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Technical Engineer (Solar-PV Technology)

Jakarta (Indonesia)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Jakarta (Indonesia)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Engineering
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Pharmacy
    • Renewable Energy sector
  • Closing Date: 2020-09-29

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Background

UNDP is the leading United Nations organization fighting to end the injustice of poverty, inequality, and climate change. Working with our broad network of experts and partners in 170 countries, we help nations to build integrated, lasting solutions for people and planet.
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Anchored in the 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and committed to the principles of universality, equality and leaving no one behind, the UNDP has issued the UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021 as guideline to help countries achieve SDGs by focusing UNDP’s competence and expertise on three sets of development settings: 
1.Eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions;
2.Accelerate structural transformation for sustainable development by addressing inequalities, transitioning to zero-carbon development & building a more inclusive accountable governance system; 
3.Build resilience to shocks and crises.  
 
In alignment with the UNDP Strategic Plan to reduce inequality, the acceleration of access to electricity using locally available renewable resources is a feasible intervention. Notably, because there are about 2,000 villages in Indonesia without sustainable access to power, and there are 17,000 islands in Indonesia that makes national grid interconnection is costly. The Government of Indonesia has been addressing this challenge by allocating state-owned budgets for rural electrification programme. With current fiscal capacity, meeting the target of national electrification with quality of service remains a big challenge.
 
UNDP, with funding support from KOICA Indonesia, implements a 4 years project titled “Accelerating Clean Energy Access to Reduce Inequality (ACCESS).” Under overall oversight from UNDP Indonesia, the project will be implemented in Indonesia and Timor-Leste in collaboration with UNDP Timor-Leste. The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) and KOICA Indonesia are the implementing partners of the ACCESS project in Indonesia, while the Ministry of State Administration (MSA) and KOICA Timor-Leste are the partners in Timor-Leste. 
 
The ACCESS project's objective is for the poor and most vulnerable communities to have equitable and sustainable access to basic services required for improving livelihoods. In Indonesia, the ACCESS project locationsa are 23 villages in East Nusa Tenggara, West Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi and Central Kalimantan Provinces, while in Timor-Leste are 25 villages in Dili, Bobonaro and Manatuto municipalities.
 
The expected outputs of the ACCESS project are:
Output 1: Renewable-based energy infrastructures are constructed, providing access to electricity for households in 23 targeted villages of 4 Provinces in Indonesia that can be monitored remotely. 
Output 2: Local capacity is in place to operate and maintain built energy infrastructures.
Output 3: Local institutions established to enhance sustainability and scaled-up use of built energy infrastructures.
Output 4: providing sustainable access to clean water and lighting in Timor-Leste in 25 remote villages by installing 11 solar PV water pumps and 1000 Highly Efficient Solar Lamp System (LTSHE).
Output 5: Results dissemination and reach-out for scaling up.
 
For the project implementation, UNDP establishes Project Management Unit (PMU) in both Indonesia and Timor-Leste. The PMU consists of National Project Manager, Technical Engineer, Technical Officers, Monitoring and Outreach officer, Project Finance Associate, and Administrative support. UNDP Senior Advisor for Sustainable Energy will supervise the NPM and assuring that the PMU delivers the project's outputs. Project Board consists of government partners, KOICA, and UNDP will be established to provide advisory and strategic guidance to the project.  The position of Technical Engineer is required particularly during the first year of the project to assist the PMU in preparation of procurement and monitoring the work of the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) company. Considering the time constraint and relatively short assignment duration, the contractual modality of the Temporary Appointment is deemed appropriate.
 
Under the supervision of the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, the Technical Engineer is responsible to provide technical expertise to ensure quality of the engineering and construction of the off-grid solar-PV power plants in Indonesia and of solar water pumps in Timor-Leste. Technical Engineer is expected to have close collaboration with Technical Officer for Rural Electrification in ACCESS project team of Indonesia and with the Technical Engineer in ACCESS project team of Timor-Leste. 
 

