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(Closed)UN Geothermal Training Programme- (Dominica Only) – Deadline: August 1, 2009

United Nations University (UNU) Geothermal Training Programme
United Nations University (UNU) Geothermal Training Programme

The United Nations Geothermal Training Programme is offering training courses to qualified candidates from Dominica.

As stated in a Memorandum of Understanding signed April 6th, 2009, an important aspect of the initiative is capacity-building within relevant Dominican governmental institutions.  With this purpose in mind, the United Nations University Geothermal Training Programme (UNU-GTP) in Iceland and short courses held on various continents in geothermal training are open for qualified candidates from energy institutions in Dominica.

The selection of fellows is based on certain criteria:

1. Directors of geothermal research and utilization institutions and universities are invited to nominate candidates for training in the specialized fields that are considered most relevant to promote geothermal development in the respective country.
Nominations of participants for the following year, including the curriculum vitae of the candidates, should be directed to the Geothermal Training Programme ( in Iceland before  August 1, every year .
2. The candidate should hold a university degree in science or engineering.
3. The candidate should have a minimum of one year practical experience in geothermal, and should be in a permanent position at a government owned energy company, research institution, or university.
4. The working language at the UNU-GTP is English and, therefore, candidates should be fluent in written and spoken English.
5. The candidate should be under the age of 40.
6. Finally, the fellows are selected through site visits and extensive personal interviews according to UNU procedures. Much care is taken in selecting the fellows, in part, due to the high teacher-to-student ratio. The total cost of training per student is ca. USD 40,000.
Site visits cannot be held in all requesting countries every year due to high costs of international travel. For this reason, personal interviews are held in a given country for two or three years at a time.

The selection criteria for cooperative countries:

  1. The Government of Iceland and the UNU finance fellows from institutions in developing countries, sub-Saharan countries and some Central and Eastern European countries.
  2. Priority is given to professionals from developing countries.
  3. A given country should have significant geothermal potential.
  4. Geothermal should play an important role in improving on the Millenium Development Goals in a given country.
  5. Priority is given to countries/institutions where geothermal work is already under way.
  6. It is of great importance to assist in establishing complete teams of specialists in selected institutions.
  7. Qualified candidates from industrialised countries can also be accepted on condition that they obtain scholarships from their own institutions/countries.

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