International Specialist in Renewable Energy

Lieu : Home-Based with travel to Luanda, ANGOLA
Date limite de candidature :13-Feb-18 (Minuit New York, États-Unis)
Type de contrat :Individual Contract
Niveau du poste :International Consultant
Langues requises :
Anglais   Portugais
Date de commencement :
(date à laquelle le candidat sélectionné doit commencer)
Durée du contrat initial60 days
Durée prévue de la mission :60 working days


The Government of Angola has sought UNDP support to implement the Project Preparation Grant (PPG) for the UNDP-GEF full-sized project “Promoting sustainable energy access for rural communities in South-Eastern Angola”. The project seeks to enhance access to renewable energy technologies in rural areas of Angola through three components: 1) Policy de-risking and finance for decentralised renewable energy, 2) Developing a market for off-grid renewable energy systems, including solar home systems, advanced cook stoves and solar lanterns, and 3) Outreach program and dissemination of results. The GEF grant amount allocated to the project is US$ 3,540,468.

The GEF Council approved the Project Identification Form (PIF) on 30 November 2017. Project development now will include a preparatory phase in the form of a Project Preparatory Grant (PPG). During the PPG, a team of international consultants together with the UNDP Country Office in Angola and the responsible UNDP-GEF Regional Technical Advisor – and working in close collaboration with key government officials, donors, NGOs and CBOs – will undertake literature reviews, studies, stakeholder consultations and field visits, with the view to further develop the approved PIF into a fully formulated project ready for implementation.

The UNDP Country Office in Angola will lead the PPG/IP, in close coordination with the Ministry of the Environment of Angola. The Key Expected Outputs of the PPG/IP will be a technically robust UNDP Project Document (PRODOC), a Request for CEO Endorsement, the climate change mitigation tracking tool, and co-financing commitment letters ready for submission to the GEF Secretariat. The preparatory phase will moreover fully determine the baseline and GEF incremental benefits, confirm the lead national implementing agency, identify further implementing partners and responsible parties, and negotiate and define implementation arrangements. Consultation with stakeholders relevant for project activities will put emphasis on building the partnerships required for realizing the project’s objectives and the mobilization of co-financing. The national consultation process will also include the local communities that are expected to benefit from the Project, and address gender issues as well as social and environmental safeguards as indicated.

In light of the new GEF cancellation policy, failure to meet the project development milestones established by the GEF will lead to automatic cancellation of the project by the GEF Secretariat. The PPG team (which includes the PPG consultants, the Government of Angola, UNDP Angola and the UNDP-GEF regional support team) is requested to submit final draft versions for internal clearance to UNDP by 31 October 2018. Subsequent revisions addressing UNDP-GEF or GEF Secretariat queries may be required and are part of the PPG. The final submissions to the GEF will require prior government validation and clearance. Submission to the GEF will only be effected after all due clearances have been obtained.

The UNDP Country Office (CO) in Angola is seeking the services of an International Specialist in Renewable Energy to support the implementation of the Project Preparation Grant (PPG).

The International Specialist in Renewable Energy will be part of a team of consultants to work closely with, and under the overall guidance of, the UNDP Country Office, the UNDP-GEF Regional Technical Advisor and the project counterparts in the Angola Government. The team is expected to consist of the following five consultants who will  work under the supervision of the Team Leader:

  • International Specialist for GEF Renewable Energy Project Development (Team Leader);
  • ·International Specialist in Renewable Energy;
  • International Specialist in Micro-finance;
  • International Specialist in Mobile Payment Systems;
  • National Specialist in Stakeholder Engagement and Gender.

Devoirs et responsabilités

The Renewable Energy Specialist will support the PPG Team Leader with the collection of baseline data for the situational analysis, prepare the household energy baseline study and will support the preparation of the pre-feasibility study. The Renewable Energy Specialist will also prepare inputs for the technical studies and processes outlined below.


  • Preparatory Technical Studies and Reviews (Component A): Prepare inputs and support the required analyses/studies, as agreed with the PPG Team Leader, including:
  • Prepare inputs for the baseline/situational analysis for the full-size project (FSP). This will include a precise definition of baseline projects, activities, budgets, goals and co-financial links to GEF outcomes; definition of GEF incremental value per outcome and output; and presentation of results of the incremental cost-analysis in matrices;
  • Support the stakeholder analysis and consultations and ensure that they are complete and comprehensive;
  • Support the identification of the project sites, with documentation of selection criteria;
  • Support the completion of the household energy baseline study. The household energy baseline study will present the current baseline scenario with respect to the existing cooking and lighting energy technologies used by rural households in Moxico Province, average household expenditure for cooking and lighting energy, and the current GHG emissions associated with household energy use.
  • Support the completion of the pre-feasibility study and any additional studies that are determined to be needed for the preparation of the ProDoc and all other final outputs. The pre-feasibility study will present the findings of preliminary market research focusing on potential demand and market size, willingness to pay based on current household expenditure for cooking and lighting energy, and the potential technology options. The study will outline which products will be imported, which products can be produced locally, and how the products will reach the end-users. The study should also consider the potential role of microfinance and mobile payment systems. The distribution model will focus in particular on the solar-powered kiosks.

Formulation of the ProDoc, CEO Endorsement Request and Mandatory and Project Specific Annexes (Component B):

  • Prepare inputs and support the development of final PPG deliverables, as agreed with the PPG Team Leader.

