Regional Programme Officer – Sub-Saharan Africa, P-4

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • Location
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 22

Position description

Under the overall guidance of Director, Country Support and Partnerships and the immediate supervision of Head of Regions Unit, the Regional Programme Officer will:

  • Coordinate the design and development of the framework for setting up and maintaining cooperation networks with all stakeholders from governments, regional entities, industry, civil society, etc. to galvanise action towards increasing the penetration of renewable energy;
  • Identify and lead regional initiatives for promoting renewable energy deployment, inter-governmental forums and other programmes, which could be effective platforms for collaboration, including, the ongoing Clean Energy Corridors and regional engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Lead the design and implementation of RRAs in the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa as well as facilitate the implementation of post-RRA support activities, upon request;
  • Lead effective implementation of the Renewable Energy Entrepreneurship Facility initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Ensure close links with the other divisions to identify synergy and interventions in line with priorities identified by countries;
  • Keep abreast of trends, key topics and initiatives in renewable energy policy, finance and technology to contribute to the preparation of renewables readiness reports in the region;
  • Support the planning and coordination of Work Programme of the Directorate and contribute its successful implementation;
  • Organise and prepare written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.;
  • Provide substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.; and
  • Perform other duties, as required.


Professionalism: Demonstrated ability to work well with a team. Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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.

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. Excellent drafting skills and ability to prepare reports that are clear, concise and meaningful.

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; monitors on going developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed.

Planning and 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: Accountable for the accuracy and completeness of information under his/her control and handling of the information in a discreet and confidential manner.


Education: Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in engineering, economics, energy, international relations or another relevant field are required. A first university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in the energy sector, some of which should be at the international level; experience in international cooperation and in dealing with multilateral agencies, networks and forums; good knowledge of renewable energy technologies as well as related policy, regulatory, technical and institutional issues for its development.

Language: Excellent command of both written and spoken English and French. Knowledge of other languages spoken in Africa desirable.

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