Intern – Energy AT International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Intern – Energy

Duty Station: Home based

Classification: Intern, Grade Other

Type of Appointment: Internship, six months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 26 February 2022

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.


Background Information

In 2017, IOM made an institutional commitment to improve the environmental performance of its operations at the strategic, programmatic and facility levels. The newly created Environmental Sustainability Unit (ESU) under Deputy Director General for Management and Reform is responsible for supporting IOM to implement this commitment.

Since 2017, IOM has been part of the UN system-wide environmental sustainability efforts coordinated via the UN Greening the Blue. 2019 and 2021 were key years for these efforts in the UN system including in IOM. In 2019, the Strategy for Sustainability Management in the UN System 2020-2030; Phase I: Environmental Sustainability in the Area of Management was endorsed by heads of Agencies. In 2021, Phase II: Towards leadership in environmental and social sustainability of the strategy was adopted.

IOM has been at the forefront of advocating for and piloting innovative approaches both in management and operations to enable the sustainability transition, including the clean energy transition in its facilities and projects. IOM is currently prioritizing the implementation of the UN system-wide environmental sustainability strategies and looking for testing novel approaches to meet its environmental commitments. This includes supporting sector-wide innovation, finding ways to finance the sustainability transition and working closely with private sector partners, academic and civil society members whose visions and values are aligned with IOM’s.

In line with the UN system-wide efforts to establish a common framework for environmental sustainability management and the objectives under the Global Platform for Action (GPA) and the Clean Energy Challenge (CEC), IOM is currently prioritizing two workstreams to support the work of the humanitarian sector and lead the change: energy data availability and energy transition financing.

In September 2020, as part of its overarching sustainability strategy, IOM engaged two energy experts deployed by NORCAP (Norwegian Refugee Council). Together with relevant technical units, the experts deployed to IOM Headquarters established a standardized energy data assessment methodology and developed a set of concrete tools for gathering energy data in displacement setting where IOM is active. After incorporating the feedback from pilot missions, the standardized energy assessments were revised and are ready to be used globally in displacement settings where IOM and other partners and actors operate.

The energy data and methodology for collecting it provide the foundational basis to focus on three core areas: using household energy data to build the case for sustainable energy access projects, using IOM institutional facility energy data to support infrastructure greening efforts, and engaging private sector partners to help finance and implement these projects.

In 2022, the Environmental Sustainability Unit (ESU) at IOM Headquarters and its partner, NORCAP CashCap, will implement the first phase of an innovation project together with IOM Mozambique. The main goal of the project is to bridge the gap between the demand for sustainable energy solutions and the supply of products/services from the private sector, by overcoming the economic barriers for displaced populations and host communities to access them and by reducing the risks for private actors to enter the market in displacement settings. The Intern will support the Environmental Sustainability Unit to lead the energy transition in IOM and help implement innovative projects to improve sustainable energy access energy in displacement settings. The Unit works on a wide array of environmental sustainability topics, which are driven by opportunities and challenges identified at the sectoral level or by IOM country offices. The Intern will also support the Energy Team in IOM Mozambique with the development of the innovation project.


Under the overall supervision of the Programme Officer (Environmental Sustainability). The Intern will support the NORCAP Energy Expert at Headquarters and the Energy Project Manager at IOM Mozambique in their daily tasks.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

The Intern will have the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Provide support in the implementation of innovative energy access projects, including the preparation of field events and other logistical plans that relate to project functions.
  2. Research and analyze information related to the energy transition and sustainable energy access in the humanitarian and migration management sectors, including innovative project financing and funding. Present the research in a concise, fit-for-purpose manner.
  3. Provide support in the identification of potential partners for innovative energy projects.
  4. Provide support with communication around IOM’s innovative energy access projects, including the organization of technical trainings, workshops, and seminars.
  5. Provide support in the analysis of energy access data and in the writing of energy-related reports.
  6. Provide support in the preparation of meetings, events, and publications.
  7. Assist in project development such as opportunities scouting, developing ideas based on research, concept note writing and assist in proposal writing.
  8. Participate in relevant events, conferences, meetings as requested.
  9. Support the Environmental Sustainability Unit and Energy Team in IOM Mozambique in daily tasks, including knowledge management and drafting documents.
  10. Support the Environmental Sustainability Unit’s internal and external communication efforts.
  11. Support the annual environmental inventory process as requested.
  12. Perform such other duties as required by the supervisors.

