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2619 Power Purchase Agreements Expert
|Location :||Home-based, SERBIA|
|Application Deadline :||15-Jun-23 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||June 2023 - February 2024|
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.
To provide support to the Development Agency of Serbia (DAS) and the Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) Unit in formulating policies and incentives for energy-efficient investments.
To support the DAS and FDI Unit in facilitation and diversification of investment projects in Serbia.
Improving investment climate plays a central role in growth and poverty reduction. To improve the institutional infrastructure for supporting the development of business environment in Serbia, the Development Agency of Serbia (DAS) was established in 2015. In the previous period through “Improving the Investment Climate in Serbia” project, DAS was capacitated in terms of some structures, capacity building and procedures to effectively attract new investments and manage the existing projects. The structures developed through previous project was well placed and had good coordination role, helping both the DAS and investors to make promising progress in attracting more direct investments. However, there is a need for further strengthening the DAS capacities and coordination role of the FDI Unit.
The Development Services Agreement between Government of Serbia and UNDP is envisaged to provide a framework for services requested by the Government, for ongoing initiatives of the Government, for which it bears full accountability. Most development services envisaged under the Agreement relate to support to policy making through research, advocacy or policy alternatives, aimed at fulfilling priorities as articulated in the Government plans, presented before Parliament, and in line with progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
The overall objective of the continuation of FDI Unit is to support effective coordination of all institutions in the Republic of Serbia, relevant for improvement of the investment climate, which in turn directly affects the country’s sustainable growth and development. This particularly will be needed in the next post-pandemic period and as an answer to economic impact of Covid-19. In that sense, UNDP will engage assistance for supporting policy work enabling investment projects, facilitating and attracting individual FDIs and for continuation of the capacity building of the Development Agency of Serbia.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work
Power purchase agreements (PPAs) have been gaining significant attention in the European Union (EU) renewable energy market. The current trend in the EU indicates an increasing reliance on PPAs as a means of supporting renewable energy projects and attracting investments. The EU's commitment to achieving its renewable energy targets and decarbonization goals has spurred the adoption of PPAs as a key instrument for facilitating renewable energy development.
The increasing use of PPAs in the EU is leading to the development of standardized contract structures and terms. FDI promotion for the Net Zero Industry investment projects is gaining traction and access to renewable energy and its pricing is one of the key pillars for the attraction the FDI’s to establish their presence in Serbia. For the Net Zero Industries the electricity pricing for renewables and their availability is weighed heavily in investment decision process and business plan development. Also, investors in Serbia can benefit from this trend as it provides greater clarity, transparency, and predictability in negotiating and executing PPAs, reducing the perceived risks associated with such agreements and trade restrictions. In addition, Serbia can benefit from the experiences and best practices derived from the EU's PPA market.
UNDP Serbia and DAS are seeking an expert to provide an overview of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) in the EU and recommendations for facilitating FDI promotion for Net Zero Industries and investors who wish to have better access to renewable energy in Serbia. The expert will assess the current state of PPAs in the EU, analyse their potential impact on the Serbian investment landscape, propose measures to utilize the full potential of PPAs in Serbian energy-sector and provide consultancy support for creating conditions for facilitating FDI promotion for Net Zero Industries.
The consultant shall be responsible for the following:
The consultant shall cooperate closely with FDI unit and Development Agency of Serbia.
Duties, responsibilities and key milestones
The consultant is responsible for the following deliverables:
* The timelines may be slightly adjusted once the contract is signed with the consultant in order to align with actual project implementation.
All deliverables shall be written in Serbian language, quality reviewed and accepted by the UNDP Portfolio Manager in consultations with Technical Advisor for the Investment Climate.
Required Skills and Experience
Qualified and interested candidates are asked to submit their applications via UNDP Web site: UNDP in Serbia under section “Jobs” no later than 15 June 2023.
Application should include:
In order to apply please merge above listed documents into a single PDF file. The system does not allow for more than one attachment to be uploaded.
The shortlisted candidates may be asked to provide copies of diplomas and any other certificates providing evidence of their education and experience in relevant fields.
Any request for clarification must be sent by standard electronic communication to the e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The procuring UNDP entity will respond by standard electronic mail and will send response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all consultants.
This is home-based engagement therefore no travel envisaged under this Terms of Reference.
In the case of engagement of Civil servants under IC contract modality a no-objection letter should be provided by the Government entity. The ‘no-objection’ letter must also state that the employer formally certifies that their employees are allowed to receive short-term consultancy assignment from another entity without being on “leave-without-pay” status (if applicable), and include any conditions and restrictions on granting such permission, if any. If the previous is not applicable ‘leave-without-pay’ confirmation should be submitted.
Engagement of Government Officials and Employees
(i) A “No-objection” letter in respect of the individual is received from the Government employing him/her, and;
(ii) The individual must provide an official documentation from his/her employer formally certifying his or her status as being on “official leave without pay” for the duration of the IC.