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Ref. 2019-031-International Chief Technical Advisor on Renewable Energy
|Location :||Home-based, with 6 missions to Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultan, KAZAKHSTAN|
|Application Deadline :||20-Oct-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English Russian|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||120 working days over a period of 12 months|
Important notice to the Applicants!
Only those applications would be considered that have been submitted to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org with the indication of IC_Ref.2019-031 in the subject line. The deadline is 5PM (Nur-Sultan time) October 20, 2019.
For detailed information on the position, required documents to be sent and evaluation procedure please refer to the Terms of Reference. Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, or by standard electronic communication to the following
1) UNDP-GEF Project “Derisking Renewable Energy Investment”
2) UNDP-GEF Project “Sustainable Cities for Low Carbon Urban Development”
The objective of UNDP-GEF Project “Derisking Renewable Energy Investment” is to promote private sector investment in renewable energy in Kazakhstan in order to achieve Kazakhstan’s 2030 and 2050 targets for renewable energy. The project targets both large-scale and small-scale renewable energy. The goal of this project is to achieve energy market transformation in Kazakhstan by significantly scaling-up the deployment of renewable energy in electricity generation, from a 0.77% share of renewable energy to a 10% share by 2030, which makes for 10-fold increase in renewable energy-based energy generation to be facilitated by the project. In large-scale renewable energy, the project will promote Kazakhstan as a prime destination for international investment. Technologies will include wind energy and solar photovoltaic (PV). In small-scale renewable energy, the project will promote investment in “RES for urban life”, on-grid small-scale renewable energy applications, targeting urban households and businesses; and “RES for rural life”, both on-grid and off-grid small-scale renewable energy applications, targeting farms and rural SMEs. Technologies may include solar PV (roof-top), solar water heating and small-scale wind. The project will promote the latest business and finance models for small-scale RES developers (for example, third-party ownership models). The design and implementation of this project make use of the ‘Derisking Renewable Energy Investment’ (DREI) methodology developed by UNDP, which is a model for quantitative and qualitative comparison of the cost-effectiveness of different public instruments in promoting renewable energy investment.
The project aims to have supported renewable energy projects that will have generated some 460,000 tonnes of CO2e. In addition, it is planned that by the end of the project that the project will have supported 9.5 MW of direct, small-scale RE production producing approximately 500GwH of electricity.
The project started in February 2018 and is scheduled to run for some 5 years. It has a GEF budget of some $4.51 million USD and co-financing is envisaged of some $51 million USD.
The project is structured under three components:
Component 1 – Large-Scale Renewable Energy: Policy and Financial Derisking Measures
Component 2 – Renewable Energy for Life: Policy Derisking
Component 3 – Renewable Energy for Life: Financial Derisking and Incentives
with cross-cutting activities related to knowledge management, and monitoring and evaluation included within these components.
A main focus of UNDP-GEF Project “Sustainable Cities for Low Carbon Urban Development” has been on developing and supporting the creation of a financial support mechanism to support the implementation of low carbon NAMA projects in Kazakhstan. The project has an ambitious target of some 15 NAMAs realized by the end of the project and some $70 million in co-financing realized and a lifetime target of 370,000 tonnes of CO2e reduced from the investment projects supported by the project. Due partly to the fact that there were delays in setting up the financial support mechanism and partly due to the difficulties of many companies in securing loans for their projects to go ahead, it is now clear that it is unlikely that this target will be met by the original planned closure date of the project (April 2020) and therefore it is likely that a request will be need to extend the project duration.
Component 3 is the main component of the project; it is aimed at creating and testing financial and technical support for low-carbon urban projects. During the implementation of the Project and discussions with stakeholders, the financial and technical support mechanism was developed and integrated into existing subsidy and guarantee systems on the basis of DAMU Entrepreneurship Development Fund JSC with a focus on ongoing projects to reduce energy consumption and, as a result, greenhouse gas emissions . The mechanism was launched into the test phase at the end of 2017, since then (as of August 2019), 108 applications have been received, 32 of which have already been awarded funding and projects have been launched for a total investment of about $ 10 million US dollars at current exchange rate. Another 39 approved applications are awaiting consideration by commercial banks for a loan with a total volume of expected attracted investment about 38 million US dollars of. There are 23 approved applications which were denied bank financing due to an alternative source of funding.
From the beginning of the implementation of the financial support mechanism, there has been a great demand from the private sector for participation in support mechanisms for such projects, which made it possible for the first time in Kazakhstan to attract private financing for municipal / city energy saving projects. Today, demand for these projects is also present, but banks still take a conservative approach to evaluating applicants and applications when they set out requirements for collateral with additional assets. Many entrepreneurs do not have prior experience with banks and need to gain knowledge and skills in preparing investment projects. Other barriers include administrative obstacles to small and medium-sized businesses for their involvement in energy efficiency projects in the regions, lengthy procedures for the coordination of technological solutions of projects with suppliers of energy and etc.
For the sustainable functioning of the project support mechanism, a strategy for the further vision of this mechanism has been developed. The draft strategy was created and presented to the beneficiary. The draft strategy proposes the continuation of the mechanism for supporting energy efficiency projects at the expense of the state budget. The strategy reflects assessments of direct and indirect benefits for the state, provided that such projects are supported. It is proposed to provide support for projects at the expense of the state budget by developing a separate special program aimed at stimulating investment in NAMA projects. Several support instruments are proposed that the government can provide: a) a subsidy on the interest rate on a commercial loan, b) an investment subsidy on the main debt on a commercial loan, c) a partial guarantee on the volume of a commercial loan, d) a conditional placement of budget or borrowed funds in banks on special credit lines intended exclusively for financing NAMA projects. The Strategy also proposed alternative national sources of financing for NAMA projects - development of “green financing” - “green bonds” (this area is also considered as a source of concessional and targeted financing for NAMA projects). The strategy describes the procedure for issuing "green bonds" and their circulation, considering national financial legislation. The strategy will be discussed with national partners and supplemented by the end of 2019.
Duties and Responsibilities
The international CTA will provide the advisory and planning support to all elements of the Projects, the specific technical contributions and oversight to selected components. As well to provide advisory and technical assistance to support implementation and further development of the Projects.
SCOPE OF THE WORK:
Under the overall supervision of the Project Manager the Chief Technical Adviser will have the following specific duties:
For both projects:
Project-specific “Derisking Renewable Energy Investment”:
Project-specific “Sustainable Cities for Low Carbon Urban Development”:
Required Skills and Experience
The following documents only in PDF should be attached to the application (proposal) and sent by e-mail to the following address: email@example.com indicating Ref. 2019-031 in the subject of the letter no later than 5PM (Nur-Sultan time), October 20, 2019:
There should be max 2 e-mail transmissions.
Application Procedure: Only full submitted application will 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.