Internship, Capacity Building for China’s ETS, GIZ – Beijing

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On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) the GIZ is implementing the project “Capacity Building for the Establishment of Emissions Trading Systems in China” to support China in its efforts to establish carbon trading.

Internship in the project: Capacity Building for the Establishment of Emissions Trading Systems in China Internships

Die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in China, Beijing, China

About Company: Die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, ein weltweit tätiges Bundesunternehmen für nachhaltige Entwicklung, ist seit rund 30 Jahren in der Volksrepublik China aktiv. Als Instrument der bilateralen Zusammenarbeit dienen wir im Auftrag der Bundesregierung den Interessen beider Länder gleichermaßen.

Wir beraten die VR China in ihrem Reformstreben, eine harmonische Gesellschaft zu entwickeln, den Rechtsstaat zu fördern und ein Gleichgewicht  zwischen wirtschaftlicher Entwicklung, sozialer Gerechtigkeit und dem Schutz der Umwelt herzustellen.

Das Leistungsprofil der GIZ passen wir kontinuierlich an die rasanten Veränderungsprozessen im Rahmen der chinesischen Reformpolitik an. Dabei dient vielfach das deutsche Modell der sozialen und ökologischen Marktwirtschaft als Vorbild. Wir agieren zudem in Handlungsfeldern, in denen deutsche Akteure über ein fundiertes Profil und Wettbewerbsvorteile verfügen.

Als gemeinnütziges Bundesunternehmen unterstützen wir die deutsche Bundesregierung bei der Erreichung ihrer Ziele in der internationalen Zusammenarbeit für nachhaltige Entwicklung. In mehr als 130 Ländern arbeitet die GIZ im Auftrag der deutschen Bundesregierung sowie anderer öffentlicher und privater Auftraggeber. Dazu zählen auch Regierungen anderer Länder, internationale Organisationen und die Privatwirtschaft. Weltweit aktiv sind wir zudem in der internationalen Bildungsarbeit.

About this job: Internship in the project: Capacity Building for the Establishment of Emissions Trading Systems in China

As a nonprofit, federally owned enterprise, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is active in over 130 countries worldwide, implementing international cooperation projects and measures in the field of sustainable development on behalf of the German Government, as well as other national and international clients (e.g. EU, private enterprises, and foundations). In addition, GIZ is also engaged in the field of professional training around the globe.

With over 30 years of experience implementing projects in the People’s Republic of China, GIZ provides policy advice on various topics and sectors relating to China’s reform process, including: environmental protection, sustainable economic development (especially renewable energies and energy efficiency), sustainable urban development, sustainable transport development, vocational training, law, product safety and consumer protection.

The performance profile of GIZ is continually being adapted to the cooperation needs of both countries – within the framework of the “Comprehensive Sino-German Strategic Partnership” – as well as within the framework of the dynamic changes occurring as a part of Chinese reform policies. In addition, GIZ works as both adviser and service provider at the interface between the economic and political spheres. GIZ is also active in those fields in which German actors possess in-depth profiles and competitive advantages, and where German expertise is in high demand.

Location: Beijing, People’s Republic of China (travel within China may be necessary)

Period: Six months, starting preferably on 1 August 2017.

Application deadline: 7 July 2017

Project Background: Over the last three decades, China’s CO2 emissions have greatly increased alongside its skyrocketing economic growth. In 2006, China overtook the United States as the largest single emitter, while its per capita carbon emissions surpassed the average level of the EU for the first time in 2014. At the same time, China is vulnerable to climate change: melting glaciers, desertification, extreme weather events, and increasing droughts being among the biggest threats. China has recognized these dangers and is undertaking concrete steps to counter global warming and adapt to the effects of climate change. In its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), China committed to lower carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by 60% to 65% from 2005 levels by 2030, aiming to increase non-fossil fuel sources in primary energy consumption to about 20% by the same date and peaking CO2 emissions even before 2030. In 2011, the Chinese government announced to gradually establish a carbon market in China as one instrument to tackle the rising carbon emissions. Seven regional pilots for carbon emissions trading have been selected by the central government: five cities Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing and Shenzhen and two provinces Guangdong and Hubei. All seven pilot emissions trading systems (ETS) started operation in 2013 and 2014. Subsequently, the establishment of the national ETS is scheduled for the second half of 2017.

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) the GIZ is implementing the project “Capacity Building for the Establishment of Emissions Trading Systems in China” to support China in its efforts to establish carbon trading. The project is part of BMUB’s German International Climate Initiative (IKI), an instrument to finance climate and biodiversity projects in developing and newly industrializing countries, as well as in countries in transition. The Initiative places clear emphasis on climate change mitigation, adaption to the impacts of climate change and the protection of biological diversity.

The project’s objective is to strengthen the capacity of Chinese policy makers and key stakeholders for the establishment and operation of an ETS at local and national level. This includes methodological, technical, and policy advice on ETS design, infrastructure and operation, as well as capacity building. The project focuses on the exchange of experiences between Germany and China and strengthens the bilateral dialogue. Target groups are the different public and private stakeholders involved in design, implementation and operation of an ETS: policy makers in national and local government institutions, research organisations as well as private players such as carbon exchanges and industry. The project activities include trainings for market players, workshops on technical aspects of ETS, advisory services for policy makers and joint research projects on relevant topics.

Tasks and main responsibilities:

Support the Project Team in Beijing in the following fields:

  • Preparation and implementation of trainings and workshops in China as well as study tours to Germany and other EU countries;
  • Maintain and update the internet presence and other PR and information materials for the project;
  • Prepare documentation and reports on activities and developments for internal and external use;
  • Targeted research on project relevant topics and editing of information for newsletters and presentations.

The above-mentioned responsibilities include, among others, the following tasks:

  • administrative tasks:
  • support the preparation, review, and editing of project documentation, articles and policy papers;
  • support the organisation of events and trainings;
  • support in the electronic archiving of documents;
  • preparation of meetings and of minutes of meetings;
  • perform other duties as required.
  • translation assignments, and – if necessary – the production of documents and presentations in German and English (and Chinese)
  • research assignments on international carbon markets and climate policy
  • Currently enrolled in a Master’s degree or recently graduated (within last six months) in the field of either environmental-, social-, political sciences, or economics.
  • Understanding of international climate change policies and instruments, in particular in Germany and China.
  • Prior work experience/ internships in the area of climate change, international cooperation and/ or prior work experience/ internships in China are an advantage.
  • German as native language, working proficiency in English, proficiency in Mandarin is an asset.
  • Reliable, independent, results-oriented and able to meet tight deadlines.
  • Experience in writing and using WordPress CMS is favourable.
  • Team player, enthusiastic, and with good communication skills.
  • Open to feedback and prepared to learn on the job.
Native Language: German
Working Experience: Fresh Graduate
How to apply: Remuneration:

We pay a monthly stipend and a one-time fixed sum for flight expenditures.

In case you are applying for more than one project at GIZ China, we kindly ask you to clearly indicate this in your application.

Please contact Ms. ZHANG Yawen ( if you have further questions.

Please send your completed application (including cover letter and CV) in English as one pdf file via email to

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