Secretariat of International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Country Engagement and Partnerships (CEP)
Publication/Transmission Date: 28 July 2022
Deadline For Application: 17 August 2022 (at midnight, Abu Dhabi Local Time)
Title and Grade: Programme Officer – Global Geothermal Alliance P-3
Indicative Annual Salary: USD 62,692 to USD 71,825
Duration of Appointment: One year, 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 168 Members (167 States and the European Union) that acceded to its Statute, and 16 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 to sustainable development, increased energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.
Country Engagement and Partnerships Division (CEP) leads the work with countries. It offers the main interface between the Agency and the regions and countries in the identification of priority areas for IRENA’s technical support as well as in design, development and implementation of activities tailored to specific needs and priorities identified. This requires a systematic overview of country and regional needs, experiences and trends to help facilitate cross-fertilization of best practices between countries and regions, which also helps shape IRENA’s future programmatic priorities.
The Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA) initiative serves as a global platform for improved dialogue, cooperation and coordinated action between geothermal industry, policy makers and geothermal stakeholders, where IRENA acts as the coordinator and facilitator of the initiative. GGA aims at increasing the share of geothermal energy in the global energy mix through both geothermal power generation and direct use of geothermal heat. The GGA constituency has expanded to include 49 member countries and 51 partner institutions across the globe. In an effort to unlock geothermal investments on a global scale, the Alliance aims to provide customised support to regions and countries with geothermal market potential, facilitate the exchange of insights and experience among key stakeholders in the geothermal energy value chain, and provide technical assistance, advisory and capacity building to foster an enabling environment for geothermal energy development.
Through coordinated outreach and in close collaboration with key geothermal stakeholders in respective regions, the Agency has developed a portfolio of regional and thematic capacity building activities to support geothermal deployment, including, in the Eastern Africa and Latin America. These initiatives aim at raising awareness with the key stakeholders in countries on geothermal energy; strengthening the enabling policy and regulatory frameworks; and enhancing institutional and human capacities to promote more accelerated deployment of geothermal energy in the power generation and its direct use.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the Director of the Country Engagement and Partnerships Division and immediate supervision of the Head of Partnerships. The Programme Officer will:
Education: Advanced University degree (Master degree or equivalent) in the field of engineering, energy, environment, social sciences and/or any other related field. A first university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: At minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in the field of geothermal energy or a related area.
Languages: Excellent command of both written and spoken English is essential. Knowledge of additional UN languages is an advantage.
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.
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 rental subsidy, education grant (for school aged children), annual leave, health insurance, provident fund, etc.