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Vacancy Announcement

Secretariat of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Division of Knowledge Policy and Finance Centre (KPFC)

Publication Date: 11 December 2019

Deadline for Application: 10 January 2020 (at midnight, Abu Dhabi Local Time)

Title and Grade: Programme Officer – Policy Advice P-3

Indicative Annual Salary: (a) Annual Net Salary: USD 60,233 to 69,008

(b) Post Adjustment: USD 39,392.38 to USD 45,131.23

Duration of Appointment: One year, with possible extension

Duty Station: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Expected 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 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.

The Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre (KPFC) is IRENA’s central knowledge repository and a centre of excellence for renewables policy and finance issues. KPFC collects and analyses data and assesses policies, with a focus on finance and socio-economic and environmental aspects, to enable IRENA to be the advisory resource for its Members, and to disseminate information to the public. It is a central repository of IRENA’s internal knowledge to support the work of all divisions and provide critical knowledge products to IRENA’s Members. KPFC also coordinates IRENA’s engagement with the private sector and civil society, as well as the institutional publication development.

IRENA together with the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), published the first joint publication on Renewable Energy Policies in a Time of Transition , presenting an overview of policies and targets worldwide. Against this background, IRENA is planning to follow up with the different end-use studies, to examine sector-specific policies for heating and cooling and transport , as well as on synergies with energy efficiency . KPFC has started with a study on Policies for Renewables in Heating and Cooling to support countries in the implementation of policies to support renewables in the sector and is planning to follow up with policy research and analysis in the context of transportation.

Additionally, KPFC’s Policy Unit has been working on renewable energy in cities since 2014, resulting in the publication of seve ral renewable energy in city case studies in collaboration with the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), as well as the 2016 report Renewable Energy in Cities. Most recently, KPFC is completing a study of city experiences and best practices, along with a number of new case studies in China, Costa Rica, and Uganda, supported by the International Climate Initiative (IKI).

KPFC intends to disseminate the later, especially across Chinese municipalities and cities’ networks, and engage different stakeholders in the region to replicate and scale up the policy analysis to other cities. In addition, KPFC intends to compile a more in-depth analytical report of city experiences with integrating renewable energy, as well as sectoral briefs focusing on energy production and procurement, buildings, and transportation. In this context, expert knowledge on urban development, renewable energy and energy efficiency is needed to carry out the analytical part of the study. Expertise in urban-level policies relating to heating and cooling, as well as urban transport carry particular importance in this context. The candidate will carry out research on the issues pertaining to these topics, gather relevant data and information, and support the policy analysis and drafting of the planned reports.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Director of KPFC and the Head of Policy Unit, the Programme Officer will fulfil the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Contribute to KPFC’s work stream on policy assessment, with a focus on analysing renewable energy and low carbon policies and regulations, in particular with relevance to end-use sectors such as heating and cooling and transportation;
  • Carry out research and a literature review on the role of cities in promoting sustainability, in particular the integration of renewable-based solutions in energy generation and procurement, building and transport sectors;
  • Tailor the in-depth analysis of policies to support renewable energy and low carbon development in the electricity, heating/cooling and transport end-use sectors in the context of cities, in particular for China;
  • Disseminate IRENA’s policy analysis on cities, with specifically focus on engaging different key stakeholders in China to continue KPFC’s work on renewable energy solutions for heating and cooling, transport and cities.
  • Perform other relevant tasks as required, including analytical support to other work streams of IRENA. This may include research and analytical support relating to KPFC’s continued work concerning the energy-water-food nexus.


Professionalism: Knowledge of renewable energy and low carbon policies, with a particular focus on cities. Ability to conduct research and analysis with minimal guidance. Ability to identify issues, formulate options and make conclusions and recommendations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence in subject matter and pays attention to detail; 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.

Communication: Ability to communicate effectively with various types of individuals and institutions, especially in the Chinese context. 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 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 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.


Education : Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in engineering, environment, public administration, or renewable energy related field.

Experience : A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional work experience. Practical experience in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector.

Language : Excellent command of both written and spoken English and Mandarin. Fluency in other languages would be of additional benefit.

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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.


IRENA provides similar ICSC benefits and entitlements, including rental subsidy, education grant (for school aged children), annual leave, health insurance, provident fund, etc.

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