International Technical Advisor Consultancy for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Location : Wewak, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Application Deadline :11-Jun-20 (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 :Approximately 180 days
Expected Duration of Assignment :From 1st July 2020 to 1st June 2021


The Government of Papua New Guinea (GoPNG) aims to achieve 70% nationwide electrification in the country by 2030 and 100% by 2050 as outlined in the Development Strategic Plan (2010-2030). However, approximately only 13% of the country’s population currently have access to the national power grid. As such, the Government has developed the National Electricity Roll-Out Plan (NEROP) to achieve the national target. To achieve this plan, improved investment in energy development including renewable energy (RE) sources and energy efficiency (EE) technologies is required. This will assist to reduce reliance on fossil fuels as these contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, which ultimately affect the global climate.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Technical Advisor will report to the Head of the Environment Portfolio. S/he will be responsible for the planning and coordination of UNDP’s support towards environment sustainability efforts in his/her geographic area of operation. S/he will be working closely with provincial counterparts, civil society, private sector (and an eventual successor programs/projects) in planning and coordinating the interventions of the key actors involved in the implementation of FREAGER and STREIT Projects. This entails:


  1. Providing close and regular technical backstopping to National Project Managers and project management units (PMUs) to ensure the successful implementation of the projects to achieve their intended objectives and outcomes.
  2. Reviewing of relevant policies and developing policy frameworks as well as the institutional arrangements for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in PNG. 
  3. Organizing substantive contributions to a high-level policy dialogue on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency development in PNG.
  4. Supporting National Project Managers and PMUs in coordinating and supervising activities of national and international experts /consultants to secure timely production of planned outputs and the review of these outputs.
  5. Guiding Government and National Project Managers to coordinate and liaise with stakeholders – including line ministries, development partners, civil society, indigenous peoples and the private sector.
  6. Ensuring coordination with other FREAGER and STREIT related initiatives.
  7. Providing advice to Government counterparts and facilitate knowledge building activities among stakeholders.
  8. Providing support and technical advice to developing policy options and strategies for the design and implementation of the FREAGER project to GoPNG and other development actors including support on the development of technical guidelines for renewable energy and energy efficiency and other elements of national renewable energy and energy efficiency.
  9. Sharing knowledge on renewable energy and energy efficiency by documenting lessons learnt and best practices from the FREAGER and STREIT projects and contributing to the development of knowledge-based tools (including policies, strategies, guidelines, etc.).
  10. Providing timely quality information and technical advice to the GoPNG, UN Country Team, implementing partners, line ministries and other partners to ensure effective development and delivery of the projects.
  11. Coordinating institutional capacity assessments of relevant national, provincial and local entities along the renewable energy and energy efficiency supply chain.
  12. Assisting in the identification of technical expertise and lead on the preparation of TORs, identification and evaluation of experts, and reviewing reports produced.
  13. Completing any other tasks requested by the supervisor that contributes to the overall objectives of the projects and the UNDP in PNG.



  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN values and ethical standards.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability. and
  • Treats all people fairly without fear or favour.
  • High level of computer literacy is essential (in particular, word processing and presentation software). Knowledge of GIS is an asset.
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills in English are necessary.
  • High level planning, organizational and time management skills, including flexibility, attention to detail and the ability to work under pressure to meet challenging deadlines.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills of a high order, including the ability to formulate recommendations and advice senior management on tackling difficult scenarios.
  • Leadership qualities, including the ability to make sound judgment, meet challenges constructively and creatively.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to establish strong cooperative relationships with senior government officials, civil society and donors.
  • Ability to quickly adapt to change, and to remain calm under pressure.
  • Proven cross-cultural communication and the ability to function effectively in an international, multicultural environment.

Required Skills and Experience

Education and experience

  • Master’s degree in Energy, Engineering, Environment, Climate Change or other relevant discipline.
  • At least 7 years of working experience on energy sector specifically on renewable energy and energy efficiency in developing countries is preferable.
  • Experience working in the sector for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency developments at international, national and local levels.
  • Working experience with development of community mini-grids using renewable energy sources is a strength.
  • Strong facilitation and coordination skills.
  • Experience of working in multinational teams to implement programs involving different funding and implementing agencies.
  • Experience of implementing programs across the UN agencies and across Government are definite advantages.
  • Experience working in Papua New Guinea or similar contracts.

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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