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Programme Officer – SIDS Partnerships, P-3 (open to Danish nationals only)

Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

  • Organization: IRENA - International Renewable Energy Agency
  • Location: Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Renewable Energy sector
  • Closing Date: 2022-02-05

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Vacancy Announcement (Open to Danish nationals only)

Secretariat of International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Country Engagement and Partnerships Division (CEP)


Publication/Transmission Date\:                 6 January 2022 

Deadline for Application\:                             5 February 2022 (at midnight, Abu Dhabi local Time)

Title and Grade\:                                           Programme Officer – SIDS Partnerships, P-3 (open to Danish nationals only)

Indicative Net Annual Salary\:                     USD 62,692 to USD 71,825 and other benefits[1] 

Duration of Appointment\:                            One year, with possible extension

Duty Station\:                                                 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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


The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an inter-governmental organisation, with the widespread and increased adoption and sustainable use of all forms or renewable energy. IRENA has 167 Members (166 States and the European Union) that acceded to its Statute, and 17 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.


IRENA has a strong focus on the energy transformation of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). IRENA’s Country Engagement and Partnerships Division (CEP) coordinates and facilitates the activities of the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative. Launched at the 2014 Climate Summit, the Initiative provides a global framework of action to support SIDS in the transformation from a predominantly fossil-based to a renewables-based and resilient energy sector. As a framework for action, it addresses all elements of energy transformation, from policy and market frameworks to technology options, capacity building, NDC enhancement and implementation, project facilitation and access to finance. IRENA’s engagement through SIDS LHI encompasses all relevant institutional levels with the aim to foster global policy dialogue, resource mobilisation, implementation of enabling policy and regulatory environment, comprehensive technology road-mapping and tailor-made capacity building and information dissemination on lessons learnt and best practices. Within the overall framework of the Initiative, IRENA strategically engages in partnership with 37 SIDS and 31 development partners to implement SIDS energy transformation commitment to the Paris Agreement through their Nationally Determined Contributions that will contribute to sustainable development.


Duties and Responsibilities


Under the overall guidance of the Director, Country Engagement and Partnerships, and direct supervision of the Head of Partnerships, the Programme Officer – SIDS Partnerships will be responsible for the following duties\:           

  • In the context of the implementation of the SIDS LHI activities as described in the Agency’s work programme, support the development of result-oriented partnerships with a view to scaling up mobilization of resources in affordable terms that will contribute to the SIDS’ energy transition in light of their sustainable development, climate action and pandemic recovery efforts.
  • Support the implementation of Investment Forums in SIDS regions; support IRENA work in SIDS through a strengthened government-investor dialogue for improved investment environment as well as project facilitation support, including developing project pipelines, improving project bankability, and facilitating matchmaking for implementation of renewable energy projects
  • Provide support and substantive input in the design and implementation of capacity building activities in relation to SIDS energy transformation, particularly, in the context of project development, bankability, access to affordable finance, and resource mobilisation.
  • Lead the efforts in creating synergies and maximizing complementarities between the LHI programme and the Denmark’s bilateral energy transition work with SIDS, including, the initiatives and programmes supported by Denmark relevant to the LHI focus areas.
  • Lead the development of some, and contribute to the preparation of other, written outputs – including background papers, analyses, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications and online products - to inform IRENA’s member countries, energy companies, planning bodies, and civil society;
  • Conduct research on trends, key topics, and emerging issues, and assist with the preparation of reports, brochures and online material; systematically collect and analyse data and coordinate with internal and external experts to develop and update briefs, papers and SIDS LHI website.
  • Prepare inputs, presentations, and draft correspondence as and when required and support the Division for effective implementation of the Director General’s Annual Directive and Work Programme.
  • Perform other relevant tasks as required.




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; 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 the language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Excellent drafting skills and ability to prepare reports that are clear, concise, and meaningful. 


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 organisational 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.


Teamwork\: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ 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 & Organising\: 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 efficiently.




Education\: Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in energy, economics, finance, development, sustainable development, international relations, or another relevant field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A good network in various island regions and sound knowledge of renewable energy and climate change issues.

Experience\: A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in the energy sector; experience in international cooperation and in dealing with multilateral agencies, networks and forums would have an added value.

Languages\: Excellent command of written and spoken English and Danish is required. Knowledge of other languages is desirable.



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 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 dependency allowances, rental subsidy, education grant (for school aged children), annual and sick leave, health insurance, Provident Fund participation, etc. as would be applicable.


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