Vacancy Announcement

Secretariat of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre (KPFC)


Publication/Transmission Date:           20 July 2022  

Deadline For Application:                      09 August 2022 (at midnight, Abu Dhabi local Time)

Title and Grade:                                      Associate Programme Officer – GIS Analyst, P1 

Indicative Annual Salary:                       USD 46,026 to 53,662[1]

Duration of Appointment:                     One year, with possible extension

Duty Station:                                           Abu-Dhabi, United Arab Emirates                

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 160 Members (159 States and the European Union) that acceded to its Statute, and 23 additional States in the process of accession. 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 of sustainable development, increased energy security, and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.

Within this mandate, the focus of the Knowledge, Policy, and Finance Centre (KPFC) is on collecting data, developing knowledge platforms and conducting analysis to support the creation of enabling environments for investment and growth in renewables. This entails analytical work on policy and finance, building a gateway to knowledge, giving input to advisory services that the Agency provides to its member states and at regional levels, and targeted engagement with the private sector and civil society.

The Global Atlas for Renewable Energy (hereafter referred to as Global Atlas) is an international partnership coordinated by IRENA. It aims to provide the data and tools for countries and communities to prospect and harvest their renewable energy potential. Initiated in 2010, it has gathered a community of 300 000 users as of 2021, exploiting freely available renewable energy resource and ancillary datasets. The Global Atlas continues to evolve both in the scope of renewable energy resource datasets available on the platform and in the number and kind of support services available to the member states. The Global Atlas zoning and site appraisal services have supported countries in identifying promising zones and prospective sites to target for solar and wind development.

The prospective recruit will support IRENA’s RE Resource Assessment team the services above.


Duties and Responsibilities


Under the overall guidance of the Director of KPFC, and in close cooperation with the lead of the Renewable Energy Resource Assessment unit, the Associate Programme Officer will perform the following duties:

Support the update of the renewable resource datasets for the Global Atlas;  Support countries with the spatial assessment of solar and wind potentials by gathering and digitalizing country level information, such as renewable energy development plans, priority areas; up-to-date transmission infrastructure (lines, substations and electrical characteristics), and executing developed models related to the service; Support the team in automating the existing models and approaches in preparation of developing new renewable potential assessment services,  Support the activities of the Renewable Energy Resource Assessment unit, and ensure coordination with other teams and divisions within IRENA on topics such as renewable energy resources, contributing to knowledge management within the Agency; Participate and assist in the design and implementation of outreach and communication activities, including the development of training materials and relevant promotional material, delivery of technical trainings & workshops and usability tests,  Perform other duties as required. 



Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates growing professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

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; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision.



Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Science, Engineering, Environment, or Renewable Energy-related fields. A first-level university degree, in combination with qualifying experience, may be accepted instead of an advanced university degree. 

Experience: Proven work experience in field of computer science and geographic information systems, with a sound understanding of renewable energy. Knowledge of finance, and market instruments could be an advantage. Demonstrated ability to implement projects with good analytical skills and to produce reports and papers on renewable energy resource assessment. 

Language: Excellent command of written and spoken English is essential. Fluency in other languages would be of additional benefit.

Skills: Strong quantitative and data analytical skills and Excel/IT skills are required. 



Qualified candidates must apply for the abovementioned vacancy on-line through IRENA’s recruitment platform, Taleo, by submitting a complete and comprehensive CV and a letter of interest, including details of three professional references who will be contacted if their application is shortlisted.

Applications from qualified women, especially from nationals of developing countries, are highly encouraged.

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



[1] IRENA provides similar ICSC benefits and entitlements, including rental subsidy, education grant (for school aged children), annual leave, health insurance, provident fund, etc.

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