Capacity Development Programme Officer – Call for Applications

Deadline: 8 March 2020
Open to: individuals who are 32 years of age and younger
Benefits: indicative monthly lump-sum: USD 4,000


The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an inter-governmental organization headquartered in Abu Dhabi, mandated to promote the widespread and increased adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity. IRENA’s mission is to play a leading role in the ongoing transformation of the global energy systems as a centre of excellence for knowledge and innovation, a global voice of renewable energy, a network hub for all stakeholders and a source of advice and support for countries. 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 and actively engaged.

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.

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.


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


  • Position Title: Capacity Development Programme Officer;
  • Indicative Monthly Lump-sum: USD 4,000;
  • Duration of Appointment: One year (with possible extension for one additional year);
  • Duty Station: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates or Bonn, Germany.

How to apply

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.

For more information please check the official web page.