Assignment period:08/17/2020 - 11/16/2020
Type of employment:full-time
The economic policies of the partner countries of the global programme “Dialogue on Digital Consumer Protection with Emerging Markets“, China, Brazil and Indonesia, have been geared towards economic expansion and increasing domestic consumption in recent decades. All three countries have undergone a far-reaching economic transformation. The rapid development of these emerging economies against the background of digitalisation and globalisation have influenced the market dynamics and led to massive shifts in the balance of power between the market actors.
Albeit particularly visible in emerging economies, the challenges of economic transformation caused by increasingly globalised and digitalised markets do not only apply to transitioning countries. Germany as a well-developed industrial nation is in no way immune to the challenges that come with the transformative developments of the recent years.
One essential instrument to ensure that economies serve all their actors is consumer protection. Consumer protection helps maintain a balance between the legitimate interests of businesses and those of consumers. Changes in markets, their functioning and their power dynamics therefore require an adequate adaptation of consumer protection instruments and rules. Only that ensures that risks are sufficiently mitigated and that the benefits of a digital economy are duly made use of so that consumers and thereby society as a whole benefits from the digital transformation.
Hence, the global programme aims at strengthening consumer protection in China, Brazil, Indonesia and Germany by exchanging views on and identifying and developing innovative and digital approaches to protect consumer rights. The programme focuses its activities on the risks and opportunities of digitalisation with special attention paid to e-commerce, legal tech and online courts.
Specifically, the programme focuses on three thematic areas:
1. Finding answers to new challenges of consumer protection in digital markets
2. Making use of the digital transformation to the benefit of consumers
3. Strengthening international cooperation
Exploring these aspects, the programme conducts activities in three fields of action:
1. Introduction and continuation of exchange formats with partner countries, e.g. through the organisation of conferences, workshops, trainings and other activities.
2. The innovation hub will identify and analyse new approaches of innovative consumer protection instruments as well as creative normative solutions. For this, the programme will conduct research, commission in-depth studies, and draft concept papers and comparative analyses.
3. The project will provide support and advice on an ad hoc basis to the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) in the handling of national and international processes concerning consumer protection and in the strategic planning process of such events or other activities of the commissioning unit. Examples are background research on current political debates, preparatory work for international events, drafting background papers or identifying new international partners and partner institutions.
- Conceptual and organisational support to all activities of the project: Designing and implementing activities, event management, documentation of the results, communication with project partners, etc.
- Supporting the coordination with the commissioning unit of the ministry of justice, compiling background research and drafting briefing notes, replying to ad-hoc inquiries from the commissioning ministry, developing proposals for the project development
- Supporting the internal and external communication of the programme: Drafting and correcting informational material such as factsheets, flyers, event invitations etc.
- Supporting knowledge management as well as monitoring and evaluation of the project and drafting project reports
- You are passionate about consumer protection and digitalisation
- Ideally you have gained first work experience in the area of consumer protection and digitalisation especially with subject matters related to legal tech, e-commerce, ODR and online-courts
- You have a law degree or you currently study law or have dealt extensively with consumer protection and digitalisation in your studies
- You are experienced in conducting research on matters of consumer protection and digitalisation
- You are passionate about international cooperation and you have a strong interest in matters of governance. Experience in the area of international cooperation or development cooperation would be an asset
- Additional language skills or regional experience in the project countries China, Indonesia and Brazil are an asset.
- You display advanced inter-cultural sensitivity, an acute political understanding and you work in a well-structured manner
- You enjoy in-depth research in new subject matters and quickly grasp new concepts and topics
- You possess advanced communication skills in English and German and are well-versed to convey information precisely to the target audience
- You are well-versed in all MS-Office applications.
Please be informed that you are only allowed to apply for this internship, if you are currently enrolled as a student or graduated not longer than six months ago from the start of your internship.
We pay a monthly stipend of €1.608,- (gross).
GIZ would like to increase the proportion of employees with disability, both in Germany and abroad. Applications from persons with disabilities are most welcome.
For further information, please contact Ms Nguyen Van (firstname.lastname@example.org).