The Arab Program for Sustainable Energy Youth™ (APSEY)

At RCREEE, we believe that our region’s young talents are its most valuable asset. The Arab Program for Sustainable Energy Youth™ (APSEY) is a regional sustainable energy internship program which targets young professionals and post graduate students of engineering, economy, and law fields from the Arab region.

The program aims to boost technical and operational capacities of the region’s young talents interested in renewable energy and energy efficiency fields. The program recruits 12 interns every year on two rounds for a hands-on experience in the center’s research and analysis, policy briefs, technical assistance, and other related activities. The opportunity covers full travel and accommodation expenses in Cairo in addition to a monthly salary.

Since 2014, APSEY Program has been co-financed by the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) via three consecutive grants. The grants aim to support young professionals and post-graduate students from Yemen, Sudan, Palestine, Djibouti, Mauritania, Somalia and Syria aspiring to work in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields.

Intern Benefits

  • Learn and develop sustainable energy knowledge and skills
  • Work closely with leading technical experts from the region
  • Acquire essential skills needed for future sustainable energy job markets
  • Have access to various technical and administrative workshops and trainings
  • Interact with diversified cultures and experiences

Who Should Apply?

  • Young professionals of energy, power, economics, political science and post graduate students
  • Academic researchers focusing on MENA region sustainable energy markets
  • Young entrepreneurs interested in sustainable energy investments and manufacturing

​APSEY program opportunities are offered to RCREEE 17 member states (Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine,Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen).

APSEY calls for candidates twice every year.

Step 1: Confirm Eligibility

Carefully review APSEY application criteria on the APSEY home page.

Step 2: Prepare and submit a complete application

Qualified candidates should send the following to our email address [email protected]:

  • Filled application form 
  • Updated CV
  • A one-page motivation letter

Applications are available in

Arabic             English

Important Remarks

  • All documents must be submitted as a complete package in one email. Applications missing any of the three required items will not be reviewed.
  • All applications must be electronically filled (Not hand written).
  • All applications must be submitted by email as attachments to "[email protected]". Applications submitted through links and online drives are not accepted. 
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Step 3: Application evaluation

Your application will be screened to determine your eligibility for the next step.  If your application was successful, you will be informed by mail that you are have passed initial screening phase and you will be asked submit a paper for further review.
After reviewing submitted papers, selected candidates will be contacted by email for a skype interview.

Please be aware that many potential applicants do not pass the screening stage due to incomplete or inaccurate applications. Also, given the high competitive nature of the program, the duration of evaluation might vary from 1-1.5 month.

Step 4: Results Notification and Logistical Arrangements

After interviews, you will be informed in case you are selected as APSEY intern and will receive logistical support for your reallocation to Cairo, Egypt.

Step 5: Welcoming Interns

Upon arrival, APSEY interns get introduced to RCREEE through a tailored orientation agenda. RCREEE senior experts guide the interns through business and technical topics to acquaint them with RCREEE’s mission, projects, strategic partners and communication strategy.

Rana AlKady
Egypt

"My APSEY experience enabled me to learn about the various elements of different renewable energy-based projects, not only in Egypt, but within the region. I was able to learn from professional industry experts and was given the opportunity to develop and enhance my skills as a Renewable Energy Engineer."

Mohamed Ahmed
Somalia

“One of the beauties about APSEY is the practical experience in sustainable energy and exposure through different projects and activities. Something textbooks and universities don’t offer”

Radwa Abo Shady
Egypt

"I learnt from the multi-culture environment. It was like an incubator for future leaders in the Arab region and expanded my horizons. The program allowed me to present my first paper in Jordan. It allowed me to go on study tours to Kurimat, Zaafrana, and solar water heaters with Lund university students. It was the first time to talk about the energy subsidy and renewable energy in Egypt and MENA region before all of the changes in policies the government is doing now."

Mazen Al-Qadi
Yemen

"I found myself surrounded by intelligent hardworking professionals in a wide range of specialization such as economy, renewable energy and energy efficiency. It was 6 months of continuous learning and hands on experience through workshops, conferences and projects. I gained enormous amount of knowledge so that by the end of my internship I was able to assess the potential of RE in Yemen especially PV sector."

Meriam Hamdi
Morocco

“Learning by doing is the essence of APSEY. This program had a threefold impact on my personal and professional growth. Thanks to this program, I gained exposure to the sustainable energy situation in the MENA, I immersed myself in a multicultural and international work environment, and I expanded my professional network. I strongly advise young professionals of our region to apply.”

