Secretariat of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC)
Publication Date: 21 September 2021
Deadline for Application: 20 October 2021 (at midnight, Abu Dhabi Local Time)
Title: Consultant - Developer Renewable Energy Markets and Technology
Contract Type: Individual Consultant
Duration of Contract: 3 months
Expected Date for Entry on Duty: As soon as possible
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an inter-governmental organization 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 166 Members (165 States and the European Union) that acceded to its Statute, and 20 additional States in the process of accession and actively engaged.
IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) is responsible for the provision of the means for an accelerated renewable energy technology uptake, considering national conditions of resource endowment, social and economic frameworks. In accordance with the IRENA Statute, activities in this field include analysis of renewable energy technology policies; dissemination of information and increased awareness; technologies and equipment overview and assessment of success-failure factors; improved pertinent knowledge and technology transfer, and joint RD&D and provision of information about the development and deployment of national and international technical standards in relation to renewable energy.
IRENA supports enhancement and implementation of national climate commitments through renewable energy. Nationally determined contributions (NDCs) are the backbone of the Paris agreement, signed by the 197 member states of UNFCCC in 2015. NDCs include national mitigation and adaptation actions to reach the Agreement’s long-term temperature goal of limiting global warming to well below 2°C. New or updated NDCs are to be submitted in 2020 and are then to be revised and enhanced every fifth year thereafter.
The Consultant will work under the supervision of the Analyst, Renewable Energy Markets and Technology to support the transfer of an energy analysis tool applicable for sub-national energy system analysis. Typical assignments will include:
- Develop technical documentation that is as detailed and specific as feasible, including backend documentation, source code documentation, and administration documentation.
- Develop functional documentation including technological requirements, the programming and simulation environment, the data environment, and any software or product standardisation that the platform requires.
- Finalize a step-by-step guide for operating the energy analysis tool, complete with photographs, diagrams, and screen recording videos.
- Troubleshoot the energy analysis tool software system to ensure that it can be used in a variety of IT contexts such as desktop, tablet and mobile configurations.
- Support the identification of new energy analysis functionalities and characteristics, as well as the development of selected functionalities and identify opportunities to enhance system performance and availability.
- Contribute to the participation of technical stakeholders on end-user boards by disseminating technical knowledge in the form of summary notes.
- Ascertain the timeliness, accuracy, and quality of prepared materials.
- Support the resolution of any technical issues that may develop.
- Perform other duties as required.
Objectives and outcome
The objective of the work is to assist in the provision of :
- A credible technical documentation underlying the development undertaken as part of the energy analysis platform
- Support to devise a plan for the gradual transfer of knowledge and operations to the project team.
Timeline and deliverables
The consultancy assignment may vary in length and completion dates are to be determined. A possibility of extension is also envisaged depending on further work requirements. Deliverables due to IRENA include:
- Technical documentation including:
- Back-end documentation.
- Source code documentation.
- Administration documentation.
- Functional documentation including:
- End-user documentation
- Technical requirement documentation.
- Step-by-step operation guide.
- Troubleshoot punch list.
- Technical clarification request list
- Assist in engaging stakeholders by communicating technical information through the preparation of summary notes to be shared with participants of end-user boards.
The deliverables will be prepared in three stages, beginning with an inception report, followed by a draft report and finally, a final report. The supervisor will specify the content of the deliverables, as well as their structure, before the work begins. Any work or documents developed for a different purpose that are not targeted to the current work will be rejected systematically since they do not constitute a deliverable.
Remuneration will be based on the established payment scale of IRENA for consultancy assignments depending on years of relevant professional experience and qualifications of the Consultant.
Travel details: No travel involved.
- Advanced university degree in energy system analysis, economics, engineering, or a related field.
- Expert knowledge and experience with Python and other programming languages, including Pyomo open-source software package .
- Strong knowledge and experience with whole-building energy simulation programming (i.e. EnergyPlus or equivalent).
- Strong knowledge and experience with relational database environments (i.e. SQL or equivalent).
- Strong knowledge and experience with geographic information systems (i.e. QGIS, ArcGis, or equivalent)
- Strong knowledge and experience with web development framework ideally including JS libraries and frameworks as well as web development tools such as git repository, python/dash, docker, Postgres-SQL, Advanced message queuing protocol (RabbitMQ/celery) and Angular Web Development tools.
- Basic understanding of the application of renewable energy technologies in low- and middle-income countries demonstrated through relevant internships and/or work experience in energy system analysis.
- Self-motivated and able to work independently in a fast paced, deadline driven environment
- Ability to organize data and to use technical software programs related to energy analysis.
- Excellent technical and non-technical skills in English, ideally suited to a high-level audience.
- Ability to tailor writing style to different types of audience.
- Qualified candidates must apply for the above-mentioned 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.
- Note that candidate should be capable of working together with people from different national and cultural backgrounds. IRENA is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups, and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to.
- Please note that only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted for further assessment and receive notice of the final outcome of the selection process.