Back Programme Officer – Asia and the Pacific, P-4

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 11 April 2018
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 10 May 2018

Vacancy Announcement

Secretariat of International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Country Support and Partnerships Division (CSP)

Deadline For Application:10 May 2018 (at midnight, Abu Dhabi Time)

Title and Grade:Programme Officer – Asia and the Pacific, P-4

Indicative Annual Salary:(a) Annual net salary plus (b) post adjustment , provident fund and other benefits

(a) Annual Net Salary¹: USD 71,332 to USD 80,645

(b) Post Adjustment²: USD 46,437.13 to USD 52,499.90

Duration of Appoinment:Two years, with possible extension

Duty Station:Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Expected Date for Entry on Duty: As soon as possible

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an inter-governmental organisation mandated with the widespread and increased adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy. At present, IRENA has 156 Members (155 States and the European Union) that acceded to its Statute, and 24 additional States in the process of accession and actively engaged. IRENA supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy. The Agency implements its mandate with the view to sustainable development, increased energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.

IRENA has a strong focus on developing country members and would work with them to assess the existing policy structures and institutional context within which renewable energy policy is placed. These will help identify the elements that could be built upon to have an effective and efficient policy framework to support market development. IRENA has adopted a regional approach for initiating discussions with countries, since due to geographical contiguity; countries in a region often share renewable energy resources across their boundaries as well as face similar policy and institutional challenges.

IRENA assists countries and regions to implement a comprehensive set of actions towards enabling higher shares of renewables on regional grids. IRENA has developed the Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA), a country owned and led process, with a comprehensive tool for assessing key conditions for renewable energy technology development and deployment and the actions necessary to further create an enabling framework for promoting renewable energy investments.

IRENA’s initiatives for promoting greater penetration of renewable electricity in regional power grids complement the national engagement. These enable countries to also identify the actions that are required for optimal utilisation of renewable resources from a regional power planning perspective, keeping in view declining cost trends, the capacity to operate transmission grids with a greater share of renewable power, and human, financial, and institutional barriers to the expansion of renewable power options in the market.

Under the guidance of the Director, Country Support and Partnerships, and the immediate supervision of the Head of Regions, the Regional Programme Officer:

  • Coordinates the design and development of the framework for setting up and maintaining cooperation networks with governments, regional entities, industry and civil society in the region. The foundation for maintaining existing and for establishing new networks to galvanise action towards increasing the role of renewable energy would be prepared as a part of IRENA’s Work Programme;
  • Leads the RRAs in the countries, upon request; including, in the context of combined RRA-REmap studies;
  • Identifies regional initiatives for promoting renewable energy deployment, inter-governmental forums and other programmes, which could be effective platforms for collaboration in the region.;
  • Coordinates the preparation and implementation of any regional or sub-regional programs, including conceptualization of the program, identification of priority areas of action, and development of the modalities of implementation;
  • Ensures close links with the other IRENA programmatic divisions to identify synergies in line with priorities identified by countries;
  • Keeps abreast of trends, key topics and initiatives in renewable energy policy, finance and technology to contribute to the preparation of the renewable energy readiness reports for the region;
  • Supports the planning and coordination of Work Programme of the Directorate and contribute to its successful implementation;
  • Organises and prepares written outputs, e.g., draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.;
  • Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.;
  • Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.; and
  • Performs other duties, as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialised field. Ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to develop sources for data collection. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Good knowledge of socioeconomic aspects of energy; ability to implement projects/programmes; familiarity with the renewable energy policies; good analytical skills, ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Excellent drafting skills and ability to prepare reports that are clear, concise and meaningful.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organisational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Planning & Organising: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.


Education: Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in the field of energy, environment, economics, social sciences or any other relevant field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in the energy sector, some of which should be at the international level; experience in international cooperation and in dealing with multilateral agencies, networks and forums; experience of work in regional organizations of the ASEAN would have an added value.

Languages: Excellent command of written and spoken English. Knowledge of Asian languages is desirable.


Qualified candidates must apply for the above-mentioned vacancy on-line. Applications from qualified women are highly encouraged.

IRENA reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post.

Please note that only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted for an interview and will receive notice of the final outcome of the selection process.

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