Secretariat of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC)
Publication/Transmission Date: 16 December 2021
Deadline for Application: 15 January 2022 (at midnight, Abu Dhabi local Time)
Title and Grade: Associate Analyst – Off-Grid Power Systems, P-2
Indicative Annual salary USD 48,805 to USD 56,904
Duration of Appointment: One year (with possibility of extension subject to
availability of funds)
Title and Grade: 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 166 Members (165 States and the European Union) that acceded to its Statute, and 18 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.
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.
The Agency has been increasingly expanding its work to cover all energy transition pathways. A key pathway for the transformation of how energy is produced and supplied is to go from limited or no access to electricity to full access to modern energy via renewables. In the context of the work of the Power Sector Transformation team, the issue is approached from the techno-economic perspective, looking at how the development of new renewable energy and associated enabling technologies, together with their cost competitiveness and accompanied by new business models, can play a role in achieving universal energy access. The Analyst will support IRENA’s activities in the space of off-grid with a specific focus on energy access provision in Africa through renewable mini grids and on the development of roadmaps to transition SIDS to 100% RE.
Under the supervision of the Analyst, Power Sector Transformation Strategies, the tasks of the Associate Analyst, Off-grid power systems include:
Professionalism: Good understanding of renewable energy technology, markets or technology policy frameworks. 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.
Accountability: Stands accountable for the accuracy and completeness of information under his/her control and handling of the information in a discreet and confidential manner; takes ownership for all responsibilities and honour commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes ownership of delegated responsibilities and authorities; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules.
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.
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 on going developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed.
Education: Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in engineering, physics, environmental or natural sciences, or other relevant field related to energy. 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 progressively responsible experience in the relevant sector, some of which should be at the international level. Experience in international cooperation and in dealing with international negotiation processes, multilateral agencies, networks and forums. Good understanding of renewable energy technologies. Experience with energy modelling methodologies and tools is required (please list those you are proficient with in the application), in particular OnSSET for electricity access and HOMER for mini grids modeling.
Language: Excellent command of written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of other UN languages is desirable. Working level knowledge of French would be an advantage for this position.
Qualified candidates must apply for the abovementioned 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.
Applications from qualified women are highly encouraged.
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.
1] 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.