Secretariat of International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC)
Publication Date: 13 January 2022
Deadline for Application: 27 January 2022
Title and Grade: Associate Professional – Clean Energy Transition Scenarios
(two positions to be filled)
Indicative Annual Salary: USD 36,000 to 54,000 and other benefits
Duration of Appointment: One year, with possible extension
Duty Station: Bonn, Germany
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 167 Members (166 States and the European Union) that acceded to its Statute, and 17 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.
Under the Work Programme 2020-21, IRENA’s work on energy transformation aims to empower effective policy and decision making by providing authoritative knowledge and analysis on renewables-based energy transformation. To achieve this goal, IRENA’s Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) has provided a range of insights on possible paths for such a transformation, spanning multiple geographic areas, sectors and topics. Models and scenarios play a key role in the development of transition paths.
Against this background, IRENA leads the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) Initiative “Long-term Energy Scenarios for the Clean Energy Transition” (LTES) as the operating agent. The initiative aims to promote the wider adoption and improved use of long-term model-based energy scenarios by: (1) sharing country experience in the use and benefits of energy scenario modelling for national and regional policy planning; (2) showcasing innovative tools and methods for energy scenario modelling that address the integration challenges of variable renewable energy (VRE); and (3) identifying channels to build capacity for clean energy transition planning in countries with limited experience. IRENA expands this work to its member countries through the Long-term Energy Scenarios (LTES) Network.
The purpose of the Associate Professional (AP) Programme is to enable talented and promising university graduates and post graduates to gain first-hand experience in the work of IRENA and a deeper insight into the role of the Agency in promoting the widespread and increased adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy. The programme offers valuable exposure to IRENA’s main activities and programmatic areas. The Agency also benefits from gaining new and motivated members of staff, bringing new skills and perspectives.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Senior Programme Officer – Power Sector Investment Planning of the IITC, the selected candidate will support the day-to-day work behind IRENA’s CEM LTES Initiative and Network, including:
Professionalism: 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; 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; tailor language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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.
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, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Applicants should be no more than 32 years of age at the time of submitting their applications.
Education: Advanced university degree in energy system analysis, economics, engineering, or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience/Skills: Excellent drafting skills both in technical and non-technical outputs in English, ideally for a high-level audience; good communication skills, and ability to tailor writing style to different types of audience. Experience in international cooperation and prior responsibility for dealing with multilateral agencies, networks and forums; knowledge of model-based energy scenarios and a proven track record of work relevant to that material will be a significant advantage.
Languages: Excellent command of written and spoken English is a must. Working knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.
Qualified candidates must apply for the above-mentioned vacancy on-line by uploading the completed application form and a letter of interest, including details of two professional references who will be contacted if the application is shortlisted.
Applications from qualified women are highly encouraged.
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.
 Amount of monthly lump-sum depends on qualifications and years of relevant work experience. In addition: a monthly accommodation allowance (EUR 600); relocation grant upon arrival/separation if relocation involved (USD 1,200); installation grant if relocation involved (USD 1,300); health insurance; other entitlements as applicable.