Energy Implementation Support Officer - National Consultant, Fiji

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Fiji

City: Suva, Fiji

Office: UNDP Suva, Fiji

Closing date: Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Energy Implementation Support Officer - National Consultant

Procurement Process : IC - Individual contractor

Office : UNDP - FIJI

Deadline : 21-Oct-20

Posted on : 12-Oct-20

Development Area : CONSULTANTS

Reference Number : 71375

Link to Atlas Project : 00112839 - FSM Public Sector Buildings Energy Efficiency (MPSBEE)

Documents : Financial Proposal Template General Conditions of Contract for Individual Contracts Terms of Reference Terms of Reference

Overview :

Terms of Reference

Ref: PN/FJ/110/20

Consultancy Title: Energy Implementation Support Officer - National Consultant

Unit Name: Resilience and Sustainable Development (RSD) Unit

Duty Station: Fiji (Suva)

Duration of the Contract

Number of working days: 44

Commencement date (tentative): 1 November 2020

Completion date (tentative): 31 December 2020

Consultancy Proposal (CV & Financial proposal Template) should be uploaded on UNDP Jobshop website( https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_jobs.cfm?cur_rgn_id_c=RAS) no later than 21st October 2020 (Fiji Time) clearly stating the title of consultancy applied for. Any proposals received after this date/time will not be accepted. Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, or by standard electronic communication to procurement.fj@undp.org. UNDP will respond in writing or by standard electronic mail and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all consultants. Incomplete, late and joint proposals will not be considered and only offers for which there is further interest will be contacted. Failure to submit your application as stated as per the application submission guide (Procurement Notice) on the above link will be considered incomplete and therefore application will not be considered.

NOTE:

Proposals must be sent through UNDP job shop web page. Candidates need to upload their CV and financial proposal -using UNDP template

Daily rate to be inclusive of Medical insurance cost for the duration of the contract

Selected Candidate will be required to submit a proof of medical insurance prior to issuance of contract

If the selected/successful Candidate is over 65 years of age and required to travel outside his home country; He/She will be required provide a full medical report at their expense prior to issuance to contract. Contract will only be issued when Proposed candidate is deemed medically fit to undertake the assignment.

Objective

The objective for the temporary appointment is to provide effective support in the implementation start-up of climate change mitigation projects. Under the direct supervision of the Team Leader for Resilience and Sustainable Development (RSD) Unit, and in close collaboration with the Regional Technical Advisor in the Bangkok Regional Hub, the Programme Analyst for RSD Unit, the Energy Implementation Support Officer shall provide implementation start-up support to Project Management Units (PMU) in three countries i.e. the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Kiribati, and Nauru. S/he is expected to provide high-quality implementation support services ranging from drafting various products, and capacity development support to the project management units, key stakeholders, to supporting the project in contributing and benefiting from the existing global knowledge networks related to climate change mitigation.

The Energy Implementation Support Officer is expected to provide support during the inception phase of each project in the FSM, Kiribati, and Nauru at a juncture where the most feasible renewable energy and energy efficiency demonstration activities and management arrangements will be validated and prioritized through a participatory and consultative approach. More specifically, the Energy Implementation Support Officer shall be responsible for the following:

Serve as an interface between UNDP and each project management units in FSM, Kiribati, and Nauru during the inception phase of each project.

Support the work of project management units as they interface with relevant Ministries for all project activities especially the relevant renewable energy and energy efficiency demonstration activities.

Contribute to each project’s efforts to increase the climate change mitigation knowledge and awareness of the public, by drafting media articles including press releases, social media posts, and blogs (if necessary).

Support each project management unit as they organize project-level inception and induction training workshops and facilitate the commencement of Environmental & Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs).

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions resulting from border lockdowns, this consultancy assignment will be undertaken remotely from UNDP Pacific Office in Suva, Fiji. UNDP will enable access to virtual platforms to support this consultancy.

Background

The Governments of the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, and Nauru, Tuvalu and Vanuatu have requested UNDP to be their implementing agency in the sixth funding cycle of the Global Environment Facility (GEF-6) for the climate change mitigation focal area under the System for Transparent Allocation of Resources (STAR). To date, projects have been approved and implementation have commenced in two countries (Tuvalu and Vanuatu), while projects for three countries (the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, and Nauru) have received GEF approval and are ready to start implementation. All projects are implemented through the UNDP Nationally Implementation Modality (NIM) in partnership with the respective energy departments of each line ministries. All projects are designed in-line with each National Energy Road Map (NERM) targets and to a certain extent the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) targets. While projects in Kiribati, Nauru, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu consist of a mix of renewable energy and energy efficiency activities, the project for FSM focuses solely on energy efficiency.

