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Energy Specialist

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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JOB DESCRIPTION

Energy Specialist

Location :

Jakarta, INDONESIA

Type of Contract :

IPSA (Short-Term)

Starting Date :
Application Deadline :

03-Dec-23 (Midnight New York, USA)

Post Level :

IPSA-10

Duration of Initial Contract :

4 Months

Time left :

9d 12h 51m

Languages Required :

English

Expected Duration of Assignment :

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.

Background

Office/Unit/Project Description

“UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in about 170 countries and territories, including Indonesia, working to eradicate poverty while protecting the planet. UNDP supports implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In Indonesia, UNDP works with the Government to integrate SDGs into national plans and policies.”

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 a 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-year 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 locations 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.

To achieve the objective, ACCESS will implement activities that will produce following outputs and key activities:

  • Output 1: Renewable-based power plants built providing sustainable access to electricity for remote villagers in Indonesia with institutional and local capacity in place.
  • Key Activities:
  • 1.1 Renewable-based energy infrastructures construction that providing access to electricity for households in targeted villages in Indonesia that can be monitored remotely.
  • 1.2 Local capacity building for operation and maintenance of the built energy infrastructures.
  • 1.3 Local institution establishment to enhance sustainability and scaled-up use of built energy infrastructures.
  • 1.4 Results dissemination and planning for scaling up developed.

Output 2: Under SSTC between Indonesia and Timor-Leste: solar PV water pumps and Highly Efficient Solar Lamp System (LTSHE) are installed in remote villages in Timor-Leste, providing sustainable access to clean water and lighting.

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 Energy Specialist is required for monitoring the work of the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) company.

Under the supervision of the Head of Environment Unit, the Energy Specialist 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. Energy Specialist 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

Scope of Work

Technical input/expertise:

Renewable Energy infrastructure activities Oversight:

  • Lead and provide technical oversight for the completion of off-grid solar PV power plants in four provinces of Indonesia.
  • Ensure quality control, risk management, and adherence to industry standards for solar PV power plants and solar PV water pumps.
  • Direct and oversee the work of engineers and technical staff, offering solutions to unforeseen construction challenges.
  • Provide guidance to EPC contractors on system optimization, distribution networks, electricity requirements, and energy-saving strategies.

On-the-job training (OJT) Development and Implementation 

  • Advise on the development of OJT modules and oversee their implementation across target locations.
  • Monitor the quality of delivery by EPC contractors and ensure alignment with project objectives.

Oversight and Coordination

  • Maintain close oversight and coordination with local contractors and subcontractors, working alongside project and owner’s engineers.
  • Lead the development of Terms of Reference (TOR) for interconnection studies, coordinating with relevant partners to ensure high-quality study outcomes.
  • Assist the Project Manager in preparing project reports for submission to KOICA and the Project Steering Committee.
  • Provide recommendations to the Project Manager for certifying contractor payments for completed project stages.

Risk Mitigation and Stakeholder Engagement

  • Implement and monitor risk mitigation measures during construction and operation of renewable energy infrastructures.
  • Review technical reports, engaging with government and non-government stakeholders to ensure stakeholder buy-in and ownership.
  • Provide technical clarification and guidance as needed by donor consultants (e.g., Korea Institute for Development Strategy/KDS).

Commission and interconnection

  • Contribute technical expertise to the planning and implementation of solar PV power plant commissioning in all project locations.
  • Coordinate with EPC contractors, owner’s engineers, and government counterparts to ensure smooth interoperation between off-grid and national grid systems.
  • Address inquiries, troubleshoot issues, and offer post-installation advice to ensure system efficacy.

The incumbent of the position should avoid any kind of discriminatory behaviour including gender discrimination and ensure that  

  • Human rights and gender equality is prioritized as an ethical principle within all actions;
  • Activities are designed and implemented in accordance with “Social and Environmental Standards of UNDP”;
  • Any kind of diversities based on ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, class, gender are respected within all implementations including data production;
  • Differentiated needs of women and men are considered;
  • Inclusive approach is reflected within all actions and implementations, in that sense an enabling and accessible setup in various senses such as disability gender language barrier is created;
  • Necessary arrangements to provide gender parity within all committees, meetings, trainings etc. introduced

Competencies

Core
Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple

projects, have lasting impact

Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve

complex problems

Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify

experiences

Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple

competing demands

Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to

achieve greater results

Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-

agency collaboration

Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion

inclusivity

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies 
Thematic Area Name Definition
Business Direction & Strategy System Thinking Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system
Business Development Collective Intelligence Design Ability to bring together diverse groups of people, data, information or ideas, and technology to design services or solutions
Business Management Project Management Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, and control resources, procedures, and protocols to achieve specific goals.
Business Management Risk management Ability to identify and organize action around mitigating and proactively managing risks
Partnership Management Multi-stakeholder engagement and  funding Knowledge and ability to forge multi- stakeholder partnerships, and remove any obstacles to resource mobilization and multi-stakeholder funding platforms
Partnership Management Strategic Engagement Ability to capture and sustain attention, interest, and agreement of high-level, influential policy and decision makers and secure their buy-in of high-level vision and objectives
2030 agenda-people Gender Gender mainstreaming

Required Skills and Experience

Minimum Education requirements

  • • Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in Electrical Engineer or closely related engineering thematic area (renewable energy, solar PV technology) is required or
  • • A first-level university degree (bachelor’s degree) in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Minimum years of relevant work experience

• Minimum 5 years (with master’s degree) or 7 years (with bachelor’s degree) of progressively responsible relevant experience at the national or international level in providing technical advice, and/or developing and managing complex projects in sectors applicable to thematic area (rural electrification or renewable energy).

Required skills

  • Experience with project planning and consulting, including the effective provision of substantive leadership and guidance, oversight, monitoring, and reporting for rural electrification project with similar scale, scope, and complexity.
  • Experience in managing (renewable energy) power plant construction project;
  • Experience in the use of computers, office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and web-based management systems, and advanced knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages.
  • Experience in dealing with Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) company;

Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section

  • Good communication, facilitation, and coordination skills.
  • Innovative thinking: creativity and innovation in proposing new approaches and technologies to enhance energy efficiency and sustainability practices.
  • Consistently ensures timeliness and quality of portfolio work
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability

Required Language(s) English language –

  • excellent written and oral communication skills


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