Duties and Responsibilities

 Summary of Key Functions:
 
In collaboration with Technical Officers in ACCESS project team, the Technical Engineer is responsible in:
-Providing technical input and oversight to the design of work plans, detailed procurement plans, tender documents and TORs that include feasibility study, design, construction, stakeholder involvement, quality control and risk management for solar-PV power plants and solar-PV water pumps;
-Work closely with the UNDP procurement to develop the appropriate contract packaging and tender documents for works to be contracted; this includes review of technical documents for tender, technical review of all offers received as well as final technical recommendation of contractor selection based on the requirements of the project; 
-Providing technical inputs and guidance to the consultant team/company in conducting detailed feasibility study and engineering, procurement and construction activities. Liaise with and direct the work of engineers and other technical staff employed on the project and develop appropriate solutions to overcome unforeseen construction difficulties. Negotiate modifications with contractors and other Engineers. 
-Inspect project sites to monitor progress and ensure conformance to design specifications and safety or sanitation standards;
-Providing recommendation to the Project Manager to certify payments for contractors for stages completed;
-Guiding and supporting the implementation of the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) of the project and observe a full compliance during the entire project duration. Providing guidance to the Project Manager with the implementation and monitoring of all construction risk mitigation measures and take necessary actions to mitigate the risks.
-Providing guidance and technical support in creating a comprehensive overview of a good international practice of solar-PV power plants.
-Assist the Project Manager in preparation of project reports for submission to KOICA and Project Steering Committee.
 

 

Competencies

 
Description of Competency at Level Required
(For more comprehensive descriptions please see the competency inventory)
In this section list all core competencies as well as the most relevant technical/functional competencies the role will require along with the appropriate level.  A Detailed list of competencies can be accessed through the following link: https://intranet.undp.org/unit/ohr/competency-framework/SitePages/Home.aspx
 
Core
Innovation
Ability to make new and useful ideas workLevel 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully
 
Leadership
Ability to persuade others to followLevel 4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others
 
People Management
Ability to improve performance and satisfactionLevel 4: Models independent thinking and action 
 
Communication
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transformLevel 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis
 
Delivery
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgementLevel 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services
 
Technical/FunctionalDetailed list of competencies can be accessed through https://intranet.undp.org/unit/ohr/competency-framework/SitePages/Home.aspx
 
TechnicalAdvocacy and Activations
Ability to design and implement strategic short/long term campaigns and carry out customized activations to highlight UNDP's position and support issue based advocacy.Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
 
Functional Results-based Management
Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable resultsLevel 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
 
TechnicalCollaboration and Partnership
Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside (Programmes/projects) or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support.  Sets overall direction for the formation and management of strategic relationships contributing to the overall positioning of UNDPLevel 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
 
Functional Innovation outreach and partnerships
Ability to communicate within and at large, particpate in peer communities and engage substantivelyLevel 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
 
Functional Marketing
Ability to communicate the value and distinct characteristics of a product or service and to understand the market landscapeLevel 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
 
Functional Resource Mobilization
Ability to identify and organize programmes  and projects to implement solutions and generate resources (definition is unclear and not well linked to the stated competency)Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
 
Functional Learning and Development
Knowledge of enterprise learning and development issues, concepts, and principles, and ability to apply them to enhance the fulfillment and performance of employeesLevel 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
 
Functional Operational Efficiency
Ability to identify and execute opportunities to improve operational efficiencyLevel 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
 

 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:
Master’s degree or equivalent in engineering other related disciplines. 
 
Experience:
•At least 2 years of experience in solar-PV power plants project development or construction.
•Experience in dealing with Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) company;
•Experience in monitoring power plant construction project; 
•Familiarity working with quantitative and qualitative data;
•Demonstrated experience presenting work to both technical and non-technical audiences.
 
Language Requirements:
Proficiency in English. Working knowledge of Indonesian and other UN language desirable 

 

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