Thursday, 24 April 2014

Regional Programme Officer Career Opportunity in Abu Dhabi

Job Title:        Regional Programme Officer - Central and South Asia, P4
Job Ref:    HR/VA/2014/O/7299
Job Location:   Abu Dhabi, UAE
Employer:    The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Annual Salary:    USD 67,611 to 76,219 (without dependents) USD 72,605 to 82,083 (with dependents) and other benefits (1)
Job Duration:    Two years, with possible extension

About  IRENA:
IRENA is an inter-governmental organisation, mandated by Governments worldwide to promote the widespread and increased adoption and sustainable use of all forms or renewable energy. In order to do so, IRENA will facilitate access to all relevant renewable energy. It facilitates and analyses the sharing of best practices and lessons learnt regarding policy frameworks, capacity-building activities, available financial mechanisms and relevant technologies on renewable energy.

IRENA has a strong focus on developing country members and would work with them to assess the existing policy structures and institutional context within which renewable energy policy is placed. These will help identify the elements that could be built upon to have an effective and efficient policy framework to support market development. IRENA has adopted a regional approach for initiating discussions with countries, since due to geographical contiguity; countries in a region often share renewable energy resources across their boundaries as well as face similar policy and institutional challenges.

IRENA assists countries and regions to implement a comprehensive set of actions towards enabling higher shares of renewables on regional grids. IRENA has developed the Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA), a country led process, with a comprehensive tool for assessing key conditions for renewable energy technology development and deployment and the actions necessary to further create an enabling framework for renewable energy deployment.
IRENA’s initiatives for promoting greater penetration of renewable electricity in regional power grids complement the national engagement through the RRAs. These enable countries to also identify the actions that are required for optimal utilisation of renewable resources from a regional power planning perspective, keeping in view declining cost trends, the capacity to operate transmission grids with a greater share of renewable power, and human, financial, and institutional barriers to the expansion of renewable power options in the market.

Job Requirements:
Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialised field. Ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to develop sources for data collection. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities.  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. Good knowledge of socioeconomic aspects of energy; ability to implement projects/programmes; familiarity with the renewable energy policies; good analytical skills, ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues. 

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.

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.

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 ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

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 organisational 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.

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.

Advanced University degree in the field of energy, environment, social sciences or any other relevant field.  A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

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; experience of work in an industry association or civil society organisation would have an added value.

Excellent command of both written and spoken English.  Knowledge of other languages is desirable.

Job Duties:
Under the guidance of the Director, Country Support and Partnerships, and immediate supervision of the Senior Programme Officer, the Regional Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
    Coordinates the design and development of the framework for setting up cooperation networks with governments, regional entities, industry and civil society. The foundation for establishing the networks through initial consultative meetings to galvanise action towards increasing the role of renewable energy would be prepared as a part of the 2014-2015 Work Programme;
    Leads the RRAs in the countries, upon request;
    Identifies regional initiatives for promoting renewable energy deployment,  inter-governmental forums and other programmes, which could be effective platforms for collaboration in the Central and South Asia region;
    Ensures close links with the other IRENA Directorates to identify synergy and interventions in line with priorities identified by countries;
    Keeps abreast of trends, key topics and initiatives in renewable energy policy, finance and technology to contribute to the preparation of the renewable energy readiness reports for the region;
    Supports the planning and coordination of Work Programme of the Directorate and contribute its successful implementation;
    Organises and prepares written outputs, e.g., draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.;
    Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.; and
    Performs other duties as required.

IRENA reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post.

Qualified candidates must apply for the above mentioned vacancy on-line by submitting a complete and comprehensive CV and a letter of interest, including details of two professional references who will be contacted if their application is shortlisted.

Please note that only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted for an interview and will receive notice of the final outcome of the selection process.

(1) The amounts for the following benefits are only indicative and subject to periodic adjustments: Post Adjustment. (currently 71.5% of the Annual Net Salary), Dependency allowance (US$2,929 per dependent child p.a), non-removal allowance, if applicable (US$2,150 with dependents, US$1,620 without dependents p.a), medical insurance for staff members and dependents, Rental subsidy (currently 45% of the annual rent up to a maximum ceiling of AED 160,000 p.a), Provident Fund, and other entitlements as applicable.

Deadline Date: 26/04/2014
Date for Entry on Duty:     As soon as possible