Programme Officer, Partnerships for Renewables in Africa, P4 – IRENA, USD 77,326 to USD 87,422 annually

Programme Officer, Partnerships for Renewables in Africa, P4 – IRENA, USD 77,326 to USD 87,422 annually

Programme Officer, Partnerships for Renewables in Africa, P4 – IRENA, USD 77,326 to USD 87,422 annually

Publication Date:                          10 July 2023

Deadline For Application:            31 July 2023 (at midnight, Abu Dhabi local Time)

Title and Grade:                             Programme Officer, Partnerships for 

                                                         Renewables in Africa, P4                           

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Indicative Annual Salary:              (a.) Annual Net Salary: USD 77,326 to USD 87,422[1]

                                                       (b.) Post Adjustment: USD 56,216 to USD 63,555.79[2]

Duration of Appointment:            One Year, with possible extension

Duty Station:                                 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates     

Entry on Duty:                               As soon as possible

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an inter-governmental organisation, headquartered in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, mandated to promote the adoption and continuous use of all forms of renewable energy sources 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.

IRENA is mandated by Governments to promote the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy. It facilitates and catalyses sharing of best practices and lessons learned regarding policy frameworks, capacity-building, finance mechanisms and other relevant measures for accelerating and expanding the demonstration and deployment of renewable energy technologies. Country Engagement and Partnerships Division (CEP) leads the work with countries. It offers the main interface between the Agency and the regions and countries in the identification of priority areas for IRENA’s technical support as well as in design, development and implementation of activities tailored to specific needs and priorities identified. This requires a systematic overview of country and regional needs, experiences, and trends to help facilitate cross-fertilization of best practices between countries and regions, which also helps shape IRENA’s future programmatic priorities. 

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 on the African continent. 

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Energy plays a fundamental role in Africa’s development pathway, and access to reliable, affordable and sustainable energy will determine whether development and climate objectives will be realised. Energy pathways that prioritise a systemic shift towards renewable energy have much to offer the continent, whose energy systems will require tremendous change and investment in the coming decade to open socio-economic opportunities for its growing populations. Energy investments, aligned with the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement, can drive sustainable industrial development and job creation, promote social inclusion, overcome energy poverty, and secure universal access to energy.  

“Partnership for Renewables in Africa” initiative aims to provide targeted support to African countries who wish to pursue renewables-based energy systems for the long-term resilience and prosperity of their communities and economies, with a particular focus on mobilising finance for clean energy and related infrastructure, providing country-level technical assistance and capacity-building to maximise impact and durable enhancement of in-country capabilities and attract private sector for a large-scale energy system transformation based on renewables.  

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Since its establishment, IRENA has developed over the years a strong framework for political dialogue as well as practical working relationships with African countries in advancing their energy transition efforts. As a trusted partner, the Agency aims to bring efficiency and stability to the development and implementation of the initiative. Its strong convening power and extensive operational network with the energy, climate and development stakeholders offer a robust framework of cross-institutional collaboration among the partners that share a common vision for an accelerated energy transition in Africa and are prepared to contribute through diverse competencies and strengths they offer. 

Duties and Responsibilities: Programme Officer, Partnerships for Renewables in Africa, P4 – IRENA, USD 77,326 to USD 87,422 annually

Under the overall guidance of the Director, Country Engagement and Partnerships, and the supervision of the Senior Programme Officer, Partnership for Renewables in Africa, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Support the coordination of the initiative with governments and partners with a view to securing strong country buy-in for more ambitious energy transition goals and for taking action on the ground.

Contribute to the process for detailed mapping of technical assistance and capacity-building needs and lay out comprehensive country-specific implementation plans. 

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Support the development and implementation of national action plans for the initiative, that may include: (i) a long-term strategic approach for the achievement of the energy transition ambitions, (ii) socio-economic footprint of the transition and (iii) corresponding preliminary investment plans; engage with countries and closely work with a broad spectrum of partner governments and local and international stakeholders on the ground in their implementation; 

Support the development of an initial implementing structure of the initiative, which will put together a governing mechanism for the initiative as well as define specific roles for each partner with a view to maximizing complementarities of diverse strengths and competencies offered by them.  

Undertake dedicated country specific analysis in diverse areas such as technology, long term planning, policy and regulation, socio-economic impact etc. 

Support the engagement with project stakeholders to develop a strong pipeline of bankable energy transition projects and facilitate their access to finance, including, through IRENA’s project facilitation platforms (Climate Investment Platform and Energy Transition Accelerator Financing platform) 

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Support the design of a monitoring and evaluation framework for country programme implementations  

Support the elaboration of a programme for communications and outreach activities at prominent global and regional energy, climate, and sustainable development fora. 

Prepare various written outputs-background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications. 

Perform other duties, as required.

Competencies: Programme Officer, Partnerships for Renewables in Africa, P4 – IRENA, USD 77,326 to USD 87,422 annually

Professionalism: Good understanding of renewable energy technology, markets, policy and/or financial frameworks as well as off-grid energy access solutions based on renewable energy. Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialised fields. Ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to develop sources for data collection. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases.

Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities.  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; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Good knowledge of socioeconomic aspects of energy; ability to implement projects/programmes; familiarity with renewable energy policies; good analytical skills, ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues. 

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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: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

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 ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Qualifications: Programme Officer, Partnerships for Renewables in Africa, P4 – IRENA, USD 77,326 to USD 87,422 annually

Education: Advanced University degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in the field of engineering, energy, environment, economics and/or any other relevant field. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced university degree. 

Experience: A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in establishing and coordinating partnerships, some of which should be at the international level and preferably in the energy access space. Good understanding of analysing data and conducting policy research. Experience in programme design and implementation at the field level and at policy level, particularly related to clean energy access. Good understanding of global energy dynamics; decent knowledge of renewable energy technologies and policies; experience in energy / renewable energy project financing and in dealing with multilateral agencies and forums, including international financial institutions as well as working experience in multiple regions across the globe is desirable. 

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, 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, 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 rental subsidy, education grant (for school aged children), annual leave, health insurance, provident fund, etc. as would be applicable.

[2] The post adjustment is a variable component that is adjusted periodically to reflect changes in the cost of living in a duty station. Post adjustment multiplier for Abu Dhabi duty station is currently 72.7%, determined by the International Civil Service Commission and subject to change without prior notice.




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