Internship in the project: Capacity Building for the Establishment of Emissions Trading Systems (ETS) in China Internships

Die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in China, Beijing, China

About Company:

Die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH setzt als gemeinnütziges Bundesunternehmen in mehr als 130 Ländern im Auftrag der deutschen Bundesregierung und weiterer nationaler wie internationaler Auftraggeber (bspw. EU, Wirtschaft, Stiftungen) Projekte und Maßnahmen der internationalen Zusammenarbeit für Nachhaltigkeit um. Weltweit aktiv ist die GIZ auch in der internationalen Bildungsarbeit.

In der Volksrepublik China führt die GIZ seit über 30 Jahren Projekte durch. Beraten wird China auf seinem Reformweg in vielfältigen Themen und Sektoren des Klima- und Umweltschutzes sowie der nachhaltigen Wirtschaftsentwicklung, insbesondere zu Erneuerbaren Energien und Energieeffizienz, nachhaltiger Stadt- und Verkehrsentwicklung, Beruflicher Bildung, Recht, Produktsicherheit und Verbraucherschutz.

Das Leistungsprofil der GIZ wird dabei kontinuierlich an die Kooperationsbedarfe beider Länder im Rahmen der „Umfassenden Deutsch-Chinesischen Strategischen Partnerschaft“ sowie an die dynamischen Veränderungsprozesse im Rahmen der chinesischen Reformpolitik angepasst. Weiterhin berät und arbeitet sie als Dienstleister an der Schnittstelle zwischen Politik und Wirtschaft. Die GIZ agiert zudem in Handlungsfeldern, in denen deutsche Akteure über ein fundiertes Profil und Wettbewerbsvorteile verfügen und deutsche Expertise nachgefragt wird.

About this job:

Project Background:

In 2011, the Chinese government announced to gradually establish a carbon market in China as one instrument to tackle the rising carbon emissions. Seven regional pilots for carbon emissions trading have been selected by the central government started operation in 2013 and 2014. An eighth pilot ETS was launched in Fujian in 2016. Finally, the national ETS was officially launched in December of 2017. This was however mostly the launch of the development process, which will take part in three phases. During the first phase, the necessary infrastructure and the regulatory framework will be put in place, followed by a test phase and the start of the first full compliance phase, probably beginning around 2020. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) the GIZ is implementing the project “Capacity Building for the Establishment of Emissions Trading Systems in China” to support China in its efforts to establish carbon trading. The project is part of BMU’s German International Climate Initiative (IKI), an instrument to finance climate and biodiversity projects in developing and newly industrializing countries, as well as in countries in transition. The project’s objective is to strengthen the capacity of and provide policy options to China’s key institutions and all involved stakeholders for preparing and establishing ETS at the local and national level. This includes methodological, technical, and policy advice on ETS design, infrastructure and operation, as well as capacity building. The project focuses on the exchange of experiences between Germany and China and strengthens bilateral dialogue.

Location: Beijing, People’s Republic of China (travel within China may be necessary)

Period: Six months, starting preferably on 1 May 2019 (earlier start date possible)

Application Deadline: 17 March 2019

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Support the Project Team in Beijing in the following fields:
  • Preparation and implementation of trainings and workshops in China
  • Maintain and update the internet presence and other PR and information materials for the project
  • Prepare documentation and reports on activities and developments for internal and external use
  •  Targeted research on project relevant topics and editing of information for newsletters and presentations
  • Support project daily administration work;


the above-mentioned responsibilities include, among others, the following tasks:

  • Administrative task
  • Support the preparation, review and editing of project documentation, articles and policy papers
  • Support the organisation of events and trainings
  • Support in the electronic archiving of documents
  • Preparation of meetings and of minutes of meetings
  • Translation assignments, and – if necessary – the production of documents and presentations in German and English (and Chinese)
  • Research assignments on international carbon markets and climate policy
  • Currently enrolled in a Master’s degree or recently graduated (within last six months) in the field of either environmental, social, political sciences, or economics.
  • Understanding of international climate change policies and instruments, in particular in the EU, Germany and China.
  • Prior work experience/ internships in the area of climate change, international cooperation and/ or prior work experience/ internships in China are an advantage.
  • German as native language, working proficiency in English, proficiency in Mandarin is an asset.
  • Experience in writing and using WordPress CMS is favourable.
Native Language: German
How to apply:

Please be informed that you are only allowed to apply for this internship, if you are currently enrolled as a student or graduated not longer than six months ago.

We pay a monthly allowance. Depending on the country of assignment a monthly expatriation allowance (gross), predetermined by GIZ will be paid on top.

GIZ would like to increase the proportion of employees with disability, both in Germany and abroad. Applications from persons with disabilities are most welcome.

For further information, please contact Mr. Wilkening (

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