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Paid Internship (Intern REmap) Job Description

Paid Internship (Intern REmap) Vacancy Announcement

Secretariat of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) Division

Deadline for Application: 9 September 2023 (at midnight, Abu Dhabi Local Time)

Title and Grade:  Paid Internship (Intern REmap)

Indicative Remuneration:                Monthly stipend[1]

Duration of Appointment:              6 Months

Duty Station:                                     Remote                         

Date for Entry on Duty:                    As soon as possible

Objectives of the Paid Internship (Intern REmap) Assignment

The paid internship post is within the REmap (Renewable Energy Roadmaps) programme. The intern REmap will provide support to the work of the REmap team, particularly in the implementation of the ongoing renewable energy roadmaps for regions, mainly the Caribbean. IRENA’s REmap programme continually engages with countries by means of detailed country, regional and global analysis, and reports.

To that end, an extensive set of country-specific information need to be collected, harmonized, and maintained. That includes country background information, general information about the economy, energy statistics, energy plans and projections, resource availability, energy policies, energy pricing, etc. From the analysis of that information, the REmap programme is able to explore the options for renewable energy uptake in countries, regions and globally using the REmap methodology and tool.

In addition to that ongoing effort, the REmap programme is continuously strengthening its analytical capabilities relating to longer term decarbonization, power system analysis and understanding of renewables in transport, industry, and cities. This is accomplished by improving existing energy analysis tools and developing new ones, mainly using Excel.

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Intern REmap Particular Functions

The intern will be involved with REmap’s ongoing work related to regional analysis, mainly the Caribbean. In line with the objectives outlined above, the intern is expected to perform a range of technical and organizational groundwork, including but not limited to:

  • Assist in research, analysis and summarizing of energy-related information at the country level gathered from diverse sources that will form the basis of robust roadmaps development.
  • Contribute to the assessment of country established and emerging renewable energy technology options in terms of potentials and costs.
  • Contribute to sector, national and regional preliminary analysis to support renewable energy roadmaps development in the REmap framework.
  • Prepare short texts, presentations and figures based on REmap analysis results and data.
  • Support on administrative functions related to the programme management and operation.
  • Perform additional tasks as assigned.

Learning Areas

During the internship period, the successful applicant will develop an understanding of the REmap process and methodology, including topics related to energy planning, energy technology assessment and energy system decarbonization. The intern will also be able to further develop their skills related to data research, quantitative analysis, analytical thinking, and report drafting.


The internship is for a period of six months commencing as soon as possible. The exact period will be determined based on the availability of the intern and the needs of the programme. The maximum duration of the internship is nine months, subject to the intern’s continued university enrolment and performance.

Minimum Requirements

  • Candidates must have completed an undergraduate degree and be enrolled in a master’s or doctorate programme at a recognized university at the time of application and for the duration of the internship or recent graduates will also be included in the internship programme provided the start date of the internship is less than six months from completion of studies.
  • Candidates must be fluent in English and Spanish (both oral and written). Knowledge of French would be an asset.
  • Candidates should indicate in their cover letter their period of availability.


  • Good knowledge of energy analysis at macro level (e.g., energy balances) as sector level (e.g., buildings, transport, industry, power sector) is desirable.
  • Candidates must demonstrate good level of numeracy and ability to deal with energy data and its analysis, particularly using Excel software.
  • Given the scope of the work is mainly the Caribbean, familiarity with the region is an advantage.
  • Candidates should demonstrate solid teamwork, planning and organizing, professionalism and communications skills.
  • Candidates must be able to work in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Preference is given to candidates studying in the fields of engineering, technology, and economics with good understanding of energy analysis (mainly sectors related).

Internship Conditions

IRENA internships may be remunerated if an intern is not already sponsored by their government, university or institution.   In such cases, the intern is requested to indicate their sponsorship in their cover letter. The selected intern will work remotely on a full-time basis (40 hours per week) as per the working hours of IITC duty station, Bonn, Germany. 

Application Procedure

Qualified candidates must apply for the above-mentioned vacancy on-line, through IRENA’s recruitment platform, by submitting a complete and comprehensive CV and a letter of interest. IRENA wishes to encourage applications of nationals of LDC and SIDS countries, particularly the Caribbean region. Please note that only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted for an interview and will receive notice of the outcome of the selection process.

[1] If the selected intern is not otherwise sponsored, they will be remunerated at a rate EUR 900 a month.



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