Programme Officer (Partnerships)

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

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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 161 Members (160 States and the European Union) that acceded to its Statute, and 22 additional States in the process of accession and actively engaged.


Country Engagement and Partnerships Division (CEP) is the Agency’s window to Members and partners worldwide and leads the engagement with countries at national, regional and sub-regional information. This requires both substantive understanding of local circumstances and thorough knowledge of actors. CEP also facilitates the engagement of other programmatic divisions to effectively deploy analyses, data and methodologies for change on the ground.


One of the important functions of the Division is to pursue strategic, result-oriented partnerships with various regional and local organisations and development partners active in the renewables area to achieve long-term impact in its work on the ground through leveraging efforts and resources, maximizing synergies and complementarities, and avoiding possible duplication. Among others, the Division coordinates and facilitates the implementation of a number of multi-stakeholder partnership platforms, including, the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative (LHI), the Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA) as well as various initiatives promoting decentralized renewable energy solutions within the framework of the International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC) Platform.


Duties and Responsibilities


Under the guidance of the Director, Country Engagement and Partnerships and immediate supervision of the Head of Partnerships Unit, Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties: 

  • Support the development of strategic, result-oriented bilateral and multilateral partnerships with international, regional, national and local institutions sharing a common vision of promoting an accelerated deployment of renewable energy across regions;
  • Support the coordination and implementation of the multi-stakeholder partnership initiatives supported and/or facilitated by IRENA;
  • Support IRENA’s partnership initiatives in the energy access sphere relying on decentralized renewable energy solutions, including in the context of the energy, water, food, health nexus;
  •  Support other outreach activities to promote awareness by key stakeholders on the activities and impacts of IRENA’s partnership work;
  • Support the organisation of, and follow-up on, high-level and technical meetings and events, ensuring effective participation of key stakeholders, experts and partners;
  • Conduct research on trends, key topics, and emerging issues, and assist with the preparation of reports;
  •  Support the research and development of knowledge products in the context of the implementation of the partnership initiatives;
  • Perform other duties, as required.
Professionalism: Excellent understanding of renewable energy technology, markets or policy frameworks, with particular emphasis on off-grid energy access, incl. decentralized renewable energy solutions. 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.


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.


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.


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 economics, engineering, environment or natural science, or other relevant fields. 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 within a project management role. Experience of working in international organizations, project development and financing, management consultancies and/or national governments in an international setting.


Language: Excellent command of written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.


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 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.