Associate Professional, Planning and Programme Support: $54k annually – IRENA

Publication/Transmission Date:      1 March 2023

Deadline For Application:                 15 March 2023 (at midnight, Abu Dhabi Local Time)

Title and Grade:                                  Associate Professional, Planning and Programme Support, PPS

Indicative Annual Salary:                  USD 36,000 to 54,000 and other benefits[1]

Duration of Appointment:                 One year, with possible extension

Duty Station:                                      Bonn, Germany

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Expected Date for Entry on Duty:  As soon as possible

Associate Professional, Planning and Programme Support

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) 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 168 Members (167 States and the European Union) that acceded to its Statute, and 16 additional States in the process of accession and actively engaged.

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IRENA Planning and Programme Support office is responsible for internal coordination and the strategic integration of extra-budgetary resources in IRENA’s programmatic work; timely reporting on programmatic matters to governing bodies and individual donors; coordination of the Agency’s climate work; strengthening IRENA’s presence in Europe, including at the EU level and with Germany as Host Country; and leading the cross-cutting Agency initiatives as required.

PPS serves as the focal point for the UNFCCC. It also leads IRENA’s work in the Global Climate Action where it facilitates the energy team work, comprising international organizations, non-governmental institutions and the private sector associations and initiatives to accelerate action in the energy sector.

PPS is also IRENA’s focal point in the NDC Partnership and other collaborative efforts that promote the energy sector transformation through climate action.

The purpose of the Associate Professional (AP) Programme is to enable talented and promising university graduates and post graduates to gain first-hand experience in the work of IRENA and a deeper insight into the role of the Agency in promoting the widespread and increased adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy.

The programme offers valuable exposure to IRENA’s main activities and programmatic areas. On occasion, there are also opportunities in support areas such as administration, finance, human resources and public information.

Duties and Responsibilities – Associate Professional, Planning and Programme Support

The Associate Professional will perform the following duties under the supervision of the Director, Planning and Programme Support:

  • Undertake research and analysis of energy and climate issues to stay abreast of the developments;
  • Support preparation of analytical briefs, background notes and other materials;
  • Support preparation of programmatic documents such as the Work Programme and Budget
  • Support preparation for and IRENA presence at events, including organizational aspects and follow-up actions as required;
  • Support the work of IRENA in climate action activities of Members and partner entities and initiatives;
  • Support the preparation of proposals for extra-budgetary projects;
  • Support the work of other areas of PPS responsibility as required;
  • Attend meetings and other gatherings upon request; and
  • Other duties as required.

Competencies – Associate Professional, Planning and Programme Support

Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; is accurate and pays attention to details; operates in compliance with organisational regulations and rules; takes responsibility for own performance; 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; tailor 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.

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;

Eligibility – Associate Professional, Planning and Programme Support

Applicants should be no more than 32 years of age at the time of submitting their applications.


Education: Advanced university degree in social science, international relations, political science or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: Knowledge of climate and COP setting and previous experience working in international organisations is an asset.

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


Qualified candidates must apply for the above-mentioned vacancy on-line. Applications from qualified women are highly encouraged.

IRENA reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post.

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] Amount of monthly lump-sum depends on qualifications and years of relevant work experience. In addition: a monthly accommodation allowance (EUR 600); relocation grant upon arrival/separation if relocation involved (USD 1,200); installation grant if relocation involved (USD 1,300); health insurance; other entitlements as applicable.





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