Programme Officer – Policy, P-3

International Renewable Energy Agency
  • Location
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Apr 26

Position description

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Acting Director, KPFC, the Programme Officer (Policy) is expected to perform the following duties:

  • Undertake analytical work and drafting on the topic of macroeconomic impacts of renewables;
  • Lead the engagement with macroeconomic modeling consultants.. This includes defining the main objectives of the work, designing the main scenarios and sensitivities, collecting and preparing data inputs, assessing the model results, and extracting key policy messages and identifying needs for further analysis;
  • Conceive the main objectives of the work taking into account the strategic priorities of the Agency and the global debate on energy and climate policies and their economic implications;
  • Keep up to date with the evidence and global discourse on the socio-economic impacts of renewable energy;
  • Support the Policy Unit in other projects related to the socio-economic benefits of renewable energy, with a focus on analytical and quantitative work;
  • Ensure coordination with other teams and Divisons within IRENA, on related topics such as renewable energy policies, finance, roadmaps and energy planning, technologies or costs;
  • Prepare written outputs, participates and assists in outreach and communication, and proposes next steps to fill knowledge gaps;
  • Assist in the planning and coordination of the Work Programme of the Division and contributes to its successful implementation;
  • Manage consultants and contractors as required;
  • Perform other duties as required.


  • 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • 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; ability to disseminate information through online platforms, social media and traditional methods.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, accountable for the accuracy and completeness of information under his/her control and handling of the information in a discreet and confidential manner; 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.


  • Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) preferably in economics. Other disciplines such as engineering or relevant energy-related social science discipline may be considered. A first-level university degree in combination with additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced university degree.
  • Experience: A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in energy economics, macroeconomic analysis, energy policies and energy planning. Experience (including publications) on macroeconomic modelling and analysis, using methodologies such as macro-econometrics, or computable general equilibrium (CGE), is important. Work experience on labor, development economics, renewable energy policies in countries with high shares of renewables, or electricity market design are additional assets. A demonstrated ability to implement projects/programmes with good analytical skills and to produce reports and papers on applied economics, policy and energy issues is critical.
  • Language and IT skills: Excellent command of both written and spoken English. Knowledge of other languages is a plus. Excellent English writing skills are an important asset. Excellent IT skills, including advanced Excel user dealing with large amounts of data.

Application instructions

Please be sure to indicate that you saw this position on

follow us on Twitter