Trainer to Local Engineers on Solar Water Pumping Systems (National Consultant)


Location : Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :27-Jun-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
22-Jun-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :8 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :8 working days

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

UNDP has been implementing the project “Promoting the use of solar technologies for agriculture and rural development in Cambodia” since November 2020 with a grant from Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA), Republic of Korea. The project objective is to increase the resilience of the agriculture sector in Cambodia and Myanmar to climate change through three-pronged interventions: (i) Supporting the uptake of resilient agricultural practices, (ii) enhancing the agricultural value chain, and (iii) promoting and scaling up the adoption of solar technologies for water pumping and powering market facilities. In Cambodia, the project is being implemented in Siem Reap and Kampong Thom Provinces. The project has two key outputs: (1) Increased smallholder farm productivity through adoption of innovative agricultural technology and an improved value chain; and (2) Enhanced awareness, capacities, adoption, and utilization of solar water pumping (SWP) solutions.

 

The project conducted field surveys in early 2021 to identify potential types of SWPs. The surveys have identified 6 potential configurations of SWP solutions that can be implemented. Subsequently, the project procured these SWP systems and installed them at 67 sites in early 2022. Although the supplier has provided basic training to local operators on the operation and maintenance of the SWP, it is important to enhance their skills further in addressing unexpected issues and failures while using the SWP systems in the future.

 

In order to sustainably operate and maintain the implemented solar SWP systems as well as encourage more farmers to shift away from diesel based pumping to SWP, capacity of the user needs to be strengthened including local engineers, and key actors such as already trained staff of provincial and local departments. This training also covers how to repair and replace damaged parts, and how to source quality components from local market.

 

The training will benefit relevant stakeholders in Kampong Thom and Siem Reap provinces to:

  1. Understand solar energy and the concept of SWP application in the agricultural sector.
  2. Learn how to select pumps and different designs of the SWP that were implemented.
  3. Demonstrate installation, basic operation, maintenance, troubleshooting, repair and replacement of damaged components of SWP.

See Concept note including training topics and agenda (Annex 1).


Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant will perform the following duties:

  1. Prepare training materials in local language
  • Prepare the training note and PowerPoint presentation covering the following topics:
    • Introduction to Solar Water Pumping Systems and Applications
    • Types of Motors and Pumps used in Solar Water Pumping Systems
    • SWP systems implemented and troubleshooting
    • Selection of appropriate SWP system for types of water source and demand
    • Simplified design of SWP system
    • Simplified Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) of SWP Systems
  • Make available the training notes and PowerPoint presentation in Khmer Language.
  • Provide equipment and material available for hands-on training on SWP.

 

  1. Delivery training workshop in-person at the venue
  • Faceplate the training sessions
  • Deliver lecture notes and hand-on training in-person at the venue in local language
  • Demonstrate SWP design, installation, basic operation, maintenance, troubleshooting, repair, and replacement of damaged components of SWP.
  • Prepare a training report

 

Interested offeror must read the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=92077 for more detail information about term of reference, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online.

 

 


Competencies

Corporate competencies:

  • demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards.
  • promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP.
  • displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • treats all people fairly without favoritism.
  • fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Functional competencies:

  • excellent analytical and research skills.
  • excellent drafting skills.
  • ability to grasp the development context/challenges in the country.
  • strong interpersonal skills, communication and diplomatic skills.
  • strong facilitation, presentation and public speaking skills.
  • ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines.


Required Skills and Experience

Education: 

  • Master’s degree in energy, economics, applied sciences, public policy, governance, or other relevant areas.

 

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of experience in providing training on SWP, with focus on design, installation, basic operation, maintenance, troubleshooting, repair, and replacement of damaged components of SWP.

 

Competencies:

 

Corporate competencies:

  • demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards.
  • promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP.
  • displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • treats all people fairly without favoritism.
  • fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

 

Functional competencies:

  • excellent analytical and research skills.
  • excellent drafting skills.
  • ability to grasp the development context/challenges in the country.
  • strong interpersonal skills, communication and diplomatic skills.
  • strong facilitation, presentation and public speaking skills.
  • ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines.

 

Language Requirement:

  • Fluency in Khmer and English (spoken and written).

Please be informed that we don’t accept application submitted via email.

 Interested individual offeror must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

1. Proposal: Letter of explaining why they are most suitable for the work

2. Financial proposal (Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP)

3. Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references

Interested Offerors are required to submit application via UNDP jobsite system as the application screening and evaluation will be done through UNDP jobsite system. Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file. Your on-line applications submission will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

 Any request for clarification/additional information on this procurement notice shall be communicated in writing to UNDP office or send to email chanpisey.ky@undp.org and cc procurement.kh@undp.org . While the Procurement Unit would endeavor to provide information expeditiously, only requests receiving at least 5 working days prior to the submission deadline will be entertained. Any delay in providing such information will not be considered as a reason for extending the submission deadline. The UNDP's response (including an explanation of the query but without identifying the source of inquiry) will be posted in Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice page as provided above. Therefore, all prospective Offerors are advised to visit the page regularly to make obtain update related to this Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice



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