UNFCCC–UNU Early Career Climate Fellowship Programme

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  • POSITION:
    UNFCCC–UNU Early Career Climate Fellowship Programme
    REFERENCE NO.:
    2018/UNU/UNFCCC/EarlyCareer/01
    LOCATION:
    Bonn
    Timezone:
    UTC 0
    CLOSING DATE:
    2018•02•28

    The UNFCCC–UNU Early Career Climate Fellowship Programme offers young people from developing countries a unique opportunity to start their career at the interface between international climate policy development and research. Fellowships may last from six months to two years, and Fellows will be selected based on their skills and backgrounds vis-à-vis the needs of UNU and UNFCCC.

    Upon completion of the UNFCCC–UNU Early Career Climate Fellowship Programme, the Early Career Climate Fellows will be able to work in their home countries or internationally, deploying the valuable experience and insights they have gained in Bonn. Academically outstanding young graduates from developing countries who are in early stages of their career, especially women from least developed countries, are encouraged to apply.

    Applications are accepted two times a year. In 2018, applications will be accepted within these two phases:
    Phase 1: 1-28 February 2018
    Phase 2: 16 July – 16 August 2018

    Requirements

    Applicants must be enrolled in their final term or have recently graduated with top marks plus other indicators of academic excellence from an advanced university degree programme (masters or doctorate) in environment, climate change, communications, international relations or a related field.

    No professional experience is required, but candidates with up to two years of experience can be considered.

    Applicants should display a strong interest in the interface between international climate policy development and research. Furthermore, applicants should be highly motivated to work and learn in a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment.

    Please note: Applications will only be accepted during the two aforementioned time-frames. Applications handed in either before, or after, these application phases will not be considered.

    Qualified women candidates and candidates from least developed countries are especially encouraged to apply.

  • A completed application packet consists of the following documents:

    A cover letter setting out how the qualifications, experience and future career goals match the requirements of the programme, a completed and signed Personal History Form (P11) and a CV.
    Applications must be send via email to: climatefellows@ehs.unu.edu

    Please send your files as single PDF documents and name them as follows:
    1_P11_First name_Surname
    2_Statement of motivation
    3_CV_First name_Surname

    Applications are accepted two times a year. In 2018, applications will be accepted within these two phases:

    Phase 1: 1-29 February 2018
    Phase 2: 16 July – 16 August 2018

    The Application Process

    STAGE 1 (Application Submission)

    Interested Applicants must submit a completed Personal History Form and a cover letter outlining your qualifications, experiences and future career goals.
    Please mention the name of the Fellowship Programme in the email subject line. Only digital versions sent via email will be accepted. We do not accept applications sent via post.

    STAGE 2 (Interviews)

    If your background matches the requirements of the programme, you will be shortlisted for the position. Shortlisted candidates will receive an email notification from UNFCCC and/or UNU-EHS to schedule a date and time for the interview, which will be conducted via Skype or telephone.
    In some cases, when a specific skill is required for a position, shortlisted candidates may be asked to provide additional materials so that this skill may be assessed. For example, social media skills.

    STAGE 3 (Notification)

    After interviews have been conducted, all those candidates who were interviewed will receive an email notification regarding their application status. Successful candidates will be offered a fellowship position and contract. Candidates whose application is no longer under consideration will be informed accordingly.

  • GENERAL QUESTIONS

    WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE FELLOWSHIP?

    This joint UNFCCC – UNU programme offers young people from developing countries a unique possibility to start their career at the interface between international climate policy development and research. The United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) will help identify and select the young professionals, and provide them with a stimulating research environment. Fellowships may last from six months to two years, selected candidates will work with UNFCCC in areas which match their individual interest and background. In the pilot phase, selected Fellows will work with UNFCCC’s Adaptation programme.

    Upon completion of the Programme, the Early Career Climate Fellows will be better prepared to work in their home countries or internationally, deploying the valuable experience and insights they have gained in Bonn. Academically outstanding young graduates from developing countries who are close to completing their advance university degree (masters, doctorate or equivalent) or in the early stages of their career, especially women from least developed countries, are encouraged to apply.

    WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS PROGRAMME?

    Applicants must be enrolled final term or having recently graduated with top marks from an advanced university degree programme (masters or doctorate) in environment, climate change, communications, international relations or a related field. No professional experience is required, but candidates with up to two years of experience can be considered.
    Applicants should display a strong interest in the interface between international climate policy development and research. Furthermore, applicants should be highly motivated to work and learn in a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment.

    Qualified women candidates and candidates from least developed countries are especially encouraged to apply.

    WHAT IS THE ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND OF THIS FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME?

    The UNFCCC-UNU-EHS Early Career Climate Fellowship is offered as a collaborative programme between the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS).

    The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the focus of the political process to address Climate Change. The Convention secretariat supports the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol by a range of activities, including substantive and organizational support to meetings of the Parties. Further information may be found at unfccc.int .
    The United Nations University (UNU) is the academic arm of the United Nations and acts as a global think tank. The mission of the Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) is to carry out cutting edge research on risks and adaptation related to environmental hazards and global change. The institute’s research promotes policies and programmes to reduce these risks, while taking into account the interplay between environmental and societal factors. Further information may be found at ehs.unu.edu .

    WHAT IS THE DURATION OF THE CONTRACT?

    Fellowships may last from six months to two years. However, there is no fixed duration of the contracts for UNFCCC-UNU-EHS Career Climate Fellowship Initiative. The duration of each contract will be determined by both the workload that arises within the two organizations and the candidate’s availability. Ideally the candidate should indicate his/her availability in the application.

    WHAT ARE THE EXPECTED WORKING HOURS PER WEEK?

    The mode of employment can vary between part-time and of full-time employment (40hrs/week). This will be subject to negotiations before the commencement of employment. It depends on the workload that arises within the two organizations, as well as the candidate’s availability. Ideally the candidate should indicate his/her availability when applying.

    AS A NON-EU CITIZEN, WILL UNUFCCC/UNU-EHS FACILITATE OBTAINING VISA?

    Yes, after being selected as a candidate for the fellowship, the employer will facilitate the process of obtaining visa and work permit.

    WILL I BE REIMBURSED FOR TRAVEL COSTS?

    No, the employing organization will not pay for any travel expenses.

    WILL HEALTH INSURANCE BE PROVIDED BY THE EMPLOYER?

    Depending on the contract type the organization can make group health insurance schemes available to its staff members. This depends on numerous factors needs to be decided on a case-by-case basis.

    THE APPLICATION PROCESS

    A COMPLETED APPLICATION PACKET CONSISTS OF THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS:

    A cover letter setting out how the qualifications, experience and future career goals match the requirements of the programme and a completed and signed Personal History Form (P11).

    HOW ARE THE FELLOWS SELECTED?

    The selection process for this programme is conducted on a case-by-case basis. Fellows will be selected based on their skills and backgrounds vis-à-vis the needs of UNU and UNFCCC.

    WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT STAGES OF THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

    STAGE 1 (APPLICATION SUBMISSION)

    Interested Applicants must submit a completed Personal History Form and a cover letter outlining your qualifications, experiences and future career goals.
    Please mention the name of the Fellowship Programme in the email subject line. Only digital versions sent via email will be accepted. We do not accept applications sent via post.

    STAGE 2 (INTERVIEWS)

    If your background matches the requirements of the programme, you will be shortlisted for the position. Shortlisted candidates will receive an email notification from UNFCCC and/or UNU-EHS to schedule a date and time for the interview, which will be conducted via Skype or telephone.

    In some cases, when a specific skill is required for a position, shortlisted candidates may be asked to provide additional materials so that this skill may be assessed. For example, social media skills.

    STAGE 3 (NOTIFICATION)

    After interviews have been conducted, all those candidates who were interviewed will receive an email notification regarding their application status. Successful candidates will be offered a fellowship position and contract. Candidates whose application is no longer under consideration will be informed accordingly.

  • For more information, please contact: climatefellows@ehs.unu.edu