As part of its Secondment Programme launched in 2015, the UNFCCC’s Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) recently welcomed Gaudensia Owino, a Research Scientist in the Environment Division of the Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI). Gaudensia is also a member of the Kenyan National Designated Entity (NDE) technical review team, which assesses requests to the CTCN for technical assistance.
“This programme is a unique opportunity for valuable exchange of experiences and opportunities. Through my secondment, I hope to engage relevant partners to assist in identifying funding sources and mechanisms to support our NDE operations in Kenya. I also wish to share my experiences with the CTCN Secretariat while at the same time refining my understanding of how CTCN operates”, noted Mrs. Owino.
The CTCN Secondment Programme offers two rotating secondment positions and is currently accepting applications for Fall 2016 (application deadline: 29 May 2016). Selected secondees, representing the Centre’s Network, NDE, Consortium partner, and/or CTCN donor institutions are invited to participate in the work of the CTCN Secretariat in Copenhagen, Denmark for a period of 4 - 6 months.
“CTCN builds strong networks for future collaboration and knowledge exchange. With more than 150 network partners all over the world, we build bridges between technology solution providers and countries’ identified technology needs. CTCN’s Secondment Programme provides a great platform for network members and partners to be exposed to a different working environment with people from varied cultural backgrounds while deepening their knowledge and understanding of how it operates”, said CTCN Director Jukka Uosukainen.
Who should apply?
Interested candidates currently employed with CTCN partner institutions (Network members, National Designated Entities, Consortium Partners, and/or CTCN donors) who hold an advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) and have a minimum of two years of working experience in the field of climate technologies and/or the facilitation of technology transfer. Proficiency in the English language (spoken and written) is a prerequisite. Working knowledge of another UN language is considered an asset. Both gender and geographical balance will be considered in the selection process.
How to apply?
Applicants for the CTCN Secondment Programme should submit the following by Sunday, 29 May 2016, Midnight, Central European Summer Time (CEST):
- Completed and signed Personal History Form
- Motivation letter (1 page)
- A copy of your passport
Applications should be submitted via email by your organization’s CTCN contact person to email@example.com. Only applications submitted by the CTCN contact person of your organization will be considered eligible.
Selection process and travel preparation
Candidates will be notified in the beginning of June, whether or not they have been selected for a 30 minute Skype or telephone interview. Interviews will be scheduled in the middle of June and by end of June, a maximum of two candidates will receive an acceptance letter with an invitation to participate in the programme.
With the acceptance letter comes a proposed starting date and duration. As soon as these are confirmed in written form, UNIDO will provide a service provider agreement for signature. The candidate will then receive guidance in preparation for their travel and stay in Copenhagen, and be asked to immediately prepare all relevant travel documents (visa) and arrangements. All other conditions of the Programme, including financial implications, are stipulated in the terms of references.