National Consultant- Study on the roll-out of Electric Vehicles in Namibia


Location : WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA
Application Deadline :26-Sep-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)
16-Oct-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :20 Days
Expected Duration of Assignment :20 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

Namibia's updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) reflects the country’s continued ambition to the achievement of the goals of the Paris Agreement, which is to keep the rise in global average temperature well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Namibia is committed to combating climate change through acceleration of the transition to a climate-resilient and low-carbon sustainable mode of development. In line with this commitment, Namibia’s Updated NDC contains bold targets to raise its mitigation ambition from 89% committed in its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) in 2015 to 91% in the updated NDC of 2021.

The most dominant energy source in Namibia is liquid fuel. It includes petrol and diesel and accounts for about 63 % of total net energy consumption, which is mainly used in the transport sector, followed by electricity with 17 % net consumption, coal with 5 % and the remaining 15 % from renewable sources such as hydro, solar, biomass and wind among others. The transport sector consumes more energy than any other productive sector of the Namibian economy. Liquid petroleum products for transport constituted over 70% of Namibia’s total energy demand (BUR4, 2021). Rolling out electric vehicles in Namibia will directly contribute to the ambitious updated NDC that targets replacing diesel- and petrol-powered vehicles with 10 000 electric vehicles by 2030. This will translate into 7.00 Gg CO2-eq or 0.32% GHG emission reduction against the business as usual. Implementing the NDC actions on electric vehicles is a conditional ambition requiring external support.

The Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT) being the climate change coordinating institution and National Designated Authority (NDA) for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and other multilateral funding mechanisms, has received a request to facilitate a proposal aimed at implementing a strategy to accelerate adoption of electric vehicles in Namibia. This request was pioneered in March 2022 by Sybrand de Waal, a 17-year-old matric learner at Windhoek High School (WHS), with a keen interest in electric vehicles. He has a dream of increasing electric vehicle uptake in Namibia to contribute to achievement of NDC targets in the transport subsector. The proposal has put across possible systemic measures for accelerating the replacement of diesel and petrol vehicles with electric vehicles as contained in the detailed annex.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Determine the status quo of electric vehicles in Namibia
  • Identify the main stakeholders in the market and their operations, mandate and responsibilities even if they are currently not doing them
  • Current policy and regulatory framework that enables the roll-out of EVs
  • Confirm the enabling electricity regulatory framework to roll-out charging station
  • Determine the tariff charges guidelines for charging station to the public
  • Identify the policy gaps that are hampering the roll-out of EV’s
  • Currently, various levies are collected for road use and insurance from the fuel levies and EV's will have to contribute to such funds as well. Thus, the study should highlight the proposed levies, taxes and incentives to be considered
  • Infrastructure needs e.g., charging stations
  • Effects of EV on power quality in case of grid connected and specify accepted EV charger which are safe
  • Economic viability of EV in Namibia in terms of affordability and spare parts availability
  • Inclusion of best practice case studies from other countries including benchmarking that outlines what roles stakeholders play in other countries


Competencies

  • Demonstrates commitment to the UN values and ethical standards.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Treats all people fairly and with impartiality.
  • Effective communication, presentation and report writing skills including proven ability to write
  • concise, readable, and analytical reports and high-quality publications in English.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines.
  • Flexible and responsive to changes and demands.
  • Client-oriented and open to feedback
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of the Namibia economic issues, challenges, and opportunities.
  • Develops deep knowledge in practice area.
  •  Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  •  Postgraduate qualifications in the energy, transport economics, and/or a degree in law

Experience:

  • Demonstrable expertise in the energy and transport sectors
  • Proven understanding of climate change related issues, including the NDCs
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of Namibia’s environmental legislation
  • Demonstrable expertise and experience with stakeholder engagement techniques
  • Proven experience of conducting and/or reviewing extensive consultation processes

How to apply:

To apply please access UNDP Jobs site http://jobs.undp.org.

Recommended Presentation of Offer;

  • Completed Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;
  • Personal CV or a P11 Personal History form, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the candidate and at least three (3) professional references;
  • Brief description of approach to work/technical proposal of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a proposed methodology on how they will approach and complete the assignment (max 1 page).
  • Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided (based on the number of working days mentioned ToR.

Note:

  • Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows uploading maximum one document.
  • Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply;
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.FAILURE TO SUBMIT A TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL PROPOSALS WILL LEAD TO CANDIDATES BEING DISQUALIFIED.

Incomplete applications will be excluded from further consideration.

To download the full Terms of Reference (TOR), P11 History Form and The Financial Proposal Template,  please access the UNDP Procurement Notice site on the below link: UNDP | Procurement Notices - 95674 - National Consultant- Study on th

 



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