The Joint Research Center of the European Commission is seeking candidate trainees for the Western Africa Region workshop on the application of the renewable energy to rural electrification.

The initiative is financed by EuropeAid Development and Cooperation, Directorate-General of the European Commission.

The Western Africa Region workshop will take place in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), from the 7th to 11th of November 2011, at the 2iE Foundation. The working language are French and English
(translation will be provided).

The aim of the workshop is to provide a space for knowledge, training and experience exchange, focusing on PV and bioenergy systems for rural electrification projects. The topics covered will be balanced equally between the two topics and the expertise:
  • GIS based assessment for distributed PV electricity,
  • African solar off-grid PV systems experiences,
  • European experiences in bioenergy resource mapping, sustainability criteria,
  • Technical potential for biofuel for Africa,
  • Biomass potential in Africa and African experiences.

The workshop is designed for current and future researchers, academics and professionals, willing to be active in energy field. Candidates should meet the following criteria:
  • African residence and nationality: candidates from the West African countries will be given preference,
  • Minimum a Master’s degree, giving preferences to those with a PhD or ongoing PhD studies,
  • Active in renewable energy and/or rural electrification fields,
  • Academic or professional work experience.

The participants can have the option to participate in the international conference: "Biofuel prospects and opportunities for Africa", organised from the 14th to the 16th November by the 2iE Foundation (

Candidates are invited to send motivation and/or recommendation letter and CV, by the end of September 2011, to: AFRETEP project, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy, Renewable Energy Unit, jrc-wa-afretep-ws at (please download the standard CV form here:

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