Regional Programme Officer – Sub-Saharan Africa

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

About The International Renewable Agency (IRENA)

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 162 Members (161 States and the European Union) that acceded to its Statute, and 21 additional States in the process of accession and actively engaged. You can find further details on their website https://www.irena.org/

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead the engagement with governments, regional organizations (including, regional renewable energy centres), private sector, and other relevant stakeholders in Sub-Saharan Africa in the execution of IRENA’s programmes.
  • Lead the identification and implementation of regional initiatives, inter-governmental forums, and other programmes for promoting renewable energy deployment, which could be effective platforms for collaboration, including, the ongoing Clean Energy Corridors and regional engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Coordinate the IRENA’s engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa to support enhancement and implementation of NDC-energy work.
  • 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.

Required Competencies

  • 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.

Qualifications, Experience & Language Requirements

  • 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.


Terms of Appointment

  • This is a full-time position with the successful candidate being contracted on a two-year basis with the possibility of extension.


How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV in English version and Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to [email protected] on or before 03rd  December 2020. All information will be 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.


SRI Executive is exclusively retained by IRENA to undertake this assignment.

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