Regional Technical Specialist for Climate Change Mitigation and Energy
Duties and Responsibilities
The Regional Technical Specialist for Climate Change Mitigation and Energy is primarily responsible for providing high quality technical policy, programming, implementation support and oversight, and knowledge and capacity development services to UNDP country offices in the region. Secondary clients might include other UN agencies, governments and inter-governmental organizations, NGO’s, donors, and the like. Specific results are expected in the areas of:
- Provide support to establishing and maintaining a strategic understanding of, and engagement with, the substantive technical issues, institutions, and processes within the region, including establishing contact with and developing strategic partnerships with other agencies, donors, NGO’s, the private sector, scientific institutions and the like;
- Contributing to identification, development and implementation of new strategic programming opportunities and partnerships in the area of sustainable energy, climate resilient infrastructure and low carbon transport;
- Participating in global work-planning meetings, regional strategic planning, pipeline management exercises, etc.;
- Participating in cross-substantive area technical dialogue, common strategic visioning, mainstreaming, programming, and other collaboration within the regional team;
- Assisting in keeping the Regional Team informed of trends and issues with respect to the substantive technical area.
- Supporting the development of strategic policy and guidance for strengthening UNDP Country Offices with energy project design and implementation including alignment with national priorities;
- Assisting the development of and advocacy for specific policy analysis and development tools and guidance in support of programming and finance for energy;
- Supporting the establishment of a trusted leadership role for UNDP-GEF within the region;
- Sourcing of technical expertise and support including assisting with the preparation of TORs, identification and evaluation of experts and reviewing reports;
- Contributing to regional retreats, focal area retreats, regional strategic planning, pipeline management exercises, etc.;
- Promoting gender equity/empowerment in programming opportunities;
- Helping to ensure that strategies and projects are aligned to country outcomes and UNDP corporate environment results in internal UNDP project tracking systems (e.g. ERBM);
- Maintaining quality andaccuracy in data and project management systems(UNDP EF systems like PIMS+), management of ATLAS Risks logs, and portfolio delivery rates;
- Monitoring to ensure expected quality standards are maintained in project implementation reviews;
- Supporting the RCU to internalize lessons from evaluations in programming in the region.
- Assisting in the provision of timely quality information and technical advice on source of funds’ policies, priorities and activities;
- Draft, revise, finalize and help editing concepts and project documents for submission to donors;
- Supporting the coordination of design, preparation, submission and approval of project proposals and requests for project development financing;
- Support the liaison with potential (co)financing agencies and institutions.
- Assisting with inception, contracting and start-up of projects including establishment of indicators, benchmarks and work plans;
- Supporting UNDP country offices in the supervision, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, troubleshooting and adaptive management of approved projects, including preparing and reviewing annual reports and work plans;
- Maintaining project and portfolio information and corporate information systems;
- Developing guidance and tools for country offices to utilize in operationalizing project inception, contracting and start-up of projects including establishment of indicators, benchmarks and work plans;
- Functioning as surge capacity to COs, supporting the environmental focal point (EFP) with urgent, pressing, complex and/or specific tasks in the context of energy, infrastructure and transport programming.
- Evaluating, capturing, codifying, synthesizing lessons and stimulating the uptake of best practices and knowledge, including the development of resource kits and other knowledge materials;
- Peer reviewing, commenting on, and seeking to improve, the technical quality of projects, policies, practices, guidelines, advisory notes, publications and the like;
- Assisting with preparation of regional Community of Practice meetings;
- Preparing and delivering training courses, as needed;
- Developing knowledge products of relevance to UNDP-GEF’s support to countries on low emission climate resilient development in the area of energy, infrastructure and transport;
- Developing and carrying out a personal learning plan.
- Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
- Ability to persuade others to follow.
- Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.
- Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.
- Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.
- Knowledge of latest developments in sustainable energy and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations
- Knowledge of market-based energy financing and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
- Knowledge of energy access concepts and/or issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
- Knowledge of climate change mitigation concepts and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
- Knowledge of climate finance concepts and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
- Ability to identify and organize programmes and projects to implement solutions and generate resources.
- Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.
- Ability to perform administrative and procedural activities to ensure that quality requirements and goals are fulfilled.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s degree (or higher) in Engineering, Environmental Economics, Finance, Environmental Sciences or other closely related field.
- Minimum of 5 years’ experience working in sustainable energy (renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy access);
- Experience with the design and/or implementation of development projects to promote energy investment;
- Experience in energy finance. Experience in digital finance is an asset;
- Experience with public financial instruments to promote energy investment preferable;
- Experience in developing countries. Experience working in the Africa Region is an asset;
- Experience at international organizations is an advantage.
- Excellent knowledge of the English language, with exceptional writing, presentation and communication skills;
- Ability to work in French required;
- Competency in other UN languages is an asset.
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Applicant information about UNDP rosters
Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. This vacancy announcement will be used to populate a roster of qualified candidates from which future Regional Technical Specialist for Climate Change Mitigation and Energy assignments will be drawn. Kindly note that the Roster will consist of internal and external candidates found suitable for Regional Technical Specialist for Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Fixed Term Appointments (FTA) at P3 levels. These candidates will have to be endorsed by the UNDP Compliance Review Board (CRB) after having successfully undergone a competitive recruitment process including a thorough technical assessment and a competency based interview. These individuals will be required to complete an application and, if successful, will be considered as “pre-approved” candidates for a duration of up to 3 years.
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