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Project Manager for the Regional Project for the African Minigrids Program (AMP)
|Location :||Home Based – Reports to Office in USA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA|
|Application Deadline :||08-Mar-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Climate & Disaster Resilience|
|Type of Contract :||IPSA (Regular)|
|Post Level :||IPSA-11|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||1 year|
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.
UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at Headquarters (HQ), Regional and Country Office levels, forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.
Energy is one of UNDP’s six signature solutions – alongside poverty and inequality, governance, resilience, environment, and gender equality - to support countries towards three directions of change: structural transformation, leaving no one behind and resilience.
As per UNDP’s new Strategic Plan 2022-2025, the first objective of UNDP is increasing energy access for those furthest behind. By speeding up investment in distributed renewable energy solutions, especially for those hardest to reach and in crisis contexts, it aims to increase access to clean and affordable energy for 500 million people. The Africa Minigrids Program (AMP), for example, is improving the financial viability of renewable energy minigrids in 18 countries, encouraging private investment, lower tariffs and expanded service. Second, UNDP will work to accelerate the transition to renewable energy through systems changes that support inclusive, green economies, particularly in countries with low levels of renewable energy generation or poor energy-efficiency improvement rates. This work will capitalize on technological gains, clean energy innovations and new business models in the energy sector.
The newly established UNDP Sustainable Energy Hub (hereafter, the ‘Sustainable Energy Hub’) will be the arrowhead of UNDP’s new Strategic Plan objectives. The Sustainable Energy Hub will build on UNDP’s existing Energy Portfolio, covering over 100 countries to harness clean energy and support the energy transition as well as on UNDP’s Climate Promise, UNDP’s Sustainable Finance Hub and UNDP’s Digital offer. The Sustainable Energy Hub will develop and operationalize, policies, programmes and partnerships to support UNDP Energy Compact, a commitment to help increasing access to clean and affordable energy for 500 million people; and accelerating and supporting the transition to renewable energy. Recognizing that change will be disruptive, UNDP will work to ensure that such transitions are just, and that their impact on vulnerable people is understood and duly mitigated.
As a Global Environment Facility (GEF) Implementing Agency and a Green Climate Fund (GCF) Accredited Entity (together, GEF and GCF are considered by UNDP ‘vertical funds’), UNDP supports countries in addressing development, climate, and ecosystem sustainability in an integrated manner. UNDP’s offer builds on UNDP’s growing portfolio of innovative interventions and projects at the country, regional and global levels – funded both by the GEF and by other donors – for which UNDP provides oversight, quality assurance, and policy and technical advisory services.
Program and Project Description
Overview of the Africa Minigrids Program (AMP)
The Africa Minigrids Program (AMP) is a new technical assistance program for minigrids, developed by UNDP with initial funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and executed in partnership with the African Development Bank (AFDB) and the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI).
The program’s objective is to increase access to electricity by improving the financial viability and promoting scaled-up commercial investment in renewable energy minigrids (‘minigrids’). The programmatic approach aims to achieve greater impact by creating new minigrid markets across the continent, which, in aggregate, will create scale and momentum, attracting private sector interest and investment.
The program has been approved by key donors, and will now enter execution starting in the second or third quarter of 2022.
The program architecture has two main elements:
The program is initially supporting two rounds of AMP National Projects, totaling 18 in number, which will be implemented over the course of four years. The first round (2022 – 2026) includes 11 national projects: Angola, Burkina Faso, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eswatini, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Somalia and Sudan; The second round (2023 – 2027) includes 7 national projects: Benin, Chad, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Sao Tome & Principe, and Zambia.
The AMP Regional Project
The AMP offers a pivotal opportunity for knowledge to emerge from, and be shared among the initial 18 participant countries and the diverse implementation environments they represent. At the same time it creates economies of scale for providing program services. To seize this opportunity the AMP Regional Project will augment the AMP by providing technical, operational, and knowledge support to the AMP National Projects, while also serving as a knowledge platform for AMP and the wider African minigrids ecosystem. The AMP regional project will aggregate and systematically disseminate lessons learned and experiences from AMP National Projects’ implementation, as well as from collaboration with other national stakeholders, that can help foster enabling conditions for minigrid cost-reduction and the development of minigrid markets across Africa.
The AMP Regional Project’s activities will be structured through the following components:
Table 1: AMP Regional Project Components
Project Management Unit (PMU): On behalf of UNDP, the Project will be managed by the AMP Regional Project Management Unit (PMU), in charge of daily project coordination/execution and monitoring of the project activities. The PMU will consist of: (i) A Project Manager (PM); (ii) A Digital/M&E Specialist; and (iii) An Administrative Assistant.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Project Manager (PM) will support the successful execution of the AMP Regional Project by performing the following functions:
All activities will be conducted in line with UNDP’s POPP and as defined in the AMP Regional Project documents.
The Project Manager will work closely with: (i) other AMP Regional Project PMU team members, including the Digital and M&E Specialist and the Administrative Assistant; (ii) staff at UNDP’s BPPS/Nature, Climate and Energy Unit; (iii) staff with the UNDP Sustainable Energy Hub; (iv) UNDP country offices; (v) the respective implementing partners and project management units of the 18 AMP National Projects (National Project PMUs); and (vi) other project consultants.
The Project Manager will report to the BPPS/NCE Energy Regional Policy Advisor based in the UNDP Dakar Regional Hub, in Senegal.
Scope of Work
The Project Manager (PM) will have the following responsibilities:
Required Skills and Experience
UNDP will cover the cost of travel of the individual to the duty station, as well as their return to their home upon completion of their services. Travel costs are covered only in the event that the function will be undertaken physically in the duty station and excludes working from home arrangements.
The following documents shall be required from the applicants:
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