Training Climate and Energy Transformation Experts for Tomorrow

COVID-19 Update: EnerTracks will continue to offer virtual Study Tours and online courses throughout 2021. Please check below to learn how to apply.

Due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions, we have postponed all in-person programming until further notice. We will continue to follow the ongoing situation, and we hope to welcome the next group of in-person fellows and study tour participants as soon as possible. To receive updates about our online and future in-person programming, please sign up to the “Agora Energiewende Newsletter Info-Update English.”

 

About EnerTracks

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 from eligible countries have the chance to

  • Learn directly from Agora Energiewende experts and one another
  • Develop and refine their leadership skills
  • Complete specialised online courses on topics such as grid integration, energy sector coupling, and electricity system modelling

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

Virtual 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. Through this 5-week interactive online programme, a competitively selected group of 12-18 energy transition professionals are provided with immersive training in electricity system modelling, design thinking, and renewable energy finance. Since 2018, a total of 60 participants from different countries have taken part in the EnerTracks in-person and virtual study tours. When the COVID19 travel restrictions are lifted, the EnerTracks programme will offer both in-person, as well as virtual study tours.

What EnerTracks alumni say about the programme:

“EnerTracks was a great opportunity to learn more about the different challenges for an equitable energy transition. The study tour helped me develop my energy system modelling skills and integrate them with science-based policy recommendations to achieve economy-wide decarbonization. Also, it’s a great network of energy and environmental changemakers.”— EnerTracks study tour participant

Dates:

Spring 2021 cohort (May 31-June 30):

  • Application period closed

Fall 2021 cohort (24 Sept-28 Oct 2021):

  • Call for applications: July 1, 2021-August 1, 2021

Please note, due to the high volume of applicants, only short-listed candidates will be contacted within 2 weeks after the deadline.

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  • What to expect

    During the EnerTracks Virtual Study Tour, a group of 12-18 participants will:

    • Take part in interactive energy transition workshops and lectures
    • Strengthen their leadership and analytical skills through group work and design thinking training
    • Deepen their knowledge of stakeholder engagement through lectures on Germany’s Coal Commission as well as an interactive stakeholder role play
    • Discover how to creatively solve complex problems through the creation of a decarbonisation roadmap for a fictional country
    • Complete introductory training on the numerical modeling of power markets and systems
    • Have the opportunity to sharpen their data crunching skills through an optional excel bootcamp

    Upon successful completion of the programme, participants will receive a Digital Certificate and access to a selective alumni network of energy transition thought-leaders.

    Overall, participants will be expected to dedicate approximately 60 hours over the course of this five week training. This includes:

    • Mandatory participation in 33 hours of live and interactive sessions, on average 7 hours per week
    • 6 hours of pre-recorded sessions
    • 12.5 hours of group work (minimum recommended: 2 hours per week)
    • 8-10 hours of assignments

    For more information about what to expect for the Spring 2021 virtual study tour, please consult the attached draft agenda. Please note that the order of the sessions is still subject to change. You will know the final agenda details by the time we carry out interviews.

  • Who we are looking for

    We are looking for dynamic, engaged and driven individuals who possess a high degree of intellectual curiosity and 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
  • How to apply

    Note: Please note that you cannot save a partially completed form and continue working on it at a later point in time. The entire form must be completed in one session and submitted.

    Once you have read the instructions and eligibility criteria carefully, please submit the following in a single PDF document:

    1. Your CV/resume: Please use the following naming convention: lastname_firstname_studytour_Spring2021 (ex.: smith_jane_studytour_spring2021)
    2. A letter of motivation (max. 500 words), describing:
    • What are your current responsibilities in your organisation?
    • How would this training support your career objectives?

    Documents should be submitted in English.

    Unfortunately, because of the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to inquiries regarding status updates.

    Applications will be assessed by a selection committee on a rolling basis. Potential candidates will be invited to an interview within two weeks of the application deadline.

    If you have other questions, please contact:

    Mackenzie Nelson

    Mackenzie.nelson@agora-energiewende.de

The Fellowship Programme

This in-person 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.

Since 2018, the EnerTracks programme has hosted 24 fellows from 16 different countries.

What EnerTracks Alumni say about the programme:

“Building lasting friendships with participants from all around the world is the most valuable part of the EnerTracks experience. We learn from each other and continue knowledge exchange and collaboration after we go back to our home countries. I benefited from the program on power system transition, learning both basic theory and the German experience, which helped build up a campaign strategy for China’s energy transition.” - 2020 EnerTracks fellow

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the EnerTracks fellowship programme has been postponed until further notice.  To receive updates about future in-person opportunities, please sign up to the “Agora Energiewende Newsletter Info-Update English”

  • 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. 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
  • Who 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

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

Self-paced courses from 24 Sep 2021- 28 July 2022 

  • Call for applications: 1 July- 25 Aug 2021

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

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