Consultant, Sustainable Energy, Finance and Climate Change

Location : Home-based
Application Deadline :28-Feb-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :One year
Expected Duration of Assignment :One year


The Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan.  BPPS’s staff provides technical advice to Country Offices; advocates for UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogues, South-South and Triangular cooperation initiatives, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas.  BPPS works closely with UNDP’s Crisis Response Unit (CRU) to support emergency and crisis response.  BPPS ensures that issues of risk are fully integrated into UNDP’s development programmes. BPPS assists UNDP and partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working.  BPPS supports UNDP and partners to be more innovative, knowledge and data driven including in its programme support efforts.

UNDP provides technical support to deliver on, and contribute to, sustainable development and resilience-building. In this context, assisting countries to plan, adopt policy frameworks, and build institutional capacities to transition toward sustainable energy, low-emission and climate resilient development is a crucial area of work for UNDP. UNDP’s services build on UNDP’s growing portfolio of energy and climate change mitigation projects and programmes for which UNDP provides oversight, quality assurance, global and regional policy and technical advisory services.

The consultant supports the delivery of UNDP’s corporate sustainable energy framework for 2016-2021, including support for implementation of SDG7 on energy, SDG 13 on climate and SDG11 on cities, as well as countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in the context of the Paris Agreement through a country-driven, multi-stakeholder process that helps countries shift from sectoral perspectives to a holistic approach that incorporates sustainable energy and climate change mitigation and adaptation into environment and sustainable development goals planning processes.  S/he collaborates with energy and climate teams across UNDP’s Regional Hubs, Country Offices and Global Policy Centers, to provide quality policy services and advance UNDP’s credibility in this thematic area, delivering coherence and technical advice in this area.


Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant is expected to produce the following deliverables:

Deliverable 1: Contribute to development and implementation of a strategy to deliver UNDP’s corporate sustainable energy framework for 2017-2021 (continuous - over duration of the contract)

The consultant will support in the formulation and implementation of the internal and external delivery of UNDP’s corporate sustainable energy framework for 2017-2021 in line with the UNDP Strategic Plan 2018 – 2021. The consultant is expected to execute the following tasks:

  • Develop an indicative work plan and methodology for the assignment
  • Organize 3 side events at relevant global fora
  • Organize informational webinars
  • Organize informational meetings with UNDP Regional Bureaux
  • Organize informational meetings with Permanent Missions in New York City
  • Provide inputs to all corporate policy briefs on energy

Deliverable 2: Provide support for UNDP engagement at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2018 (1 March - 31 July 2018)

The consultant will support the UNDP Energy team in preparation for the 2018 HLPF, which includes an in-depth focus on SDG 7 on energy. The consultant is expected to execute the following tasks:

  • Prepare policy briefs for all relevant meetings during and in the lead-up to the HLPF including intermediary meetings
  • Finalize 5 policy briefs with partner UN agencies in the following areas: Ensuring universal access to electricity; Ensuring universal access to clean cooking fuels; Financing SDG7; Capacity-building for SDG7; Interlinkages among energy, poverty and inequalities
  • Prepare report on linkages between SDG7, SDG13 on climate change and SDG11 on cities highlighting UNDP cross-cutting energy work in these areas

Deliverable 3: Support the development and implementation of a stakeholder engagement plan in energy (continuous - over duration of the contract)

The consultant will prepare a stakeholder engagement plan to analyze and assess UNDP participation in international energy institutions, including but not limited to SE4ALL, UN Energy and UNFCCC

  • Conduct analysis of current UNDP engagement with relevant global institutions
  • Prepare proposal on recommended future engagement with international energy institutions
  • Prepare necessary briefing materials for relevant meetings including the Vienna Energy Forum in May, SEforAll Forum in May, and UNFCCC COP24 in December

Deliverable 4: Analyze and support UNDP’s energy portfolio (continuous - over duration of the contract)

In-line with the roll-out of the UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021 and UNDP’s commitment to supporting countries to implement NDCs, the consultant will prepare a detailed analysis of UNDP’s current energy portfolio. The consultant is expected to execute the following tasks:

  • Conduct mapping exercise of UNDP’s energy portfolio across NDC’s of UNDP-supported countries
  • Work closely with NDC Support Programme team and UNDP-GEF team to determine areas of overlap and collaboration
  • Determine methodology for choosing countries and targets in line with UNDP Strategic Plan signature solution on closing the energy gap
  • Adapt recently developed Multi-tier Energy Access Framework to current energy access portfolio and prepare proposal for applying framework to current and future projects

During the assignment, the Consultant will engage with CDT’s sub-teams on climate change, disaster and climate risk governance recovery and energy both at headquarters as well as regional level to assess and analyze the programmatic extent and requirements.

