Re-advertisement - Consultancy for Assessing and Analysing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in the Energy Sector

Location : UNDP Country Office, MALAYSIA
Application Deadline :20-Dec-14 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :3 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :4 months, to be ended by 30 April 2015

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.


Candidates who previously applied need not re-apply.

In 2009, Malaysia announced to voluntarily reduce its emissions intensity of GDP by up to 40% based on 2005 levels by 2020, conditional upon transfer of technology and financial support from developed countries. According to Malaysia’s Second National Communication, the energy sector accounted for about two-thirds of total national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2000. The emission is expected to increase in view of the growing energy demand. Many efforts have been implemented to reduce emissions from the sector. Such efforts can be further enhanced through initiatives undertaken as nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) that are expected to contribute to the overall national mitigation aspiration.

The Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Project in Malaysia aims to assist the country in enhancing national GHG inventory system (Outcome 1), promoting the uptake of nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMA) (Outcome 2) as well as designing measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) framework (Outcome 3) that ultimately serves national priorities for low emission development strategies. This consultancy services is part of Outcome 2.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work:

The consultancy services aims to support implementation of initiatives in the energy sector as NAMAs. The tasks to be covered are as follows:

Provide preliminary assessment on the NAMA potential of ongoing initiatives in the energy sectors (mainly on renewable energy and energy efficiency measures) undertaken by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (MEGTW). The potential should be assessed against a set of criteria upon discussion with the Project Manager. The criteria may include but not limited to the following:

  • Need for international support;
  • Level of GHG emissions and percentage in the sectoral and overall national GHG emissions;
  • Barriers for GHG emission reduction and mitigation investment;
  • Potential financial and/or technical solutions;
  • Opportunities for mobilising the private sectors and international fund;
  • Potential of emission reduction;
  • Sustainable development benefits;
  • Readiness for implementation;
  • Time frame for implementation;
  • Potential risk factors.

The list of initiatives will be given to the consultant during the inception phase. The initial list of criteria should be finalised, along with the preliminary assessment method, with MEGTW before the assessment is conducted. The assessment should result in a ranking of the initiatives for implementation as for NAMA in seeking international support.

Once Task 1 is completed, conduct a detailed analysis of selected initiatives for NAMA(s) which seek(s) international support. The analysis will ultimately outline the means of support to be sought from international agencies, including financial instrument, funding mechanism, technical support, institutional capacity building, and others. Specific focus is given on the financial support mechanisms that facilitate sustainable and long-term implementation and yet will assist Malaysia in building its capacity in climate change mitigation in the energy sector. The initiatives will be analysed against the following criteria:

  • Overarching goal and scope: Briefly state the overarching goal of the proposed NAMA project, which including the contribution to transformational change, sustainable development benefits, sustainable financing solution, and GHG mitigation. The scope should consider geographical, technological and social boundaries;
  • Sectoral context: Provide a description of the current framework for addressing climate change and mitigation strategy in the country and sector; contribution of the sector to the overall national GHG emissions; future emission trends and main elements that are driving these trends; and role of the sector within the national emission reduction priorities;
  • Barriers for mitigation investments: Provide a detailed description of  the barriers in the sector (e.g. economic/financial barriers; institutional/capacity barriers; technical barriers; regulatory and structural barriers; market failures etc.), and how the proposed NAMA seeks to overcome these barriers and why and to what extent international support is required for this purpose;
  • Potential financial instruments: Determine the potential financial support mechanism of the proposed NAMA. This includes a description of the financial mechanism(s) and its current status of preparation; justification for the selection and its advantages compared to possible alternative mechanisms to overcome the barriers identified; how and to what extent the envisaged financial mechanism serves to mobilise financial contribution from other sources, public or private, domestically or internationally, direct and indirectly; the target beneficiaries; and outcome, outputs and activities;
  • Concept and methodological approach: Describe the concept and methodological approach of the proposed NAMA, including the potential financial and/or technical instruments, modes of delivery (e.g. own personnel vs. external experts, studies, advisory services, financial support) and how they are interlinked and contribute to the overarching goal;
  • GHG mitigation: Provide estimates for reductions in direct GHG emissions as a result of the proposed NAMA. Explain whether and how indirect mitigation effects will be achieved as well as cost-effectiveness of GHG reductions. The decryption should include the underlying assumptions that define the baseline; the calculations of the expected reduction in direct GHG emissions over the course of the proposed NAMA and the projection over the next ten years against the specified baseline; the assumptions and calculations relating to indirect mitigation effects; and the assumptions made when calculating the cost-effectiveness of the planned measures/activities, and how have these figures been derived;
  • Integration into national or sector strategies: Describe existing and planned mitigation strategies and activities in the sector, and how does the proposed NAMA align with development goals and strategies of the sector;
  • Reference to existing projects in the country: Describe linkages and synergies of the proposed NAMA with other relevant projects, and whether and how it builds on already existing initiatives;
  • Risks and risk assessment: Assess potential risk factors for the success of the proposed NAMA, including the seriousness of the risk (low, medium, high); the ability to influence the risk (low, medium, high); and whether and how this risk can be mitigated;
  • Implementation and cooperation structure: identify other potential implementing partner institution, which will actively contribute to achieving the proposed, and NAMA, and cooperation structure and role of all implementing institutions.

