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Head - Policy (Socioeconomics), P-5

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:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Managerial positions
    • Economics
  • Closing Date: 2020-04-02

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 Vacancy Announcement
Secretariat of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre (KPFC)

Publication/Transmission Date\:     03 March 2020
Deadline for Application\:                 02 April 2020 (at midnight, Abu Dhabi local time)
Title and Grade\:                                Head - Policy (Socioeconomics), P-5[1]
Indicative Annual Salary\:                  USD 88,162 to USD 98,109

Duration of Appointment\:                Two years, with possible extension

Duty Station\:                                      Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates             

Date for Entry on Duty\:                    As soon as possible

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 161 Members (160 States and the European Union) that acceded to its Statute, and 22 additional States in the process of accession and actively engaged.

Within this mandate, the focus of the Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre (KPFC) is on collecting data, developing knowledge platforms and conducting analysis to support the creation of enabling environments for investment and growth in renewables. This entails analytical work on policy and finance, building a gateway to knowledge, giving input to advisory services that the Agency provides to its member states and at regional levels, and targeted engagement with the private sector and civil society.

Within KPFC, the Policy unit provides policy-relevant and forward-looking analysis on renewable energy trends and developments to strengthen the business case for renewable energy, highlighting the contribution of renewables to broader policy objectives. The Unit focuses on specific analytical gaps and develops new knowledge that can support informed decision making. The four main pillars of IRENA’s policy analysis include\: policy assessment, regional market analysis, socio-economic benefits, and energy access.

Under the supervision and overall guidance of the Director of the Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre, the Head of Policy will be responsible for the following duties\:

  • Lead, coordinate, contribute to, and further develop analytical work on\:
  • Renewable energy policy;
  • Socio-economic impacts of renewable energy and related policies in the context of the just and fair energy transition, including economic, labour and other transition-related policies;  
  • Interlinkages between renewable energy (SDG7) and other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as gender as well as nexus between energy, food and water;
  • Energy access and productive uses.
  • Responsible for managing and supervising a team of professionals and consultants.
  • Supervise the preparation of tailored, cutting-edge knowledge products and other written and verbal outputs (reports, briefs, background papers, conference and workshop presentations, etc.) in support of Work Programme priorities and other agency commitments in cooperation;
  • Ensure the timely and high-quality completion of all deliverables;
  • Develop and implement initiatives to increase the impact of IRENA in the energy transition;
  • Maintain close working relationships with other teams in KPFC, in particular with the team in charge of Renewable Energy Markets, and other divisions of IRENA, and advise senior management of important trends and developments regarding renewable energy policy;
  • Lead effective outreach activities, including promotion of IRENA’s work to a wide range of audiences and IRENA’s engagement with partners through initiatives such as the Renewable Energy and Jobs Platform;
  • Perform other duties as required.

Professionalism\: Excellent knowledge in RE finance, project or corporate finance and fund management. Work experience in risk mitigation, loan guarantees, project finance related to energy; and/or experience in implementing, monitoring and evaluating projects/programmes in international settings would be an advantage. Ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. 


Communication\: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Proven ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues; ability to review and edit the work of others.


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.


Planning and Organising\: Develops 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; monitors and adjusts plans as necessary; uses time efficiently.


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 PhD) in economics, public policy, or energy policy; basic knowledge of econometrics is a plus.


Experience\: A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in policy programme development, project administration, implementation and management, some of which should be at the international level. Experience in programme design and implementation to support decision-making at governmental level. Experience in policy advice. Specific experience in energy, renewable energy and clean technologies is required. Experience in analysis and assessment of different policy mechanisms. Management experience, preferably within the context of an international organisation.


Languages\: Excellent command of written and spoken English is essential. Fluency in other languages would be of additional benefit.


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.


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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