Training Climate and Energy Transformation Experts for Tomorrow

Informed specialists play a crucial role in tackling global climate issues and shaping tomorrows energy systems. To foster international expertise on how to domestically address the energy transformation in low- and middle-income countries, Agora Energiewende in cooperation with the Renewables Academy (RENAC) has developed a training programme: EnerTracks.

EnerTracks encourages independent thought and supports institutions working in the field of energy transformation worldwide. This training programme provides important insights into the many facets of what it means to promote the transformation of the energy systems. Participants can learn directly from Agora Energiewende experts, join study tours and discussions with key German energy stakeholders, and receive tailored online courses. The aim of the programme is to enhance the expertise of climate and energy transformation specialists for a sustainable tomorrow.

EnerTracks is made up of the following three training paths, which can be combined or taken individually:

The Fellowship Programme

A multi-disciplinary approach on how to tackle climate change and the energy transformation globally through practical lessons, academic training and one-on-one coaching.

A small group of four to six fellows is invited to come to the Agora Energiewende office in Berlin, Germany. Over the course of six weeks, the fellows have the unique opportunity to learn directly from in-house energy experts on why, how and when an independent organisation can support the energy transformation.

Who can apply

Individuals with nationalities from eligible countries (List of Eligible Countries) currently employed and working in the power sector for non-governmental and not-for-profit organisations, civil society organisations or in academics.

Dates

  • Fellow Group 1: April 1 - May 10, 2019
    Application period closed
  • Fellow Group 2: May 27 - July 5, 2019
    Application period closed
  • Fellow Group 3: September 16 - October 25, 2019
    Application period closed
  • Fellow Group 4: To be announced
    Application Deadline: To be announced
  • What to expect

    Each fellow participates in the training sessions that are prepared and held by Agora Energiewende energy experts in Berlin, Germany. These sessions cover a variety of topics such as energy markets, least-cost planning, and research methodologies, among others (see full course list here). Supplemental online and reading material as well as group discussions complement each of these sessions.

    Furthermore, fellows also benefit from one-to-one mentoring from Agora Energiewende experts. With the support of their mentor, each fellow tackles one specific transformation topic that they choose in advance. The topic should be relevant from the perspective of the fellow’s own organisation, with the intention of transferring the achievements into their domestic work.

    • 40 hours of teaching sessions (see course list here: EnerTracks Fellowship Course List)
    • 40 hours individual reading in preparation for each session
    • 10 hours of one-on-one mentoring
    • 10 study tours in and around Berlin, including executive leadership seminars, focused field visits, seminars, and discussions with key German stakeholders
    • Access to the EnerTracks alumni network
    • Financial support, including a travel grant, fully-covered living accommodations, fully-covered transportation tickets, a daily stipend for food, and available office space
  • What we are looking for

    We are looking for dynamic, engaged and driven individuals who possess a high degree of intellectual curiosity with a sincere interest in tackling climate change issues and the energy transformation in their home country. Further selection criteria include:

    • Be a national of one of the eligible countries (List of Eligible Countries)
    • Be currently employed at a non-profit organisation, NGO, other civil society organisation, or in academia working in the power sector or other relevant field
    • Have a minimum of five years professional experience in the power or climate sector at the time of application, including management experience
    • Hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited university, in economics, environmental science, engineering, political science, or similar (Master’s degree preferred)
    • A strong understanding of power systems, energy economics, and climate and energy policy
    • Familiarity with policy instruments and energy transition policy processes
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
    • Ability to think conceptually and globally about a broad range of climate change and energy transformation issues
    • Adaptable and resilient in an ambiguous and dynamic environment
    • A high level of intellectual curiosity and humility

Study Tours and Executive Leadership Training

A group of up to 18 participants is invited to join focused study tours and discussions with key German stakeholders in and around Berlin, Germany. These activities will allow participants to interact with wind-farm owners, utility companies, and other energy transformation experts to gain first-hand understanding on the energy transformation challenges and solutions faced in Germany. Plus, participants will also have the chance to attend executive leadership trainings.

The aim of the study tours is to enhance the understanding of climate and energy thought leaders working with a non-profit organisation, NGO, other civil society organisation, or in academia in their home country. EnerTracks is specifically looking to strengthen the ability of participants to engage in thoughtful dialogue with energy policy stakeholders in their home country.

Who can apply

Individuals with nationalities from eligible countries (List of Eligible Countries) currently employed and working in the power sector for non-governmental and not-for-profit organisations, civil society organisations or in academics.

Dates

  • Study Group 1: April 8 - 19, 2019
    Application period closed
  • Next dates to be announced
  • What to expect

    The German “Energiewende” – German for energy transition – has inspired a whole series of exciting players and projects. Over the years, Germany was able to acquire an enormous amount of knowledge about the challenges and success factors to advance with the transformation of energy systems. There are many experts with different professional backgrounds providing indispensable contributions to the transformation to clean energy production. During the study tours, participants will have the opportunity to gain insights and interact with a wide range of German stakeholders that actively shape the energy transition. These study trips provide the opportunity to get to know some of these players as well as visit wind, solar, and distributed generation facilities – among others.

    Because the transformation of energy systems requires a high degree of leadership qualities, part of the two-week study programme is also directed towards strengthening the individual leadership skills of participants.

    A group of up to 18 participants will have the opportunity to take part in this study tour which will be hosted by Agora Energiewende and RENAC in Berlin. What participants can expect*:

    • Participation at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2019
    • Focused field visits to facilities working in the areas of renewable energy production, grid integration and operation processes
    • Meetings and discussions with key German stakeholders
    • Leadership Training
    • Access to the EnerTracks alumni network
    • Financial support, including a travel grant, fully-covered living accommodations, and lunch during seminar days

    *The content of the programme is still subject to change. A preliminary programme agenda will be released in the coming weeks.

  • What we are looking for

    We are looking for dynamic, engaged and driven individuals who possess a high degree of intellectual curiosity with a sincere interest in tackling climate change issues and the energy transformation in their home country. Further selection criteria include:

    • Be a national of one of the eligible countries (List of Eligible Countries)
    • Be currently employed currently at a non-profit organisation, NGO, other civil society organisation, or in academia working in the the power sector or other relevant field
    • Have a minimum of five years professional experience in the power or climate sector at the time of application, including management experience
    • Hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited university, in economics, environmental science, engineering, political science, or similar (Master’s degree preferred)
    • A strong understanding of power systems, energy economics, and climate and energy policy
    • Familiarity with policy instruments and energy transition policy processes
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
    • Ability to think conceptually and globally about a broad range of climate change and energy transformation issues
    • Adaptable and resilient in an ambiguous and dynamic environment
    • A high level of intellectual curiosity and humility

Online Training


The online learning modules developed by RENAC offer participants the opportunity to uncover important topics about the energy transformation at their own pace. These courses are designed for all levels, providing introductory as well as advanced courses around the political, economic, and technical aspects related to the transformation of energy systems.

Who can apply

Nationals of eligible countries (List of Eligible Countries) currently working in the energy sector and willing to work on decarbonisation.

Dates

  • Module 1: March 4 - May 10, 2019
    Application period closed
  • Module 2: July 1 - September 6, 2019
    Application period closed
  • Module 3: October 7 - December 13, 2019
    Application period closed
  • Module 4: To be announced
    Application Deadline: To be announced

To learn more, visit RENAC's website here.

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