Training Climate and Energy Transformation Experts for Tomorrow

NEW: EnerTracks will offer virtual Study Tours in 2020. Please check below how to apply and be selected to participate.

We are aware of the dynamic situation around COVID-19 and are following global news and announcements carefully. This is why will not host another Fellowship Programme in 2020. We hope to welcome the next group of fellows again early in 2021. Please sign up for our newsletter and select “Info-Update English” to receive relevant EnerTracks updates.

 

Informed specialists play a crucial role in tackling global climate issues and shaping the energy systems of tomorrow. Although energy policy is primarily national policy, all national energy transitions also have a lot in common: international climate commitments, low carbon technologies, traded energy commodities, best practices for regulatory principles market design, and more.

To foster international expertise and knowledge transfer, Agora Energiewende in cooperation with the Renewables Academy (RENAC) developed the EnerTracks Training Programme.

EnerTracks aims to share sector specific knowledge with independent thought leaders and support institutions working in the field of the transformation of energy systems in low- and middle-income countries. In this training programme participants get the chance to learn directly from Agora Energiewende experts during the fellowship, join study tours to dig deeper into how to create a decarbonisation roadmap with, and receive specialised online courses. The aim of the programme is to enhance the expertise of climate and energy systems transformation specialists for a sustainable tomorrow.

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

The Fellowship Programme

This fellowship offers a selection of multi-disciplinary sessions on how to tackle climate change and the transformation of energy systems globally through practical lessons, academic training and one-on-one mentoring.

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 as well as from each other on why, how and when a non-profit or independently/financed organisation 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 think tanks, 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: January 27 - March 6, 2020
    Application period closed
  • Fellow Group 5: CANCELLED May 4 – June 12, 2020

    More dates to be announced

Please note, due to the high volume of applicants only short-listed candidates will be contacted within 2-3 weeks after the deadline. Please sign up to our “Agora Energiewende Newsletter Info-Update English” here to find out when a new call for applications is launched.

  • 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(s), each fellow tackles one specific transformation topic of their choice. 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
    • 5 hours of one-on-one mentoring
    • Access to the EnerTracks alumni network
    • Financial support, including a travel grant, fully-covered accommodations, fully-covered transportation tickets, a daily stipend, and available office space
  • What we are looking for

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

    We are interested in applicants who work on any relevant energy transition topics, with a particular interest in candidates who meet the following criteria:

    • From a country in northern Africa or from South Africa working on Power-to-X with a focus on Hydrogen
    • From China or India working on the decarbonisation of the industrial sector with a focus on cement and steel sector; or on flexibility of power markets; or coal and demand side flexibility
    • From Indonesia or Brasil working on Power-to-X with a focus on bio carbon source
    • From a country in South East Asia working on renewable energy grid integration

    Further selection criteria include:

    • Be a national of one of the eligible countries (List of Eligible Countries)
    • Be currently employed at a think tank, 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
    • Ability to be adaptable and resilient in an ambiguous and dynamic environment
    • A high level of intellectual curiosity and humility

Study Tours and Energy Transition Training

The virtual EnerTracks Study Tour was designed with a practice-orientated approach to enhance and strengthen the ability of participants to engage in thoughtful dialogue with energy policy stakeholders in their home country.

A competitively selected group of 12-18 individuals is invited to participated virtually in a series of tailored workshops, leadership training, and group work to develop a decarbonisation roadmap. Over three weeks, this virtual training will take you through a journey which is designed to be interactive, engaging, as well as playful.

Who can apply

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

Dates

  • Virtual Study Group 5: November 23 - December 16, 2020

  • More Study Tour dates coming soon

Previous Sessions

  • Study Group 1: April 8 - 19, 2019

  • Study Group 2: October 28 - November 8, 2019

  • Study Group 3: March 9 - March 20, 2020

  • Virtual Study Group 4: October 12 – October 30, 2020

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  • What to expect

    Over the past decades, an enormous amount of knowledge and experience about the challenges and success factors to advance the transformation of energy systems has been accumulated and institutionalised. There are many experts with different professional backgrounds, providing indispensable contributions to the transformation to clean energy generation. During the EnerTracks Study Tours, participants will have the opportunity to deepen their insights into shaping the process of the energy transition – through guided workshops, as well as group work.

    Because the transformation of energy systems requires a high degree of leadership and analytical qualities, this three-week training is also directed towards strengthening the individual leadership and analytical skills of participants.

    A group of 12-18 participants will have the opportunity to take part in this study tour which will be hosted by Agora Energiewende and RENAC. What participants can expect*:

    Overall, you can expect to dedicate approximately 55 hours to this training:

    • 32 hours of live and interactive sessions, on average 12 hours per week
    • 6 hours of pre-recorded sessions
    • 6 hours of group work (minimum recommended: 2 hours per week)
    • 5-10 hours of assignments

    What you will receive:

    • Deepened knowledge of stakeholder engagement and ability to integrate complex challenges to create a decarbonisation roadmap
    • Role play: exploration of realistic situations on different stakeholder interactions
    • Discover how to creatively solve complex problems through applying design thinking concepts
    • Introductory workshop on electricity system modeling to the numerical modeling of power markets and systems
    • Digital Certificate of completion
    • Access to a selective alumni network

    *The order of the sessions is still subject to change. You will know the final agenda details by the time we carry out interviews.

  • 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 think tank, 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

Online Training


The online learning modules developed by RENAC offer participants the opportunity to uncover important topics about the transformation of energy systems 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: January 20 - March 27, 2020
    Application period closed
  • Module 4: March 30 - June 5, 2020
    Application period closed

To learn more, visit RENAC's website here. Or click here to directly get to the application form.

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