|| The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an inter-governmental organisation mandated with the widespread and increased adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy. 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. IRENA supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy. The Agency implements its mandate with the view to sustainable development, increased energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.
The IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) is responsible for the provision of the means to accelerate renewable energy technology uptake, considering national conditions of resource endowment, as well as social and economic frameworks. In accordance with the IRENA Statute, activities in this field include: analysis of renewable energy technology policies; promotion of innovation; dissemination of information and increased awareness; technology overview and assessment of success-failure factors; improved pertinent knowledge and technology transfer; joint research, development and demonstration; and provision of information about the development and deployment of national and international technical standards in relation to renewable energy.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Senior Programme Officer in the bioenergy team at the IITC, the Associate Programme Officer will:
- Conduct assessments of bioenergy resource potential in different countries and regions, including resource potential from more thorough collection of farm and forest residues, better forest management, and land made available for bioenergy crops by higher food crop yields, sustainable intensification of pastureland, improvement of degraded land, and reduced waste and losses in the food chain.
- Evaluate the economic merits, market potential and resource basis of different bioenergy technologies, including technologies for cooking, heating and cooling of buildings, industrial process heat, power and transport fuel.
- Process and write information collected in the course of assisting countries upon request to develop bioenergy scale up strategies.
- Organise workshops; liaise with external experts and organizations; and coordinate of peer review of bioenergy studies.
- Prepare reports and brochures for publication, prepare the communication plan and ensure such are disseminated through relevant outlets including social media.
- Assist in mobilising and managing Voluntary Contributions.
- Prepare summaries, information sheets, and PowerPoint presentations, and interact with relevant stakeholders as required.
- Perform other tasks to assist the bioenergy team and the IRENA Secretariat in the completion of the work programme as required, including some related administrative tasks.
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.
Communication: Ability to communicate effectively with various types of individuals and institutions. 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.
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.
Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in energy, engineering, environmental and energy economics, natural science, or a related field. Ph.D in mathematics or related field is desired.
Experience: A minimum of two years of relevant professional experience in bioenergy resource mapping and systems analysis, as well as in assessment of economic and environmental constraints on bioenergy development is required. Knowledge of technologies for bioenergy production and policies for bioenergy deployment is required. Familiarity with data, information systems, models and mapping software related to biomass potential and the factors that affect it such as land, climate, soil, water, and management skills is required. Experience of working in an international and intergovernmental organization is required.
Language: Excellent command of written and spoken English is a must. Knowledge of other UN languages would be an asset.
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 abovementioned vacancy on-line, through IRENA’s recruitment platform, Taleo by submitting a complete and comprehensive CV and a letter of interest, including details of three professional references who will be contacted if their application is shortlisted.
Applications from qualified women are highly encouraged.
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.