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Project Design Specialist for Enabling Zero Carbon Energy in Rural Towns and Villages in China (EZCERTV) Project
|Location :||Beijing, CHINA|
|Application Deadline :||10-Jan-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||50 Days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||50 days from January 2020 – October 2020|
Please note that UNDP is not in the position to accept incomplete applications - please make sure that your application contains all details as specified below in this notice.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), acting as an implementing agency of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is providing assistance to the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Affairs (MARA) of the Government of China (GOC) in the preparation of the UNDP-GEF Full Size Project (FSP) “Enabling Zero Carbon Energy in Rural Towns and Villages in China (EZCERTV) Project ”. The main objective of the project is the acceleration of zero-carbon transformation in China's rural area to contribute to global climate change mitigation and the achievement of the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDG).
This project will facilitate the application of appropriate technological, institutional and policy-oriented options that would make the growth of rural towns and villages in China is a sustainable manner making use of available clean energy resources to promote and support socio-economic growth that contributes to increased climate resilience, productivity and income generation of the town/village citizens, and reducing emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs). The focus is on the decentralized optimal and efficient utilization of clean energy resources that support zero carbon town and village development, significantly reducing the use of coal and the inefficient use of biomass energy resources. The project will cover the following;
The project involves theimplementation of investment-type activities comprising the design, planning and implementation of the low carbon energy technology applications, and piloting of the application of zero carbon town and development planning. Through the proposed project, enhanced application of appropriate renewable energy delivery mechanisms, and energy conservation and energy efficiency technologies will be carried out in pursuit of low carbon rural development and ultimately the establishment of zero carbon towns and villages in rural areas of China. Such applications will result in the transformation of energy production into low/zero carbon emitting decentralized energy generation and distribution systems through the utilization of available indigenous renewable energy resources in rural areas and smart grid systems. The low carbon systems will be in accordance with the characteristics of the available renewable energy resources, the suitable combination of the use of such resources, and the prevailing climate/weather conditions in the various climate regions of the country. These will also be designed to be independent of the existing grid that distribute fossil fuel-generated electricity, through the installation of energy storage systems, and equipping these with smart control systems that will enable comprehensive load and energy management system that will result in optimal generation cost for a green, clean, renewable energy-generated electricity. The demonstrations of such systems, including zero carbon town and village development will be carried out in select rural towns/villages in Heilongjiang, Hebei, Hubei, Anhui, Gansu, and Yunnan. As part of the “Rural Revitalization” strategy of the government, the MARA will promote the results of these demonstrations and intensify the project publicity and promotion efforts in other provinces like Sichuan or Qinghai.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Project Development Specialist (PDS) will be the EZCERTV Project Development Team (PDT) Leader and will be responsible for quality assurance and timely preparation of all reports and documentation, including the finalized UNDP Project Document (ProDoc) and CEO Endorsement Request, with all mandatory and project specific Annexes and supporting documentation. S/he will be responsible for managing all consultants on the PDT and coordinating the Team’s work.
Within the framework of this ToR, the PDS is expected to perform the following tasks and duties:
The key products to be delivered are as follows:
Payment for Services
Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. The international consultant shall receive payment in four installments from UNDP as follows:
1. 30% upon submission of reports (LFA workshop proceedings and PPM after completion of in-country missions and consultations;
Responsibility for Expenses and their Reimbursement
This is a lump sum assignment. The Consultant will be responsible for all personal administrative and travel expenses associated with undertaking this assignment including office accommodation, printing, stationary, telephone and electronic communications, and report copies incurred in this assignment.
Responsibility for Managing the Work Plan
The principal responsibility for managing the consultant will line with the UNDP China and with the Senior Technical Advisor at the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub. The timeframe and duration of activities are estimated to be broken down as follows:
The drafts of the CEO Endorsement Request Document, UNDP Project Document, and required annexes (inclusive of the GEF Core Indicators) that are fully compliant with the enforced UNDP/GEF rules and standards shall be submitted for comments to UNDP by May 2020. UNDP and the stakeholders will submit comments and suggestions within 10 working days after receiving the drafts. The finalized documents, after responding to comments, and making revisions based on the responses and suggestions of the GEFSec/GEF Council, shall be submitted to the GEF Secretariat no later than end of October 2020.
• Strong expertise in engineering with a focus on renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) an advantage.
• Proven experience in leading design of project proposals, particularly on RE & EE.
• Familiarity with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and other similar related international conventions.
• Ability to be strategic, creative and proactive in project design and leading technical teams including understanding new terminology and concepts easily.
• Familiarity with UNDP/GEF programming policies, templates and requirements for project design especially climate change mitigation.
• Maturity and confidence in dealing with senior members of national institutions.
• Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
• Excellent technical writing and written communication skills, with analytic capacity and ability to synthesize relevant collected data and findings for the preparation of quality analysis for the project proposal.
• Excellent coordination skills and result oriented collaboration with colleagues – especially for this case the national level consultants.
• Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP.
• Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback.
• Good team player with the ability to maintain good relationships.
Required Skills and Experience
Excellent oral and written English skills are essential.
Evaluation of Applicants
Qualified candidates are requested to apply by 10th January 2020 by sending their application packages through UNDP China website.
The application should contain:
Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall consider various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. relevant expenses related to the performance of services...). All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel.
Payments will be made only upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner.
General Terms and conditions as well as other related documents can be found under: http://intranet.undp.org
Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply.
Due to many applications we receive, we can inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.
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.