Over the past decade, there have been constant demand for ‚technical implementation support‘ to UNDP/GEF climate change mitigation projects that are on-the-ground in each country. This is an opportunity to provide such support to the three countries of interest (i.e. FSM, Kiribati, and Nauru) during the Inception Phase that is expected to commence in late September until 31st December 2020. The Inception Phase milestones are listed below, post-signing of project documents between UNDP and the respective Governments of FSM, Kiribati, and Nauru:

Establishment of project management units in FSM, Kiribati, and Nauru including hiring of project personnel;
Commencement of ESIAs and development of Environment & Social Management Plans (ESMPs) for projects in FSM, Kiribati, and Nauru;
Convening of inception workshop for project partners and stakeholders, and induction training for project management staff in FSM, Kiribati, and Nauru; and

Completion of inception reports for all three projects in FSM, Kiribati, and Nauru.

Brief project description for the Federated States of Micronesia:

The Micronesia Public Sector Buildings Energy Efficiency (MPSBEE) Project is a UNDP climate change mitigation project, with the project implementing partner being the Energy Division (ED) of the Department of Resources and Development (DRD) of the national government of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The objective of the MPSBEE project is the improved application of energy conserving and energy efficient (EC&EE) techniques and practices in the design, retrofit, and ongoing O&M of public sector buildings in FSM. The MPSBEE project specific activities include: evaluate the current energy performance and energy use baseline situation in FSM public sector buildings; identify and quantify energy savings from available Energy Savings Measures (ESMs) and their inter-dependencies; identify and quantify ESM investment needs, energy savings paybacks and improvements in environmental conditions; and design, specify, implement, monitor and evaluate, document, and publicise reductions in public sector energy (electricity use), esp. in cooling, lighting and hot water supply. By demonstrating, replicating, monitoring, and publicizing the targeted 50% reductions in public sector buildings‘ energy use, the MPSBEE project will contribute towards the realisation of FSM’s national target of a 50% improvement in EE by 2020. As electricity is unavoidable expensive [1] in the FSM (2018 tariffs are 39 - 77 US cents/kWh [2]), it will also be cost effective for the private sector to learn from and replicate the best commercially available ESMs (esp. for ventilation, cooling, lighting and hot water supply) that will be demonstrated, replicated, monitored, documented and publicised by MPSBEE for FSM’s public sector buildings. There is strong support from the FSM national and state governments to the MPSBEE project as a contribution to the FSM 50% EE target, and as FSM prepares for the 2023 end of US Compact II funding support.

Brief project description for Kiribati:

The Promoting Outer Island Development through the Integrated Energy Roadmap (POIDIER) has the objective of enabling enhanced outer island development through the achievement of the renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) targets of Kiribati. Efforts to date to promote RE and EE in the outer island have lacked sustainability and lacked links to enhancing economic development and livelihoods. They have also lacked enough scale to meet targets. While widely distributed to households, small solar PV lighting systems provide only limited energy access. Affordable parts for repairs are not available. Larger systems, such as solar PV mini-grids, have only addressed institutional needs, mainly boarding schools, and lack financial and technical sustainability. Costs for such systems have been far above international benchmarks. Imported EE cook stoves have been introduced but are expensive and little known. RE and EE efforts to date have not addressed: the lack of opportunity on the outer islands, leading to overcrowding on South Tarawa; lack of deeper development of the two main resources of the outer islands, coconuts and fish; and lack of development of agriculture in the outer islands to address the nation’s food insecurity and chronic disease issues stemming from the majority of the nation’s food stuffs being imported. The POIDIER project is structured into four interrelating components: (1) Capacity Building for Low Carbon Outer Island Development; (2) Improvement of Energy Policy, Institutional Frameworks, and Planning for Low Carbon Outer Island Development; (3) Financial Support Mechanism Development for Low Carbon Development Initiatives in Outer Islands; and (4) Low Carbon (RE and EE) Technologies Applications for Outer Island Development.