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Green Energy Associate (Re-advertisement)

Copenhagen (Denmark)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Grade: GS-6, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Renewable Energy sector
    • Environment
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2020-09-27

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Background

The Office of Information Management and Technology (OIMT) plays an active role in provision of Green Energy services, in conjunction with the Procurement Services Unit (PSU), to a variety of customers, particularly UNDP Country Offices. Since inception of these projects in early 2015, there has been an increase in demand for the various services on offer by the OIMT/CIAS. This follows a commitment by UNDP to minimize “...environmental impact of its operations and to achieving overall climate neutrality”. The green energy services, offered mainly to Country Offices, are provided through corporate Long-Term Agreements (LTAs) with selected vendors that went through a rigorous screening process. OIMT provides technical oversight, advisory, and coordination services from project definition, to project commissioning, to operations and maintenance, following a UN-wide recommended process. The end-to-end process entails 7 distinct steps (see 7-Step Solar Solution Process):
 
Step 1: Self-Assessment– covers installation of Power Consumption Monitoring & Measurement (PCMM) equipment, and completing an online self-assessment survey, including uploading pictures.
Step 2: Business Case – entails analysis of collected data, running simulations to come up with suitable solution for a given site, and, eventually, building a business case based on the recommended solution. The business case entails information on approximate payback time, annual savings, CO2 reduction, and total cost of ownership in general. The business case is then presented for decision making by Country Office management.
Step 3: Procurement and Cost Proposal – entails conducting secondary bidding through an RfQ to the seven LTA holders, evaluation of quotations, and selection of technically suitable solution for a given site.
Step 4: Facilitation of Vendor Site Survey – coordinate the site survey in liaison with focal point on site and review site survey report for possible adjustments/improvements.
Step 5: System Design – review technical design to ensure compliance with expected standards, as part of quality assurance and oversight.
Step 6: Installation and Commissioning – continuous remote assessment of progress on the ground and review of documentation that forms part of commissioning.
Step 7: Operation and Maintenance – monitor the system, follow up on outstanding issues, and provide second tier helpdesk services.
 
 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Technical Oversight: provide technical support in production of business cases, terms of reference to be used by vendors in individual projects, and other technical documentation as may be directed by the supervisor;
  • Energy Efficiency Audit: provide support in energy efficiency audits in offices of interest and compile reports with recommendations. Follow up on implementation of recommendations where a budget has been approved. Travelling to UNDP office or to project site in remote area may be required;
  • PCMM Roll-out: provide technical assistance in the roll out of power consumption monitoring and measuring (PCMM) devices in liaison with ICT Managers in assigned offices. Provide tier 2nd technical support, with possibility of escalating to equipment manufacturer;
  • Promoting Adoption of Green Energy: in line with laid down procedures, identify opportunities for implementation of solar PV system and engaging with Country Offices, including possible expansion to project offices;
  • Solar PV Implementation: as guided by the team leader, provide technical assistance to UNDP offices undergoing solar PV installation, as elaborated in the steps of the implementation process (see Project Description section above). This includes review of proposed designs, keeping track of implementation status of each office, and making necessary follow ups with relevant parties; 
  • Green Energy Helpdesk: regular monitoring of existing installations and attending to problems as may be reported by focal points or as may be detected from the monitoring systems. Play an active role in production of bi-annual report for specific installation(s);
  • Green Energy Information: play an active role in revamping communication materials and web-based platform to disseminate information more effectively, including conducting webinars in liaison with Regional ICT Coordinators. Contribution to actual content is a significant part of this aspect, targeting both technical and non-technical audiences.
 

Competencies

Core competencies:
 
Innovation
Level: Adapts deliverables to meet client needs
  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work
Leadership
Level: Proactively seeks and recognizes contributions of others
  • Ability to persuade others to follow
People Management
Level: Appropriately involves team in different stages of work and decision-making
  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
Communication
Level: Expresses information and views with adaptive reasoning and appreciation for complexity and variation 
  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
Delivery
Level: Takes responsibility for addressing critical situations and delivering core value
  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

 

Technical/Functional competencies

Energy Efficiency
Level: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work
  • Knowledge of energy efficiency concepts and/or technologies and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations
Sustainable and Renewable Energy Options
Level: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work
  • Knowledge of sustainable consumption and production patterns and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations
Operations & Maintenance 
Level: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work
  • Ability to work with different online remote monitoring platforms from major inverter manufacturers to provide effective support to operational projects
Capacity Building
Level: Execute & Learn: Performs defined tasks efficiently and deepens knowledge of area of work
  • Provide remote and onsite training to focal points and other players involved in green energy projects in order to build technical capacity for first level support
Data Analysis
Level: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work
  • Ability to work with simulation software, compile and analyze technical and financial data, and produce initial system design and key figures for decision making
Knowledge Management
Level: Execute & Learn: Performs defined tasks efficiently and deepens knowledge of area of work
  • Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge
Team Player
Level: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work
  • Ability work effectively in collective tasks and rally the team together for high quality output
Operational Efficiency
Level: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work
  • Ability to identify and execute opportunities to improve operational efficiency.

 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:
  • Secondary Education with at least six (6) years relevant experience, or Bachelor’s Degree in Renewable Energy or similar relevant field with relevant experience of at least three (3) years
Experience:
  • 3 - 6 years’ experience in solar PV systems;
  • Proficiency in solar PV simulation software (PV*Sol) and modeling software (HOMER);
  • Experience in technical remotely working with a third party implemented projects;
  • Experience in energy efficiency assessment of office compounds;
  • UN work experience will be an added advantage.
Language Requirements:
  • Proficiency in English;
  • Working knowledge of other UN language is desirable. 

 

Disclaimer

Important applicant information

All posts in the GS categories are subject to local recruitment.

Priority will be given to Danish nationals and holders of relevant Danish residence permit.

Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.

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