Solar Energy Specialist

Location : TUVALU
Application Deadline :02-May-19 (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 :1 month
Expected Duration of Assignment :30 days


Nearly all households in Tuvalu including in the outer islands have access to electricity. However, this is not the case for the few households living on Funaota islet that is part of Nukufetau atoll. Nukufetau atoll is situated about 120 km northwest of Funafuti, almost in the middle of the country. The only form of transportation between Nukufetau and other atolls and islands is by ship. Nukufetau atoll has a population of 655 (as of 2012), most of which are residing in the main islet of Savave.  The Solar Home Systems for Funaota project implemented by the Tuvalu Electricity Corporation (TEC) with support from UNDP and funded by the India-UN Development Fund will: 1) provide reliable, high quality and environmentally friendly 24-hours power on Funaota islet; 2) establish local capacity to operate and maintain planned photovoltaic (PV) solar home systems (SHSs), a PV powered telecommunication system (connecting Funaota and Savave islets) and a PV powered community freezing system; and, 3) establish public awareness about the project. In this context a consultant is needed to assess household and community level electricity demand on Funaota islet, determine feasibility of the PV powered systems, design the PV powered systems and specify major components, prepare technical requirements as part of the solicitation documentation, technically assess submitted bids, and, finally, as/if required, provide additional technical advice to the Tender Evaluation Team.

The objectives of the assignment are to:

  1. Assess household and community level electricity demand on Funaota islet and determine technical, institutional, environmental, etc. feasibility of photovoltaic (PV) solar home systems (SHSs), a PV powered telecommunication system and a PV powered community freezing system.  
  2. Prepare system design and specify major components for the PV SHSs, PV powered telecommunication system and PV powered community freezing system.
  3. Prepare technical requirements as part of the solicitation documentation for the supply, transport, installation and preliminary commissioning of the PV SHSs, PV powered telecommunication system and PV powered community freezing system.

Assess technically the submitted bids and as/if required provide additional technical advice to the Tender Evaluation Team

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work 

Activities for the consultancy will include, but not necessarily be limited to the following in relation to specific deliverables:


Inception Note 

  • Summarize the successful Contractor’s understanding of the consultancy and associated tasks, outline the final proposed approach and methodology(ies), provide the final work plan for the consultancy, identify any issues crucial to the viability of the consultancy, and, provide comments on this TOR (subsequently, if required and approved by UNDP Pacific – Fiji Office and TEC the activities can be elaborated, modified, etc.).



  • Write-up a note for one (1) mission to Tuvalu (Funafuti and Nukufetau atolls) summarizing key findings and recommendations vis-à-vis successful completion of this consultancy.


Feasibility Study Report

  • Consult relevant local and national level stakeholders, including the households on Funaota islet, Nukufetau Falekaupule (Island assembly), TEC, Ministry of Public Utilities and Infrastructure, and, the Ministry of Home Affairs and Rural development.

  • Review the solar PV systems on Funafala islet, Funafuti atoll (installed beginning of 2017 that provides electricity to households and a cooling storage facility for a business venture), particularly technical, institutional, and financial aspects.

  • Please refer to the Terms of Reference for more details . (


  • 10 years of relevant and practical working experience with determining the feasibility of power systems based on solar.  
  • 10 years of relevant and practical working experience with system design and specifications of components for small, preferably island based, solar photovoltaic systems. 
  • 10 years of relevant and practical working experience preparing tender documentation.
  • Substantial, relevant and practical working experience in Tuvalu or other Pacific Island Countries.  

Excellent working knowledge of English.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Degree in power/energy engineering
  • Proposal Requirements

    Technical Proposal

  • A statement of how the applicant meets the qualifications and experience requirements.
  • A Detailed CV with contact details of minimum 3 referees  
  • Proposed methodology/approach including preliminary work plan (covering deliverables, key activities and due dates). 

    Financial Proposal

    A completed Offeror’s Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability for the Individual Contractor (IC) Assignment including Annex A: Breakdown of Cost by Components.
  • Consultancy Proposal should be sent via email to no later than 2nd  May 2019 (Fiji Time) clearly stating the title of consultancy applied for. Any proposals received after this date/time will not be accepted. Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, or by standard electronic communication to UNDP will respond in writing or by standard electronic mail and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all consultants. Incomplete, late and joint proposals will not be considered and only offers for which there is further interest will be contacted. Failure to submit your application as stated as per the application submission guide (Procurement Notice) on the above link will be considered incomplete and therefore application will not be considered.


    NOTE: Proposals must be sent to the designated email (

    Please do not copy or directly email applications to UNDP staff.


    If the selected/successful Candidate is over 65 years of age and required to travel outside his home country; He/She will be required provide a full medical report at their expense prior to issuance to contract. Contract will only be issued when Proposed candidate is deemed medically fit to undertake the assignment.

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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