Director, Technology and Innovation
The International Solar Alliance is an inter-governmental organization headquartered in
Gurgaon, India. The vision and mission of the International Solar Alliance is to provide a
dedicated platform for cooperation among countries where the global community, including
bilateral and multilateral organizations, corporates, industry, and other stakeholders, can make
a positive contribution to assist and help achieve the common goals of increasing the use of
solar energy in meeting energy needs of ISA Member Countries in a safe, convenient,
affordable, equitable and sustainable manner.
The Director, Technology and Innovation will report directly to the Director-General and lead
a team of four (4) professional and several administrative staff members. The Director with
be responsible for providing expert advice, developing policies, and conceptualizing,
planning, designing, use of global best practices and their implementation with adaption of
Latest Technologies across the ISA member countries under Article 11(3)(4). S/He will work
closely with Director of Programmes and Director of Resource Mobilization.
The Director will be responsible for the following areas
His/her main task will be the knowledge and content creation by:
collecting information on technology and innovation and how it is being implemented
setting up and coordinating ad-hoc expert groups to develop and release guidelines and
recommended practices on most aspects of project implementation
preparing master documents (templates) for the setting up of project proposals
enabling the performance assessment of existing projects and programmes
Beyond these core activities, he or she will also be responsible for the following areas:
1. Leading outreach with member countries (through National Focal Points and other officials)
as well as with non-member countries, including through regular video- and/or tele
2. Lead in formulation of R&D policies, ISA certificates and compile demand aggregation.
3. Will come up with innovative ideas to cut down cost of capital and technology
4. Contribute to a portfolio of ISA Guidelines and Standards for solar goods and services in an
inclusive and participative manner.
5. Establish a Global Task Force on R&D to address technological needs of Member Countries
with respect to the allocated programmes.
6. Cross-cutting strategic advice:
a. Work closely with NFPs/CPs to establish and maintain a network of engaged
stakeholders in Member States and technical institutions, to clearly identify needs for
support and achieve ISA mandates.
b. Prepare a Member Country-wise R&D, STAR-C Centers and Lab infrastructure plan for
next five years.
c. Designing, organizing, coordinating training programs for different target groups of
ISA countries, for program implementation, Master solar technicians. development
of quality infrastructure standards, test centers, factory and field inspectors, etc.
d. Any other task including some country program allocated by the Director General
from time to time.
7. Provide advice, make presentations to, and respond to requests from Member States.
8. Supervise and manage the staff of the Service. Provide training, guidance and manage the
performance of the team.
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; is motivated by professional rather
than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges;
remains calm in stressful situations.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; able to interact with senior
government and private sector leadership; 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; ability to
disseminate information through online platforms, social media and traditional methods.
Leadership: Proven ability to lead teams of diverse staff; training and develop staff; successful
counsel and conduct performance management; provide vision and direction to a team and
lead the team to undertake innovative work.
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 & Organizing: 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
Education: Advanced University degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in Economics,
Engineering, Management including Energy Management, Solar/Renewable Energy
Management, Business Administration, Public Administration, or related discipline.
Experience: A minimum of 12 years of professional work experience for P4 level or 15 years
for P5 level in energy related field in either public sector, national government, multilateral
organizations, private sector organizations; and with increasing responsibility in the design
and development of policies and programmes; and analysis of data and production of reports,
preferably related to the renewable energy and solar sector; track record of management and
leadership experience in the UN System is an advantage. Experience in resource mobilization,
project formulation and direct project implementation will be valued. Preference will be
given to candidates who have between five and seven years of international experience.
Prior supervisory and laboratory experience is desired.
Language and IT skills: The role demands substantial writing and verbal communications skills.
As English is the official and working language of the Organization, excellent command of both
written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of other languages (e.g. French, Spanish and
Arabic) would be an advantage. Satisfactory skills in Outlook, MS Office products, highly
Qualified candidates must apply for the above mentioned vacancy on-line, through ISA’s portal
Any applicants who have difficulties applying through the online portal should immediately
contact the International Solar Alliance at firstname.lastname@example.org
The International Solar Alliance is striving to achieve gender parity at all levels as it proceeds
with the recruitment of both locally and internationally recruited staff. In this regard, female
candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for all positions within the organization.
ISA primarily recruits staff from its member countries. However, consideration may also be
given to qualified candidates from signatory and prospective member countries irrespective of
nationality. ISA strives to obtain a staff reflecting its geographical representation and diversity.
Please be advised that the International Solar Alliance reserves the right to recruit individuals at
a grade one level below the advertised grade of the post. Such an arrangement would be
discussed with recommended candidate/s by the interview panel prior to offer.
ISA retains the right to cancel the selection process if it is determined in the best interest of the
ISA maintains a retirement age of 65 years.
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.
ISA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in
connection with the application or recruitment process. Should you receive a solicitation for the
payment of a fee, please disregard it. Furthermore, please note that emblems, logos, names
and addresses are easily copied and reproduced. Therefore, you are advised to apply particular
care when submitting personal information on the web.
Indicative Annual Salary: USD 73,512 – USD 88,162
(base salary per annum) and other benefits
Post Adjustment for Delhi: USD 24,180 – USD 29,005 (current per annum)
Benefits:In addition to the base salary and post adjustment ISA provides: dependency allowances,
rental subsidy, education grant (for up to two school aged children), annual and sick leave,
health insurance (lump sum provided and staff member arranges), Pension Fund participation
(lump sum payment equivalent to UN common system rates). ISA also provides for national
income tax reimbursement. Hardship allowance is not included at this duty station. Please refer
to ISA Rules and Regulations at website www.isolaralliance.org.