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 160 Members (159 States and the European Union) that acceded to its Statute, and 23 additional States in the process of accession and actively engaged.
Asia represents a key region of renewable energy growth. Today, it is one of the most dynamic renewable energy market places in the world and home to more than two-thirds of globally installed renewable energy capacity. In 2018, more renewable energy was deployed in Asia than in the rest of the world combined, following 105 gigawatts of installations, placing Asia at the heart of the global energy transformation. This rapid growth brings with it socioeconomic benefits. Sixty per cent of the world’s renewable energy jobs are now in Asia, and renewables deployment underpins sustainable economic growth whilst increasing energy access to remote communities across the continent.
To further support this progress, and based on the Agency’s strong focus on developing country members, IRENA works closely with governments across Asia to identify and implement effective policy frameworks that support market development. Country Support and Partnerships Division of the Agency serves as the main interface between the Agency and the region and countries in the identification of priority areas for IRENA’s technical support as well as in the design, development and implementation of activities tailored to specific needs and priorities identified.
Under the overall guidance of the Director, Country Support and Partnerships, and the direct supervision of the Head of Regions, the Programme Officer – East Asia and the Pacific will:
- Support engagement with governments and other stakeholders for an enhanced understanding of renewable energy landscape in respective regions and countries and identification of areas of possible technical support, where IRENA can provide highest value addition, with a view to creating an investment environment more conducive to renewable energy deployment.
- Lead and coordinate the development and implementation of IRENA’s regional engagement on the ground;
- Identify and establish result-oriented partnerships with relevant stakeholders at the national and regional levels (including, financing institutions, international and regional organizations, private sector, etc.) to catalyse implementation of actions prioritized by national governments and regional organizations.
- Contextualize knowledge, tools and platforms created at IRENA in line with specific needs and priorities of regions and countries in the development and implementation of the renewable energy strategies supporting their clean energy transition.
- Support the processes within the Division for effective implementation of the Work Programme and ensure close links with the other IRENA Divisions to identify synergies and interventions in line with the priorities identified.
- Supervise preparation of various written outputs-background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications.
- Provide substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.;
- Perform other duties, as required.
Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialised field. Ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to develop sources for data collection. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Good knowledge of socioeconomic aspects of energy; ability to implement projects/programmes; familiarity with the renewable energy policies; good analytical skills, ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues.
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. Excellent drafting skills and ability to prepare reports that are clear, concise and meaningful.
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 client.
Accountability: Takes ownership of 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 subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
Planning & Organising: 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.
Education: Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in the field of energy, environment, economics, social sciences or any other relevant 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in the energy sector, some of which should be at the international level; experience in international cooperation and in dealing with multilateral agencies, networks and forums; experience of work in regional organizations of the region and demonstrated ability to implement projects/programmes are additional assets.
Languages: Excellent command of written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of other languages of the Asia-Pacific region would be an advantage.
IRENA reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post.
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.
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.