Terms of Reference for the Energy Charter Fellowship Programme
The Secretariat may offer research fellowships for academics from educational institutions and think tanks to contribute to the work of the Energy Charter Secretariat on the study of topics where the Secretariat lacks the necessary in-house capacity or expertise. Their assignment to the Energy Charter Secretariat should be supported by their current employer.
An excellent knowledge of English, a strong educational background in their field of expertise and the ability to work within an international environment, are essential requirements.
Fellows are expected to produce a Final Report in English at the end of the fellowship and subsequently to deposit with the Energy Charter Secretariat any publication resulting from the work undertaken during their fellowship. Any intellectual property rights remain with the Secretariat.
The length of a fellowship shall normally be three months. Fellowships may be extended up to six months if justified by the specific needs of the Energy Charter Secretariat, and based on performance criteria.
Fellows shall act impartially and shall not seek or receive instructions from any government or from any authority external to the Secretariat.
While the Secretariat can provide visa support, the responsibility for obtaining the necessary residence permit rests with the Fellow, who shall be responsible for obtaining the necessary entry visa and/or residence permit, as well as appropriate health care insurance.
Fellows will be entitled to a monthly subsistence allowance of Euro 2,000 from the Secretariat, which is intended to cover living costs in Belgium. If the Final Report is deemed by the Secretariat to be of good publishable quality an additional lump sum of Euro 1,500 may be granted. Should the Fellow fail to submit a Final Report he or she will be required to reimburse 10% of the sum received. Travel expenses on taking up duty and on leaving will be covered by the Secretariat using the most economical means and route. Fellows continue to be employed by their academic institute during the fellowship period.
Open Call for Applications to the Energy Charter Fellowship Program
The Energy Charter Secretariat has opened a call for the research fellowship.. Interested candidates who fit the eligibility criteria as indicated in the Terms of Reference above are invited to send their applications for, together with their CV and a cover letter, to EU4Energy@encharter.org by 14 April 2017 (17:00 Brussels time).
1. Energy Investment Risk Assessment
As a continuation of the pilot project on energy investment risk assessment (Activity 4 of the Programme of Work for 2016-17 and work priorities for 2017), the research fellow will assist the Secretariat in the preparation of a preliminary publication providing the qualitative and quantitative assessment of legal and regulatory investment risks in the energy sector in particularly Belarus and Armenia. The work contributes to the EU4Energy Component 3 work programmes for 2017 (activities AM4.1/2017 and BY5.1/2017). ,
Based on public information, national best practices, data from fact-finding missions and interviews, peer review of countries and other stakeholders, the research fellow, under the supervision of the Investment Experts of the Secretariat, will:
i) conduct qualitative and quantitative assessment of gathered information with respect to investment risks and investment policies;
ii) interpret data, analyse results using statistical techniques;
iii) develop and implement databases and other instruments in order to optimize statistical efficiency, quality and accessibility of data and information;
iv) identify, evaluate and implement external services and tools to support data validation;
v) locate and define new process improvement opportunities and monitor performance to identify improvements.
Knowledge of statistics and experience using statistical packages and databases for analyzing and developing datasets is preferable for this fellowship. Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyse, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail, accuracy and accessibility are required for this fellowship.
Duration of the fellowship: 3 months. Start of fellowship: 15 May – 15 June 2017.