Sustainable Energy Transition Intern

Location : Bangkok, THAILAND
Application Deadline :10-Mar-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 months


UNDP is the UN's global development network advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will require a rethink of how our societies and economies are organized, how we can eradicate poverty, inequality and how we can adopt sustainable patterns of production and consumption.

In the new strategic plan the UNDP is tasked to set up a global and country level SDG platforms with six signatory services. One of these signatory services is “to close the energy gap”. This solution will focus on increasing energy access, promoting renewable energy and enhancing energy efficiency in a manner that is inclusive and responsive to the needs of different sectors of the population (urban/rural, women/men, household/business). It will support countries’ transition to sustainable energy systems through de-risking the investment environment and attracting and leveraging private and public-sector resources. In certain contexts, where energy does not yet reach everybody, it will be necessary to focus on supporting innovative private and public solutions to increase energy access and delivery. In contexts where energy is already available to most or all, the focus will be on transitioning to renewable energy generation and energy efficiency measures and policies.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the secretariat / focal point of the Signatory Solution group “Closing the energy gap”, set up electronic platforms, organize meetings, take notes and other task where required;
  • Support the group members of Signatory Solution “Closing the Energy Gap” in initial research, scanning and proofreading papers related to sustainable energy transitions, including drafting and preparing documents such as meeting minutes, proposals, analysis;
  • In support of the country office do research among the countries in Asia Pacific about ongoing activities related to “closing the energy gap”, within UNDP and with other organizations;
  • Set up / maintain a database among the 24 Country Offices in the Asia Pacific region of the transition to sustainable energy systems and support in the drawing of lessons learned and sharing them across the region;
  • From time to time attend forums, meetings, and events to explore connections for the country offices with energy related research institutes and organizations and learn about recent trends and potential energy solutions for the region;
  • To support the team’s day-to-day operations and other ad hoc tasks.


  • Be confident, responsible, detail-oriented and skillful in communicating with others;
  • Ability to work under pressure and work on unfamiliar tasks;
  • Full dedication to the internship and willingness to travel to meetings, conferences, and client sites as needed;
  • Demonstrates commitment to UN’s mission, vision and values.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) or;
  • Enrolled in a final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent) or;
  • Graduated with a university degree - and if selected, must start the internship within one year after graduation;
  • Field of studies in Energy, Environment, Engineering or Business Administration with an interest in the energy sector would be desirable.


  • Experience in organizing diverse groups, working in a bureaucracy and or energy sector;
  • Good organizational skills
  • Proficient skills in Microsoft Office applications.


  • Strong oral and written communication ability in English.


  • UNDP internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;
  • All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for any positions (Fixed-Term Appointment, Temporary Appointment, Service Contract, Individual Contract) in UNDP during the period of the internship;
  • The intern must provide proof of enrollment in health insurance plan;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.

Subsequent Employment:

There is no expectation of employment with UNDP following an internship.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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