Associate Professional: Renewable Energy Cost Status and Outlook: $54k – IRENA

Vacancy Announcement

Secretariat of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC)

Publication/Transmission Date: 23 February 2023

Deadline for Application:            22 March 2023 (at midnight, Abu Dhabi local Time)

Title and Grade:                                Associate Professional: Renewable Energy Cost Status and Outlook

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Duration of Appointment:          One year (with possibility of extension subject to the availability of funds)

Duty station:                                      Bonn, Germany

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

Start date:                                           As soon as possible

Associate Professional: Renewable Energy Cost Status and Outlook
Associate Professional: Renewable Energy Cost Status and Outlook

Associate Professional: Renewable Energy Cost Status and Outlook

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an inter-governmental organisation headquartered in Abu Dhabi with the mandate 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 167 Members (166 States and the European Union) that acceded to its Statute, and 17 additional States in the process of accession and actively engaged.

The IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) is responsible for the provision of the means for an accelerated renewable energy technology uptake, considering national conditions of resource endowment, social and economic frameworks.

In accordance with the IRENA Statute, activities in this field include analysis of renewable energy technology policies; dissemination of information and increased awareness; technologies and equipment overview and assessment of success-failure factors; improved pertinent knowledge and technology transfer, and joint RD&D and provision of information about the development and deployment of national and international technical standards in relation to renewable energy.

Eligibility – Associate Professional: Renewable Energy Cost Status and Outlook

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

Duties and Responsibilities

The purpose of the Associate Professional (AP) Programme is to enable talented 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.

IITC is appointing an AP to work in the Renewable Energy Cost Status and Outlook team, collecting data on renewable energy technology costs and performance and undertaking cutting-edge analysis with this data, as well as analyzing their future cost reduction potential and identifying key messages.

The focus initially is on renewable power generation, including for bioenergy, hydropower, solar PV, concentrating solar power, onshore and offshore wind; but a broad understanding of energy technologies that facilitate the energy transition (e.g., batteries) and renewable energy in the end-use sectors is also desirable.

Under the supervision of the Programme Manager for Renewable Cost Status and Outlook in IITC the AP will:

  • Systematically research and collect data on the project cost and performance of renewable energy technologies. Verify the cost and performance data, identify any potential discrepancies with best practice in order to ensure data quality is sufficient for inclusion in the Renewable Cost Database.
  • Manage IRENA’s Renewable Cost and Auction/PPA databases, including data collection, verification, storage, documentation, visualisation and dissemination to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Undertake standalone research projects/analysis as required to support IRENA’s analysis of the costs and competitiveness of renewable technologies.
  • Provide analytical support to the Programme Manager in his analysis of renewable costs and performance, including liason with consultants as appropriate.
  • Assist the Programme Manager write-up the results of the research and analysis and draw conclusions for policy makers.
  • Assist with the preparation of reports and brochures for publication including the creation of templates for charts and tables, liasing with the publication and communications teams, as well as the design and printing companies.
  • Prepare summaries, information sheets, PowerPoint presentations, and interact with relevant stakeholders as required.
  • Represent IRENA at workshops, seminars, conferences, etc. as required.
  • Perform other tasks to assist the Programme Manager and IITC in the completion of the programme of work as required.

IRENA is looking for a wide range of knowledge relating to renewable energy technologies and fuels, as well as technologies that will facilitate the energy transition.

Areas of expertise, in addition to strong research, quantitative and analytical skills; could include: Solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal, bioenergy, heat pumps, solar thermal, hydrogen, batteries, industrial processes, electric vehicles, heat pumps, energy efficiency, etc.

Competencies – Associate Professional: Renewable Energy Cost Status and Outlook

  • Professionalism: 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.
  • Planning & Organising: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Qualifications: Associate Professional: Renewable Energy Cost Status and Outlook

Education: Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) degree in energy management/engineering, energy economics or related fields.

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

Minimum Requirements: Associate Professional: Renewable Energy Cost Status and Outlook

  • Strong technical and analytical skills in the field of renewable energy and/or economics/finance.
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills and experience with data collection from primary sources. Experience of statistical analysis and data visualization tools is desirable. Knowledge of database software and programing an advantage.
  • The ability to complete projects with minimal supervision from initial research, data collection, analysis, report preparation, peer review through to publication and outreach.
  • Relevant knowledge of renewable energy technologies, the energy sector in general, renewable energy project development, and renewable energy costs and performance.


Qualified candidates must apply for the above-mentioned vacancy on-line, through IRENA’s recruitment platform, ORC 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 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.

[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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