Associate Programme Officer (Programme Management)

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.


Under the overall guidance of the Director, Country Engagement and Partnerships, the Associate Programme Officer will:

  • Provide technical and administrative support in the management and implementation of the work programme activities led by the Division.
  • Coordinate within the Division the development of substantive proposals to seek voluntary contribution from donors as well as the division’s input into relevant project agreements, inception reports, etc.
  • Coordinate the division’s input into the annual and progress reports regarding the implementation of the work programme led by the division for submission to IRENA Council and Assembly.
  • Coordinate the division’s input into the regular reports regarding the implementation of the work funded through Voluntary Contributions for submission to the relevant donor, as required by relevant project agreements.
  • Provide coordination support among the regional and thematic teams of the Division for coherent approach to the Division’s function in connection with the implementation of IRENA Investment Forums across sub-regional clusters as well as NDC-related country work.
  • Support the compilation and follow up of the Division’s work regarding the identification of member state needs and priorities and assessment of enabling frameworks for investment, partnership opportunities and other measures to effectively respond to the needs of member states. 
  • Assist in preparation of speaking engagements including research, compilation and background material, presentations, talking points, concept notes, agendas etc.
  • Exercise quality control function for important outgoing documents; proofread and edit texts for adherence for format, grammar, punctuation and style.
  • Assist in the preparation of various workshops, forums and other high-level events related to the activity areas described above.
  • Perform any other duties as required.

Professionalism: Possesses good knowledge of the socioeconomic aspects of energy and a strong understanding of the multiple components that contribute to energy access. Ability to carry out research for development of reports and papers on technical issues. Ability to identify, understand and convey the results of technical reports and papers on energy issues. Can organize, plan and execute work tasks and manage conflicting priorities.

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. Excellent drafting skills and ability to prepare written material that is clear, concise, accurate and meaningful.

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.


Education: Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in the field of economics, engineering, social science or any other relevant field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Experience: A minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience.


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, 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.





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