Details

Position:
Fellowship

Organization:
Kleinman Center for Energy Policy

Contact:
Oscar Serpell
serpello@upenn.edu

Location:
Hague, Netherlands

Application Deadline:
January 31, 2022

Term:
May – August 2022

Compensation:
Stipend

Level:
Graduate


Description

This summer, the Kleinman Center is launching a new summer fellowship in partnership with Energia, International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy, hosted by Hivos, a Netherlands-based INGO. Energia works to establish a future in which “women and men have equal and equitable access to and control over sustainable energy services as an essential right to development.” The network does this by supporting women-led micro and small energy service businesses, providing technical support to energy policies and programs, advocating for gender equality and energy investment through evidence-based research, and by raising awareness of issues related to energy and gender.

The Kleinman Energia fellowship was announced last spring at our annual Carnot Prize ceremony when we awarded the prize to Sheila Oparaocha, International Coordinator and Program Manager for the Energia Network. During her more than two decades at Energia, Ms. Oparaocha has tirelessly advocated for a more gender-equal energy sector and for women to play a central role in the clean energy transition.

Applicants for the 2022 Kleinman Energia Fellowship should be highly motivated individuals enrolled in a master’s, post-master’s, or doctorate program, with experience working on energy and/or economic issues, especially as they relate to social development, equity, and justice. Applicants should respect Energia’s vision and core values to live and act with integrity; show professionalism; and respect diversity.

Applicants should select one of the fellowship areas below. Only one fellow will be selected. This fellow will be chosen based on who is the strongest fit for one of the three potential fellowship areas, so please apply to the role that best aligns with your interests and experience. If you wish to apply to multiple positions, please submit a separate application with a different cover letter. The selection process will include two rounds of interviews, one with the Kleinman Center and one with Energia.


This opportunity will be based in the Hague, Netherlands, with additional travel dependent on COVID travel restrictions and the selected position.


Women’s Economic Empowerment Strategy

SUPERVISING OFFICE: Women’s Economic Empowerment Program

This fellowship assignment will help Energia document, consolidate, and analyze the impacts of all the tools that women entrepreneurs within the Energia network and Energia’s implementing partners in Africa and Asia have used to foster and support business development, financing, and growth, with a special eye on women entrepreneurship.

This fellowship would be based in The Hague, the Netherlands, but fellows may be expected to travel to partner countries in Africa and Asia. Applicants should be comfortable with international travel, provided COVID guidelines next summer permit such activities.

Tasks

  • Interview implementing partners as well as sample of women entrepreneurs supported by Energia
  • Categorize and describe tools and strategies used (i) in micro and small business development by Energia’s implementing partners, to foster and support women entrepreneurship in clean energy.
  • Lead the production of an analysis report that:
    • captures the types of tools and strategies that have been used by (i) women entrepreneurs and (ii) Energia’s implementing partners, and
    • measures and compares the impacts those strategies and tools have had on women-owned businesses and the local ecosystem
    • identifies lessons learnt, best practices and recommendations, especially in view of upscaling and replications.

Background & Skills

  • A strong background in business training, economics, statistics and/or anthropology, sociology, gender studies, international development.
  • Demonstrate awareness and sensitivity regarding gender issues
  • Comfortable with independent international travel to developing countries.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills in English.
  • Fluency in French would be an additional asset.
  • Functional Competencies: Self-starter and organized, ability to multitask and balance multiple responsibilities, comfortable working virtually and in a team

Kenya Gender and Energy Policy

SUPERVISOR: Sheila Oparaocha

Energia has recently partnered with the Kenyan government to develop a Gender Policy in Energy. This fellowship assignment will focus on documenting the process by which this policy was developed, what the challenges and success of this process were, and what the expected outcomes will be. These finding will then be packaged in a report or ‘guide’ that can help to inform other countries that might be interesting in trying to replicate the planning process that Kenya undertook.

This fellowship would be based in the Hague, Netherlands, but fellows may be expected to travel to Kenya. Applicants should be comfortable with international travel, provided COVID guidelines next summer permit such activities.

Tasks

  • Document the steps taken to develop the Kenya action plan
  • Identify the key challenges and successes
  • Characterize the expected outcomes of this process
  • Package these finding into an informative report for other partner countries to reference.

Background & Skills

  • A strong background in social studies, economics, political science and or international development
  • Demonstrate awareness and sensitivity regarding gender issues
  • Comfortable with independent international travel to developing countries.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • Functional Competencies: Self-starter and organized, ability to multitask and balance multiple responsibilities, comfortable working virtually and in a team

Communications and Awareness Building

Supervising Office: Communications

This fellowship assignment will involve developing, planning and implementing a communication and awareness raising campaign, based on research and storytelling. The objective, topic, angle and target group(s) will be defined in coordination and with guidance of the Communication Coordinator. Activities will include research, collecting anecdotes, personal stories, and community feedback about projects or business that Energia has helped support as well as asset development. These insights would then be woven into inspirational or cautionary stories about the successes and challenges that women entrepreneurs and other international partners have faced. These stories, which form the basis for the campaign and are intended to highlight the achievements of Energia, should draw on the experiences of individuals but also contextualize them using the best available research, science, and international consensus on issues related to energy, climate change, gender, or development.   

Tasks

  • Develop communication and awareness raising campaign strategy and implementation plan
  • Develop story lines, conduct interviews with international partners, entrepreneurs, and other community members.
  • Visual material gathering
  • Skillfully construct narratives to tell valuable and insightful stories about Energia
  • Asset development
  • Implementation of the campaign

Background & Skills

  • A strong background in communications and/or journalism, preferably in combination with energy science and/or international development.
  • Demonstrate awareness and sensitivity regarding gender issues
  • Comfortable with independent international travel to developing countries.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • Familiarity with/knowledge of working with designer programs and/or video-editing programs is an asset
  • Social-media savvy
  • Functional Competencies: Self-starter and organized, ability to multitask and balance multiple responsibilities, comfortable working virtually and in a team

Stipend

Fellows will receive $15,000 from the Kleinman Center, inclusive of travel and housing.

Application Instructions

Applications for this fellowship must be submitted to the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy by 5:00 PM on Monday, January 31, 2022. Interested candidates should apply by submitting an online form with the following information:

  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Resume
  • Writing sample
  • A 1-page cover letter (please include which position you are applying to)

This opportunity is available only to currently enrolled Penn graduate students.


Start and end dates for this fellowship are not fixed, but fellows must work full time with Energia for 10-12 weeks and are expected to complete their assignments within 4 months of the start date. The final start and end dates will be decided between the fellow and Energia.