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International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Capacity Development Programme 2020 for young Professionals


Application Deadline: March 8th 2020

IRENA has initiated a Capacity Building Programme for young professionals from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Islands Developing States (SIDS). The programme will provide an opportunity for nationals from LDCs and SIDS, with the agreement and support of their governments and/or institutions, to serve at IRENA Headquarters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates or at its office in Bonn, Germany, for a period of one year (renewable to two years) aiming to build capacity for addressing renewable energy issues in SIDS and LDCs and to provide experience in an intergovernmental organisation setting.

Participating governments, universities or institutions would be asked to release selected employees to the Agency, for a period of one or two years, on a loan arrangement, whereby the government employee would continue to receive their salary and emoluments from the releasing government.  An additional remuneration and travel to and from the duty station will be provided by IRENA.


  • The programme is intended for individuals who are 32 years of age and younger.
  • IRENA is looking for individuals from LDC and SIDS who have experience and/or education in the following career fields:

– International Development                        – Renewable Energy

– Energy                                                       – Economics

– Public affairs                                              – Government Relations – Communications                                        – Finance/Banking – Engineering                                               – Partnerships – Project Management                                  – Human Resources

– Fund raising                                               – Project Development

– Climate initiatives/NDC                            – Innovation & Technology

– Energy Planning                                        – Energy System Operations

– Outreach with Governments                    – Environment/Natural Science – Grid Assessment                                       – Energy Modeling

– Data Analysis and Statistics                       – Rural Electrification, including Mini-Grids – Energy Planning                                       – Off-Grid Energy Access

Work assignments may include, but not limited to:

  • Analysis of data and information;
  • Drafting of documents;
  • Undertaking literature reviews;
  • Preparing and making presentations;
  • Dialogue with governments, partners and other key national, regional and international stakeholders;
  • Contribute to the work programme outputs of the organization and work on specific projects;
  • Support the efforts of the team in daily activities;
  • Perform other duties, as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of policies, practices and procedures and ability to apply them in an organizational setting. Ability to identify issues, analyze and formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. 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: Has excellent drafting ability and communication skills, both oral and written; creates and promotes enabling environment for open communication; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Accountability: Stands accountable for the accuracy and completeness of information under his/her control and handling of the information in a discreet and confidential manner; takes ownership for all responsibilities and honour commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes ownership of delegated responsibilities and authorities; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise, learns from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team member; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning and Organising: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities to ensure successful completion of work assigned.

Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in a field relevant to the list of occupational groups listed above.  A first university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: Minimum of one to five years of progressively responsible experience related to the desired occupational groups is preferred.

Language: Excellent command of both written and spoken English is essential. Working knowledge of another language is desirable.

Application Procedure:

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.

Candidates should ensure that their respective governments/institutions will release them for the period of the programme and reabsorb them at the completion of the assignment.  They should include information as to the focal point from their releasing government/institution/organization.

Applications from qualified women are highly encouraged.

Please note that due to the number of applications received, only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted for an interview and will receive notice of the outcome of the selection process.

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