Consultant to Energy Access SMEs Development Project (IRH)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Home Based

Contract
This project offers a comprehensive strategy to scale-up private sector engagement in energy access by improving the risk-return profile of private investment in energy access products and services. The project will focus on introducing new technologies and energy services in selected villages through the following three interlinked components:

Enabling policy framework and capacity development for green energy SMEs,
Improved access to finance and piloted business models for green energy SMEs and energy service users, and
Improved access to sustainable energy services in remote rural areas — on a household, public buildings and village level.

Objectives of the assignment:
The main objective of the assignment is to support IRH CDT team, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan COs with implementation of Energy access SME project, and provide technical assistance to the project team.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide regular review and financial analysis of project implementation to CDT team and COs within the Energy Access SME project and coordinate the financial flows and funds allocation with the Energy Access SMEs project and support the implementation of the AWP by COs;
In consultation with Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan COs and under coordination of IRH drafting of project’s reports (mid- year progress, annual, financial).
Development of financial sections for pipeline projects, thematically close to OFID funded Energy Access SME project and other CDT initiatives;
Drafting agenda and other substantive documents for the organization of project events: project board meetings, project meetings, workshops, trainings, cross- country exchanges etc.
Collect and initial re processing of information to update the database with financial and project status entries.
Support the IRH team with drafting Quality Assurance and other mandatory documents for OFID/Energy Access SMEs Regional Project in line with the UNDP guidelines.
Perform other project related duties as directed by the Supervisor.

Deliverables and preliminary payment schedule:
30 % of the total amount payable upon completion of following Deliverables:

Detail financial analysis for IRH CDT of project expenditures to access project implementation progress. by 30 June 2019
Report on expert technical advice provided to COs, including support in organization of procurements of goods and services for COs by 30 June 2019
Draft of mid term progress report prepared in consultation with COs by 15 July 2019
Information collected from COs to support IRH CDT to update mandatory sections by 15 July 2019
40 % of the total amount payable upon completion of following Deliverables:

Pipeline of proposals for potential funding linked with Energy Access project developed in consultation with COs and IRH by 30 August 2019
Draft second progress reports (narrative, financial) prepared with COs inputsby 30 September 2019
Information collected from COs to support IRH CDT to update mandatory sections by 30 September 2019
30 % of the total amount payable upon completion of following Deliverables:

In coordination with COs support IRH CDT to draft annual report and draft AWP for 2020 by 30 November 2019
Collect materials from COs to support CDT with conducting project management board meeting by 30 October 2019
Draft Quality Assurance documents in coordination with COs to support IRH CDT by10 December 2019
Information collected from COs to support IRH CDT to update mandatory sections by10 December 2019

Management/organizational arrangements

The consultant will work under guidance and technical supervision of DRR Team Leader of UNDP for ECIS. He/she will also work closely with the five UNDP Country Offices and other partners.

Competencies

Functional competencies

Excellent communication and management skills and demonstrable capacity to work with a multi-national team and to work with government institutions;
Demonstrated ability to develop strategies and communication plans;
Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
Ability to work under pressure and stressful situations;
Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities.
Corporate competencies

Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
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 favoritism;
Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:
Minimum BA degree in environmental science, disaster risk reduction, education or another relevant field;

Experience:
At least 5 years of relevant professional experience in environment;
Professional experience in ECIS region (Central Asia), and particularly knowledge of environment and security issues would be an asset;
Experience in organizing of environmental events required;

Language skills:
Fluency in written and spoken English is required for this assignment,
Working knowledge of Russian.
Evaluation of Applicants

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal.
The award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
Only the highest ranked candidates who would be found qualified for the job will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.#

Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation – max. 35 points:

Criteria A (relevant education) – max points: 5
Criteria B (professional experience in environment area) – max points: 15
Criteria C (professional experience in ECIS region (Central Asia) – max points: 10
Criteria D (fluency in written and spoken English and knowledge of Russian) – max points: 5
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation – max. 15 points.

Application procedures

The application submission is a two-step process. Failing to comply with the submission process may result in disqualifying the applications.

Step 1: Interested candidates must include the following documents when submitting the applications (Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF attachment as the system only allows upload of one document):

Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position. Please paste the letter into the "Resume and Motivation" section of the electronic application.
Filled P11 or CV form including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees (blank form can be downloaded from http://www.eurasia.undp.org/content/dam/rbec/docs/P11_modified_for_SCs_and_ICs.doc);
Step 2: Submission of Financial Proposal - Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and requested to provide a financial offer.

Payments will be made only upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner.

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 dss.un.org
General Terms and conditions as well as other related documents can be found under: http://on.undp.org/t7fJs.

Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply.
Due to large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.

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.