Validation Workshop (Component C):

  • Contribute to the validation workshop; and
  • Support all necessary revisions that arise during the workshop, as appropriate.

Final Deliverables:

  • Household energy baseline study;
  • Pre-feasibility study incorporating the findings of the microfinance assessment.

Key UNDP/GEF References for this ProJect/PPG:

  • GEF-6 Focal Area Strategy for Climate Change Mitigation;
  • PIF for “Promoting sustainable energy access for rural communities in South-Eastern Angola”;
  • GEF Secretariat Review Sheet and GEF STAP Review of the PIF/Project;
  • GEF Council comments;
  • UNDP Project Document and GEF CEO Endorsement Request package guidelines and templates;
  • UNDP & GEF M&E Guidance;
  • GEF Tracking Tools and UNDP Capacity Development Scorecard;
  • UNDP Environmental and Social Screening Procedure - Guidance Note and PIF Environmental and Social Screening;
  • UNDP Guidance on Gender Assessment;
  • Relevant UNDP Programme and Operations Policies and Procedures

?Expected Outputs and Deliverables: 

  • The International Specialist in Renewable Energy will contribute to the timely completion of the GEF CEO Endorsement Request Package and PRODOC in appropriate quality. This will involve writing and contributing to background documents, annexes and sections of these documents. The key deliverables under this contract will be reports on each of the items listed in Section 3 of this ToR;
  • UNDP may contact the contractor at any time during working hours and request the contractor’s expert support and guidance, technical inputs, participation in meetings (including by skype or telephone) and elaboration of a document pertaining to the execution of the PPG/Initiation Plan outlined above;
  • Payment is based upon output and will be made upon confirmation by UNDP that contract obligations have been met in a satisfactory manner in accordance with milestones, i.e. delivery of the services specified in the ToR to be approved by UNDP and meeting agreed deadlines. The tentative payment schedule is as follows: Upon contract signature: 20% of the total amount. Upon submission of a complete draft CEO Endorsement Request Package and a complete draft PRODOC and clearance for submission by UNDP: 40% of the total. Upon subsequent review and final approval by the GEF Secretariat of the PRODOC and issuance of CEO Endorsement: 40% of the total;
  • Approval: Review of the deliverables regarding quality and timeliness will be undertaken by the UNDP Country Office and the Angola Government counterparts, then the UNDP/GEF Regional Technical Advisor and eventually the UNDP/GEF Principal Technical Advisor to ensure alignment and compliance with UNDP and GEF requirements.

?Implementation arrangements: 

  • The Team Leader will supervise the other national and international consultants who are part of the team;
  • To guide and assist the team of national and international consultants, a joint project development and facilitation team will be established that includes the UNDP-GEF Regional Technical Advisor, the UNDP Country Office, as well as project focal points at the Ministry of Environment of Angola. The main responsibilities will be to provide the required data/information and feedback to the team of consultants; backstopping and providing relevant templates; supporting stakeholder consultations and ensuring their participation; supporting problem analysis; liaising with partners and leading national stakeholder involvement on project strategy and institutional and management arrangements and on co-financing matters; and supporting alignment with national priorities and understanding of the local and national contexts;
  • Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under Consultants are responsible for obtaining valid visas for travelling to Angola however the CO will support visa applications.

Duration of work/Assignment: 

  • The duration of the work is estimated at 60 days spread over the period from 01 March 2018 to GEF CEO Endorsement (expected at the latest by May 2019). 

Duty Station:

  • Home-based with one travel to Angola (Luanda, Luena and field sites in Moxico Province) of a total of ca. 30 days. 


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP´s mission, vision and values; 
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability; 
  • Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty;  
  • Treats all people fairly without favoratism; Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero toelrance for sexual harassment

Functional competencies:

  • Proven ability in conducting planning processes in developing countries;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in Portuguese and English;
  • Solid knowledge of proven post-2015 agenda and the sustainable Development Goals;
  • Proven ability in conducting work related to Millennium Declaration ;
  • Proven Ability and work on development matters in the African Region;
  • Ability to work with multidisciplinary and multicultural teams;
  • Creativity, innovation and initiative;
  • Result oriented;
  • Analytical ability;
  • Logical ability;
  • Able to work under pressure in an adverse environment;
  • critical ability;
  • Capacity to dialogue with different sectors;
  • Determination and focus on goals and results;
  • Ability of facilitation;
  • Good management skills;
  • Sensitivity to African and Angolan context.

Qualifications et expériences requises

  • Education:
  • Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field, such as engineering with focus on renewable energy technologies.


  • Minimum 10 years of demonstrable experience in the technical area of renewable energy systems and energy access.
  • Previous experience working in Africa is an advantage.

Language requirements: 

  • Fluency in English is required, ability to communicate in Portuguese is required.

 Applications should be composed of the following:

  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references;
  • Technical Proposal explaining why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a methodology on how they will approach and complete the assignment.
  • Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, with separately listed travel costs.

Proposals not including all items listed above will not be considered.

Evaluation criteria:

Applicants will be screened against qualifications and competencies specified in this TOR through a desk review or an interview process. Those selected for the next stage of the selection process will be reviewed based on the cumulative analysis through a combination of the Technical (70%) and Financial Scores (30%).  Only candidates obtaining 70 points out of 100 in the technical review/evaluation will be considered for the financial evaluation.

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