Employment Opportunities

New Internship Opportunity with PANGEA

September 2014

pangeaPANGEA is now looking for an intern(s) with the passion, the skills and the interest to support the Programme Director in research, project development and policy engagement.

The intern will follow developments in the European Institutions that could affect our work and strategy. The intern will also assist with the preparation of proposals for renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as with the research and drafting of reports and concept notes. The intern will also be actively involved in our communication and social media activities, as well as providing support for event organisation.

 If you are interested in public policy, sub-Saharan Africa and sustainable bioenergy, this is the role is for you. You will report directly to, and work alongside the Programme Director in our office in Brussels. However, you should be able to work well independently and with self-initiative.

Your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Research policy and proposed legislation, namely by following the key European Parliament Committees (DEVE, INTA, ENVI, AGRI, ITRE)
  2. Undertake research on background information for projects or consultations (collect data, read reports, contact relevant people)
  3. Attend events and meetings at the European Institutions, particularly the European Parliament relating to bioenergy and/or development
  4. Daily monitoring of the media, and updating our Facebook and Twitter accordingly
  5. Website and Database Management (wordpress)
  6. Assist with the preparation of the monthly members’ newsletters
  7. Work on draft concept notes for project proposals/events
  8. Assistance in finding and contacting new partners

Completing an internship with PANGEA will give you the opportunity to be part of a small team, with responsibility for defined tasks related to the day-to-day running of an international, non-profit organisation. You will gain a valuable understanding of the unique functioning of the European Institutions, as well as the opportunity to attend conferences and events related to our work. 

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The intern should be fluent in English, both spoken and written and a knowledge of French, particularly spoken would be an asset. He/she should have an academic background in European/International Affairs or Environmental/Development Studies, and have a solid understanding of how the European Institutions function and create policy and legislation. An interest in the environment, energy and African development are essential. He/she should be independent, flexible, and dynamic with strong communication and writing skills. He/she should provide his/her own financial resources to cover the internship.

PANGEA is currently seeking interns to start in September 2014 for a minimum of three months. This is an unpaid position; interns receive a European Parliament entry pass.

If interested, please send your CV and cover letter to Kerry@pangealink.org by August 14th 2014. Please write ‘FALL INTERNSHIP 2014’ in the email subject.

 About PANGEA

Established in Brussels in 2008, Partners for Euro-African Green Energy (PANGEA) promotes sustainable African bioenergy investment, policies, and production. Part NGO, part think-tank, part trade association, it acts as a unified voice for its diverse membership of European and African bioenergy companies, and is at the forefront of the evolving industry of the future for a continent too long ignored but with too much potential to be absent from the developing global bio economy.

PANGEA promotes and supports all kinds of sustainable bioenergy, from biomass briquettes and small-scale clean cooking to larger industrial biofuels production for use in the transport sector. In addition to our members, we also have several sustainability partners, including The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials.

PANGEA engages with both the EU and the African-Caribbean-Pacific (ACP) Group of States, as well as with regional and national governments in Africa to develop their biofuels strategy and policy internally as well as advise them on relations with the EU.

Our mandate to serve as African secretariat for Sustainable Bioenergy within the UN framework of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) was officially launched at the start of June 2014. Under this framework, we are developing a project pipeline with projects based in South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. We are also implementing various partnership agreements, including a recent one with Embark Energy and Everest Energy, who will help us develop these projects and connect them to finance.

PANGEA also organises events to promote bioenergy and renewable energy; in the past this has included conferences in Ethiopia and Mozambique, as well as an annual event in Brussels as part of EU Sustainable Energy Week. PANGEA is also active at international events, and annually attends the World Biofuels Market in Amsterdam and several events organised by F.O.Licht.