AREC (Affiliated RE Center) /Market Service Center (MSC) Specialist

Location : Manila, PHILIPPINES
Application Deadline :06-Aug-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :2.5 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :2.5 months


i. Goal:reduce GHG emissions from the power sector, the objective is to promote and facilitate the commercialization of the renewable energy (RE) markets through the removal of barriers to increase investments in RE based power generation project.”

ii. Outcome indicators: “Direct emissions reductions will be 205,181 tonnes of CO2eq hand. 20,000 sitio-based households will have access to RE sources.

iii. Components and Expected outcomes:

DREAMS has 4 components.



a. RE Policy and Planning

enforcement of a supportive policy and regulatory environment = increase in RE investments

b. Institutional strengthening for RE mainstreaming

strengthened institutional capacity= increase in RE project approvals

c. Capitalized RE market development

increased number of operational RE projects = increase in confidence of RE developers on viability of RE

d. RE commercialization

capitalized RE markets = increase in RE based power capacity

iv. Stakeholders for the project.

The project is being implemented by the Department of Energy (DOE). DOE assumes over-all responsibility for the achievement of project results. The Project is co-financed with funding from the GEF. UNDP acts as the GEF Executing Agency. All components of the Project are being implemented by the Renewable Energy Management Bureau (REMB).

A Project Support Group (PSG) composed of technical staff/specialist from the other Bureaus and divisions of DOE has been formed to provide technical advice in the implementation of the activities including monitoring and evaluation. A Project Steering Committee has been established to serve as a policy and decision-making body for the project implementation. (The members of the PSC are DOE, DILG, DENR, NEDA, TRANSCO, NGCP, NPC, PEMC, UNDP, and representative from the local governments of Iloilo and Palawan)

A Project Management Unit is based at the DOE Compound. The PMU is headed by a National Project Director (NPD) who is also the Director of the REMB. A Project Manager and support staff oversees the day to day operations of the DREAMS Project Management Office. The PMO is located at the office of the DOE in Taguig, Metro Manila. 


Duties and Responsibilities

C.   Scope of Work and Context of the required services (Relevance of the work to the project)

This output relates to Component 2: Institutional Strengthening for RE Mainstreaming. (See Annex 1). The IC shall conduct an assessment of the status of the ARECs (See Annex 2).  At least 6 ARECs located nationwide will have to be selected in discussion with DOE.

The project document mentioned that increasing RE investments in local areas would benefit from the presence of DOE supported organizations like the Affiliated Renewable Energy Centers (AREC). ARECs are established and managed as extension arms or partners of the DOE in the implementation of RE programs, projects and activities (DO 2013-12-0019).

Thus, the DREAMS project, as conceptualized, may either tap ARECs in the strengthening of local institutions or provide new capacities to its target clients like local government units to augment DOEs capacity in RE initiatives.  Furthermore, Rule 31 of the IRR of RA9513 prescribes that the Renewable Energy and Management Bureau (REMB) must strengthen the ARECs nationwide.

Thus, there is a need however to assess the current status of the ARECs. The assessment shall determine what particular roles the AREC may perform to support the objectives of the DREAMS project in particular and the RE initiatives of the DOE in general.  The assessment will be conducted by reviewing secondary data on the ARECs that are available at DOE and the ARECs offices and individual case studies of at least 6 selected ARECS.

The current idea is to select at least 2 successful and still active ARECs, 2 existing ARECs but facing difficulties, 2 considered closed/inactive ARECs. As much as possible, one of each type may be selected from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

The assessment must look into the mandate, accomplishments and challenges faced by the ARECs in the fulfillment of their roles as prescribed. The period to be covered will be at least for the last 5 years of the ARECS operation (2012-2017) and must include also a recent update ending June 2018.

D.    Expected Outputs and Deliverables


D.1 The expected outputs of this consultancy are the following:

      i.   Six (6) case studies and review of secondary data covering the period 2012-2017 including recent update from January-June 2018 that will serve as bases for the recommended role/s of ARECs, if any, vis a vis the expectations described in the DREAMS project document.

      ii.   Presentation of findings at a forum to be organized by the PMO.

D.2 The following minimum activities will be done to deliver the expected output:

      i.   Meeting with the PMO to agree on the study objectives, methodology, report outline and criteria for case selection.

     ii.   A mix of data gathering tools will be employed.

    iii.   Key informant interview of AREC personnel and/or concerned University Officials where the AREC is/was based

    iv.   Key informant interview of clients or institutions assisted by the AREC at least in the last 5 years

     v.   Focused group discussion (FGD) with the AREC and the agencies or institutions they have assisted including the concerned units/offices of either the national or local DOE offices. This FGD will be conducted prior to the departure of the IC in the case study area to report on the ICs preliminary data.

    vi.   Review of performance accomplishment and financial reports submitted by the AREC to DOE in the last 5 years..

    vii.   Key informant interview with the key DOE officials that are/were involved in the operation/coordination with the AREC.



Estimated Duration to Complete (days)

Target Due Dates

Review and Approvals Required

% Payment

Name and e-mail of Persons to Review and Accept Output

meeting with DOE to gather preliminary inputs on the  framework, methodology and case study outline


10 days after signing



Program Manager, DREAMS Project

inception report including case study outline


5 days after signing



Initial report (containing at least 3 case studies) presented to selected members of PSG


not more than 30 days submission of inception report



1st draft of report  (containing all 6 studies) presented in a forum


not more than 30 days after presentation



final report submission incorporating comments from the forum (includes a 2nd draft prior to final report)


not more 10 days after the forum




E.    Institutional Arrangement

The work of the IC will be supervised and coordinated by the Project Manager. The PMO will provide a working space to the IC during the meetings with concerned units of DOE.

The PMO will facilitate linkage to the potential key informants within and outside of DOE. However, the gathering and consolidation of data for the study, within or outside of DOE, shall be the responsibility of the IC.

F.    Duration of the Work

Upon signing, the IC will be given a maximum of 90 calendar days to complete the task and submit the final output.

G.    Duty Station

The IC will be based in Manila.  Field work is expected in the target AREC sites.


  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling 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;
  • Expertise in data collection and analysis
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines;
  • Strong analytical and research skills; and
  • Excellent organizational, and communication skills

Required Skills and Experience


Minimum Education

  • PhD graduate in any social sciences courses preferably Economics, Political Science, Public Administration, Rural/Urban planning, Development Management, MA graduate or Phd Level or MA/PhD Level not related to above

Work Experience

  • Has a “hands-on” experience in project evaluation, research, or project management.

  • Familiarity with the key issues related to environment and/or energy

  • Experience in working/collaborating with academe sector*

    * the ARECs are based at different academic institutions


  • Fluency in the English language and excellent oral with written communications skills

Application Requirements:

  • Applicants are requested to upload the following documents in one file:

  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability that indicates the all-inclusive lumpsum contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided; If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.

  • Personal CV or P11, 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 why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a methodology, if applicable, on how they will approach and complete the assignment.

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