Secretariat of International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC)
Publication Date: 27 October 2021
Deadline for Application: 26 November 2021
Title and Grade: Chief – Operations, P-4
Indicative Annual Salary: USD 74,913 to USD 84,694
Duration of Appointment: Two years, with possible 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 166 Members (165 States and the European Union) that acceded to its Statute, and 18 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.
The IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) is one of the three programmatic division of the Agency and is hosted in Bonn, Germany. In close cooperation with the other IRENA divisions, its work on energy transformation covers, among others, the areas of renewable energy roadmaps, power system transformation, renewable energy project development, innovation, standards and quality assurance, as well as costing and competitiveness of renewables. The Chief - Operations will ensure smooth programme implementation and facilitate overall operations of IITC in close collaboration with other divisions, especially the administration and management functions of the Agency.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Deputy Director of IITC, the Chief - Operations will fulfil the following duties and responsibilities:
Professionalism: Good knowledge of administrative processes, in-depth understanding of UN administrative processes is an advantage. Understanding of energy technologies and their fields of application is an advantage. Good knowledge of various governmental and NGO policies, processes and procedures; political astuteness and sound judgment to handle sensitive issues and cultivate productive relationships.
Leadership: Strong leadership and management skills. Encourage risk taking, supports creativity and promote a learning environment through leadership and personal example. Serves as a role model that other people want to follow and empowers others to translate visions into results. Proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives, establish and maintain relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals, solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise and learns from others.
Planning and organizing: Strong ability to plan, monitor and implement programs in liaison and collaboration with various stakeholders with different views and interests. Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies, identifies priority activities and assignments and adjusts priorities as required, allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work, foresees risks and adjusts plans and actions as necessary.
Communication: Ability to create and deliver compelling oral and written communications and presentations; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Education: Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, Business Management, Law, Engineering or any other related and relevant area. A first-level 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 administration, programme management and performance reporting or related field, including demonstrated work experience at international level is required.
Language: Excellent command of written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of other languages, notably German, is desirable.
Qualified candidates must apply for the abovementioned vacancy online, 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 dependency allowances, rental subsidy, education grant (for school aged children), annual and sick leave, health insurance, Provident Fund participation, etc. as would be applicable.