Energy Programme Coordinator

Oceania Regional Office, Suva, Fiji

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
9th May, 2017

Job Description


  • The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) exists to raise awareness on the importance of the ecosystems for our human survival through its global programmes including energy under the Energy, Ecosystems and Livelihoods Initiative (EESLl) framework.
  • The goal of the EESLI is: to support and accelerate the transition to energy systems that are ecologically sustainable, socially equitable. and economically efficient while making full use of the best available technologies and governance arrangements'.
  • In addition, IUCN is implementing low carbon energy projects in a selected number of Pacific small island states — the Energy Programme Coordinator will coordinate this project as part of the IUCN Oceania Energy Programme Portfolio.
  • The Pacific Islands Developing States are heavily dependent on imported petroleum fuels, which account for well over 80% of commercial energy use within nearly all countries.
  • There has been assistance from a number of agencies over the past 20 years to assess energy issues and options, negotiate improved terms of fuel supply, expand urban and rural electrification, develop renewable energy resources to replace fossil fuels and improve the efficiency of energy use. However, these efforts have been largely piecemeal rather than part of broad internally-consistent energy policies and have had limited success.
  • The objective of this program is to help accelerate the transition within participating Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to energy systems that are ecologically efficient, sustainable, and socially equitable, by: a) supporting beneficiary countries in the development and implementation of environmentally sound, sustainable energy policies; and b) implementing a number of renewable energy pilot projects focusing on ecosystem conservation and livelihood enhancement.
  • The overall goal is reducing the impacts of climate change through sustainable energy initiatives.
  • The expected outcome is the implementation of pilot projects in SIDS that demonstrate sustainable energy technologies, and management systems for those technologies, that are suitable for wider dissemination in other SIDS in the Pacific and beyond.
  • The Management arrangement consists of a small technical team based at IUCN Oceania to oversee project development and implementation, with technical support through consulting services, supervisory support provided by IUCN, and wide-ranging cooperation with other Pacific sustainable energy activities through memoranda of understanding (MoUs) for agreed joint or complementary activities.

Job description


  • The Energy Programme Coordinator will report directly to the Regional Programme Coordinator and manage and supervise the energy staff and other IUCN Oceania Regional Office staff.
  • This position will be based at IUCN ORO in Suva.


  • Overall management of the Energy portfolio;
  • The development of new portfolios through project development and liaison with donors.;
  • Coordinate other members of the programme to develop, plan and implement programmes of work, with relevance and significance to the people and governments of the Oceania region.


  • Coordinate the overall management of the project, supervision of project personnel, and delivery of project outputs within budget and on time;
  • Reporting regularly to IUCN management on progress of the project, and on issues arising throughout the project with recommendations for resolving issues;
  • Recruitment and supervision of consultants (short term specialists) as required to achieve the aims of the project;
  • Continue working with participating countries to assist governments in the identification and the appointment of country working groups, and establish effective working relations and reliable communication links with all country working group members;
  • Through the country working groups, take the lead role in carrying out the environmental assessments in the participating countries for the projects selected for implementation;
  • Producing project reports in appropriate languages and feeding results into IUCN Global Programme and IUCN Oceania Regional Office communication activities;
  • Represent IUCN and presenting seminars at national and international meetings, and
  • Assisting the IUCN Regional Director for Oceania in developing and maintaining local, national and regional working relationships with key partners;
  • Carry out other duties as required by the Regional Programme Coordinator from time to time.
  • Ethical, Social and Ecological Responsibilities
  • This role requires the following ethical, social and ecological responsibilities
  • Respect for people from different nationalities, cultures, ethnicities, religion, gender, sexual orientation as well as the young and elderly;
  • Responsible for exercising utmost care and judgement to ensure the assets belonging or entrusted to IUCN are not misused or wasted;
  • Avoids all instances of conflict of interest in one's dealings;
  • Commitment to help conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure the sustainable use of resources;
  • Adherence to the IUCN Code of Conduct.

Personal Attributes

  • Accepts Responsibility: Willing and able to bear high levels of responsibility by making timely decisions and being accountable;
  • A Learner: Willing to learn about the countries, cultures and development/environmental issues of the region;
  • Adaptation: Willing to adapt to regional norms without compromising personal beliefs and principles;
  • Openness: Communicates honestly, openly, and consistently. Shares information appropriately and ensures that views of all members of the team are freely expressed;
  • Positive Attitude: Encourages a positive rather than negative viewpoint;
  • Integrity: Maintains the highest standard of personal conduct in performing all duties;
  • Commitment: Committed to making the project a success. Willing and able to work for the best interests of the project;
  • Can handle stressful situations well: Willing and able to deal with problem situations and is always mentally prepared;
  • People Skills: Able to build productive working relationships with other staff and development partners based on respect and good rapport, is able to listen well and never assumes one knows best;
  • Judgement: Able to evaluate information quickly, identify key issues and formulate conclusions based on sound, practical judgement, experience, and common sense;
  • Organized: Well prepared, organized and able to carry out all responsibilities and action items in a purposeful way;
  • Dependable: Can be relied upon to get the job done at the expected time, or to give advanced prior notice if deadlines are not to be met;
  • Proactive: Proactive rather than reactive, and able to avoid mistakes that could/should be anticipated.


  • This position requires a person to have had extensive experience in the energy sector management and operation, covering areas including energy security, sustainable and renewable energy, energy efficiency; the assessment of feasibility studies for energy development; environmental management, energy policy formulation and implementation, and also in organisational management.
  • The position not only requires qualifications and experiences in the sciences, but also in management
  • The EPC preferably will have
  • An MSc/MA (or equivalent) from a recognised university in energy policy or planning, renewable energy, energy economics or another field relevant to the needs of the position.
  • Preferably ten years of experience in the energy sector in the region or other developing countries with practical experience in economic/financial or legal/regulatory mechanisms for energy policies and plans.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.


  • IUCN competencies required for the position are
  • Delegation, managing and measuring work
  • Clearly and comfortably delegates both routine and important tasks and decision making Sets clear objectives and measures while monitoring process, progress, and results Provides adequate coaching and mentoring along the way (including timely feedback)
  • Integrity and trust
  • Admits mistakes and shortcomings is a discreet person who maintains confidentiality
  • Building effective teams
  • Treats direct reports equitably, acts fairly and provides opportunity for all. Creates a feeling of belonging and strong morale/spirit in the group and respects the views of others Provides supervised staff with timely information so that they can make informed decisions
  • Managing diversity
  • Understands and can empathize with differences in people and cultures Uses diplomacy and tact in all his/her undertakings
  • Creativity, Innovation management
  • Is future oriented, listens to new ideas and is willing to take risks Introduces positive and creative changes in methods or procedures.
  • Motivating others
  • Creates a climate in which people want to do their best. Communicates a compelling and inspired vision or sense of core purpose. Invites input from each person and shares ownership and visibility. Has a positive and constructive sense of humour. Is easy to approach and talk to and practices attentive and active listening. Is aware of and discusses career goals with each person
  • Problem solving
  • Steps up to conflicts, seeing them as opportunities Deals with problematic direct reports firmly and in a timely manner

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