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Project Manager/Green Energy

Dushanbe (Tajikistan)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Dushanbe (Tajikistan)
  • Grade: SB-4 (SC8/SC9), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Renewable Energy sector
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-01-28

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Background

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. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

The UNDP/GEF “Green Energy Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Development” project’s strategic objective is to facilitate the transformation of Tajikistan’s energy sector, in particular the emergence of independent energy entrepreneurs, which can offer affordable and sustainable energy products and services to the rural population. In line with UNDP’s Derisking Renewable Energy Investment approach, the project consists of three inter-linked components dealing with policy derisking, financial derisking and incentives, and a fourth cross-cutting component that addresses knowledge-related gaps. The first component addresses policy barriers faced by Green Energy (GE) enterprises/SMEs by supporting the development and implementation of the enabling policy framework. Under the second component, in partnership with local and international financial institutions, the project facilitates access to GE finance at affordable terms. The third component focuses on the supply chain to develop and improve GE products and services and bring them to the market, including through the provision of targeted investment support to innovative and scalable business models for GE products/service delivery in off-grid rural areas. Under the fourth component, knowledge gaps are addressed on both the supply and demand side of the market.

 

The project implementation started in July 2019. The project is directly implemented (DIM) by UNDP Country Office in Tajikistan, in line with the Standard Basic Assistance Agreement (SBAA, 1993), the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2016-2021 signed between the UN and the Government of Tajikistan, and the UNDP Country Programme Document 2016-2021 signed between UNDP and the Government of Tajikistan.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Manager (PM) will report to the UNDP Team Leader/Climate Change, DRR, Energy and Environment and will work under the guidance of Assistant Resident Representative/Programme and Deputy Resident Representative. The PM will work in close collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources of the Republic of Tajikistan, along with UNDP Programme, Operations, Communications and other project teams in the UNDP Country Office.
1.  Organization and Management:
•Develop annual work plans and execute project activities in consultation with the UNDP CO and Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, and present the project plans and progress to the Project Board (Project Steering Committee);
•Ensure adherence of the project work plan to the Project Document, prepare revisions if required, and ensure synergies with other donor funded initiatives focused on renewable energy, particularly solar energy;
•Prepare regular progress reports in line with reporting schedules, as well as any other reports requested by UNDP, donor, Government and or other stakeholders;
•Prepare final project report and process all other requirements for the project auditing, midterm and final evaluation and closure of the project as per UNDP standard procedures; 
•Ensure timely recruitment and procurement of quality services and equipment and implementation of project activities in line with applicable UNDP rules, regulation and standards;
•Manage the human and financial resources for achieving results in line with the outputs and activities outlined in the project document and annual work plan;
•Lead, manage and oversee the project staff and consultants to ensure timely implementation of project activities and achievement of expected results;
•Ensure the project team members have clear set goals and targets as per which performance assessment is conducted;
•Undertake timely actions to respond to any project deviation or delays informing donor and partners;
•Review and ensure technical soundness and cost effectiveness of project activities;
•Support the establishment of monitoring frameworks and provide on-going feedback and technical backstopping and regularly monitor progress towards the identified indicators; 
•Organize meetings of the Project Board (Project Steering Committee); 
•Represent the project at the Project Steering Committee meetings, technical meetings and other appropriate fora in coordination with UNDP Country Office;
•Ensure timely planning and implementation of the envisaged baseline surveys, annual action research and project evaluations to inform project level planning and decision making;
•Ensure that project outputs have been achieved as appropriate, the project is successfully closed and that project outputs are revisited during the project evaluation process to assess the impact of project outputs on expected outcomes; 
•Ensure security of the staff and assets belonging to the projects.
2. Delivery of Project Results: 
•Oversee and monitor implementation of work plans and budgets for all project activities. Ensure that the project produces the results (outputs) specified in the project documents to the required standard of quality and within the specified constraints of time and cost;
•Monitor the project expenditures, commitments and balance of funds under the project budget lines, and draft project budget revisions in accordance and cooperation with UNDP’s ATLAS system including the reporting on project funds and related record keeping;
•Ensure conformity of results with the Project Document and UNDP rules and procedures through budget preparation and management, planning and general monitoring of the project;
•Manage delivery of results by using up-to-date best practices and know-how in the subject area and accordingly plan delivery of resources for the performance year; 
•Ensure that all project deliverables and documents are noted and stored, that the project is both operationally and financially closed in Atlas, that all tasks have been completed, that all assets have been transferred, that all issues are resolved and that the project is “done”;
•Review professional performance and document implementation processes and results through a project-based professional reports.
•Monitor project expenditure, commitments and balance of funds under the project budget lines for cost-efficiency and consistency with the Project Document and corresponding Annual Work Plan. 
3. Technical Advice: 
The incumbent must arrange through different means the provision of technical advice to the Government as well as to the partners of the project, in the following areas:
 
