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National Consultant - Chief Technical Advisor for Samoa Impress Project.
|Location :||Apia, SAMOA|
|Application Deadline :||07-Apr-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Climate & Disaster Resilience|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||12 months (maximum 30 working days)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||1 year|
Samoa is a small island developing state in the Pacific that is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and it is only responsible for an insignificant amount of global greenhouse gas emissions. However, Samoa is committed to combating and addressing issues associated with climate change including adaptation and mitigation measures to demonstrate to the world that all nations can take responsibility for a low-carbon future. Samoa submitted its Samoa’s Second National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2007 and submitted Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) and information to facilitate the clarity, transparency and understanding of the contribution in September 2015.
It is clearly highlighted in the INDC report that the Energy Sector with a focus on the Electricity sub sector is the main target sector for GHG emission reduction, and Samoa aims to achieve 100% electricity generation from RE by 2025. Assistance required to reach this target include human, technological and financial resources. Further economy-wide emissions reductions are conditional on Samoa receiving external financial assistance from the international community.
This project does not only directly respond to the requirements highlighted in the INDC report, but also complement the SDS, the Samoa Energy Sector Plan and the Energy Bill being planned and implemented by GOS. MNRE is the designated implementing agency for this GEF-funded project, and the key agency for RE development and implementation in Samoa with key partners beings SOEs such as STEC and EPC.
The objective of the IMPRESS project therefore is the improved sustainable and cost-effective utilization of indigenous renewable energy resources for energy production in Samoa. This will be realized through development of RE and DSM/EE policies and regulatory frameworks, adoption of RE- based technologies in electricity generation and financing RE, and DSM/EE investments in Samoa. The project comprises the five (5) components:
This project will be implemented over a 60 months period and is expected to achieve GHG emission reductions through the displacement of diesel electricity generation. Direct GHG emission reduction over the lifetime of the project is estimated to be 25,267 tCO2e.
The project is implemented over the course of 5 years and has started in 2017. UNDP is the GEF Implementing Agency and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), is the project’s lead Implementing Partner and STEC and EPC being responsible parties.
The project is being nationally executed as per UNDP National Implementation Modality (NIM) procedures. According to UNDP guidelines on National Implementation Modality (2011), the Government is responsible for the management and delivery of programme activities to achieve project outcomes/outputs. Government regulations, rules and procedures therefore apply to project implementation to the extent that they do not contravene the principles of the Financial Regulations and Rules of UNDP.
Project monitoring and evaluation will be conducted in accordance with established UNDP and GEF procedures and will be provided by the project team and the UNDP Multi-Country Office (UNDP-MCO) in Apia with support from the UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia-Pacific (RBAP) region in Bangkok.
On behalf of the Government of Samoa, UNDP is recruiting the Chief Technical Adviser for the Samoa IMPRESS project to provide technical and operational support to the Project Management Unit (PMU) and the government of Samoa in the implementation of the project. On a timely basis when required.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) will be responsible for providing strategic direction and overall technical backstopping to the project and to support the PMU in the implementation of activities as defined in the project document and in the inception report. He/She will render technical support to the Project Manager (PM) under MNRE, and to the Project Technical Advisory Group (TAG). He/She will work under the guidance of the TAG and report to MNRE and UNDP to provide technical inputs and advice to the PMU and when necessary also to other consultants hired within the project. He/She shall evaluate and provide comments to, and endorse the acceptance of, the results and deliverables of the pertinent project activities, particularly on the achievement/realization of the committed targets of the project.
The CTA will coordinate the provision of the required technical inputs, including assisting in executing the implementation strategy, recruiting through the development of ToRs and supervising experts and technical advisors’ inputs, and ensuring coordination and leveraging resources from other pertinent initiatives. The CTA will provide guidance and support on both strategic project matters, quality control of technical expertise and aspects of day-to-day management as required in all the five components of the project.
This section of the document defines the responsibilities and tasks that the CTA is expected to assume over the time period required i.e. a total of 12 months over the next 3 years starting January 2020. In addition, the CTA shall submit a work plan at the beginning of each month specifying the deliverables and the required workdays to deliver. At the end of each month, a brief report presenting the actual deliverables produced and workdays used, shall be prepared and submitted to the IMPRESS PCU. These documents (work plan and monthly report) will be discussed at the end of each month and will be used as the basic supporting document for the monthly remuneration payment.
The scope of work for the CTA includes, but not necessarily be limited to, the following key activities:
2. Project management and monitoring
3. Relationship building
Expected Outcomes and Deliverables and payment schedule:
This section of the document defines the responsibilities and tasks that the CTA is expected to assume. In addition, the CTA shall submit a brief report indicating the deliverables provided and working days used (timesheets) on a monthly basis based only up to the duration of the consultancy unless specified.
This report will serve as the basic supporting document for the monthly remuneration payment.
Specific deliverables are Monthly Reports, to include the following.
The CTA is expected to state in the financial proposal, a daily working fee only in WST (tala).
Duration of the Work:
33 working days for an overall duration of 12 months from the beginning of contract (with possible extension).
Home based and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Samoa.
Knowledge Management and Learning
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Leadership and Self-Management
Required Skills and Experience
Evaluation criteria: 70% Technical, 30% financial combined weight
Technical Evaluation Criteria (based on the information provided in the CV and the relevant documents must be submitted as evidence to support possession of below required criteria:
Recommended Presentation of Proposal:
Interested individual Consultants must submit ALL the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in PDF format:
1.Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP (Annex I);
2.Personal CV and/or P11 (Annex II), indicating all experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references;
3.Financial proposal that indicates the national consultant’s daily fee in WST only (Annex III); and
4. A brief methodology on how you will approach and conduct the work.
Individuals applying for this consultancy will be reviewed based on their own individual capacity. The successful individual will sign an IC with UNDP. Incomplete proposals submitted via medium other than the one indicated below will NOT be accepted.
Incomplete applications will not be considered, they will be disqualified automatically.
Queries about the position can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Due Date for submission of proposals is Tuesday 7 April 2020 - EDT per eTendering.
ALL PROPOSALS should be submitted through the UNDP eTendering portal. Email submission of proposals will not be accepted.
Go to https://etendering.partneragencies.org (to register first if you have not done so). Input and search for WSM10 (EVENT ID#5620) to show the list of open events for the Samoa office and select this consultancy.
DO NOT LEAVE THE SUBMISSION OF YOUR PROPOSAL TO THE LAST DAY – REGISTER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE IF NOT ALREADY DONE SO AND ENSURE THAT YOUR PROPOSAL IS UPLOADED AT LEAST 2 DAYS BEFORE THE DUE DATE to allow for any complications or clarifications before then.
To register on eTendering, note the username and password below to access initially to register first.
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.