National Consultant - Renewable Energy (RE) Technical Expert


Location : Home-based, PHILIPPINES
Application Deadline :26-Jan-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :9d 4h 15m
Additional Category :Climate & Disaster Resilience
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Mar-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :50 working days spread over 7 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :50 working days spread over 7 months


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Background

Project Title: Development for Renewable Energy Applications Mainstreaming and Market Sustainability (DREAMS)
 

Project Description
i. Rationale: The Development of Renewable Energy Applications Mainstreaming and Market Sustainability (DREAMS) project seeks to reduce GHG emissions from the power sector, the objective is to promote and facilitate the commercialization of the renewable energy (RE) markets through the removal of barriers to increase investments in RE based power generation project.


ii. Stakeholders of the Project: The project is being implemented by the Department of Energy (DOE). DOE assumes over-all responsibility for the achievement of project results. The Project is co-financed with funding from the GEF. UNDP acts as the GEF Executing Agency. All components of the Project are being implemented by the Renewable Energy Management Bureau (REMB). A Project Management Unit (PMU) is based at the DOE Compound. The PMU is headed by a National Project Director (NPD) who is also the Director of the REMB. A Project Manager and support staff oversees the day-to-day operations of the DREAMS Project Management Office. The PMO is located at the office of the DOE in Taguig, Metro Manila.


iii. Relevance/Objective of Work: The required service relates to Component 2 (Institutional Strengthening for RE Mainstreaming) and Component 4 (RE Commercialization) of the DREAMS project. Both components are designed to increase the capacity of local institutions like Local Government Units (LGU), Electric Cooperatives (EC), Civil Society Organizations, Academe and New Power Producers to gain experience to implement, invest and advocate for implementation of RE projects.
 


Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work and Methodology of the required services

The IC will provide technical expertise in two areas:
i. Evaluate the proposals being submitted under the Support Facility for RE (SF4RE) and recommend appropriate actions. (Appendix A: SF4RE Operation Manual)


ii. Provide technical recommendations and monitor the status of RE Facilities that are being installed or are under commissioning under SF4RE to ensure its technical efficiency and recommend technical solutions as maybe required during or upon completion of commissioning to ensure that the system will attain its desired installed capacity and will operate as designed. (Appendix B: Description, Location and Coverage of RE facilities)
 

These will be done based on the table below:

 

RE Facility

Location

status and
planned
activity

(at the time of contract period)

Output

Estimated level of effort
(days)

Estimated # days
of field work

 

1

Cagayancillo Island RE facility (Solar PV)

Cagayancillo
island,
Palawan

Submitted proposal for
technical evaluation and bid solicitation

Evaluation of technical proposal, monitoring during system installation
and final commissioning report

12

6

 

2

LGU Solar PV Rooftop in Oriental Mindoro

Calapan,
Oriental
Mindoro

Submitted proposal for
technical evaluation and bid solicitation

Evaluation of
technical proposal,
monitoring during
system installation
and final
commissioning report

8

4

 

3

Solar PV powered potable water system

Goa,
Camarines
Sur

Ongoing installation

monitoring and
Commissioning report

10

5

 

4

Installation of the
Polillo Island Solar PV Smart Grid Project

Burdeous
Island,
Quezon

for inception planning

inspection report on
materials prior
delivery on site and
Commissioning report

6

5

 

5

Solar PV powered
Bioethanol
Processing facility

Aparri,
Cagayan

on-going
installation

monitoring and
Commissioning report

8

4

 

6

Smart Grid
Electrification and
Solar PV Irrigation
System

Aborlan,
Palawan

on-going
installation

monitoring and
Commissioning report

6

4

 

Total duration

50

28

 

 

 

* The number of days per site may vary depending on the status of accomplishment and weather conditions in the projects sites. The changes will be agreed upon between the IC and PMU. At least 1 field visit per site is required.

 

Expected Outputs and Deliverables

The table below summarizes the expected deliverables from the IC.

