International Consultant on Designs of Energy Efficient Pilot Residential Buildings


Location : Tashkent, UZBEKISTAN
Application Deadline :01-Aug-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English   Russian  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
18-Jul-2018
Duration of Initial Contract :20 working days (period of July-November 2018)
Expected Duration of Assignment :20 working days (period of July-November 2018)

Background

The UNDP project objective is to provide Uzbekistan’s rural population with improved, affordable and environmentally friendly living conditions. The project seeks to transform the rapidly growing rural housing sector in Uzbekistan towards a more sustainable and low-carbon development pathway by designing, piloting and scaling-up a green mortgage market mechanism, which will boost the demand for low-carbon housing among the Uzbek rural population. The use of GEF funds for the green mortgage mechanism will leverage substantial government and private investments in the housing sector and develop an innovative product that can be replicated broadly in Uzbekistan by the Government and other sources of climate financing.

Within the framework of the project, it is planned to develop 18 designs of energy-efficient rural houses to pilot and demonstrate benefits of energy-efficient houses. It is expected new energy-efficient designs and building codes will facilitate strengthening of supply chain for energy efficient technologies, competitive supply of materials for the design and construction of low-carbon housing and human settlements, and, more broadly, to stimulate the use of a wide range of low-carbon technologies and approaches in the planning and construction of new rural settlements.

More information about the project is available through the following link:

http://www.uz.undp.org/content/uzbekistan/en/home/operations/projects/environment_and_energy/market-transformation-for-sustainable-rural-housing.html


Duties and Responsibilities

FUNCTIONS/ SCOPE OF WORK

On support to reworking the standard rural housing designs:

  • Review standard rural housing designs adopted under the Rural Housing Programme and verify/correct estimates of their energy consumption (including heat losses) with considerations of the variety of adopted designs and the housing siting;
  • Develop recommendations, based on the best international practices and standards  but adjusted to the realities of Uzbek environment (climatic, economic and social and cultural features), on reworking the nine adopted standard  rural housing designs by “Qishloq Qurilish Loyiha” (QQL) design company to make them energy efficient (at least 30% vs the standard ones) as well as low-carbon (through us of home-based and off-grid solar energy system such as PVs and solar water heaters), in overall 18 new designs;
  • Assist QQL in filling their knowledge/skills gaps, through making the required calculations and estimates, construction solutions (design structures), heat engineering solutions, etc. related to development of energy efficient and low-carbon rural housing designs;
  • Review draft energy efficient and low-carbon rural housing designs and formulate recommendations on how to further increase their energy efficiency and make them lower-carbon with keeping in mind the requirements to their affordability for rural homeowners;
  • Evaluate finalized energy efficient and low-carbon rural housing designs and verify their conformity with the expected level of energy efficiency and benchmark for low-carbon requirements against the best international standards (applicable level of MEPS), including the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive;
  • Develop a roadmap for strengthening energy efficiency of rural housing to achieve the international standards for energy consumption in housing.

On capacity building:

  • Conduct one training/workshop on best practices on design of energy efficient and low-carbon rural buildings for practicing architects, designers, building construction engineers and professionals of QQL and its regional sub-divisions in regions;
  • Prepare a manual/guide on designing energy-efficient and low-carbon houses applicable to Uzbekistan’ s environment (climatic, economic and social conditions) for staff of QQL, designers, architects and other interested stakeholders.

DELIVERABLES AND DEADLINES

The following deliverables and indicative schedule are expected from the consultancy contract. Exact dates of beginning and completion stages as well as scope of works for each phase can be corrected by Project Manager based on reasonable justification by the consultant. The project reserves the right, if necessary, to amend the terms of reference of a consultant on a written agreement. The final schedule will be agreed upon in the beginning of consultancy assignment. All deliverables should be submitted to UNDP by the Consultant in English or Russian both in hard and e-versions and then approved by the project team and UNDP SDC.

1. Report on recommendations, on reworking the nine adopted standard rural housing designs by QQL design company to make them energy efficient and low-carbon developed, submitted, cleared by Task Manager/Building designs, codes and standards and approved by Project Manager. (4 w/d and 20% of the total assignment scope).

