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LATAM Transport Research (Climate Action Implementation) Fellow

C40 Cities

LATAM Transport Research (Climate Action Implementation) Fellow

About the organization: 

C40 is a network of nearly 100 mayors of the world’s leading cities working to deliver the urgent action needed right now to confront the climate crisis and create a future where everyone, everywhere, can thrive. Mayors of C40 cities are committed to using a science-based and people-focused approach to help the world limit global heating to 1.5°C and build healthy, equitable and resilient communities. We work alongside a broad coalition of representatives from labour, business, the youth climate movement and civil society to support mayors to halve emissions by 2030 and help phase out fossil use while increasing urban climate resilience and equity.

Position Description: 

C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group is seeking a proactive and dedicated Climate Action Implementation (CAI) Intern to support the development of transportation-related research. As a CAI Intern, you will play a vital role in assisting the programme by conducting research, analysing data and participating in the development of knowledge products aimed at advancing our work in the region. Specifically, you will focus on contributing to knowledge transfer and the adoption of best practices aimed at decarbonising public transportation in Latin American cities. As CAI Intern you will be tasked with analysing current public transport policies in Mexico City and other cities in the world. Your focus will be on collecting primary information through interviews and mapping transferable knowledge from secondary sources on innovation, technology, financing mechanisms, inclusion & equity and the potential for good green jobs creation as part of transport fleet renovations and systems formalisation. Once the information is mapped out, you will support the development of documents aligned to the Programme Knowledge Strategy. These documents will provide recommendations for the adoption of these strategies in Mexico City.

Key responsibilities:
- Assist the development of a recommendations document aimed at improving the scope of Mexico City public policy for fleet renovation in medium capacity transport services.
- Conduct comprehensive research on similar experiences in cities and regions in the world that have carried out fleet renovation projects, focusing on their effects on greenhouse gas emissions, service indicators, service formalisation challenges and lessons learned, working conditions improvement for drivers and service improvements for all users.
- Take part in interviews that will be conducted with key stakeholders in the transportation sector and transfer the obtained knowledge, information and key messages into the research being conducted.
Identify areas of opportunity to better support the cities that are part of the CAI programme.
- Review of technical transportation data such as: supply - demand studies, service indicators, origin-destination surveys, financial schemes, emission contributions and vehicle specifications.
- Support in organising and hosting a series of webinars to disseminate the research findings, resulting documents and lessons learned through the programme’s actions and work with cities and stakeholders.

Desired Qualifications: 
- Strong passion for climate action and sustainability, with a demonstrated commitment to addressing environmental challenges.
- Solid understanding of the relation between transport and climate change.
- Knowledge on the governance framework for transportation in Latin American Cities, preferably in Mexico City and the operational structure of the Integrated Mobility Network.
- Proficiency in conducting research, gathering data and synthesising information to generate insights, excellent writing skills in academic and professional documents in English and Spanish.
- Proactive attitude and willingness to take initiative, with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a diverse team.
- A bachelor's or master's degree in a relevant field such as urban planning, transportation engineering, sustainability studies, public policy, or a related discipline.
- Fluency in Spanish and English is required.

Time Commitment: 20 hours/week

LATAM Transport Research (Climate Action Implementation) Fellow

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