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Associate Programme Officer - Office of the Director-General, P-2

Abu Dhabi

  • Organization: IRENA - International Renewable Energy Agency
  • Location: Abu Dhabi
  • Grade: Junior level - P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed


                                                                                      Vacancy Announcement

                                                        Secretariat of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

                                                                             Office of the Director-General (ODG)

Publication Date:                             02 May 2023

Deadline For Application:               1 June 2023 (at midnight, Abu Dhabi local Time)

Title and Grade:                              Associate Programme Officer - Office of the Director-General, P2

Indicative Annual Salary:                (a.) Annual Net Salary: USD 50,377 to USD 58,737[1]

                                                          (b.) Post Adjustment: USD 36,624.08 to USD 42,701.80[2]

Duration of Appointment:               One Year, with possible extension

Duty Station:                                    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates                  

Entry on Duty:                                  As soon as possible

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an inter-governmental organisation, headquartered in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, mandated to promote the adoption and continuous use of all forms of renewable energy sources 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 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.

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Advisor to the Director-General, the Associate Programme Officer, will perform the following duties:

  • Support the work of the Office of the Director-General including: preparation of internal and external meetings, missions, speaking engagements and participation in conferences; preparation of briefing notes, talking points, speeches, substantive information and files; and preparation of supporting documents, as well as related correspondence;
  • Assist in facilitating day-to-day matters related to work of the Office of the Director-General, including communicating internally throughout the Agency, and externally with offices of high level representatives of government, civil society and private sector; 
  • Assist in identifying key strategic issues and priorities which require the attention of the Director General. 
  • Develop and maintain an archive of substantive information relevant to the Director-General’s activities.
  • Ensure timely follow-up to the Director General’s meetings and missions, including preparation of meeting minutes, and the effective dissemination of pertinent information to relevant parties; 
  • Ensure the timeliness, accuracy and quality of documents prepared; 
  • Provide substantive and administrative support to the Director-General while on mission travel including preparation of meeting notes and summary of issues, as necessary.  
  • Perform other duties as required.


Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is attentive to details and possesses high degree of accuracy in undertaking assignments; conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; has the ability to deal with stressful situations. Strong research, analytical and problem-solving skills, including capacity to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given; can plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 

Communication: Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills including the ability to draft/edit a variety of written reports, speeches, briefs and other communications, to articulate ideas in a clear, concise style, and the capacity to tailor communications to various audiences. 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; 

Planning & Organising: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; 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.

Teamwork: Excellent teamwork skills including the capacity to work collaboratively under strict deadlines 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.


Education: Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in international relations, political science, management, economics, finance or engineering. A first university degree in combination with at leaves two years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in international organizations, strategy consulting, sustainable development or related field is required. Diplomatic experience or experience in the cabinet of the head of an international organization or member of government is desirable. Experience in dealing with global energy policy related issues would be an asset. 

Language: Excellent command of written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of other languages is desirable. Good drafting skills are essential. 


Qualified candidates must apply for the abovementioned vacancy on-line, through IRENA’s recruitment platform, ORC 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 rental subsidy, education grant (for school aged children), annual leave, health insurance, provident fund, 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 72.7%, determined by the International Civil Service Commission and subject to change without prior notice.


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