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Application Deadline: 10 October 2022

Job Description

Programme Officer, Bioenergy P-3

Vacancy Announcement

Secretariat of International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC)

Publication Date:                      20 September 2022

Deadline for Application:         10 October 2022 (at midnight, Abu Dhabi local Time)

 Title and Grade:                        Programme Officer, Bioenergy P-3

Indicative Annual Salary:          USD 62,120 to USD 71,170[1]

Duration of Appointment:        One year, with the possibility of extension

Duty Station:                               Bonn, Germany

Entry on Duty:                            As soon as possible


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 168 Members (167 States and the European Union) that acceded to its Statute, and 16 additional States in the process of accession and actively engaged. 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.

IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) is responsible for the provision of the means for an accelerated renewable energy technology uptake, considering national conditions of resource endowment, social and economic frameworks. In accordance with the IRENA Statute, activities in this field include analysis of renewable energy technology policies; dissemination of information and increased awareness; technologies and equipment overview and assessment of success-failure factors; improved pertinent knowledge and technology transfer, and joint RD&D 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 Remap team, the Programme Officer will:

  • Lead development and implementation of bioenergy projects.
  • Conduct assessments of bioenergy resource potential in different countries and regions.
  • 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; 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.

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.

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 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.


Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in energy, engineering, environmental, energy economics, natural science, or a related field.

Experience/Skills: A minimum of five 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. 

Languages: Excellent command of written and spoken English is a must. Knowledge of other UN languages would be an asset.


Qualified candidates must apply for the above mentioned 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 outcome of the selection process.

IRENA provides similar ICSC benefits and entitlements, including rental subsidy, education grant (for school aged children), annual leave, health insurance, provident fund, etc.

  • Posted Date: 20 September 2022
  • Closing Date: 10 October 2022



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