Act as resource person on NAMA to MEGTW in events, if held, for stakeholder consultations.


The consultant will work in close consultation with MEGTW. He/she will report to the National Project Director and Project Manager of the LECB Project based at the Environmental Management & Climate Change Division, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE). The methodology includes desk research, discussions, interviews and meetings with relevant stakeholders including NRE and UNDP Malaysia.

Expected Outputs:

  • A report on the preliminary assessment on the NAMA potential of ongoing initiatives undertaken by MEGTW against the finalised set of criteria with a ranking of the initiatives for implementation as NAMA seeking international support.
  • A detailed analysis report of the potential initiatives as outlined in Task 2 of the Scope of Work.
  • Discussion and presentation materials and reports for meetings, workshop and consultations with stakeholders.


  • The consultancy will to take place from 15 November 2014 to 30 April 2015.

Deliverables and Timeline:

The Consultant shall be responsible for the delivery, content, technical quality and accuracy of the reports in accordance to the timeline in Annex I. All activities shall be reported and deliverables to be submitted to the LECB National Project Director, NRE.

Terms of Payment:

The fee is payable upon satisfactory completion and acceptance of the deliverables by the NRE and UNDP Malaysia. Breakdown and schedule of payments is in Annex I.

Documents to be included when submitting the proposal:

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

  • Proposal on how your qualifications and experience can lead towards the successful deliverable of this assignment within the required timeframe, and provide a brief methodology on how you will approach and conduct the assignment;
  • Financial Proposal as provided. Alternatives are allowed; For Financial proposal template, it is available at:
  • Personal CV including areas of expertise and past experience in similar projects and at least three (3) references in the format of UN Personal History Form (P11 form). The UN Personal History Form (P11) is available at:


  • Please scan, save and upload all documents (proposals and P11 Form) into one PDF file.  (The system does not allow more than 1 attachment);
  • For clarification question, please email to The reference number is MyIC_2014_055.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP, and partner organizations;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;

Functional Competencies:

  • Knowledgeable of GHG emissions reduction in the energy sector in Malaysia;
  • Demonstrates strong analytical skills;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.

Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Ability to analyse technical requirements in NAMA and/or climate change mitigation in the energy sector;
  • Strong analytical skills.

Management and Leadership

  • Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Supports teams effectively and shows conflict resolution skills;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Minimum Master’s degree, preferably in energy, environmental science, engineering, climate change or a relevant subject;
  • Bachelor’s degree with more than 7 years of experience can be considered in lieu of the Master’s degree.

Professional Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant professional experience in GHG emission reduction, climate change mitigation in the energy sector;
  • Demonstrated previous experience on GHG emission reduction, climate change mitigation and/or other relevant areas in Malaysia is a must.

Language Requirement:

  • Proficient in English and Bahasa Malaysia.

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