive policies on renewable energy, and just transition and loss and damage.
A graduate intern is therefore required to support the work of the Climate Change and Energy Programme Management Unit. The graduate intern’s overarching objectives are supporting ZELA’s Climate Change & Energy Governance cluster in the scouting for new programming opportunities in the energy and renewable energy sectors. The graduate intern will accomplish these objectives through several activities, which are detailed in this TOR
Duties and Responsibilities
2. Purpose and deliverables of this internship
The overall purpose of this graduate internship is to support ZELA with the new and current work around the Climate Change & Energy Governance Programme Management Unit.
More specifically, the deliverables for this assignment are as follows:
• Facilitate engagement with solar/green energy companies in the piloting of new innovations in renewable energy
• Support the Climate Change & Energy Governance Programme Management Unit in scouting for new funding opportunities in the energy and renewable energy sector
• Provide technical guidance to the Climate Change & Energy Governance Programme Management Unit in the application of proposals on energy and renewable energy calls
• Attend local and international meetings and workshops on energy and renewable energy on behalf of the organisation
• Recommend membership to progressive networks in energy and renewable energy sectors
• Act as the point person in teaming up with the private sector in the piloting of renewable energy initiatives
• Provide technical guidance in research on energy and renewable energy initiatives and their impact on climate change
• Provide technical guidance to policymakers and thought leadership in the evaluation of new energy projects about sustainable energy development
• Participate in any other programme meetings convened by partners as shall be assigned by the Thematic Lead and the Programs Manager
2.1 Internship Period
It is expected that the graduate internship will last for a period of approximately 12 months. Based on the availability of funding and the performance of the Graduate Intern, there may be a possibility for an extension.
The Graduate Intern shall report directly to the Thematic Lead Climate Change and Energy Governance Programme Unit, who will coordinate his/her work.
Qualifications and Experience
2.3 Person specification
• The person must be a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering or any relevant degree in Sustainable Energy Development
• A post-graduate certificate in Sustainable Energy is an added advantage
• The person must be seeking a Graduate Internship for a period of 12 months
• The person must be highly interested in renewable energy and energy transition in developing countries, greenhouse emissions, and climate change mitigation.
• The person must be able to use Ms Office packages e.g Excel, Powerpoint and Word
• The person must be analytical
• The person must be able to pay attention to detail
How to Apply
Interested candidates should send their applications and CVs via e-mail to [email protected] using as email subject “Graduate Intern” on or before 17 August 2022. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.