Thailand: Internship

Organization: Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Country: Thailand
Closing date: 14 Feb 2018

UNFCCC-IGES Regional Collaboration Center
2018 Internship Announcement
Job function: Research Topic: Climate finance and carbon markets
Starting Date: Flexible Duration: 12 weeks
Location: Bangkok, Thailand Salary: Unpaid


The Regional Collaboration Centre (RCC) Bangkok was established in September of 2015 by the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) to provide hands-on support to governments, NGOs, and the private sector in Asia and the Pacific region to develop their mitigation efforts through capacity building, direct technical assistance, and strategic networking – sourcing the know-how and resources to drive clean development. RCC Bangkok provides support to regional stakeholders in the identification and development of potential Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project activities and programmes of activities, and in so doing create more sustainable capacity for future local engagement in the global carbon market. Since the adoption of the Paris Climate Change Agreement in December 2015, we have broadened our role to also support the development and implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under that agreement, with a focus on markets and mechanisms.

Terms of Reference

The intern, under the supervision of the RCC Team, will support the implementation of the following activities:

a) Support to Climate Finance work
• Research and analyse the data related to various regional actors working in the climate finance sphere;
• Prepare a database of regional institutions (government, private sector, NGOs) working in climate finance;
• Develop an information seeking survey to be sent out to relevant regional financial institutions regarding their green investment portfolio;
• Support the team in data gathering activities and compile and present the data generated from surveys;
• Conceptualize outreach activities to establish links with regional financial networks, including but not limited to media outreach and web based promotion.
b) Support to market mechanisms work
• Track the regional distribution of CDM projects in Asia and the Pacific and research their operational status;
• Prepare a matrix of information by regional distribution, categorized according to where the projects are on the CDM project cycle, operational status, barriers, need of support, etc.;
• Prioritize focus countries from the matrix for seeking understanding on the underlying causes for the CDM implementation trends;
• Draft a questionnaire aimed at seeking feedback from focus countries;
• Support the team in reaching out to national representatives and project developers from these countries with the questionnaire and other channels of communication;
• Support the development of a knowledge product based on the information gathered.
c) Support to Standardized Baseline (SB) work
• Conceptualize and design a survey to be sent to national representatives seeking information on the trends and penetration of SBs in their country;
• Collect and compile country specific data on this subject;
• Support the follow up by other channels of communication, e.g. video calls
• Support the preparation of a report on this subject.

The internship will help the selected candidate gain significant insight into climate policy challenges in Asia.


The work will include but not be limited to:

• Conducting literature reviews on an assigned topic and synthesizing such findings in writing;
• Quantitative policy research and analysis, including drafting reports and making presentations, on some of the topics mentioned above;
• Updating and maintaining stakeholder databases;
• Support the identification and mapping of donors and analyses on their profiles relating to our work streams;
• Planning and execution of outreach activities with various stakeholders;
• Assisting with outreach and logistical preparation for events organized by RCC Bangkok;
• Production of knowledge products and other related duties and back-up functions when required.

Educational Background

A Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in a field associated with climate policy (economics, environmental law, political science, international relations, natural sciences or a related discipline).
Skills and Requirements
• Fluency (oral and written) in English is required
• Good working knowledge and experience of Microsoft Office Suite and research databases is required.
• Strong research and analytical skills
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Ability to compile data and present it in easy to access formats
• Innovative conceptual and operational thinking
• Experience interacting with a variety of stakeholders, including government officials, is an asset.
• Knowledge of climate change mitigation issues, sustainable development, and/or economics is desirable.
• An attention to detail and enthusiasm for protecting the environment are essential.

Further Details
Internships require a commitment of 5 days per week for 12 weeks. Internship start and end dates are flexible. Please make sure to indicate your availability.
Citizens of any country may apply. However, candidates who are not Thai citizens or residents are responsible for their legal status in Thailand. Neither the UNFCCC nor IGES are able to provide visa support.

How to apply:

Please submit the following with your application

  • an updated resume,
  • a detailed cover letter explaining your interests, your experience, and what you hope to gain through an internship,
  • a list of publications if applicable
  • and, a writing sample, 2-5 pages in length, can be part of a longer paper.

Electronic submissions to Ms. Ariel Yu at the email address are preferred.