UNDP: Sustainble Energy Consultancy

Pracovná ponuka
Duties and Responsibilities
The Sustainable Energy Consultant will be part of the Global Energy Team within the Climate Change & Disaster Risk Reduction Cluster of UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) in New York, United States. The Sustainable Energy Consultant responsibilities are the following:

OUTPUT 1: Detailed work plan with all activities of the assignment

Task 1: The consultant will develop a detailed work plan outlining all activities and tasks to be completed during the assignment.

OUTPUT 2:  Verification, improvement and update of UNDP’s Global Energy Portfolio Database

Task 1: The consultant will be responsible for coordinating and conducting the verification, improvement and maintenance of UNDP’s Global Energy Portfolio Database.  Specific topics and tasks will involve the following:

  • Communicate with UNDP country office globally to verify the data and, if possible, expand it with additional information and data;
  • Maintain the database and conduct a database update on a half yearly basis;
  • Other assistance related to the database, as required.

Task 2: The consultant will be responsible for leveraging UNDP’s Global Energy Portfolio Database to produce knowledge and communication products, including infographics, blogs, analyses, factsheets etc. on UNDP’s sustainable energy activities around the world. Specific topics and tasks will involve the following:

  • Preparing reports and analyses on UNDP’s sustainable energy portfolio and its contribution to achieving SDG 7 as well as other SDGs (such as poverty alleviation, health, employment, climate change and gender);
  • Preparing a UNDP Sustainable Energy Portfolio (SEP) Infographic Report;
  • Preparing and executing an advocacy and dissemination plan of the SEP Infographic Report;
  • Other assistance related to UNDP global energy work, as required.

OUTPUT 3:  Support to CDT related work on UNDP’s Derisking Investment in Renewable Energy (DREI) framework 

Task 1: In close coordination with the UNDP-GEF team, the consultant will be responsible for supporting the CDT cluster in applying and using UNDP’s DREI framework. Specific task will involve the following:

  • Ensuring Quality Assurance of UNDP initiatives and materials utilizing the DREI framework;
  • Coordinate consultants and project teams on in-country applications of the DREI framework;
  • Explore the development of a sustainable energy derisking (SED) facility;
  • Contribute to maintaining the DREI website, applications, documents, and tools;
  • Contribute to the further elaboration of the DREI framework and methodologies into new low-carbon areas, including small-scale renewable energy and energy efficiency;
  • Other tasks related to DREI, as required.

OUTPUT 4: Support to UNDP’s Global SE4ALL activities and communication

Task 1: The consultant will play a role in assisting UNDP to support UNDP’s SE4ALL activities globally and be UNDP’s lead liaison person for SE4All. Specific tasks will involve, inter alia, the following:

  • Supporting UNDP Regional Hubs and country offices in drafting and implementing UNDP SE4ALL activities
  • Support and assistance related to liaising with the SE4ALL initiative;
  • Assistance with the communication of UNDP’s SE4ALL activities globally;
  • Other assistance related to UNDP SE4ALL activities, as requested.

Output 5: Support to the Head of Energy and Global Energy Policy Advisor in BPPS New York

Task 1: The consultant will be responsible for supporting the policy advisory and advocacy work of the UNDP Head of Energy and the Global Energy Policy Advisor in BPPS, New York by undertaking appropriate research and analysis on energy. Specific task will also involve, inter alia, the following:

  • Drafting concept notes and other strategy papers on issues related to sustainable energy programming;
  • Organizing conferences, workshops, roundtables, trainings etc;
  • Other tasks related to UNDP’s Global Energy work, as required.

3. Management Arrangements/Payment Modalities

The assignment will be implemented under a one-year Consultancy arrangement with clearly identified work plan, tasks, responsibilities and deliverables. The consultant will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the Head of Energy and Global Energy Policy Advisor in BPPS New York.

S/he will work closely with the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Unit. S/he will also liaise with UNDP country office counterparts in partner countries; being based in the SE4ALL office in Vienna, Austria, s/he will also be UNDP’s lead liaison person for SE4All.

The Consultant will be provided with office space. Payments will be made on a monthly basis upon submission of a detailed time sheet and Certification of Payment form approved by the consultant’s supervisor. The payments will be linked to deliverables. The contract price is fixed regardless of changes in the cost of components.


The consultant will be based in Vienna, Austria. In case of any need to undertake mission travels for the purpose of this assignment, travel would be paid for separately and should not be included in the consultant’s fees.

Technical Competencies:

  • Strong interpersonal skills, communication and diplomatic skills, ability to work in a team;
  • Ability to plan and organize his/her work, efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
  • Ability to work under pressure and stressful situations;
  • Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities;
  • Knowledge of MS Word, Excel, PPT and email communication software.

Corporate, Ethics and values:

  • Integrity and fairness — embodies UN values and promote the well-being of all individuals regardless of gender, religion, race, nationality, or age.
  • Cultural sensitivity and adaptability: communicate effectively with and relate to multi-cultural teams with an ability to see issues from different perspectives.
  • Demonstrate and promote highest standards of integrity, impartiality, fairness and incorruptibility in all matters affecting his/her work and status.
  • Ensure that programs and projects are consistent with UN/UNDP values.
Required Skills and Experience
Academic Qualifications/Education:

  • A Master’s degree in economics, engineering, international relations, environmental science, business administration or a related field.


  • At least 2 years of technical experience related to sustainable energy;
  • At least 2 years of experience in project portfolio tracking and analyses. Experience in populating and analysing energy related project databases is an advantage;
  • Experience in sustainable energy development programming;
  • Hands-on experience with renewable energy finance, and experience in applying UNDP’s DREI framework is an advantage;
  • Experience in analysing quantitative data and translating it to factsheets, analyses and other information products is an asset;
  • Work experience in drafting concept notes and other strategy papers on issues related to sustainable energy is an advantage;
  • Experience in organising conferences, meetings and trainings;
  • Prior working experience with international organizations (including UNDP) is an advantage.

Language skills:

  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English.

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