Management Arrangements:

The assignment will be implemented under an individual consultancy arrangement with clearly identified deliverables. Under the guidance and supervision of the Energy Team Leader, the consultant will be commissioned to deliver the above-mentioned deliverables. The consultant will work in close collaboration with other members of the CDT team, other BPPS Clusters, UN agencies, and relevant stakeholders.


  • Communication: The consultant should be able to communicate effectively in writing to a varied and broad audience in a simple and concise manner.
  • Professionalism: The consultant should be capable of working in a high pressure environment with sharp and frequent deadlines, managing many tasks simultaneously; Able to handle a large volume of data/information and reports accurately and thoroughly, with great attention to detail; Exercise the highest level of responsibility and be able to handle confidential and politically sensitive issues in a responsible and mature manner.
  • Teamwork: The consultant should be able to work well in a team; Projects a positive image and is ready to take on a wide range of tasks; Focuses on results for the client; and welcomes constructive feedback.
  • Knowledge Management and Learning: The consultant should willingly share knowledge and experience and make contributions to UNDP practice areas (e.g., documented knowledge, community of practice building initiatives); actively develop substantive understanding and experience in one or more knowledge areas, including process and/or technical knowledge.

Required Skills and Experience


Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in environment, energy, economics, business administration, social sciences or related disciplines.


  • At least 5 years of professional work experience providing policy advice and programme support in the general area of sustainable energy, finance and climate change and/or sustainable development in different development contexts. 
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of the international policy context related to energy and climate change
  • Knowledge of UNDP’s Programming and Operations Policies and Procedures will be an asset.
  • Excellent English communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills

Important Note: The Consultant is required to have the above-mentioned professional and technical qualifications. Only the applicants who hold these qualifications will be shortlisted and contacted.

Application Procedure

The application is a two-step process. Failing to comply with the submission process may result in disqualifying the applications.

Step 1: Submission of technical proposal. That will include providing application via UNDP Job-shop

Interested candidates should provide the following documents and information:

  • Uploading a CV/P11 and a statement of interest indicating all past experience for similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the candidate and at least three (3) professional references (the template can be downloaded from this link:;
  • brief description (not more than 300 – 500 words) of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment;

Step 2: Submission of Financial Proposals

  • Only applicants who attain a score of 70 % and above on the technical evaluation will be contacted by UNDP and requested to submit a financial proposal.
  • In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal should be all-inclusive and include a detailed breakdown. The term ‘all-inclusive’ implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, utilities, consumables, insurance, etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the contractor are already factored into the financial proposal. 
  • The financial proposal should specify an all-inclusive daily fee. 

Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments:

  • Financial proposals must be all inclusive and must be expressed on the basis of “a daily fee”.
  • Payment will be made upon submission of a certificate of payment request, indicating outputs achieved and days worked to be verified and cleared for payment by the supervisor.
  • Any travel expenses will be paid for directly by UNDP and should not be included in the price proposal.

Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer:

The selection of the best offer will be based on a Combined Scoring method – where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted a maximum of 70%, and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a maximum of 30%.  The 70% rating shall be based on how well the Offeror meets the minimum qualifications/competencies described above. 

The technical evaluation will be based on the following criteria with the corresponding points (out of a total 70  points):

  • Minimum 5 years experience working with developing countries on one or more of the following: energy access, energy management, energy systems operations, in the residential, industrial, commercial sectors, as well as in energy-integrated urban development planning applications; the design and implementation of RE-based energy systems for both thermal and power generation and applications; energy finance (20 points)
  • Experience in the policy development processes in sustainable energy management and energy access (20 points)
  • Experience in design and implementation of multi-sectoral and sectoral programmes and projects at different scales (20 points)
  • Full computer literacy; Mastery in the usage of computers and office software packages (5 points)
  • Working experience in an international organization is an advantage as is knowledge of UNDP policies, procedures and practices (5 points)

If it is felt that interviews are needed to further vet the candidate(s) for this particular position, the panel may decide to conduct interviews, in which case the interview would inform the final technical evaluation score based on the above criteria.

The term ‘all inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, utilities, consumables, insurance, etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the Contractor are already factored into the final amounts submitted in the proposal


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.

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