International Consultancy on Solar Home System guideline development for Cambodia

Location : Home based, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :23-Oct-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 :25 days from 1 November 2019 to 30 March 2020
Expected Duration of Assignment :25 days from 1 November 2019 to 30 March 2020


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 is an 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 brining 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.

Cambodia’s off-grid solar market currently exists without a set of guidelines that detail technological, financial, management and regulatory principles which support both consumers and businesses to procure, install, operate, and maintain solar home systems, specifically for the Cambodian context.

Under the project ‘Building an Enabling Environment for Sustainable Development in Cambodia’ (BESD), UNDP and Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) are looking for an international consultant to support the drafting of a guideline for the installation and application of solar home systems for Cambodia’s off-grid households and communities.


Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant shall carry out the following tasks:

- Data gathering, consultations and drafting guideline

- Validation process and finalisation of guideline and leaflet

Interested offeror must  read  the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at for more  detail information about term  of references, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online.


  • Strong analytical skills and exceptional ability in communication and networking, negotiations and writing

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

  • Proven ability to professionally write on energy topics in English

Required Skills and Experience


Master of Electrical Science, (renewable energy or environmental) engineering or related field.


  • At least 7 years of international experience on renewable energy systems, especially related to off-grid systems including SHS

  • Familiar on energy access issues in Cambodia

  • Experience liaising with government representatives, private sector companies and developmental partners in Cambodia

  • Experience working with/for development partners, such as UN agencies, an asset.

Language Requirement:

Fluency in English is required. Ability to understand/speak basic Khmer would be an asset.

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

1. Proposal:

(i) Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work

(ii) Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work (if applicable)

2. Financial proposal

3. Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references

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)

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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