SEforALL Internship Programme (Winter/Spring 2024): Call for Application

SEforALL Internship Programme (Winter/Spring 2024): Call for Application

SEforALL is looking to build a talent pool of young professionals who are interested in an internship opportunity with SEforALL. The actual selection and appointment of candidates for the internship program will be based on a competitive process, and according to SEforALL teams’ needs and plans. 

SEforALL Internship Programme (Winter/Spring 2024): Call for Application

Background About SEforALL

Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) is an international organization working with leaders in government, the private sector and civil society to drive further, faster action toward achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7), which calls for universal access to sustainable energy by 2030, and the Paris Agreement, which calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limit climate warming to well below 2° Celsius (and striving for 1.5° Celsius).   

Achieving these goals will require a radical rethink of the way energy is produced, distributed and consumed. SEforALL is at the heart of this foundational shift to ensure no one is left behind. Drawing on data and evidence, SEforALL identifies a critical path to success in achieving SDG7.  

The 8th UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the Sustainable Energy for All initiative in 20121. Now an independent organization, SEforALL maintain close links with the UN, including through a relationship agreement, partnerships with UN agencies and with SEforALL’s CEO acting as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative (SRSG) for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy. These roles include advising the UN Secretary General and his staff on issues relating to sustainable energy and the implementation of SDG7 and supporting the coordination of sustainable energy issues in the United Nations system.   

The ambitions of SDG7 are extraordinary. Aiming to achieve them in the context of the Paris Agreement on climate change involves transformation at a scale never undertaken before. Swift action must be taken by leaders in governments, private sector companies, institutions, financiers, development banks, unions, communities, entrepreneurs and civil society. As the world enters the final decade to achieve SDG7, SEforALL has strategically chosen to strengthen global agenda-setting while expanding its activities to an engagement model that prioritizes data-driven decision-making, partnerships with high-impact countries and implementation on the ground. SEforALL’s current three-year business plan outlines “results offers” that scope out its planned interventions and demonstrate to our funding partners the impact of their support.


At the time of application, they should also meet the following requirements:

  • Education: candidates must be enrolled in a relevant Master’s or PhD degree programme or have recently graduated with a Master’s degree or PhD.
  • Language: candidates must be fluent in written and spoken English. Knowledge of French, Arabic and other UN languages is highly desirable.
  • Availability: candidates must be available for a minimum full-time internship of three months, and then can be spread over up to a maximum of eight months.
  • Skills: candidates should be capable of working in a multicultural and international team environment and have good communication and IT skills.
  • Family relation: candidates should not be a family member of a SEforALL employee who is under any contract (full-time staff contract or consultant contract).
  • Most internships require no work experience. However, previous experiences may be an advantage in the selection process.

Areas of Work

Successful candidates will provide support in one or more following areas, depending on candidates’ interests and SeforALL’s needs. 

External Programmes

  • Africa Carbon Markets Initiative (ACMI)
  • Cooling for All
  • Clean Cooking
  • Data & Intelligence Unit
  • Energy Efficiency for Sustainable Development
  • Energy Transition and Investment Plans
  • Energy Transition Office (Nigeria)
  • Gender and Youth
  • International Engagements
  • Mini-Grid Partnership
  • Policy and Regulatory Frameworks
  • Powering Healthcare
  • Renewable Energy Manufacturing Initiative (REMI)
  • Universal Energy Facility
  • UN-Energy
  • Universal Integrated Energy Planning

Internal Supporting Functions

  • Communications 
  • Executive Office
  • Finance and Operation
  • Human Resources
  • MEL, Data and Research
  • Partnerships and Development

Duties and Responsibilities

Interns will play an active role in planning, delivering, and implementing various SEforALL project activities. Examples of work entrusted to interns include but are not limited to:

  • Participating in the preparation and production of documents, reports and working papers.
  • Carrying out research and reviews of existing materials.
  • Collecting and analysing data.
  • Participating in meetings.
  • Contributing towards reviews and streamlining and development of guides and processes.
  • Work with other teams within SEforALL to support the development of knowledge and implementation work products that utilize the breadth of skills at SEforALL.

It is SEforALL’s intention to expose the intern to as many activities as possible to share knowledge and skills gained within the team.

DEADLINE: 02 January, 2024

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