•Prepare plan of action for policy and technical support services;
•Map on a consistent basis relevant developments and issues in the renewable energy sector, covering the situation and strategic opportunities in the form of reports;
•Identify opportunities to enhance teamwork within the project and with other UNDP projects to capitalize on the specific advantages of multi-disciplinary support within the framework of the project;
•Contribute to policy briefs, strategic notes, discussion papers on relevant emerging issues, for consideration by the Government and other stakeholders;
•Analysis and aggregation of project results/outputs, and reporting of project progress at the objective and outcome level;
•Development and implementation of capacity building activities aimed at government counterparts, civil society groups, media and relevant stakeholders.
4. Knowledge Management:
•Contribute to building the corporate body of knowledge in the area of renewable energy, by systematically (1) sharing knowledge with colleagues, and (2) ensuring that relevant experiences and lessons; 
•Ensure systemic capturing of key lessons learnt generated by the project through feasibility studies, research, surveys as well as other primary and secondary sources to produce knowledge-based products; 
•Constantly monitor, and ensure highest UNDP standards in the provision of technical and advisory inputs, organization of workshops, seminars, training and delivery of outputs (products).
5.  Partnership and Resource Mobilization: 
•Identify stakeholders and partners for implementation of various project outputs and activities;
•Prepare and implement a stakeholder mapping and stakeholder engagement/partnership strategy including civil society/non-government organisations and indigenous & local communities with activities, targets and expected results;
•Develop new partnerships with civil society and/or non-governmental/ community-based organizations; local communities and private sector to deliver the project outputs and activities, as required;
•Establish and maintain sound partnerships with the Government, namely Ministry of Energy and Water Resources of the Republic of Tajikistan, donors and other strategic partners; 
•Ensure that project activities are closely coordinated with stakeholders and that a high level of collaboration and cooperation is in place at the national, regional, provincial and district level;
•Liaise with project partners to ensure their co-financing contributions are identified, secured and provided within the agreed terms;
•Liaise with other relevant government and relevant partners/stakeholders, UNDP Country Office regarding the project, including to share information about trends, issues and results, to coordinate and utilize resources effectively and efficiently.
•Ensure adequate information flow, discussions and feedback among the various stakeholders of the project according to the agreed management arrangements;
•Proactively identify potential sources of funding and assist in resource mobilisation for the project through development of concept notes and funding proposals to the potential donors and promoting project deliverables at the relevant development platforms;
•Mobilize resources to support the achievement of project outputs and outcomes; 
•Ensure regular communication of project results, including producing communication products and visibility materials, and liaison with media in Tajikistan and beyond;
•Ensure visibility of the project, including adherence to visibility standards and templates of the donor, UNDP and Government, as required
 

Competencies

Innovation:  Ability to make new and useful ideas work
Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow
Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
Level 5: Integrate & Empower (Strategic Advisor)
Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
Delivery: Ability to get things done
Level 5: Integrate & Empower (Strategic Advisor)
Advocacy/Advancing a Policy-Oriented Agenda: Analysis and creation of messages and strategies
Creates effective advocacy strategies
Performs analysis of political situations and scenarios, and contributes to the formulation of institutional responses
Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
Results-Based Programme Development and Management 
Contributing to results through provision of information
Provide information for linkages across project activities to help identify critical points of integration
Provide information and documentation on specific stages of project implementation
Provide background information to identify opportunities for project development and helps drafting proposals
Participate in the formulation of project proposals
Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
Building Strategic Partnerships 
Identifying and building partnerships 
Effectively networks with partners seizing opportunities to build strategic alliances relevant to UNDP’s mandate and strategic agenda
Identifies needs and interventions for capacity building of counterparts, clients and potential partners
Promotes UNDP’s agenda in inter-agency meetings 
Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
Innovation and Marketing New Approaches
Developing new approaches
Seeks a broad range of perspectives in developing project proposals
Identifies new approaches and promotes their use in other situations
Creates an environment that fosters innovation and innovative thinking
Makes the case for innovative ideas from the team with own supervisor
Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
Resource Mobilization
Implementing resource mobilization strategies
Analyzes information on potential bilateral donors and national counterparts to recommend a strategic approach
Identifies and compiles lessons learned
Develops a resource mobilization strategy at the country level
Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
In-depth knowledge of the subject-matter
Understands more advanced aspects of primary area of specialization as well as the fundamental concepts of related disciplines
Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself professionally
Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work Assignments
Demonstrates comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignments
Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals
Research and analysis
Analysis and creation of messages and strategies
Performed analysis of political situations and scenarios, and contributes to the formulation of institutional responses
Uses the opportunity to bring forward and disseminate materials for global advocacy work and adapts it for use at country level 
Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
Client Orientation
Contributing to positive outcomes for the client
Anticipates client needs
Works towards creating an enabling environment for a smooth relationship between the clients and service provider
Demonstrates understanding of client’s perspective
Solicits feedback on service provision and quality
Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:
University degree in Energy, Renewable Energy, Development Studies, or related areas. 
Experience:
At least 5 years of experience in managing complex development programmes, preferably focused on renewable energy, natural resource management or relevant areas.
Demonstrated experience in project management in the area of renewable energy, sustainable development and natural resource management and/or other related fields;
Previous experience in working with Government and wide range of donors and experience in resource mobilization;
Good knowledge about Tajikistan, Central Asia and its development context in general and renewable energy in particular;
Strong communication and negotiation skills. Experience in developing strategic notes and briefs for the Government.
Language Requirements:
Fluency in English and Russian is a must. Knowledge of Tajik would be a strong advantage.
IT skills:
Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages. Experience in handling of web-based management systems is a strong advantage.
Other:
Strong sense of integrity is essential;
Strong communication and reporting skills and ability to work in a team
 

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