Secretariat of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Division of Project Facilitation and Support (PFS)
Publication Date: 29 July 2021
Deadline for Application: 18 August 2021 (at midnight, Abu Dhabi Local Time)
Title and Grade: Associate Programme Officer – Project Facilitation P-2
Indicative Annual Salary: USD 48,805 to USD 56,904
Duration of Appointment: One year, 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 164 Members (163 States and the European Union) that acceded to its Statute, and 20 additional States in the process of accession and actively engaged.
The Project Facilitation and Support (PFS) division 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. The division also organises IRENA’s contribution to the Climate Investment Platform (CIP), a joint initiative of IRENA, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) in cooperation with the Green Climate Fund (GCF). 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 of the division include the development and promotion of project facilitation tools, like 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.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the Director of PFS and the direct supervision of the Head of the Project Facilitation unit, the Associate Programme Officer (APO) will primarily support the operationalisation of the Climate Investment Platform (CIP), one of the main instruments that organises IRENA’s contribution to project facilitation. The activities that the Associate Programme Officer will undertake primarily include supporting promising renewable energy (RE) projects to achieve financial close, organising regional Investment Forums with matchmaking events, and fostering cooperation between international institutions that have compatible objectives. Specific responsibilities will include:
Professionalism: Knowledge of renewable energy finance, project finance and project management, with a particular focus on developing countries. Ability to assess and guide RE projects with minimal guidance. Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions and make conclusions and recommendations.
Communication: Ability to communicate effectively with various types of individuals and institutions. 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; 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 a 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.
Accountability: Takes ownership for 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 peers and colleagues, provides oversight and takes ownership of delegated responsibilities; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable; operates in compliance with organisational regulations and rules.
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 clients.
Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in finance, economics, sustainable development, renewable energy or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: A minimum of two years of relevant professional work experience, including direct involvement in renewable energy projects and/or renewable energy project preparation and facilitation, project management, or project finance. Prior experience working with Least Developed Countries (LDC) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) is desirable.
Language: Excellent command of written and spoken English. Fluency in other languages would be 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 application, 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.
 IRENA provides similar ICSC benefits and entitlements, including rental subsidy, education grant (for school aged children), annual leave, health insurance, provident fund, etc.