Atif Mussa Osman Suliman
Sudan

“During my internship I gained experience in how to make economic feasibility studies. I learnt a lot about renewable energy policies and regulations in the region which helped me a lot plan for my future”

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Call for Candidatures to the 14th round of the Arab Program for Sustainable Energy Youth (APSEY)

Position: RCREEE Intern

Duty Station: Cairo, Egypt

Duration: 6 Month

Application deadline: September 18, 2020

Background

The Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) is an intergovernmental organization with diplomatic status that aims to enable and increase the adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency practices across Pan-Arab countries and is the Official technical arm institution of both League of Arab State – Energy Department and Arab Ministerial Council for Electricity (AMCE).

Having today 17 Arab countries among its members, RCREEE strives to lead renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives and expertise in all Arab states.

For information on RCREEE and its activities, please visit http://www.rcreee.org

Arab Program for Sustainable Energy Youth (APSEY)

RCREEE, in cooperation with the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) offers recent graduates 6 internship opportunities at its regional headquarters in Cairo.

The selected interns should be prepared to relocate to Cairo and work in a fast-paced team environment. Interns will complete the internship period having gained a broad experience in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and regional cooperation fields. Among the activities to be carried out during the 6 months are:

  • Hands-on training on data mining, research and analysis skills through direct involvement in regional and country level research

  • Placement in RCREEE projects under the supervision of Program Managers and Senior Experts

  • Technical training courses by leading regional technical experts from the region

  • Soft skills training courses (communication skills, leadership and project management, business and technical writing)

  • Attending relevant regional workshops and/or Exchange mission with other young professionals to collaborate on running projects

  • Periodic evaluation and feedback

Duties and Responsibilities

The selected candidates will work under the supervision of RCREEE team in any of the following areas:

  • Research and analysis on renewable energy and energy efficiency trends and technologies in the Arab States

  • Engage in project support and implementation in the fields of policy, institutional development, facts/figures, finance and private investments promotion relevant to RE/EE.

  • Engage in RCREEE’s business development activities.

Qualifications

  • Recent graduate of: Engineering, Environmental Studies, Economics, Political Science, or Business Administration

  • Being enrolled in or a holder of a relevant Master’s Degree is a plus

  • Previous experience in the field of sustainable energy and similar developmental projects is a plus

  • Fluency in Arabic and one of the two languages; English or French, is a must

  • Enthusiastic about the role of RCREEE and renewable energy and energy efficiency fields, and ready to learn

  • Excellent writing, editing and communications skills

  • Ability to work under pressure, multi-task and deadlines-oriented

  • Internet and MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) proficiency is required

General Terms and Conditions

  • APSEY is a full time internship. Interns will be required to abide by RCREEE working hours (8 hours/day) 5 days a week.

  • The internship program operates on a remunerative basis. For interns from countries other than the host country, travel arrangements are the responsibility of RCREEE

  • Non-Egyptian interns will receive a monthly amount equivalent to 705 USD to cover accommodation and living expenses.

  • It is the responsibility of the intern to arrange for his/her accommodation. RCREEE provides selected interns with a list of brokers’ contacts.

  • Egyptian interns will receive a monthly amount equivalent to 350 USD.

  • Medical Insurance is the sole responsibility of the intern.

Interning at RCREEE during COVID-19 Pandamic

At RCREEE, the safety of our employees and interns is a priority. All applicants should take note of the following:

  • APSEY internship must be completed at RCREEE premises in Cairo, Egypt.
  • Interns must hold an international health insurance valid in Egypt. A proof of insurance will be requested from selected candidates (after contracting).
  • Given COVID-19 restrictions, program commencement date will depend on travel conditions and flight availability
  • COVID-19 related tests may be requested from selected interns according to the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation decisions

How to apply

Qualified candidates should send the following documents to [email protected] before 18 September 2020:

  1. Filled application form (Click to download)

  2. Updated CV

  3. A one-page motivation letter

Subject Line: APSEY Round 14

Important Remarks

  • All documents must be submitted as a complete package in one email. Applications missing any of the three required items will not be reviewed.
  • All application items must be electronically filled (Not hand written).
  • All applications must be submitted by email as attachments to "[email protected]". Applications submitted through links and online drives are not accepted. 

For more details and remarks, please visit APSEY application process page.

 

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted within 6 weeks from the application deadline.

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