Training Components and Learning Elements

• The successful candidate will gain experience in working in an international multicultural environment, within the United Nations system.

• Gain experience in organization, management, and international cooperation activities.

• Gain a better understanding of IOM’s work, as an inter-governmental organization in the field of Migration, and work on formulating and editing institutional strategies, priorities and workplans.

• The successful candidate will acquire technical knowledge in policy and strategy.

• The Intern can also access online training courses at the disposal of all IOM staff.

• The Intern will have the possibility to interact with IOM staff within Headquarters and IOM Missions.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Enrolled or recently completed a Master’s degree in Energy Engineering/Sciences or Renewable Energy, Climate Studies, Environmental Engineering/Sciences/Protection, Humanitarian Laws, Social Development, Project Development, or International Development; or

• Bachelor’s degree in the above fields.


• Practical experience in multi-tasking, prioritizing, and working independently, including remotely;

• At least six (6) months of working experience (including internships) in relevant sectors(energy, environment and climate change, international development, sustainable/impact finance, innovation, entrepreneurship, etc.) is an advantage;

• Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) is an advantage;

• Experience in volunteering activities linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or any other UN initiatives is an advantage;

• Relevant experience in Sub-Saharan Africa would be an asset.


• Demonstrated knowledge of strategic planning approaches, information/ data analysis, and report writing;

• Excellent written communication, especially in English;

• Computer literacy, especially database tools and virtual meetings;

• Strong organizational skills;

• Ability to timely understand the Organization’s structure and portfolios;

• Ability to work effectively and harmoniously in a team of colleagues of varied cultural and professional backgrounds;

• Proven ability to produce high quality work within tight deadlines.


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Portuguese is an advantage.

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.

Eligibility and Selection

This internship opportunity is available as part of IOM’s Diversity and Inclusion Internship Program. A main condition is that applicants should be citizens of countries which are not part of the OECD-DAC. In other words, this internship position is open to applicants from the Global South. Interns will receive a monthly stipend.

IOM strongly encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, LGBTI+ individuals, persons belonging to indigenous or tribal peoples, or ethnic minorities. We strongly suggest you mention in your application your belonging to any of the aforementioned groups. All information will be treated confidentially.

In general, the Internship Programme aims at attracting talented students and graduates who:

a) have a specific interest in, or whose studies have covered, areas relevant to IOM programmes and activities;

b) are holding a scholarship for internship placements in international organizations and/or for whom internship is required to complete their studies; or

c) are sponsored by governmental/non governmental institutions and/or academia to work in specific areas relevant to both IOM and the sponsor.

d) are either students approaching the end of their studies and preparing a thesis, or recently graduated, who have less than two years of relevant working experience. e) are between 20 and 36 years of age.

• Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, and additional enquiries will only be addressed if the candidate is shortlisted.

• Depending on experience and location, IOM provides a small monthly stipend to help offset costs.

• Please consider the cost of living in Geneva prior to applying.

Applications must be submitted by 26 February 2022

Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database (

Required Competencies:

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:


• Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.

• Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.

• Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators

• Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.

• Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.

• Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.

• Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.

• Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link.

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.


The appointment is subject to funding confirmation.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required for individuals hired on or after 15 November 2021. This will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.

No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 26 February 2022 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

IOM only accepts duly completed applications submitted through the IOM e-Recruitment system. The online tool also allows candidates to track the status of their application.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Posting period:

From 13.02.2022 to 26.02.2022

No Fees:

IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fee). IOM does not request any information related to bank accounts.

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