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Programme Officer, Energy Planning Support and Capacity Building, P-3


  • Organization: IRENA - International Renewable Energy Agency
  • Location: Bonn
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Renewable Energy sector
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed



Vacancy Announcement

Secretariat of International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC)


Publication Date\:                        03 November 2022

Deadline for Application\:           02 December 2022

Title and Grade\:               Programme Officer– Energy Planning Support and Capacity Building, P-3

Indicative Annual Salary\:          (a) Annual Net Salary\: USD 62,120 to USD 71,170[1]

      (b) Post Adjustment\: USD  12,548.24 to   USD 14,376.342

Duration of Appointment\:        One year 

Duty Station\:                              Bonn, Germany 

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 168 Members (167 States and the European Union) that acceded to its Statute, and 16 additional States in the process of accession and actively engaged. IRENA supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future and serves as the leading 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.

Under the Work Programme 2022-2023, IRENA’s goals include being a source of advice and support country-level decision making to accelerate the energy transition, while acting as a global voice of renewables to shape the global discourse on the energy transformation. To achieve these aims, IRENA’s Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) seeks to assist countries in building their planning capacities in using long-term planning models and tools. The Centre also works towards providing technology insights through a long-term energy planning toolbox, in conjunction to developing analysis on the prospects of energy systems for various geographical regions.



Under the supervision of the Senior Programme Officer – Energy Planning of IITC, the selected candidate will be responsible for leading the day-to-day work under the thematic area\: Planning for the global energy transition, primarily on the activities related to the following tasks\: 

  • Design and develop programmes related to the application of IRENA’s long-term planning and modelling materials for capacity building, and provide quality control for the deliverables 
  • Proactively search for and identify new links and opportunities for outreach – both internal and external – to achieve greater impact of IRENA’s planning and modelling analysis; 
  • Ensure close links with relevant programmatic work across the Agency and externally with other organisations to identify synergies in line with the team’s priorities;
  • Develop and expand strategic partnerships with other technical institutions in support of energy planning capacity building
  • Plan and deliver outreach events on energy planning capacity building
  • Manage and review analysis of African energy and power systems through the use of models, including IRENA’s long-term SPLAT-MESSAGE model and others, to identify RE technology potentials and advice on the prospects of the future energy systems in Africa;
  • Perform 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; 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; tailor language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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 organisational 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.




Education\: Advanced university degree in energy system analysis, economics, engineering, or related fields.


Required - Excellent analytical skills and expertise in energy data analysis, application and development of energy and power system modelling tools. At least five years of progressively responsible working experience in relevant energy and/or climate-related field, with experience at the international level desirable; good drafting skills both in technical and non-technical outputs in English. Proficiency with energy system modelling is required.

Advantage - Prior responsibility for designing and delivering capacity-building programmes with national and international stakeholders. Proficiency in French and Arabic language is an advantage. 

Languages\: Excellent command of written and spoken English is a must. Knowledge of French and other languages would be of additional benefit.

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.


[1] IRENA provides similar ICSC benefits and entitlements, including rental subsidy, education grant (for school aged children), annual leave, health insurance, provident fund, etc.

2The post adjustment is a variable component that is adjusted periodically to reflect changes in the cost of living in a duty station. Post adjustment multiplier for Bonn duty station is currently 20.2%, determined by the International Civil Service Commission and subject to change without prior notice.

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