Assignment period: 09/01/2018 – 02/17/2019
Type of employment: full-time
Application deadline: 06/26/2019
Over the last three decades, China’s CO2 emissions have greatly increased alongside its strong 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: 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 started operation in 2013 and 2014. An eighth pilot ETS was launched in Fujian in 2016. Finally, the national ETS was officially launched in December of 2017. This was however mostly the launch of the development process, which will take part in three phases. During the first phase, the necessary infrastructure and the regulatory framework will be put in place, followed by a test phase and the start of the first full compliance phase, probably beginning around 2020.
On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) 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 BMU’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 and provide policy options to China’s key institutions and all involved stakeholders for preparing and establishing ETS on local and national levels. 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.
Support the Project Team in Beijing in the following fields:
- Preparation and implementation of trainings and workshops in China
- 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:
- 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
Please be informed that you are only allowed to apply for this internship, if you are currently enrolled as a student or graduated not longer than six months ago.
GIZ would like to increase the proportion of employees with disability, both in Germany and abroad. Applications from persons with disabilities are most welcome.
For further information, please contact Mr. Wilkening (email@example.com).
Payment for interns is 1,520 € (gross). Depending on the country of assignment a monthly expatriation allowance (gross), predetermined by GIZ will be paid on top.