Job Detail

Vacancy Announcement No:

Publication/Transmission Date:
16 October 2016

Deadline for Application:
5 November 2016 (at midnight, Abu Dhabi local Time)

Title and Grade:
Programme Officer – SIDS Lighthouses Initiative, NDC Implementation, P-3

Indicative Annual Salary:
(a) Annual net salary plus 1 (b) post adjustment 2 , provident fund and other benefits 3

(a) Annual Net Salary 1 :
(b) Post Adjustment 2 :

USD 57,379 to USD 70,425
USD 39,247.24 to USD 48,170.70

Duration of Appointment:
Two years, with possible extension

Duty Station:
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Expected Date for Entry on Duty:
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 149 Members (148 States and the European Union) that acceded to its Statute, and 27 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.

The Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Lighthouses Initiative, launched at the 2014 Climate Summit, provides a global framework for the energy transition on islands. The Initiative facilitates coordinated support for islands to transform their predominantly fossil-based power systems to renewable energy through partnerships with governmental, intergovernmental, non-governmental, and private stakeholder organisations. So far, 34 island states and island territories have joined the Initiative.
Island partners in the Caribbean, the Pacific, and the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea regions gain access to:

  • Policy and regulatory advisory services,
  • Technical expertise in planning, identifying, structuring and executing renewable energy programmes and projects,
  • Training and technical assistance for capacity building, policy and regulatory design, early-stage transaction, and project finance, and
  • A network to share information, knowledge and best practices.
Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) were submitted by all Small Island Developing States, 14 of which have ratified the Paris Agreement, transitioning their INDCs to National Determined Contributions (NDCs). While the Paris Agreement and INDC submissions are important milestones, the challenge going forward will be turning the plans and goals outlined in NDCs into concrete actions. Countries are at different stages of planning for NDC implementation, and for many, support from the international community will be critical during this process.

Under the guidance of the Director, Country Support and Partnerships, and immediate supervision of the Senior Programme Officer, Technical Assistance and Advisory Services, the Programme Officer will support activities related to IRENA’s SIDS Lighthouses Initiative and IRENA’s climate change activities, inter alia :
  • Assess the role and potential of renewables and other low-carbon technology measures in the climate action plans and strategies included in the (I)NDCs;
  • Provide technical advice to countries to support the implementation of the renewable energy part of the NDCs, spanning the process from policy development to investment planning in Small Island Developing States; and
  • Facilitate partnerships to drive the accelerated deployment of renewable energy as part of climate strategies and plans as embodied in NDCs in SIDS.
The selected candidate will be responsible for work related to the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative and IRENA’s climate change activities, including:
  • Liaise with relevant public authorities and institutions and other key stakeholders, including the private sector, to advance the role of renewable energy as a viable vehicle to address climate change in the broader context of sustainable development.
  • Develop focused and policy relevant briefs on the link between renewables and climate change in SIDS, as well as on opportunities to advance the implementation of RE measures included in NDCs.
  • Contribute to the technical assistance and advisory services initiative, to include capacity building, aimed at implementation of the renewable energy aspects of NDCs.
  • Provide substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings and conferences for SIDS, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations.
  • Perform other tasks as needed.

Professionalism: Good knowledge of the socioeconomic aspects of energy and a strong understanding of the multiple components that contribute to energy system transformation. Strong knowledge of renewable energy technologies, including integration of variable renewable energy technologies to energy systems . Proven ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues. Ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to develop sources for data collection. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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.

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.

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 : Fair and transparent decision-making and calculated risk-taking. Take ownership for areas within ones responsibility and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; support subordinates; 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 the field of engineering, energy, public policy, and/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 five years progressively responsible experience in developing and administering technical assistance programmes, establishing and coordinating public-private partnerships for accelerated deployment of renewable energy technology, structuring and implementing international collaboration with governmental, non-governmental organizations, bilateral/multilateral funding agencies and forums, designing and implementing projects with multilevel stakeholders. Specific knowledge, experience and resources in climate change, specifically in relation to small island developing states is highly desirable.

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


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 by uploading the completed application form 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 an interview and will receive notice of the final outcome of the selection process.

1 Net Salary is determined according to the dependency status of the staff. The dependency benefits are provided in the form of higher net salaries and allowances for staff with dependants (dependency or "D" rate) than for those without dependants (single or "S" rate). For more information please visit the ICSC website .

2 Post adjustment multiplier for Abu Dhabi currently 68.4% of the Annual Net Salary; determined by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) and subject to change.

3 The amounts for the following benefits are only indicative and subject to periodic adjustments: Dependency allowance (US$2,929 per dependent child p.a), non-removal allowance, if applicable (US$2,1500 with dependents, US$ 1,620 without dependents p.a), medical insurance for staff members and dependents, Rental subsidy (currently 45% of the annual rent up to a maximum ceiling of AED 160,000 p.a), Provident Fund, and other entitlements as applicable.

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