Programme Officer - Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance, P-3
Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
Secretariat of International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Publication Date\: 22 November 2020
Deadline for Application\: 21 December 2020 (at midnight, Abu Dhabi Local Time)
Title and Grade\: Programme Officer - Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance, P-3
Indicative Annual Salary\: USD 60,962 to USD 69,843
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 mandated with the widespread and increased adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy. At present, IRENA has 162 Members (161 States and the European Union) that acceded to its Statute, and 21 additional States in the process of accession. IRENA supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy. The Agency implements its mandate with the view to sustainable development, increased energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.
Within this mandate, the focus of the Projectâs Facilitation and Support (PFS) division is on the assessment of pre-feasibility and feasibility of projects, helping IRENA Members to access to finance, up-scale investment and support to Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) implementation, especially along relevant Renewable Energy (RE) investments. It will also provide related project-based, fit-for-purpose technical assistance to support the development of a pipeline of projects, which is necessary to accelerate the energy transition.
The core of the PFS modus-operandi is to facilitate and support IRENA Members to achieve their NDC RE targets and projects by building a solid pipeline of projects at the entire spectrum of either utility-scale project, commercial and industrial (C&I) level, micro & small (M&S) level, or for a wide spectrum of Energy Efficiency (EE) measures and then facilitating their realisation through a comprehensive set of operational tools including â but not limited to â project-based technical assistance packages, targeted de-risking instruments; and structured Capacity Building activities for improving Legal, Regulatory and Administrative (LRA) investment-related business environment.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the Director of PFS and the direct supervision of the Head of Department, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties\:
- Organise the account management of the CIP strategic partners and manage the relationship with other entities and initiatives that can contribute to the CIP;
- Select the projects and requests that match the CIP concept and organise their support;
- Optimise the matchmaking processes, organise the treatment of incoming requests and ensure timely and constructive responses;
- Prepare and implement the matchmaking activities in the context of IRENAâs Investment Forums and other initiatives; and support coordination with other units within PFS;
- Organise the ongoing review of all initiatives of other institutions that are relevant to the CIP and make recommendations for coordination and cooperation.
- Continuously assess the relevance and usage of the project facilitation tools of IRENA and make recommendations for their improvement and integration;
- Based on international best practice, support the development of new project facilitation tools, including a test tool to be used in assessing project viability;
- Prepare in detail the specifications for the development of the various project facilitation tools, organise their validation and supervise their development;
- Support the update of the project selection criteria enabling more advanced matchmaking processes;
- Support development of operational work plans and optimisation processes, organise the reporting to the management and the partners, monitor budgets;
- Support communication with other divisions and units to ensure that all project facilitation work is coordinated;
- Support and organise knowledge dissemination and training activities related to project facilitation tools.
- Conduct research on trends, key topics, and emerging issues, and assist with the preparation of written outputs, e.g. reports, studies, brochures, background papers, and online material; systematically collect and analyse data and coordinate with internal and external experts to develop and update briefs, papers and/or web content;
- Support the development of various communications and marketing initiatives to make the work on renewable energy project development and finance more visible and better understood, especially in the private sector;
- Provide substantive support to technical, consultative and other meetings, conferences, including preparation of documents and presentations; support the organisation and follow-up of such meetings and conferences, including technical and logistical aspects;
- Perform other duties as required.
Professionalism\: Possesses good knowledge of policy, regulatory and technical aspects of energy; familiarity with renewable energy economics and technologies; understanding of the role and potential of renewable energy technologies in different contexts, such as power grids, transport, buildings and services; proven ability to understand and convey the results of technical reports and papers to a variety of stakeholders.
Communication\: Has excellent drafting ability and communication skills, both oral and written; creates and promotes enabling environment for open communication; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Teamwork\: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing othersâ ideas and expertise, learns from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team member; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Planning and Organising\: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities to ensure successful completion of work assigned.
Education\: Advanced University degree (Masterâs degree or equivalent) in the field of engineering, energy, public policy, finance and/or any other relevant field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience\: A minimum of five years of progressively increasing experience in at least one of the following areas, or a combination thereof\:
- Developing and administering project facilitation programmes, establishing and coordinating public-private partnerships for accelerated deployment of renewable energy technology, structuring and implementing international collaboration with governmental, non-governmental organisations, bilateral/multilateral funding agencies and forums, designing and implementing projects with multilevel stakeholders. Experience with intergovernmental processes.
- Project development, management of complex international programmes, energy financing programmes or renewable energy technology deployment, with direct involvement of local and national stakeholders at the project level in developing countries.
- Practical experience in financing and managing energy projects, risk mitigation and/or implementation and management of energy or environment-related projects/programmes, including energy system transformations, district energy, renewable energy integration; and/or assessment of financial mechanisms related to energy projects. Development of relevant training and project facilitation programmes.
- Experience in emerging markets and with the engagement of governments, financial institutions and private sector actors.
Language\: Excellent command of written and spoken English is required; knowledge of French, Spanish and/or Portuguese would be an additional asset.
Qualified candidates must apply for the above-mentioned vacancy on-line, through IRENAâs 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 further assessment and receive notice of the final 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.