Consultant for off-grid solar energy project(s) development for rural communities of Cambodia

Location : Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :20-Sep-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
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 :27 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :Over the period of 6 months


Cambodia is endowed with one of the strongest levels of solar radiation in the world, averaging an estimated 5.8 hours of peak sunlight a day. The abundance of solar resources in the country remains an untapped opportunity to meet the rapidly growing electricity demand, which is predicted to increase at an annual average of 15% up to 2030. There has been a widespread recognition of this opportunity, and the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) prioritized an uptake in the use of solar energy in the Rectangular Strategy Phase-IV.    

Over the last decade or so, the RGC has made remarkable progress on expanding grid electrification, going from 26.8% in 2007 to 71.5% by 2017. However, reliability of access remains a challenge as nearly two thirds of households connected to the grid experience frequent power shortages.  Moreover, there are remote communities that are located too far for the grid to ever reach without incurring significant economic losses.

As the price of solar energy continues to fall year-over-year, it continues to become a valuable component in bringing reliable electricity access to the most remote communities in Cambodia. Today, more than half of Cambodia’s off-grid households use solar home systems (SHS) as one of their primary sources of electricity. Yet there remains a gap between the level of basic energy access that current SHS products can provide and standards for reliable ‘grid-quality’ electricity. When coupled with new technologies and innovative business models, solar energy has the opportunity to provide strong and reliable access to power for households in remote communities. The RGC has targeted to electrify 70% of households with grid quality electricity by 2030.

To support a project focused on rural electrification, UNDP is looking for a national consultant to help identify potential suitable location(s) for the installation of solar systems, particularly solar micro/mini-grids, solar battery charging stations and/or connected solar home systems.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the project “Building an Enabling Environment for Sustainable Development in Cambodia”, the scope of the consultancy entails:

  • Solar PV for basic energy needs and productive uses such as solar home systems (could be standalone or connected), solar battery charging stations (SBCS); solar mini-grid (could be alternating or direct currents (AD/DC)), or solar (and other renewable energy technologies (RET)) hybrids;

  • The analysis will be limited to capacities relevant to the size of the typical off-grid communities. This probably implies capacities well below 100 kW.

  • Many studies and documents on this subject are already available, such as the SREP Rural Electrification Plan Final Report (2011) and spatially explicit maps and database on rural electrification status maintained by Electricity Authority of Cambodia (EAC) or Electricite du Cambodge (EdC). The consultants should exert best efforts to collect all such available references to avoid repeating data gathering or analysis already done by others.


  • Experience working with MME and/or UNDP or other UN agencies will be an advantage.

  • Strong analytical skills and exceptional ability in communication and networking and negotiations.

  • Flexibility and ability to operate in different cultural settings and with a variety of stakeholders; culturally and gender sensitive.

Required Skills and Experience

Education: Bachelor of electrical science, renewable energy engineering or related field.


  • At least 5-year experience in design of renewable energy system / electrical systems (especially for energy access and renewable energy), particularly small solar systems, such as SHS, solar mini-grids

  • Experience with assessing feasibility of rural solar energy systems (SHS, solar mini-grids, etc.) in Cambodia

Language Requirement:

  • Good command of English and Khmer

Interested Offerors must visit this link to download Individual Consultant Procurement Notice, Terms of Reference, and Document Templates to be included when submitting this online application.

UNDP reserves right to reject any applications that is incompleted.


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

  • Cover letter: Explaining why the Offeror the most suitable for the work;

  • CV or UNDP Personal History Form (P11), which is available on UNDP website

  • Offeror’s letter to UNDP confirming interest and availability for the Individual Contractor (IC) assignment and Final all-inclusive price proposal with breakdown of costs as per UNDP template

Please be informed that we don’t accept application submitted via email.

Interested Offerors are required to submit application via UNDP jobsite system as the application screening and evaluation will be done through UNDP jobsite system. Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file. Your on-line applications submission will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

Any request for clarification/additional information on this procurement notice shall be communicated in writing to UNDP office or send to email and cc While the Procurement Unit would endeavor to provide information expeditiously, only requests receiving at least 5 working days prior to the submission deadline will be entertained. Any delay in providing such information will not be considered as a reason for extending the submission deadline. The UNDP's response (including an explanation of the query but without identifying the source of inquiry) will be posted in Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice page as provided above. Therefore, all prospective Offerors are advised to visit the page regularly to make obtain update related to this Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice

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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