Deliverables/ Outputs

Estimated
days to
Complete

Target Due
Dates

Review and Approvals Required (review output and confirm acceptance)

Name and Email
address of designated person who will review and accept the
output

Status report on Cagayancillo
(#1) and Oriental Mindoro proposal (#2) both on Solar
PV Systems for household electrification and Solar Roof Top respectively

 

12

TBA

National Project
Director

 

Project Manager and UNDP CAPT Assigned
Officer

 

Status Report on Aparri Bioethanol (#5) and Camarines Sur Potable Water (#3) on Productive Used for Solar PV
Systems

 

14

TBA

Status Report on Polillo (#4)
and Aborlan (#6) on Solar PV Smart Grid Systems

 

12

TBA

Final report on the status of
and recommendations on installation and commissioning
of the RE facilities assigned

 

12

TBA

Total

50

 

 

 

 

The Status report will be based on the individual program of work of the mentioned RE Facilities. At the minimum, the report may either be validation of the program of work as contained in the Inception plan, a Commissioning report or a final installation report. All reports must include the list of persons and organizations interviewed and the sources of primary and secondary data.


The Completion and Commissioning Report shall be based on the particularities of each RE Facility and the work schedule contained in the Inception Plan.


Due to the confidential nature of some information contained in the contract, work plan, budget, and bill of materials, the detailed information on all said installations will be shared only upon signing of the contract.

 

Institutional Arrangement

The REMB as the implementing unit of the DREAMS project shall maintain overall supervision and coordination through the DREAMS Project Management Unit (PMU). The communication, gathering and consolidation of data for the proposal shall be the final responsibility of the IC. The DREAMS PMU will not provide any equipment, transportation, or communication facilities for this contract.
 

Governance and Accountability
i. The Consultant shall be directly supervised by the DREAMS Project Manager with the guidance of the National Project Director (NPD). All communications and outputs shall be submitted to the PM for his/her appropriate action.

ii. The Consultant may also be required to coordinate with and seek guidance from the technical focal persons of Renewable Energy Management Bureau as the implementing unit of the DREAMS project.

iii. The Consultant is expected to provide his/her own laptop for the work requirement. Subject to availability and with prior request, s/he may be provided with desk space during visits at the PMU. Support by the PMU for administrative and logistic requirements, e.g., coordination with focal persons at DOE or local partners may be provided on a case-to-case basis.

iv. The Consultant shall consider at least seven (7) working days lead time for UNDP and the DOE to review outputs, give comments, certify approval/acceptance of outputs, etc.

 

Duration of the Work
The contract period is from 15th December 2021 to 30th June 2022. A total of 50 man-days will be needed to deliver the output. Fieldwork with a cumulative total of 28days is expected in all 6 sites as indicated in Section C. The number of Fieldwork per site may vary subject to discussion and approval of the PMU

 

Duty Station
Duty station is home-based, with travel to the 6 aforementioned sites. The expected duration of the assignment is fifty (50) person-days between 15th December 2021 and 30th June 2022, unless revised in a mutually agreed upon timetable between the Consultant and UNDP. Any additional days or extension will be agreed upon through a contract amendment. As indicated in the field work schedule, at least 1 trip for each identified site has to be conducted.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and declaration of State of Public Health Emergency in the Philippines, all work and travel of the Individual consultant shall be done within the guidelines and protocols set by the local and national government. Field work, trainings, meetings, and coordination shall be done in compliance with community quarantine policies.
 

Criteria for the Selection of Best Offer
The Offers received will be evaluated using a combined scoring method - where technical proposal will be weighted 70 points and combined with the price offer which will be weighted 30 points. The CV will be reviewed using the criteria in the table below. Only offerors who will obtain a minimum of 70% or 49 out of 70 obtainable points will be shortlisted and considered for evaluation of financial proposal.

Criteria

minimum points obtainable
(70pts)

Education (10points)
Minimum BS Engineering (either civil, electrical, or mechanical)
 

(5 points for BS degree, 7 points if with professional license as engineer)

7

Experience
At least ten (10) years of cumulative and actual experience in the design and/or installation of any RE technologies (biomass, solar, hydro, wind, ocean) preferably solar pv systems (roof-top or ground mounted)


(25 points for 10 years of experience, additional 2 points for each additional year.)

35

At least ten (10) years of cumulative experience in project monitoring and evaluation involving rural household electrification projects; Experience in using applications Excel, Numbers and RE planning softwares, e.g., Plexos, Homer will be an advantage.
 

