Programme Officer - Policy and Socioeconomics, P-3

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • Location
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 02

Position description

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Head of Socio-economics and overall guidance of the Director of KPFC, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Design and conduct studies of renewable policy and related economic trends, providing insights and recommendations to various policy-making target audiences (e.g. regional, local) to accelerate the deployment of renewables and to promote sustainable development;
  • Undertake analytical work, and contribute to the preparation of written outputs on the topic of macroeconomic impacts of renewables at the global and regional/country levels;
  • Support the engagement with the consultants in charge of the modelling, establish the main objectives of the work, design the main scenarios and sensitivities, collect and prepare data input for the analysis, assess the results, extracts key policy messages and identify needs for further analysis;
  • Develop draft policy recommendations for countries or regions as applicable;
  • Attend international, regional and national meetings to hold discussions with representative governments, non-government organisations and other international organisations, as well as academia as applicable to the work of the policy unit;
  • Ensure 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;
  • Prepare speeches or other inputs for presentation by senior staff, as well as documents and materials as needed to disseminate analytical work and policy conclusions resulting from the Unit’s activities;
  • Manage consultants and contractors as required;
  • 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; 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 public policy, sustainable development, 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in energy economics, macroeconomic analysis, energy policy and energy planning. A proven track record of producing peer-reviewed publications and evidence of profound understanding of macroeconomic modelling and analysis, such as macro-econometrics, computable general equilibrium (CGE) or others, would be an asset;
  • 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.

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