Secretariat of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Publication Date: 16 August 2021
Deadline for Application: 15 October 2021 (at midnight, Abu Dhabi Time)
Title and Grade: Senior Programme Officer – Project Facilitation, P-5
Indicative Annual Salary: USD 89,837 to USD 99,973 and other benefits
Duration of Appointment: Two years, with possible extension
Duty Station: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Entry on Duty: As soon as possible
The International Renewable Energy Agency is an inter-governmental organisation headquartered in Abu Dhabi, mandated to promote the widespread and increased adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity. IRENA’s mission is to play a leading role in the ongoing transformation of the global energy systems as a centre of excellence for knowledge and innovation, a global voice of renewable energy, a network hub for all stakeholders and a source of advice and support for countries. At present, IRENA has 165 Members (164 States and the European Union) that acceded to its Statute, and 19 additional States in the process of accession and actively engaged.
The Project Facilitation and Support (PFS) division is a new division that integrates all the previous initiatives of IRENA related to project facilitation. It has an ambitious goal to achieve a tangible impact by facilitating funding and investments for promising projects, co-organising regional investment forums with matchmaking events, and fostering cooperation between international institutions that have compatible objectives. One of the main instruments is the platform that organises IRENA’s contribution to the Climate Investment Platform (CIP), a joint initiative of IRENA, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All). The activities include the preparation of projects, support to the partners who can help projects to achieve financial close, and the organisation of international and regional matchmaking events where project owners, lenders, investors and donors can meet.
Other responsibilities include the development and promotion of project facilitation tools, like the Project Navigator, the Risk Assessment and Mitigation Platform and the Open Solar Contracts initiative. PFS further manages IRENA’s partnership with the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development and the development of a new funding facility. All these initiatives have in common that they help to attract investments in the renewable energy sector and provide support that is directly relevant to projects.
Under the supervision of the Director of PFS, the Senior Programme Officer will oversee two streams of work: a) the Climate Investment Platform operations and delivery to channel renewable energy (RE) projects for technical assistance, consideration under the Risk Mitigation Facility, and if applicable to feed into the ETAF platform; and b) Technical Assistance to support projects to advance to investment readiness status. The Technical Assistance/Project Facilitation Unit will collaborate and work closely with other divisions of the Agency, namely Country Engagement and Partnerships (CEP)/ Regional Officers and the IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) to expand the PFS Division’s footprint through stakeholder reach-out and engagement. The Senior Programme Officer will ultimately lead and coordinate the Agency’s work related to RE investment scale-up and will fulfil the following duties and responsibilities:
Lead IRENA’s role to establish and operate the Climate Investment Platforms.
Professionalism: Possess in-depth knowledge of issues surrounding renewable energy, including financing, project management and risk mitigation; familiarity with renewable energy economics and technologies; good understanding of the lifecycle of a renewable energy project; shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence in subject matter and pays attention to detail; 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.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; creates and promotes enabling environment for open communication; 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.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational 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.
Planning and Organising: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities to ensure successful completion of work assigned.
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.
Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in engineering, policy, energy planning, finance, sustainable development, environment or natural science or another relevant field.
Experience: A minimum of ten years of experience in project development, project finance, energy financing programmes, development funding or renewable energy technology deployment. The ideal candidate must possess a demonstrable track record in the sustainable infrastructure sector, desirable climate finance knowledge, and broad knowledge of energy verticals, at least five of which stem from international renewable energy project development. At least part of this experience is with the private sector. Additionally, the candidate should have a proven ability to cooperate diplomatically in multicultural environments. Other requirements are as follows:
Experience with intergovernmental processes is an advantage.
Language: Excellent command of written and spoken English. Fluency in other languages (especially Russian, Spanish, French, Arabic) will be of additional benefit.
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 three professional references who will be contacted if their application is shortlisted.
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.
 IRENA provides similar ICSC benefits and entitlements, including dependency allowances, rental subsidy, education grant (for school aged children), annual and sick leave, health insurance, Provident Fund participation, etc. as would be applicable.