Research and Policy Intern

Research and Policy Intern

Urgent action is required to deliver clean energy to limit the effects of climate change and meet people’s basic needs for clean water and affordable energy. With the demand for energy expected to nearly double by 2060, the world must look towards a sustainable, renewable mix of energy sources.

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) is a non-profit international membership organisation, whose mission is to deliver renewable energy systems, freshwater management and climate change solutions by advancing sustainable hydropower. Our partners include research institutions, non-governmental organisations such as the IEA and IRENA, governments, financial institutions and development agencies.

We are recruiting a Research and Policy Intern for a six-month contract to start as soon as possible. As well as monitoring the sector and managing our global hydropower database, we cover a broad range of topics such as: climate change, markets & finance, freshwater management and zero carbon electricity systems.

The intern roles provide critical data research, technical and policy analysis support to the Research and Policy Team at IHA. IHA internships provide a tremendous opportunity to gain first-hand experience with the issues, organisations, and individuals across the world who are leading in the struggle against climate change. Our interns have gone onto a wide range of roles both within the IHA and with international businesses and organisations at the forefront of the energy transition.

Key tasks

· Research data on hydropower projects and update IHA databases;

· Research data on electricity markets;

· Organise conference sessions, webinars and workshops;

· Report on sector trends, challenges and opportunities, especially in respect of the global energy system and the energy transition;

· Support IHA’s knowledge networks and expert groups;

· Monitor specialist media and report on hydropower developments;

· Contribute articles for IHA’s website and publications; and

· Assist in ensuring IHA membership growth and value of membership.


Essential skills and attributes

· Masters-level education or proven experience in a similar professional role;

· Understanding of global energy, water and climate challenges;

· Experience in analysing and communicating statistical information;

· A strong team player, but able to work independently and perform under pressure; and

· Excellent writing and reporting skills.

Desirable skills and attributes

Please note we do not expect applicants to have all of the desirable skills and attributes – if you are really interested in working with us and you have some of these, please do apply.

·      Previous experience in the international energy/ water/ climate sectors;

·      Specific hydropower knowledge/experience;

·      Knowledge of renewable energy policy and networks;

·      A good understanding of engineering, in particular with reference to electricity, water management or hydropower;

·      A general understanding of project finance and electricity markets and systems;

·      One or more foreign languages (especially Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish or Portuguese);

·      Knowledge and/ or experience in a specific continent/ region;

·      Experience working with events, especially in managing content;

·      Project-management training and/ or experience; and

·      Database management experience.


If you have the appropriate skills and experience for this role, we would like to hear from you. Please send your CV and a cover letter explaining how your skills and attributes align with the role (applications without a cover letter will not be considered). The letter should also confirm your eligibility to work in the UK.

These documents should be sent by email to:

We cannot always contact all applicants if there is a large volume of applications. If you do not hear from us within 20 days, please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Remuneration: £22,000 - £24,500 (pro-rata)

Full time, temporary (6 months) contract (37.5hrs/week)

Location: Canary Wharf, London (Hybrid)

Closing date for applications: 29 August 2022 (note applications will be considered as we receive them so early application is recommended)

Start date: ASAP

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