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Internship offer: EU project assistant, Besançon (France)

Internship location : Energy Cities’ office in Besançon (France)
Published : 28 February 2019
Starting date : July or September 2019
Duration : full time, 6 months

ABOUT ENERGY CITIES

Energy Cities is the European Association of local authorities in energy transition. Created in 1990, the association represents now more than 1,000 towns and cities in 30 countries.

Our vision : The low energy city with a high quality of life for all. Our agenda : Promote a decentralized and democratic energy system, ensuring cities are sufficiently empowered to remain in the driving seat of the energy transition.

Since 2009, Energy Cities is co-leading the secretariat of the EU Covenant of Mayors initiative, a bottom-up movement of more than 7,750 cities and towns committed to voluntary implement and exceed the European Union energy and climate objectives.

Energy Cities’ dynamic and multicultural team is made up of 26 people from 10 nationalities. We have two main offices – Besançon in France and Brussels in Belgium.

CONTEXT OF THE INTERNSHIP

Conducting an energy transition policy on a territory means triggering dynamics but also encountering obstacles. The partner cities of the Interreg Europe project MOLOC (low-carbon urban morphologies) - Lille, Torino, Hamburg, Katowice and Suceava - have identified the main obstacles that they would like to address to achieve their low-carbon action plan. Among these obstacles :

  • Silo thinking, which results in a lack of coordination / lack of leadership capacity and know-how for complex and intersectoral processes, and difficulties in changing behavior.
  • the difficulty to change behaviors, to mobilize, which is often linked to a lack of knowledge of the logic of local actors or to a lack of tools / methods of dialogue and co-construction

The main objective of the MOLOC project is to "develop with the actors of the territory a sustainable urban model that responds to climate issues, combining quality of life and energy performance".

INTERNSHIP MISSION :

  • Identify and analyze the processes set up in other cities in Europe to overcome these obstacles, which will be a source of inspiration for the project’s partner cities. Delivery under the form of a report.
  • Analyze the action plans of the pilot cities and the proposed improvements to overcome the obstacles to the low-carbon city.
  • Participate in the dailylife of the project (possible travels in other EU countries).
  • Contribute to enriching our exploratory study "Democratic transition factory - citizen involvement in the energy transition in Europe" (in French)

WHAT SKILLS SHOULD YOU HAVE ? WHAT YOUR BACKGROUND SHOULD BE ?

  • Master level studies in Political Science with a sociology orientation or similar
  • Perfect command of English is required and independent user level in French or other EU languages (in particular the languages of the project partner’s cities) is an advantage.
  • Excellent written skills.
  • Curiosity and creativity
  • Interest in climate protection / sustainability issues
  • Autonomy and sense of organization
  • Ability to work as in an international and intercultural team and environment.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and a proactive approach to daily tasks.

CONDITIONS

Internship allowance of about 500 euros per month

CONTRACT

More information about the internship conditions in Energy Cities : http://www.energy-cities.eu/-Internships-18- or contact Nathalie Moroge

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