Secretariat of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC)
Publication/Transmission Date: 07 September 2022
Deadline for Application: 27 September 2022
Title and Grade: Senior Programme Officer, Innovation and End-Use
Indicative Annual salary: USD 90,664 to USD 100,893
Duration of Appointment: One year (with possibility of extension subject
to availability of funds)
Duty Station: Bonn, Germany
Entry on Duty Date: 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 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 Director of IITC, Senior Programme Officer, Innovation and End-use Applications, P-5 will:
Professionalism: Excellent 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.
Communication: 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.
Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; Adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.
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.
Managing performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly
Education: Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, engineering, environment or natural science, 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 ten 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. Experience in establishing and maintaining cooperation networks with the private sector. Good understanding of energy technology and innovation issues.
Language: Excellent command of written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of other languages is desirable.
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.
 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.