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Energy and Environment Intern
|Location :||Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA|
|Application Deadline :||11-May-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Internship|
|Post Level :||Intern|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||3 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||3-6 months|
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.
The UN System in South Africa is committed to support the country in meeting its development objectives in alignment with the national development priorities and within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To this end, UNDP South Africa focuses its partnership with the Government of South Africa on achieving demonstrable and sustainable development results in the pursuit of development goals, and in the delivery of and access to quality services particularly for marginalized and vulnerable groups.
The work of UNDP’s Environment and Energy Programme is guided by the UN South Africa Strategic Cooperation Framework (SCF 2013-17) which identifies sustainable development as one of its focus areas. The overall objective of this Programme is to unleash the transformative potential of the green economy. Through this Programme, UNDP contributes to the realisation of resilient communities, gender equity, and climate change mitigation and adaptation to ensure the that environmental assets (energy, water and biodiversity) are well protected and development in a sustainable manner. Specifically, the Programme supports Government’s ongoing efforts on greening the economy through initiatives on advocacy, knowledge management, capacity building, sustainable use of natural resources, solutions and opportunities for inclusive growth purposes. The work on Energy and Environment is focused on the following priority areas:
Duties and Responsibilities
Key Results Expected
Gap Analysis: Requirements of the technology enabling environment to advance the green economy
The student will author a research essay that may contribute to the development of a UNDP Briefing Note. The objective of this research essay is to contribute to the identification and costing of the needs of the enabling environment required for the uptake of existing and new, emerging green technologies and infrastructure in water security and/or energy security. With critical thinking, the research essay will be more of a review and a synthesis of existing information, data and reports provided by UNDP and its stakeholders.
The rationale for this project hereto:
Transition to a green economy without green technologies and technological innovation requires a conducive enabling environment for these technologies to fulfil their intended role. The enabling environment relates to deficient or absent services, systems, tools or mechanisms, or barriers that are prohibitive or serve as contrary determinants for the uptake of green technology. These enablers for green technology are required to ultimately create new green jobs and being economically and socially transformative.
Against the global backdrop, the global Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) process is a fundamental aspect of the commitment of 197 countries, including South Africa, to develop National Determined Contributions (NDCs) as per the UNFCCC Paris Agreement. The South African Climate Change Bill, which is currently in circulation for public comment, is explicitly centred on the NDCs. In as far back as 2005, South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology (DST) was mandated by the National Committee on Climate Change (NCCC) to lead the process of carrying out a TNA. This process culminated in a TNA Synthesis Report, which contained a prioritised list of environmentally sound technologies to mitigate the effects of greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to climate change. The TNA update is currently being finalised by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).
However, the unaddressed aspect in the South African TNA process is the determination of the enabling environment, which results in limited reporting on the NDCs/Paris Agreement (global limitations). The national limitations are the result of South Africa not taking a comprehensive account of technology costs and challenges ‘hidden’ in the enabling environment. To this end, advancement to a greener economy may be hindered by unforeseen costs associated with green projects and interventions.
To date, the major element that remains unaddressed in the South African TNA process is the determination of the real and actual technology needs required to implement the green economy, specifically the enabling conditions for the uptake and implementation of green technology hardware and infrastructure.
Competencies and Critical Success Factors
Required Skills and Experience