09.04.2019 - von H.S.
Bei der Internationalen Agentur für erneuerbare Energien (IRENA) handelt es sich um eine zwischenstaatliche Organisation, welche Staaten beim Übergang zu einer nachhaltigen Energiezukunft unterstützt und als Plattform für internationale Zusammenarbeit, als Kompetenzzentrum und als Quelle für politisches, technologisches, Ressourcen- und Finanzwissen über erneuerbare Energien dient. IRENA fördert die weit verbreitete Nutzung und nachhaltige Nutzung aller Formen der erneuerbaren Energien, einschließlich Bioenergie, Geothermie, Wasserkraft, Meeres-, Solar- und Windenergie, im Hinblick auf nachhaltige Entwicklung, Energiezugang, Energiesicherheit und CO2-armes Wirtschaftswachstum und Wohlstand.
IRENA braucht dafür Personal und schreibt zeitlich befristete Stellen aus, die oft auch noch mit Altersgrenzen einhergehen. Zum Beispiel diese:
Strategic Management and Executive Direction (SMED)
Publication/Transmission Date: 4 April 2019
Deadline For Application: 18 April 2019 (at midnight, Abu Dhabi local Time)
Title and Grade: Associate Professional, Permanent Observer Office of IRENA to the United Nations
Indicative Annual Salary: USD 36,000 to 54,000 and other benefits
Duration of Appointment: One year, with possible extension
Duty Station: New York, United States of America
Expected Date for 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 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 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 Permanent Observer Office of IRENA to the United Nations in New York (NYO) has as main functions to support in the monitoring of international developments related to sustainability and energy and identify areas for furthering the Agency’s engagement; inform IRENA HQs of developments in areas of relevance to the mandate of the Agency in the UN system; represent the Agency in meetings of relevant UN bodies and promote the Agency’s visibility and Work Plan implementation; maintain communication with Permanent Missions and UN organizations; and actively reach out to relevant stakeholders, including private sector, academia and other US-based organizations.
The purpose of the Associate Professional Programme is to enable talented and promising university graduates and post graduates to gain first-hand experience in the work of IRENA and a deeper insight into the role of the Agency in promoting the widespread and increased adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy. The programme offers valuable exposure to IRENA’s main activities and programmatic areas. On occasion, there are also opportunities in support areas such as administration, finance, human resources and public information.
Duties and Responsibilities Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Chief of Office, the Associate Professional (AP) will assist in the following duties:
Supports the NYO in monitoring and researching international developments, including on sustainable development, climate change and energy matters, and preparing background briefs and other documentation;
Supports in attending and preparing reports on UN meetings and on activities by other relevant stakeholders and entities in New York (think tanks, academia, private sector) as required;
Supports the NYO in outreach activities, including organising side-events, information sessions and in the maintenance of regular interaction on IRENA programmatic matters with different stakeholders;
Supports the NYO by providing administrative and logistical support to ensure the smooth running of the office and providing administrative support to the Chief of Office and the Director-General when visiting the NYO;
Supports the NYO in a number of matters such as:
Drafting diplomatic correspondence including letters, invitations, notes;
Preparing for meetings, speaking engagements including research, compilation and preparation of background documentation, such as concept notes, agendas, briefing notes as well as talking points, minutes and other substantive information as required;
Supporting missions by IRENA officials attending meetings at the UN HQ.
Performs any other duties as required.
Competencies Professionalism: Possesses an understanding of the organisation and its mandate as well as of the working methods of the United Nations; Possesses judgment to diplomatically handle sensitive issues and to cultivate productive relationships; Is able to draft statements, talking points, briefing notes and other documentation; Shows initiative and implements his/her responsibilities proactively and independently; Is able to identify issues as they emerge and recommend courses of actions and solutions; Ensures that all responsibilities and commitments are completed to the best of his/her ability in line with both operational objectives and organisational rules and regulations; Displays a high level of ownership and commitment to quality; 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; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
Communication: Possesses excellent drafting skills; Speaks clearly and effectively, and writes persuasively in a clear and concise manner; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Is able to explain issues and positions to senior officials and third parties.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational 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.
Client Orientation: Is capable of supporting in the establishment and maintenance of excellent relations with a broad range of individuals and institutions (diplomatic representations to the UN, other international intergovernmental institutions, stakeholders) to understand the counterpart’s requirements and concerns and to gain support.
Eligibility Applicants should be no more than 32 years of age at the time of submitting their applications.
Qualifications Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) is required. A degree related to Political Science, Law, Public Administration, International Affairs, Economics or a related field would be desirable. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience/Skills: Sound knowledge of global climate change, sustainability and renewable energy issues and experience within the public sector or an intergovernmental institution is preferred. A proven knowledge of the United Nations system and working methods is an asset.
Languages: Excellent command of written and spoken English is essential. Fluency in other languages is an asset.
Qualified candidates must apply for the above mentioned vacancy on-line by submitting a complete and comprehensive CV and a letter of interest, including details of two professional references who will be contacted if their application is shortlisted. Applications from qualified women are highly encouraged.
IRENA reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post.
Please note that only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted for an interview and will receive notice of the final outcome of the selection process.
Amount of monthly lump-sum depends on qualifications and years of relevant work experience. In addition: a monthly accommodation allowance (USD 1,600); relocation grant upon arrival/separation if relocation involved (USD 1,200); installation grant if relocation involved (USD 1,300); health insurance; other entitlements as applicable.
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