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Electricity Law Specialist
|Location :||Erbil, IRAQ|
|Application Deadline :||23-Jan-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Crisis Response|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||120 WDs Over 11 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||120 WDs Over 11 months|
The electricity sector of Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) is currently under the jurisdiction of the Kurdistan Regional Government - Ministry of Electricity (KRG MoE). The Ministry operates as a vertically integrated (generation, transmission and distribution) electric utility with four distribution directorates in Erbil, Dohuk, Sulaymaniyah and Garmian. The MoE currently directly owns all transmission and distribution facilities, all the hydroelectric power plants and a few older and very small thermal generation peaking plants. Over the last decade, the KRI has successfully expanded power generation capacity through Independent Power Producers (IPP).
The electricity sector of KRI has suffered from decades of conflict and sanctions that have left its institutions weakened and have resulted in under-investment and chronic deterioration in infrastructure. Due to this, the power sector in KRI suffers from losses and leakages. Although accurate measurements are not available, MoE estimates that the level of energy losses in the KRI power sector is exceptionally high. Large portion of this losses is considered to be non-technical losses which mainly due to electricity theft and this has great impact on MoE revenue. Additionally, another issue is the defaulters of electricity payments since there is no electricity law that can back KRG MoE to take legal action against those consumers. Currently KRG MoE is using Iraqi Federal Law of Collecting Governmental Debt issued in 1977 as a legal base for collecting electricity payment from consumers and in the mentioned law there is no provision to deal with electricity theft and persistent defaulters of the utility.
Recently KRG MoE has launched revenue protection program to reduce the non-technical energy losses in the distribution system through the introduction of smart metering system. World Bank has also recommended to KRG MoE to implement legal and administrative measures to mitigate electricity theft and electricity payment defaulters since Legal and administrative aspects are of prime importance therefore should be addressed prior to launching a revenue protection program. Considering this KRG MOE is planning to develop an enabling legal, policy and regulatory framework for electricity sector to mitigate electricity theft and enforce collection of electricity charges to complement the implementation of the revenue protection program. The framework will be based on clear roles and mandates with regard to policy, restructuring, licensing, public private partnerships and full privatization, generation (including renewable energy), distribution, market operations, electricity trading, end user tariffs, anti-theft measures and enforcement penalties, feed-in tariffs and energy efficiency. Additionally, this activity is in line with the first pillar of Electricity Strategy of KRG Economic Reform Roadmap “Develop an enabling legal, policy and regulatory framework for Electricity Sector of KRI”.
UNDP has been a partner to KRG-MOE since 2008 and has provided technical assistance to improve the electricity sector of KRI. At this time, UNDP seeks to assist KRG-MOE in developing a legal and enforcement framework that can complement MoE’s revenue protection program.
The objective of this assignment is to support KRG MOE with:
 Bhatia, Mikul, and Benitez, Liliana, Power On: Power Sector Reforms and Performance Improvements in KRI, World Bank (Energy and Extractives Practice), March 8, 2016.
UNICON Limited, KRG-IRAQ: Pathways for Distribution Strengthening, Loss Reduction and Revenue Enhancement in KRG, World Bank, Oct 2016.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
The Specialist will work under the direction of the UNDP FFER-KRG Project manager and will work closely with KRG MoE to support with the;
The main duties and responsibilities include:
Conduct desk review of existing legal, regulatory framework, and institutional arrangement of KRG MoE. The specialist shall prepare an initial baseline report through desk review of relevant documents and studies including KRG Ministry of Electricity Law number 6 of 2006, KRG MOE Regulation and Conditions for Electricity Supply number 1 of 2018 and World Bank Reports1 that will serve as the basis for more in-depth consultations during the mission. This report should set out the;
The International Electricity Law specialist is expected to provide services to the KRG MOLSA on the following areas, but not limited to;
The price proposal should be an “all-inclusive” lump sum fixed rate.
The Specialist will report to FFER-KRG project manager. The specialist will be working at KRG MoE during the missions to Kurdistan Region of Iraq - Erbil.
The assignment will be for 120 WDs over 11 months period (60 WDs on filed and 60 WDs home base), starting from the date that work assigned to specialist officially by FFER-KRG Project Manager. The consultant is expected to start in February 2019.
 These solar PV installations were financed by the International Organization of Migration (IOM) to supply two schools and a clinic.
 As part of a separate exercise also funded by the FFER-KRG, KRI is moving forward with the formulation of a new PPP Law and implementing regulations, which will be in parallel to this exercise, and it is expected that the proposed Electricity Law will be aligned with the proposed PPP Law.
Required Skills and Experience
The Specialist will require the following qualifications, experience, competencies and language skills. Only applicants who meet these criteria will be short-listed and will be contacted.
A. Education and Professional Qualifications Required:
B. Experience Required:
D. Languages Required:
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Daily Fee – The contractor shall propose a daily fee, which should be inclusive of his professional fee, local communication cost and insurance (inclusive of medical health insurance and evacuation). The number of working days for which the daily fee shall be payable under the contract is 120 working days.
Evaluation Method and Criteria
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
1. Cumulative analysis
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
* Technical Criteria: weight 70%
* Financial Criteria weight 30%
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation
Technical Criteria – Maximum 70 points
Technical Proposal (30 marks)
Qualification and Experience (40 marks) [evaluation of CV]:
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested international individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document:
Financial proposal, as per template provided in UNDP jobsite (Annex II); https://www.iq.undp.org/content/iraq/en/home/operations/jobs.html
Incomplete proposals may not be considered
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.