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Framework Agreement with 5 General DREI Consultant
|Location :||Home-based with possible travel mission|
|Application Deadline :||22-Sep-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||300 working days over a period of three years|
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.
UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels, forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.
Within the GPN, the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. BPPS’s staff provides technical advice to Country Offices, advocates for UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogues, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas. BPPS works closely with UNDP’s Crisis Bureau (CB) to support emergency and crisis response. BPPS ensures that issues of risk are fully integrated into UNDP’s development programmes. BPPS assists UNDP and partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results-based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working. BPPS supports UNDP and partners to be more innovative, knowledge and data driven including in its programme support efforts.
UNDP’s 2018-2021 Strategic Plan emphasizes the critical links between environmental sustainability, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and broader efforts to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement. As part of the Global Policy Network in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP’s Nature, Climate Change, and Energy (NCE) Team promotes and scales up integrated whole-of-governance approaches and nature-based solutions that reduce poverty and inequalities, strengthen livelihoods and inclusive growth, mitigate conflict, forced migration and displacement, and promote more resilient governance systems that advance linked peace and security agendas.
The NCE Team works with governments, civil society, and private sector partners to integrate natural capital, environment and climate concerns into national and sector planning and inclusive growth policies; support country obligations under Multilateral Environmental Agreements; and implement the UN’s largest portfolio of in-country programming on environment, climate change, and energy. This multi-billion dollar portfolio encompasses: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services including forests; Sustainable Land Management and Desertification including food and commodity systems; Water and Ocean Governance including SIDS; Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation; Renewable and Modern Energy; Extractive Industries; Chemicals and Waste Management; Environmental Governance and Green/Circular Economy and SCP approaches. This work advances crosscutting themes on innovative finance, digital transformation, capacity development, human rights, gender equality, health, technology, and South-South learning.
In addition to UNDP’s bilateral partnerships on natural capital, environment and climate, UNDP is an accredited multilateral implementing agency of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Multilateral Fund (MLF), the Adaptation Fund (AF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) which includes the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund (GEF Trust Fund); the Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund (NPIF); the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF); and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF)). As part of UNDP’s partnership with these vertical funds, UNDP provides countries specialized integrated technical services for eligibility assessment, programme formulation, capacity development, policy advice, technical assistance, training and technology transfer, mobilization of co-financing, implementation oversight, results management and evaluation, performance-based payments and knowledge management services.
UNDP’s approach to energy aligns with the SDG 7 targets (renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy access), and is formulated around a Signature Solution on energy as set out in UNDP’s 2018-2021 Strategic Plan. Clean, reliable, and affordable energy is a key driver of sustainable development. UNDP’s signature solution on energy has three main areas of focus: in low-income countries, on energy access (electrification, clean cooking), with a UNDP commitment to electrify 100 million individuals by 2030 in middle-income countries, helping achieve transformational change and accelerate a just energy transition, including a focus on smart cities (energy efficiency, e-mobility, rooftop PV, battery storage); and in crisis settings, providing sustainable energy solutions in situations of displacement, around energy as a means to build resilience.
UNDP has developed a clear, market transformation-based theory of change and offer on energy, with its Derisking Renewable Energy Investment (DREI) framework central to this offer. DREI is an innovative, quantitative methodology for developing countries to cost-efficiently select public instruments to scale up sustainable energy investment. With DREI, UNDP assists governments to systematically identify the barriers and risks which can hold back private sector investment, and then supports policymakers to put in place packages of targeted public interventions to address these risks. Detailed techno-economic modelling and analysis underlies this support.
The DREI framework includes a theory of change, various conceptual tools (such as derisking tables), reports and a suite of financial models and tools in Excel (including LCOE tools, financing cost tools, instrument costing tools). Collectively, these conceptual and financial tools bring methodological coherence, and create efficiencies in generating quantitative and graphic outputs. At present, the DREI framework is available for application in four distinct renewable energy sectors, both grid-connected and off-grid: utility-scale (grid-connected PV or wind), grid-connected rooftop PV, off-grid solar PV-battery mini-grids, and off-grid pay-as-you-go solar home systems (SHS). For more information please visit www.undp.org/DREI.
In the context of the above, UNDP is looking to engage a pool of International Consultants to perform in-country applications of the DREI Framework. These in-country applications can take a range of forms, from lighter to more comprehensive, and can occur at either/or both the design phase or implementation phase of projects. The pool will comprise seven International Consultants, two (2) with prior DREI experience, and five (5) without prior DREI experience.
Duties and Responsibilities
UNDP is initiating a process to institutionalize DREI as a standard offer in its growing energy and climate projects and programs portfolio. Within this context, and to respond to increase in demand for DREI, UNDP is putting in place an expert pool of International Consultants (“DREI Apps Consultants”) to conduct in-country DREI applications and support the further development of the DREI framework. Consultants are expected to produce robust and high-quality analyses and financial models using established DREI methodologies and tools and contribute to dissemination of the results.
In performing these services, DREI Apps Consultants will work closely with all parties involved in the DREI application: UNDP Country Offices and local partners (including government partners), National Consultants engaged by the Country Office or commissioning unit to support the DREI Apps Consultants in performing in-country DREI analyses, as well as the DREI Core Team, who provide quality assurance and overall methodological guidance. Close collaboration with UNDP’s global energy team, including Regional Technical Advisors (RTAs) and Regional Policy Advisory (RPAs), is also foreseen where DREI applications fit into broader UNDP energy programs/projects. DREI Apps Consultants will report to the engagement lead for each specific assignment, which may vary but could include UNDP Country Offices, project/program managers and/or Principal Technical Advisor, Energy/Mitigation, New York. Given the technical nature of DREI, all outputs need to be technically cleared by the Principal Technical Advisor, Energy/Mitigation, New York.
Scope of work:
Focus Area 1: In-country DREI applications
Activity 1: Perform a light DREI application in a specific sector and country
This activity encompasses a lighter application of the DREI framework, focusing on the methodology’s stage 1 and 2, and generating findings related to financing cost waterfalls and instrument selection. Lighter DREI applications are implemented, for example, at project design stage, to scan the risk environment across different sectors before selecting a sector for a full DREI analysis, or when testing barrier and risk tables for new sectors.
Stage 1: Risk environment
Stage 2: Public instrument selection
Activity 2: Perform a full DREI application in a specific sector and country
This activity covers the full application of the DREI framework. A full DREI application goes beyond the content of a light DREI application and models as well instrument costs and project life-cycle costs (LCOE) to derive key performance metrics of the selected public instrument package.
Stage 1: Risk environment
Stage 2: Public instrument selection
Stage 3: LCOE modelling
Stage 4: Evaluation
Focus Area 2: Methodology development
Activity 3: Technical support with Excel models/tools for existing DREI methodologies
Activity 4: Develop a derisking table for a new sector
Activity 5: Develop a life-cycle cost modeling tool for a new sector
Anticipated key deliverables:
The following deliverables are foreseen under this Framework Agreement. Depending on the activities selected for an individual assignment, a specific sub-set of these deliverables will be requested.
Indicative level of effort
Key performance indicators:
Client Orientation, Professionalism, Communications
Required Skills and Experience
Documentation to be submitted:
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