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HR Policy Advisor.

Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

  • Organization: IRENA - International Renewable Energy Agency
  • Location: Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-22

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Vacancy Announcement

Secretariat of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Division of Administrative and Management Services (AMS)


Publication Date\:                                     8 September 2021

Deadline for Application\:                        7 October 2021 (at midnight, Abu Dhabi Local Time)

Title\:                                                        Consultant - HR Policy Advisor

Total Fees\:                                               USD 45,000

Contract Type\:                                         Individual Consultant

Duration of Contract\:                              4 months

Location\:                                                 Remote

Expected Date for Entry on Duty\:    As soon as possible




The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an inter-governmental organization 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 164 Members (163 States and the European Union) that acceded to its Statute, and 20 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 information technology, procurement and logistical services. The Office of Human Resources in AMS plays a strategic role in ensuring human resources capacity to Agency’s overall management to meet their goals and enable them to deliver their mandates. It is responsible for the provision of professional HR services for the organization, including recruitment and placement; administration of appointments/contracts, entitlements and benefits; the coordination of provision of staff development activities; and the provision of HR support to managers and staff relative to performance management.  


Under the supervision of the Director of Administration and Management Services (AMS), the Consultant will\:

  1. Support and assist the Human Resources Office with the comprehensive review of the current version of the HR Policy Manual and related Travel and Finance policies and in drafting an updated version of the Manual within the required period.
  2. Identify areas where changes may be warranted in the HR Manual in order to strengthen accountability and support programmatic units in IRENA to carry out their functions more effectively and efficiently, including updating of standard guidance texts, policies and procedures.
  3. In close consultation with IRENA legal team, as necessary, conduct research and prepare  analysis of HR policies and procedures including on best HR practices within the United Nations Common system and other international organizations.
  4. Provide recommendations to ensure that HR-related policies of IRENA are applied correctly, consistently and in compliance with the Staff Regulations and Rules, policies and procedures and the UN standards as applicable.


IRENA shall pay the Consultant USD 500 per day, maximum of 90 workdays within duration of the contract, upon satisfactory certified Consultant's invoice(s), accounting for actual time worked. 


Education\: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, human resources management, business or public administration, education social sciences or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with at least two additional years of directly relevant qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Experience\:  At least seven years of progressively responsible experience at the professional level in legal and human resources management, including the development and interpretation of HR policy, rules and procedures, preferably in an international or UN common-system organization.

Language\:  Excellent command of written and spoken English is required and essential.


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.

Note that the candidate should be capable of working together with people from different national and cultural backgrounds. IRENA is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups, and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to.

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.



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