Due Date: 31 August 2018

2. Report on estimates for energy consumption (including heat losses) in standard housing designs developed, submitted, cleared by Task Manager/Building designs, codes and standards and approved by Project Manager. (4 w/d and 20% of the total assignment scope).

Due Date: 14 September 2018

3. Evaluation Report for finalized energy efficient and low-carbon rural housing designs and roadmap for strengthening energy efficiency of rural housing to achieve the international standards for energy consumption in housing developed submitted, cleared by Task Manager/Building designs, codes and standards and approved by Project Manager. (4 w/d and 20% of the total assignment scope).

Due Date: 15 October 2018

4. Manual/guide on designing energy-efficient and low-carbon houses applicable to Uzbekistan’ s environment housing developed submitted, cleared by Task Manager/Building designs, codes and standards and approved by Project Manager. (8 w/d and 40% of the total assignment scope).

Due Date: 20 November 2018


Competencies

Sound knowledge of energy efficient construction materials and practices;

Ability to work in a multinational environment and establish good personal contacts;

Understanding of local conditions and ability to work with local professionals.

Strong analytical skills, result-orientation.

Ability to use information and communication technologies as tools and resources.

Ability to perform under tight deadlines and timely delivery of good-quality products.


Required Skills and Experience

I. Academic Qualifications:

Master’s degree in energy, engineering, architecture or building construction.

II. Years of experience:

At least five (5) years of proven working experience in the design and construction of energy-efficient and low-carbon buildings;

Sound knowledge of energy efficiency, energy saving and use of renewable energy in residential buildings;

Proven experience with design/construction of energy efficient and green buildings CIS countries; and particular experience in Central Asia region is an asset;

Sound knowledge of best international practices on design of energy efficient/green buildings and energy performance standards in residential buildings;

Proven working experience with international development organizations.

III. Language:

Proficiency in English and Russian.

Application Process:

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  1. Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP (Annex III)
  2. CV with indication of the e-mail and phone contact, but successful consultant will be requested to submit filled in and signed a Personal History Form (P11 form) before contract issuance
  3. Brief description of approach to work/technical proposal of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a proposed methodology on how they will approach and complete the assignment; (max 1 page)
  4. Financial Proposal using template provided

To apply, interested individuals should upload the combined Technical Proposal/Methodology (if applicable), CV and Offeror’s Letter along with their Financial Proposal to “UNDP Jobs” by navigating to the link below and by clicking “APPLY NOW”, no later than the date indicated on the “UNDP Jobs”.

PLEASE NOTE: Online submission tool allows uploading only one (1) file, hence you are required to submit your Technical Proposal/Methodology along with your CV, Offeror’s Letter and Financial Proposal as one combined document in .pdf.

A detailed Procurement Notice, TOR, and all annexes can be found at: http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=48191.

For more detailed information about UNDP Uzbekistan please visit our website at www.uz.undp.org.  UNDP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified female candidates, people with disabilities, and minorities are highly encouraged to apply. UNDP Balance in Manage Policy promotes achievement of gender balance among its staff at all levels.

Requests for clarification must be sent in writing to pu.uz@undp.org,  ensuring that the reference number above is included in the subject line. UNDP shall endeavor to provide such responses to clarifications in an expeditious manner, but any delay in such response shall not cause an obligation on the part of UNDP to extend the submission date of the Proposals, unless UNDP deems that such an extension is justified and necessary.

The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount that should include costs (honorarium, travel, DSA, visa, etc.) of consultancy required to produce the above deliverables. Payment will be made in lump sum in two installments upon completion of the tasks/works indicated in the TOR and their acceptance by the Head of Sustainable Development Cluster, UNDP Uzbekistan as well as submission of payment documents (PEF, CFP etc.). In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days).

Travel:

Please be informed that one 5-7 days mission to Tashkent, Uzbekistan and work in the project office is envisaged. In this regard, all envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel. In general, UNDP does not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.

In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.

Evaluation of the offers will be arranged according to Cumulative analysis.

The award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

a) responsive/compliant/acceptable

b) having received the highest score out of the set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

* Technical Criteria weight – 70%

* Financial Criteria weight – 30%

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points for the Technical Criteria will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

UNDP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified female candidates, people with disabilities, and minorities are highly encouraged to apply. UNDP Balance in Manage Policy promotes achievement of gender balance among its staff at all levels.


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.


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