UNFCCC CAPACITY Fellowship 2023 for Young Leaders (EUR 4500 monthly Stipend + Fully-funded to Bonn, Germany)

UNFCCC CAPACITY Fellowship 2023 for Young Leaders. Apply below.

When is Application Deadline: 18th June 2023

Tell Me About Award: The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the focus of the political process to address Climate Change. The UNFCCC secretariat supports the Convention, its Kyoto Protocol and the historic Paris Agreement through a range of activities, including substantive and organizational support to meetings of the Parties and the implementation of commitments. It is a dynamic organization working in a politically challenging environment to help resolve one of the defining environmental issues of our time.

Thanks to funding from the Government of Italy, the UNFCCC secretariat is launching a new round of the
Capacity Award Programme to Advance Capabilities and Institutional Training in one Year (CAPACITY) Fellowship Programme with the aim of developing capacity of negotiators and therefore increasing the level of implementation of the Paris Agreement. The CAPACITY Fellowship Programme contributes to building capacity for addressing climate change in Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), through the development of local professional expertise by:
a. Supporting innovative analytical work on climate change in the context of sustainable development;
b. Promoting a network of experts who can bring creative and innovative options to bear on questions of climate change;
c. Encouraging the leadership potential of young and promising professionals in their fields.

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The Programme target group consists of mid-career professionals who are already in a government’s employment and who are nationals of and working in a SIDS or LDC Party. While Fellowships are awarded to individuals, the need for development/training, as described below, must occur within the context of the organization for which an applicant works. The training must help the organization to develop its capacity

Type: Fellowship

Who can Apply?

Educational background
Required: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communications, engineering, natural sciences, business administration, social sciences, international relations, or a related discipline. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Required: Two (2) years of relevant professional working experience in intergovernmental administration, including coordinating and liaising with various senior level stakeholders is desirable.
Experience in climate change and sustainable development would be a strong asset.
Language skills
Required: Proficiency in written and spoken English.
Desired: Knowledge of another UN official language.


  1. The Fellowship Programme is open to individuals
    a. Currently employed in a governmental organisation (national, regional, provincial or local) including educational institutions, research institutes and ministries.
    b. Be a national of an eligible LDC and SIDS country as listed in the following links
    (https://www.un.org/development/desa/dpad/least-developed-country-category/ldcs-at-aglance.html and https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/sids/list (UN members only).
    c. Maximum of 40 years of age at the closing date of Fellowship Opportunity notice;
  2. The secretariat will consider candidates only from SIDS or LDC Parties with a view to ensuring gender balance in the selection of candidates.

How are Applicants Selected? You may be invited for assessment of your technical/professional knowledge. If successful you may be invited for the final stage of the selection process, which consists of an interview to assess the skills and aptitudes required to successfully perform the functions of the post.
At a certain point and as part of the selection process – do not provide this information at the moment of application – each candidate will be requested to provide the following information:
a. Obtain permission from their employer for leave of absence for the term of the Fellowship, and provide written certification that s/he will return to the Party’s governmental institution for at least six months after her/his Fellowship;
b. Obtain a written letter of intention by their employer that the new knowledge acquired during the fellowship will be integrated in the climate change activities of the government;
c. Obtain written certification from their employer that the subject of the applied position is relevant to the needs of the organization.

Which Countries are Eligible? Small Island Developing Countries & Least Developing Countries

Where will Award be Taken? Bonn, Germany

This position is located the Programmes Coordination division. Programmes Coordination, provides
strategic direction and oversight to the work of the Programmes department, comprised of the four
programme divisions (Adaptation, Means of Implementation, Mitigation and Transparency). It ensures
strategic, substantive and administrative coherence and synergy in the delivery of their work
programmes, including in relation to the established intergovernmental processes and constituted
bodies, and is also coordinating UNFCCC’s Regional Climate Weeks.

How Many Awards? Not specified

What is the Benefit of Award? The fellowship will offer an opportunity to deepen the knowledge of the international climate change process and of how the UNFCCC secretariat supports this process. In particular, the Fellow will gain understanding of and familiarity with UNFCCC’s support to regional level climate action and cooperation across the entire climate agenda.

How Long will Award Last? One year with possibility of extension

How to Apply: Candidates from SIDS and LDCs, whose qualifications and experience match what we are looking for, should use the online application system available HERE.
Please note:

  1. This Programme is not intended for students, and does not provide financial support for an advanced
    degree, such as fieldwork for a PhD degree
  2. We will confirm receipt of your application. However, only candidates who have been confirmed for
    an interview will receive notice of the outcome of the selection process.
  3. The monthly stipend including allowances is EUR 4500
  4. The UNFCCC Secretariat will organise the return trip to Bonn

Visit Award Webpage for Details