Senior Programme Officer, Energy Access Partnerships, P5 Post at IRENA
About the Position
As the world’s principal platform for cooperation on renewable energy, and a repository of policy and resource knowledge, IRENA is mandated with the widespread and increased adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy. Today, the Agency supports 168 Members (167 States and the European Union) in their transition to a sustainable energy future. An additional 16 States are in the process of accession.
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 the 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, initiatives promoting decentralized renewable energy solutions within the framework of the International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC) Platform, the Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA), SIDS Lighthouses Initiative (LHI), Alliance for Industry Decarbonization (IFAD), Beyond Food Clean Cooking Initiative etc.
Under the supervision of the Director, Country Engagement and Partnerships, the Senior Programme Officer, Energy Access Partnerships will be responsible for the following duties:
- Support engagement with governments and other stakeholders for an enhanced understanding of the renewable energy landscape across regions and countries and identification of areas of possible technical support particularly in the energy access space, where IRENA can develop partnerships and multi-stakeholder partnerships to provide highest value addition in creating an investment environment more conducive to energy transition and achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- Identify and establish strategic, result-oriented bilateral and multilateral partnerships with international, regional, national and local institutions and philanthropic foundations sharing a common vision of promoting an energy transition to catalyse implementation of actions prioritized by national governments and regional organizations with particular emphasis on energy access and achievement of SDGs.
- Lead and coordinate IRENA’s partnership initiatives and programmes, at regional or country level, on energy access based on decentralized renewable energy solutions, including, those in the context of the energy, water, agriculture, agriculture, health, livelihoods nexus. This may include the development and implementation of technical country programme, with associated financing scheme, to provide sustainable, efficient and affordable decentralized RE solutions to support productive activities, provision of essential social services and associated livelihoods.
- Coordinate or support, as may be necessary or relevant, the implementation of other multi-stakeholder partnership initiatives supported and/or facilitated by IRENA such as the Beyond Food Clean Cooking Initiative, Entrepreneurship Support Facility (ESF), Enterprise Twinning Programme (ETP).
- Contextualize knowledge, tools and platforms created at IRENA in line with specific needs and priorities of regions and countries in the development and implementation of the strategies supporting their energy transition.
- Support the processes within the Division for effective implementation of the Work Programme and ensure close links with other IRENA Divisions to identify synergies and interventions in line with the priorities identified.
- Supervise preparation of various written outputs-background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications.
- Perform other duties, as required.
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 the renewable energy policies; good analytical skills, ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues.
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.
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 ten 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. Understanding of geothermal energy and the geothermal stakeholders is an asset.
Language: Excellent command of written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of French, Spanish or other UN languages is desirable.
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