Deputy Director General

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

About International Renewable Energy Agency

The International Renewable Energy Agency is an inter-governmental organisation headquartered in Abu Dhabi, mandated to promote the widespread and increased adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy 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 160 Members (159 States and the European Union) that acceded to its Statute, and 23 additional States in the process of accession and actively engaged.


Deputy Director General

Role Profile

IRENA seeks to appoint its next Deputy Director-General, a leading member of the Agency’s senior management team.  The Deputy Director-General reports directly to the Director-General, and, under his supervision and within the delegated authority, will support him in the overall management of the Agency, in the implementation of its Work Programme and Budget and in the full range of the Director-General’s duties and responsibilities.



Professionalism: Experience and knowledge of the field of energy or related fields, and the ability to provide advice, at the senior level, on issues related to renewable energy. Demonstrates high-level managerial and programmatic competence, political astuteness, technical expertise and intellectual capacity.  Ability to establish, maintain and build broad strategic networks and partnerships so as to further the objectives of the Agency. 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. 

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; 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.

Leadership: Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and tasks; 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; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. 

Communication: Creates and promotes enabling environment for open communication; speaks and writes clearly and effectively, and tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in promoting a culture of information and knowledge sharing and learning. 

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; 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.

Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


Required Experience and Qualifications:


At least 15 years of progressively responsible experience in energy, sustainable development, economics, international affairs or related field. Work experience in senior management assignments in public and/or private sector, preferably in an international setting. Demonstrated experience in establishing and maintaining professional networks is desirable.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in a relevant field.


Fluency in oral and written English is required.  Knowledge of other United Nations official languages would be an asset.


Terms of Appointment

The position is offered with an initial contract of 2 years, with possible extension.

Applications from qualified women, especially from nationals of developing countries, are highly encouraged.


Key Step in the Selection Process

If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to Peeui Sangalang, at [email protected]. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.

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