Ref.2020-050_International Consultant for the development of emission factors for the regions of Kazakhstan


Location : Home based with mission to Kazakhstan, KAZAKHSTAN
Application Deadline :03-Jun-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :4 months (approx. 30 working days)
Expected Duration of Assignment :July-October 2020

Background

Important notice to the Applicants!

Only those applications/offers will be considered that have been submitted to the following e-mail address: procurement.kz@undp.org with the indication of Ref.2020-050 in the subject line. The application deadline is 3 PM (Nur-Sultan time) 03 June 2020. For detailed information on the position, required documents to be sent and evaluation procedure please refer to the Terms of Reference.

Background:

The project will enable Kazakhstan to prepare and submit its Eighths National Communication (8NC) and Fifth Biennial Report (5BR) to the Conference of Parties (CoP) of the UNFCCC in accordance with its commitments as a Party as mandated by Article 12 of the UNFCCC and subsequent CoP decisions. The project will update the information provided regarding national circumstances, inventories of greenhouse gases (GHG), policies and measures undertaken to mitigate climate change, assessments of vulnerability to climate change and steps taken to adapt, and information on public awareness, education, training, systematic research and observation, and technology transfer. The project will also increase the national technical and institutional capacities in preparing the NC/BR and assisting the Government to integrate climate change issues into sectoral and national development priorities that directly contribute to achieving the Sustainable development goal #13. 

The implementation of project objectives will support the Republic of Kazakhstan to prepare high quality National Communications (NCs) and Biennial Reports (BRs) to be submitted to the UNFCCC timely (i.e. once in four years in case of NCs and once in two years in case of BRs). 

GHG inventory is a key component of both the NCs and BRs. Identification of key inventory categories, emission factors, methods and required data is one of the expected outcomes of the project. Given that electricity generation and heat production present the largest source category regarding both fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for stationary combustion, it is important to develop relevant country-specific emission factors in order to ensure accurate determination of the national GHG inventory for required national and international reporting. Calculation of the electricity grid emission factor for the regions of Kazakhstan will help to determine the baseline emissions for domestic offset projects in the renewable energy sector and waste heat/gas recovery sector.

In this regard, UNDP is seeking the expertise of an International Consultant for the development of emission factors for electricity generation and heat production for the regions of Kazakhstan. 


Duties and Responsibilities

The focus of this assignment is to: 

1) Assess the required input data for the analysis of the electricity system of Kazakhstan and calculation of the electricity grid emission factors for the regions of Kazakhstan. Develop a list of required input data parameters and guide a national consulting team in data collection process.

2) Perform the data review and analysis of the electricity system of Kazakhstan. Develop the Analysis Report.

3) Perform calculation of the electricity grid emission factors for regions of Kazakhstan. Develop a calculation algorithm in MS Excel based on IPCC Tool.

4) Perform two 2-day trainings of the national experts and institutions involved in GHG inventory and design of domestic offset projects (Please see instructions (2)), considering specifically as main background materials: 

a. the tools and training materials; 

b. the comprehensive user manual and guidelines for national experts.

Scope of work:

(1) Assessment of the required input data:

       An International Consultant is required to identify the required input data for the analysis of the electricity system of Kazakhstan and calculation of the electricity grid emission factors for the regions of Kazakhstan. The Consultant will develop a list of required input data parameters and guide a national consulting team in data collection process.

(2) Data review and analysis of the electricity system: 

Under the supervision of the Project Manager and in close cooperation with a national consulting team, an International Consultant will conduct a detailed data review and analysis of the electricity system of Kazakhstan. 

He/she is responsible for producing a timely Analysis Report of high quality that must contain tentatively the following sections: 

1. The current state of power generation and transmission; 

2. Electricity demand and forecast; 

3. Analysis of future changes in electricity supply;

4. Information on grid loads, import/export profile, commissioning and retirement of power units;

5. Database of power plants with detailed information on fuel, technology, capacity, operation mode and efficiency. 

The Consultant will prepare the Analysis Report at least of 20 pages.

(3) Calculation of the electricity grid emission factors

Under the supervision of the Project Manager and in close cooperation with a national consulting team, the Consultant shall perform calculation of the electricity grid emission factors. Electricity grid emission factor refers to a CO2 emission factor (tCO2/MWh) which is associated with each unit of electricity provided by an electricity system. The Consultant will calculate Combined, Operating and Build Margin electricity grid emission factors for each region of Kazakhstan on the basis of the analysis of the national electricity system.  

Calculation has to be in full accordance with the official guidelines and calculation tools published by the UNFCCC, namely the UNFCCC “Tool to calculate the emission factor for an electricity system” in its most recent version. UNFCCC Tool has to be adjusted for the calculation of emission factors for different regions of Kazakhstan. Calculation has to be presented in the MS EXCEL with detailed explanation of the calculation algorithm, assumptions and input data for a national consulting team. 

(4) Training of the national experts and institutions involved in the development of emission factors, GHG inventory and design of domestic offset projects

Under the supervision of the Project Manager the Consultant will perform two 2-day trainings of national experts and institutions involved in the development of emission factors and GHG inventory, considering specifically:

• the tools and training materials;

• the comprehensive user manual for national experts

Target Audience and Objective of the Training Materials 

The training materials to be developed and used should be suitable for national consultants with beginner to intermediate level knowledge of development of emission factors. 

Following this thematic training, the target audience should: 

  • Have an overview of how to collect appropriate data required for calculation; 
  • Have a deep understanding of the methods available, as well as of the main challenges in calculation of emission factors; 
  • Be able to independently calculate electricity grid emission factor;
  • Be able to develop domestic offset projects with the use of emission factors.

There are no special requirements for training materials unless the international consultant makes sure that national experts are at a level of independent users of the calculation tool by the end of trainings.


Competencies

Corporate competencies:

  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism;
  • Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Functional competencies:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrable analytical skills
  • Good knowledge of Excel, Word, Power Point, and Web navigation


Required Skills and Experience

Education 

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent (5-year university education) in Energy and Power Engineering, Environmental Sciences or Economics. PhD degree will be considered as an asset.

Experience 

  • At least 4 years of experience in application of IPCC methodologies for GHG Inventory and development of emission factors.
  • Proven international experience in energy sector.
  • Proven knowledge of IPCC calculation tool for electricity grid emission factors. 
  • Proven experience in designing and/or providing professional trainings for the GHG Inventory, development of emission factors and offset projects.
  • Proven experience in working with international or local organizations on similar assignments. Successful experience in working with UN agencies is an asset. 
  • Prior working experience in Kazakhstan and/or CIS or knowledge of its current socio-economic situation would be an advantage; 

Language skills:

  • English is the working language of the UNDP-GEF Project and required. The ability to communicate in Russian is an advantage.

Recommended Presentation of Offer:

The following documents only in PDF should be attached to the application (proposal) and sent by e-mail to the following address: procurement.kz@undp.org indicating Ref.2020-050 in the e-mail subject no later than 15.00 (Nur-Sultan time zone) 03 June 2020:

  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per UNDP template provided;
  • Detailed personal CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) and other supporting information confirming that the Candidate meets the qualification requirements;
  • Brief Description of Approach to Work;
  • Copies of higher education diplomas and other relevant documents.

Due to the technical features of e-mail, the size of the file/s should not exceed 19 Mb per e-message.

Please make sure you have provided all requested above documents. ! ONLY fully submitted applications would be considered!!!

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