Associate Programme Officer - Renewable Energy Policy and Markets, P-2

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • Location
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 17

Position description

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Director of the Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre, the Associate Programme Officer - Renewable Policy and Markets will be based in the Renewable Energy Policy and Markets Unit and perform the following duties:

  • Contribute to analysing policies that can be deployed to incentivise a scale-up in renewable energy, particularly in end uses (e.g., heating, transport and industry), providing case studies, identifying lessons learnt and policy recommendations.
  • Contribute to IRENA cross-divisional publications such as the World Energy Transitions Outlook and Regional Energy Transitions Outlooks.
  • Contribute to the Unit’s analytical work on sustainable production and use of bioenergy and hydrogen.
  • Support the coordination of projects and provide guidance to consultants and contractors as required.
  • Participate in outreach and communication activities, including the presentation of IRENA’s work on renewable energy policy and markets in various fora.
  • Ensure coordination with other teams and Divisions within IRENA and contribute to knowledge management within the Agency.
  • Participate in the planning and coordination of the Unit’s work programme and contribute to its successful implementation.
  • Perform other duties and daily tasks as required.


  • Professionalism: Demonstrates knowledge and experience in the fields of renewable energy policy and markets, as well as ability to draft reports and actionable recommendations for policy-makers. Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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; 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 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.
  • 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.


  • Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in the field of renewable energy policy, public policy, environmental sciences, energy economics, energy engineering and/or a 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 two years of relevant experience in the field policies for the decarbonisation of end uses and/or energy transition policy. Ideally some background in developing countries, emerging markets and/or green hydrogen. Demonstrated ability to implement projects with good analytical skills and to produce high-quality reports and papers on renewable energy policy issues.
  • Language and IT skills: Excellent command of both written and spoken English. Knowledge of other UN languages is desirable. Excellent writing skills are essential. Excellent IT skills, including proficiency in MS Excel.

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