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Chief - Human Resources, P-5 (Readvertisement)

Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

  • Organization: IRENA - International Renewable Energy Agency
  • Location: Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Resources
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-02-13

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 Vacancy Announcement

Secretariat of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Division of Administration and Management Services (AMS)

Publication/Transmission Date\:       14 January 2020

Deadline for Application\:                   13 February 2020 (at midnight, Abu Dhabi local time)

Title and Grade\:                                  Chief, Human Resources, P-5 (Readvertisement)

Indicative Annual Salary\:                   (a) Annual Net Salary\: USD 87,108 to USD 96,936[1]

      (b) Post Adjustment\: USD 57,055.74 to USD 63,493.08

Duration of Appointment\:                 Two years, with possible extension

Duty Station\:                                       Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates               

Date for Entry on Duty\:                     As soon as possible

 (This is a re-advertisement of the vacancy announcement that closed on 12 July 2019. Candidates who previously applied need not apply again.)

The International Renewable Energy Agency 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 160 Members (159 States and the European Union) that acceded to its Statute, and 23 additional States in the process of accession and actively engaged.

The Division of Administration and Management Services (AMS) is responsible for providing the Secretariat with an efficient support in managing its human and financial resource and ensures effective and timely delivery of Human Resources, Information Technology, Procurement and Financial Services.


Under the supervision of the Director of Administration and Management Services the Chief, Human Resources provides strategic advice to the senior leadership team and programme managers on human resources planning and management, policy implementation and monitoring in order to ensure that HR support and Organisation’s strategy are aligned and responsive to evolving changes in Programme activities, operational priorities and budgetary imperatives. The Chief, Human Resources will be responsible for the following duties\:

  • Provides leadership and supervision to the Human Resources team within IRENA.  Responsible for oversight, training, career development, work planning and performance management of the HR team.
  • Participates in consultations with host Country (ies) on HR related matters. 
  • Keeps track and analyses trends concerning compliance with established HR policies   and advises DG through AMS Director accordingly
  • When requested by the DG, represents IRENA in interagency consultations.
  • Develops, implements and monitors human resources policies, practices and procedures to meet the evolving needs of the Organization.   Provides advice on interpretation and application of policies, regulations and rules and makes recommendations on exceptions to policies, regulations and rules.
  • Advises the Director of AMS and senior management on all aspects of human resources policies and procedures and provides proactive and innovative approaches to delivery of human resources services as well as to strategic and policy issues.
  • Identifies recruitment needs and priorities, develops and implements recruitment strategies in conjunction with programme managers.  Monitors and ensures timely filling of posts in accordance with established policies and procedures (Advertising to on-boarding) taking into account gender balance and geographical distribution.
  • Reviews and provides advice to the programme directors on short lists and participates in interviews for high level posts as necessary. Assist programmes with the development of appropriate tests and selection criteria.

Benefits and entitlements

  • Monitors and ensures the implementation of appropriate conditions of service and entitlements. Identifies needs and proposes changes to conditions of service as required.
  • Oversees and recommends benefits and entitlements of staff and level of remuneration for consultants.

Staff development

  • Identifies and analyzes staff development and career support needs and promotes staff development and career support programmes. Develop innovative means of encouraging staff development. Provision of advice to individual and/or groups of staff.
Performance management
  • Provides performance management advice to both staff and management. Assists the Heads of Divisions/Offices with the implementation of the performance appraisal system and provide advice on the handling of difficult and/or contentious cases with staff.
  • Advises and counsels staff in respect of rights, responsibilities, code of conduct and difficulties associated with work and entitlements.
  • Monitors, advises and acts on disciplinary matters in accordance with established policies and procedures. Mediates conflict, grievance and harassment cases.
  • Represents the Organization in negotiations with staff, staff representatives and at inter-agency bodies dealing with human resources questions when required.
  • Performs other tasks as assigned.

Professionalism\: Knowledge of human resources policies, practices and procedures and ability to apply them in an organizational setting. Ability to identify issues, analyze and formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. 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.


Accountability\: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours 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 human resources management, business or public administration, social sciences, education or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience\: A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management, administrative services or related area, with at least 5 years in an international organization.

Language\: Excellent command of both 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, through IRENA’s recruitment platform, Taleo 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, especially from nationals of developing countries, 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] IRENA provides similar ICSC benefits and entitlements, including rental subsidy, education grant (for school aged children), annual leave, health insurance, provident fund, etc.

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