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Senior Programme Officer, Statistics, P-5

Abu Dhabi

  • Organization: IRENA - International Renewable Energy Agency
  • Location: Abu Dhabi
  • Grade: Senior level - P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Statistics
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed

Vacancy Announcement

Secretariat of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre (KPFC)


Publication/Transmission Date\:           15 November 2022      

Deadline for Application\:                        4 December 2022 (at midnight, Abu Dhabi local Time)

Title and Grade\:                                       Senior Programme Officer – Statistics, P-5

Indicative Annual Salary\:                        (a) Annual Net Salary\: USD 90,664 to USD 100,893[1]

                                                      (b) Post Adjustment\: USD 62,830.15 to USD 69,918.85 [2]

Duration of Appointment\:                      Two years, 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 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 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 Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre (KPFC) is responsible for 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, 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. Within KPFC, the Statistics Unit works the provision of reliable and timely renewable energy statistics, an essential component of informed energy planning and decision making.


IRENA has become a primary source of data and information about renewable energy. The Agency has developed a global knowledge framework to enable the tracking of renewable energy trends and efforts at the national and global levels. To meet its objectives, IRENA seeks to continuously improve the renewable energy data and information available to countries and other stakeholders to provide the basis for project, policy and programme development. 




Duties and responsibilities


Under the guidance of the Director of KPFC, the Senior Programme Officer, Statistics is expected to coordinate a wide range of stakeholders in an efficient manner, and will perform the following duties\:


  • Takes the lead to develop and implement IRENA programme for energy statistics and resource assessment, including analysis and methodological work, providing both technical and managerial supervision of all activities;
  • Supervises the development and improvements of IRENA’s statistical databases;
  • Initiates, plans and conducts research and analysis on specific renewable energy themes;
  • Plans and identifies organizations, networks, and regional entities active in the field of energy statistics and resource assessment to coordinate the activities in order to create synergies and to avoid duplication of efforts;
  • Supervises and undertakes the development of new or improved statistical methods and quantitative models for analyses and projects;
  • Plans and directs technical advisory activities for capacity building in statistics and resource assessment through missions, consultations and training workshops;
  • Prepares progress reports and other technical documentation regarding the work programme for presentation to relevant committees, technical meetings and expert groups;
  • Maintains close links with other IRENA Directorates to ensure synergies and consistency;
  • Advises senior management on trends and developments in energy statistics and resource assessment and recommends appropriate courses of action;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.




Professionalism\: Knowledge of statistical principles and practices; ability to conduct independent research and analysis; ability to identify issues, formulate options and make conclusions and recommendations. 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. 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; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.

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 organizational regulations and rules.

Client Orientation\: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Planning & Organizing\:  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; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Leadership\: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow\: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.




Education\: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in statistics, mathematics, economics or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience\: A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of statistical data or related area, some of which should be at the international level. Good knowledge of methodologies for energy statistics and in particular for renewable energy. Experience in international organizations is highly desirable.

Language\: Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of other languages is desirable.



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 further assessment and receive notice of the final 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.

 2 The 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 Abu Dhabi duty station is currently 69.3%, determined by the International Civil Service Commission and subject to change without prior notice.



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