(20 points for 10 years of experience, additional 2 points for each additional year; plus 2 points for experience in aforementioned applications)

28

• Spoken Filipino and English is required.

Pass/fail

TOTAL

70

 

 

 


Competencies

Key Competencies
• Demonstrated evidence of analytical skills related to the implementation of rural electrification projects in off-grid areas or rural context
• Ability to work in close collaboration with a local government unit, distribution utilities, power developers and local community organizations
 

Corporate Competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN mission, vision, values, and ethical standards
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Promotes UNDP's agenda in meetings

 

Other Competencies

  • Ability to work in close collaboration with a group of national and international experts, to meet strict deadlines and plan the work according to priorities;
  • Demonstrates capacity to plan, organize, and execute effectively;
  • The initiative, good analytical skills, mature judgment, and ability to work under tight schedule while respecting deadlines achievement, ethics, and honesty;
  • Ability to establish effective working relations in a diverse environment
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Builds strong relationships with internal and external clients;
  • Demonstrated ability to function in a team environment and to deal with a complex multi-stakeholder environment
  • Good ability to use information and communication technologies as tools and resources;
  • Excellent written communication and presentation/public speaking skills focus on results, ability to interact productively in a teamwork environment


Required Skills and Experience

Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments


i. The Contractor should send the financial proposal based on a lump-sum amount for the delivery of the outputs identified below. The total amount quoted shall be “all inclusive” (professional daily fees X number of days, travel expenses, communications, etc.) that
could possibly be incurred by the Contractor should be factored into the final amount submitted in the proposal. Travel, as deemed relevant by UNDP and compliant with government guidelines on community quarantine, will be arranged and paid for by UNDP and should not be included in the financial proposal.


ii. Medical/health insurance must be purchased by the individual at his/her own expense, and upon award of contract, the Contractor must be ready to submit proof of insurance valid during contract duration


iii. The contract price will be fixed output-based price. Any deviations from the output and timeline will be agreed upon between the Contractor and UNDP.


iv. Payments will be done upon satisfactory completion of the delivery by target due dates. Outputs will be certified by the National Project Director prior to release of payments.

Deliverables/ Outputs

Payment Tranche

Status report on Cagayancillo (#1) and Oriental Mindoro proposal (#2)

30%

Status Report on Aparri Bioethanol (#5) and Camarines Sur Potable Water
(#3)

25%

Final Report on Polillo (#4) and Aborlan (#6)

15%

Completion report on all RE facilities

30%

Total

100%

 

The Status report will be based on the individual program of work of the mentioned RE Facilities. At the minimum, the report may either be validation of program of work as contained in the Inception plan, a Commissioning report or a final installation report. All reports must include the list of persons and organizations interviewed and the sources of primary and secondary data.

The Completion and Commissioning Report shall be based on the particularities of each RE Facility and the work schedule contained in the Inception Plan.

a release is requested upon signing since the Individual consultant will have to conduct field assessment that will involve travels to the project sites.

 

Recommended Presentation of Offer

i. Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;

ii. UNDP Personal History Form (P11) or Curriculum Vitae (following the template attached) indicating all past experiences from similar projects or requirements, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional
references;

iii. Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided below, and clearly stating the payment percentage as indicated in this TOR. If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.

 

Financial proposal template (use only applicable items)

Budget item

Cost

Details/assumptions

Professional services

  

Travel cost (land, air, sea)

  

Meals and lodging

  

Supplies, reproduction

  

Community Meetings

  

Communication

  

others (insurance)

  

 

Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer
Combined Scoring method – where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted a max. of 70%, and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a max of 30%

Only offerors who will obtain a minimum of 70% or 49 out of 70 obtainable points will be shortlisted and considered for evaluation of financial proposal.
 

Also please refer to www.doe.gov.ph for information related to renewable energy projects.

 

Offerors must upload in one (1) file the documents mentioned above.

Templates for a) P11 Personal History Form and b)  Offeror's Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal (Annex 2) are available through the link below. UNDP General Terms and Conditions for Individual Contractors  are also available:

 

http://gofile.me/292aN/FJEcICt8l

Incomplete submission of required documents may result in disqualification.

Please see the deadline of submissions above.

Because of the volume of applications UNDP receives, only shortlisted offerors will be notified.



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