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Associate Programme Officer – Policy, P-2

Abu Dhabi

  • Organization: IRENA - International Renewable Energy Agency
  • Location: Abu Dhabi
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Political Affairs
    • Legal - Broad
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2022-07-19


Vacancy Announcement

Secretariat of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Knowledge Policy and Finance Centre (KPFC) 


Publication/Transmission Date\:                      20 June 2022  

Deadline For Application\:                                 19 July 2022 (at midnight, Abu Dhabi local Time)

Title and Grade\:                                                 Associate Programme Officer – Policy, P-2

Indicative Annual Salary\:                                  USD 48,805 to USD 56,9041 plus other benefits

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 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 center 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 167 Members (166 States and the European Union) that acceded to its Statute, and 17 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, socio-economic benefits, 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. 

Among other tasks, IRENA has been carrying out qualitative and quantitative assessment of socio-economic impacts of deploying renewables, and informing policy makers on how to meet multiple objectives through the energy transformation. IRENA’s report Renewable Energy Benefits\: Measuring the Economics, published in 2016, was the first global study estimating the macroeconomic impacts of doubling the share of renewable energy by 2030. Since then, IRENA is undertaking annual assessments of the socioeconomic impacts of two energy transition scenarios to 2030 and 2050. Its flagship publication World Energy Transition Outlook examines the impacts of a low-carbon future on economic growth, welfare, and jobs at the global, regional and national levels. 

IRENA will continue to explore, through macroeconomic models, the socio-economic impacts of increasing the transition ambition through various policy baskets and the impact of addressing needed structural changes in the socio-economic systems. The analysis is intended to provide policy recommendations to meet the dual objective of a just transition and sustainable development.

Recently, IRENA is also building conceptual links between renewable energy and climate change adaptation by illustrating the opportunity renewable energy provides for well-designed, effective, and comprehensive climate adaptation. The workstream aims to highlight the benefits of renewables-based adaptation and showcase some of the contributions of clean energy transitions to climate change adaptation.


Duties and Responsibilities 

Under the overall guidance of the Director of KPFC, the Associate Programme Officer (Socioeconomics) is expected to perform the following duties\:

  • Undertakes analytical work, contributes to the preparation of written outputs on the topic of macroeconomic impacts of renewables, and assists in outreach and communication;
  • Supports the engagement with the consultants in charge of the modelling, collects and prepares data input for the analysis, assesses the modeling results, extracts key policy messages and identifies needs for further analysis;
  • Supports the Policy Unit in other projects related to the socio-economic benefits of renewable energy, with a focus on analytical and quantitative work;
  • Assists on the assessment of climate change adaptation policies and analyses the role of renewables in this context;
  • Supports the development of analytical framework to compute socioeconomic impacts of renewables-based adaptation; 
  • Ensures coordination with other teams and Divisions within IRENA, on topics such as renewable energy policies, finance, roadmaps and energy planning, technologies or costs; contributing to knowledge management within the Agency; 
  • Assists in the planning and coordination of the Work Programme of the Division and contributes to its successful implementation; 
  • Performs other duties 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; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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 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.

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 & 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.

Accountability\: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, accountable for the accuracy and completeness of information under his/her control and handling of the information in a discreet and confidential manner; 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.



Education\: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent), preferably in economics. Other disciplines such as engineering or relevant energy-related social science discipline may be considered. Solid understanding of energy economics and macroeconomics is also a key requisite.

Experience\: A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in energy economics, macroeconomic analysis, energy policies and energy planning. An important plus would be experience and publications on macroeconomic modelling and analysis, using methodologies such as macro-econometrics, computable general equilibrium (CGE) or others. 

Language and IT skills\:   Excellent command of both written and spoken English. Knowledge of other languages is a plus. Excellent English writing skills are an important asset. Excellent IT skills, including advanced Excel user dealing with large amounts of data. Knowledge of econometric modeling is a plus.

Qualified candidates must apply for the abovementioned 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.


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