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Intern – Energy- Climate Change

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)


Vacancy #: 6651
Unit: Climate Change
Organisation: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location: North America Regional Office, Washington D.C., United States of America
Reporting to: Senior Programme Coordinator, Just Transition (Energy)
Work percentage: 100%
Grade: I
Expected start date: 01 December 2023
Type of contract: Fixed-term (6 months)
Closing date: 23 November 2023
IUCN’s climate change thematic programme is part of IUCN Secretariat, within the IUCN Centre for Economy and Finance. The Climate Change Team leads IUCN’s global thematic work on climate change, both to limit the future impact of climate change and to help vulnerable communities and ecosystems adapt to unavoidable climate impacts. The team engages on climate issues from multiple perspectives; from advocating for just energy transition to improved climate policy and practice; advancing nature-based solutions for both mitigation and adaptation centred on improved conservation, management, and restoration of natural ecosystems; and guiding climate investments to avoid maladaptation and ancillary negative impacts on biodiversity and nature-dependent livelihoods.

The incumbent will support the Climate Change Team in tasks related to the implementation of its work on just energy transition and nature-positive renewables. He or she will provide assistance in reviewing technical documents, communications, and donor deliverables; and in ensuring the timely coordination of activities and reports among IUCN and partner offices.

The incumbent will undertake the following tasks:

1. Assist in providing on-going analysis on carbon transition pathways strategies and reporting and the implementation of wind and solar project.

2. Support development of guidance for private sector and regulators to avoid and mitigate impacts on biodiversity and nature dependent communities from the implementation of climate mitigation actions.

a. Development of briefing reports on issues related to private sector.

b. Support implementation of the Renewables phase 2 project: Mitigating biodiversity impacts associated with wind and solar energy.

c. Provide dedicated support for the Global Initiative for Nature, Grids and Renewables (GINGR).

d. Develop communications-related outputs, as needed, such as presentations, background research, website content and social media posts.

3. Carry out any other relevant task as assigned by, and agreed with, the line manager.

• Must be a current student (pursuing at least Bachelors degree; Masters preferred) or have obtained a degree within the past 12 months.

• Pursuing or holding a relevant university degree in a subject relevant to energy, natural resources management, conservation science, environmental policy, etc.

• Candidates must demonstrate good knowledge of the energy transition landscape and developing carbon transition pathway approaches with focussed on wind and solar technologies.

• Ability to rapidly research, analyse and integrate diverse information from varied sources.

• Strong written and spoken English, knowledge of French desirable.

• Well versed with Excel and PowerPoint, and other IT skills, such website management, social media, desktop publishing and/or video production experience is a bonus.

• Shows initiative and is capable of working in a dynamic environment, managing multiple demands as well as able to work independently (and virtually if required).

• Thrives in a multi-cultural team environment and has a strong interest in business, conservation and/or sustainable development.

• Good organizational, administrative and reporting skills.

• Ability to meet tight deadlines without compromising the quality of outputs.

• Highly motivated to learn and develop new skills, keen to bring in own ideas.

• A team player with a strong interest to work in an international environment.


Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the “Apply” button.

Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

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About IUCN

IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,400 Member organisations and some 15,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards.

IUCN provides a neutral space in which diverse stakeholders including governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, indigenous peoples organisations and others can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development.

Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s well-being.

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