Head of Policy, P-5

Head of Policy, P-5

IRENA - International Renewable Energy Agency

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Under the supervision and overall guidance of the Director of the Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre, the Head of Policy will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Lead, coordinate, contribute to, and further develop analytical work on:
    • Renewable energy policy;
    • Market design and regional market analysis;
    • Socio-economic impacts of renewable energy;
    • Energy access.
  • Supervise the preparation of tailored, cutting-edge knowledge products and other written and verbal outputs (reports, briefs, background papers, conference and workshop presentations, etc.) in support of Work Programme priorities and other agency commitments;
  • Ensure the timely and high-quality completion of all deliverables;
  • Develop and implement initiatives to increase the impact of IRENA in the energy transition;
  • Maintain close working relationships with other teams in KPFC and other divisions of IRENA, and advise senior management of important trends and developments regarding renewable energy policy;
  • Lead effective outreach activities, including promotion of IRENA’s work to a wide range of audiences and IRENA’s engagement with partners through initiatives such as the Renewable Energy and Jobs Platform;
  • Perform other duties as required.


Professionalism: Excellent knowledge of policy and market trends across a range of renewable energy technologies and the broader enabling framework for renewable energy deployment; sound understanding of policy processes in the energy sector at the national and international; general understanding of macroeconomic issues. 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 and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Proven ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues; ability to review and edit the work of others.

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, cost and quality standards; 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.

Planning and Organising: Develops 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; monitors and adjusts plans as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.



  • Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or PhD) in economics, public policy, or energy policy.


  • A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in policy programme development, project administration, implementation and management, some of which should be at the international level. Experience in programme design and implementation to support decision-making at governmental level. Experience in policy advice. Specific experience in energy, renewable energy and clean technologies is required. Experience in analysis and assessment of different policy mechanisms. Management experience, preferably within the context of an international organisation.


  • Excellent command of written and spoken English is essential. Fluency in other languages would be of additional benefit.

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