SENIOR PROJECT OFFICER - BUSINESS AND CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT: Moldova Energy and Biomass Project

Vacancy Number: 026 /Pr-2011

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Location: Chisinau, MOLDOVA
Deadline for applications: 19-Feb-11
Type of Contract: Service Contract
Post Level: SC-9
Languages Required: English   Russian
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
14-Mar-2011
Duration of Initial Contract : 9 (nine) months
Expected Duration of Assignment : 4 (four) years

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Background

The Moldova Energy and Biomass Project, a 4 year 14.56 million EUR project, funded by the European Union and UNDP and implemented by UNDP aims to contribute to a more secure, competitive and sustainable energy production in the Republic of Moldova through targeted support to the most viable and readily available local source of renewable energy, namely biomass from agricultural wastes.

The project purpose is to increase the use of renewable energy technology significantly through fuel switching and energy efficiency. It primarily focuses on improving heating comfort levels in rural public sector buildings including schools and community centres by using readily available waste straw supplied from local agricultural enterprises. The project will also stimulate local markets for improved household heating, industrial cogeneration, and biomass-based briquetting, as well as raise local capacity in the biomass sector, and promote the benefits of biomass energy and the project.

The project consists of four inter-related components as follows:
1. “Municipal biomass heating and establishment of fuel supply markets” aims to improve municipal heating of public buildings in rural areas and establish related fuel supply markets. Under this output 130 thermal heating systems primarily burning straw will be installed.
2. “Foundations laid for establishment of efficient household heating, industrial cogeneration and biomass briquetting markets” will focus on three emerging technology options for biomass energy in Moldova, which will be assessed, developed, and piloted.
3. “Building capacity for growth of biomass markets at regional and local levels in Moldova” aims to ensure that the benefits of biomass energy demonstrated and deployed under outputs 1 and 2 are delivered in a lasting and long-term way and that local capacities for further replication is ensured.
4. “The opportunities and benefits of biomass energy for Moldova are well known, and visibility of project results promoted” will facilitate widespread dissemination on the general and specific advantages and impacts of using biomass energy in Moldova. During the inception phase of the project, a communication and visibility plan will be elaborated.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Project Manager, the Senior Project Officer contributes to the effective and efficient implementation of the Moldova Energy and Biomass project. The incumbent applies and promotes the principles of results-based management (RBM), as well as a client-oriented approach consistent with UNDP rules and regulations. 

The Senior Project Officer – Business and Capacity Development works in close collaboration with the Renewable Energy Project Officer, Engineer Project Officer, Community Mobilization Project Officers, and the rest of the Project Team, and other project teams in the Country Office (CO) for effective achievement of results, anticipating and resolving complex programme/project-related issues and information delivery.

The incumbent is expected to exercise full compliance with UNDP programming, financial, procurement and administrative rules, regulations, policies and strategies, as well as implementation of the effective internal control systems.

Summary of Key Functions:

The Senior Project Officer will be part of the Project Management Team (PMT) and will, under the overall supervision of the Project Manager, be responsible for managing the successful implementation of project components 2 (biomass household heating, industrial cogeneration, briquetting) and 3 (capacity building for growth of biomass markets) and the sub-component 1.2 (establishment of fuel supply markets). The Senior Project Officer will lead a team of Project Officers and short-term experts.

The incumbent will ensure the provision of development services and products (commensurate with the scope of the project) of the highest quality and standards to national counterparts and clients. More specifically:

Municipal biomass fuel-supply

a) Participate in the development of selection criteria for districts and communities wishing to participate in the project and, based on these criteria, participate in the initial selection of districts with which to work (for approval by the Project Board).

b) Work alongside the PMT Procurement Specialist and Engineers in outlining a design for a financing facility (most likely leasing / hire-purchase) under which a technology provider will provide biomass fuel suppliers will necessary equipment and associated services. Detailed design of the financing facility will be developed in agreement with the technology provider(s) and prospective biomass fuel suppliers.

c) Monitor the success of the technology provider's financing facility, and recommend actions to improve its effectiveness; monitor project sustainability and economic impact at community/regional level.

d) Work with the Project Engineer and Procurement Officers to provide technical support to municipal authorities and potential fuel suppliers in the areas of supplier management, formulation of fuel supply contracts and quality control of fuel supplies. Ensure commitment of key stakeholders, including local agricultural entrepreneurs.

Market development for biomass heating, industrial co-generation and biomass briquetting

e) Work with other members of the PMT to engage with relevant national authorities on addressing the policy, legislation and regulation issues surrounding the development of biomass energy and fuel supply markets.

f) Lead on facilitating the implementation of at least one agri-industrial cogeneration plant using own-produced biomass waste. Undertake, supported by Project Officers and short-term experts as required, a study of the market barriers to, and opportunities for, the development of industrial cogeneration based on biomass. The study should conclude with an investment strategy which will be implemented.

g) Work alongside the other members of the PMT to ensure that the activities of this project relating to the development of biomass industrial cogeneration are co-ordinated with the activities of other significant players such as the EBRD, the World Bank, GEF and the National Agency for Energy Regulation.

h) Undertake, supported by Project Officers and short-term experts as required, a market study on the viability of commercial production of biomass briquettes/pellets (including field survey), leading to the development of a business plan and a deployment strategy. Work with other members of the PMT to implement the business plan and deployment strategy, aiming at creating at least one commercial briquette/pellet business.

i) Undertake, supported by Project Officers and short-term experts as required, a comprehensive study of the current status of the rural household energy market and barriers/opportunities for uptake of household biomass heating systems. Foster strategic partnerships with stakeholders in the industrial and commercial sectors, local and national authorities and civil society, and work with these partners to design and implement on or more schemes to accelerate the adoption of efficient household biomass heating technologies. Work with other members of the PMT to implement the market stimulation scheme, including installation of demonstration projects, market facilitation, implementation of a subsidy scheme and close monitoring of progress.

Training, education, media and outreach

a) Work with the Training Project Officer to develop training materials targeting commercial fuel suppliers and municipal leaders. This material should highlight the business opportunities and risks, and should include a generic business plan that could be used by entrepreneurs seeking to understand the market and the steps needed to enter it.

b) Coordinate the optimal interface between the Capacity Building Component 3 and Component 1 and 2 of the project, ensuring timely and effective delivery of resource materials and trainings, with a specific focus on ensuring local capacities for further replication. Advise the Training and Capacity Building Project Officer and Senior Community Mobilization Officer as required.

c) Co-operate with the PMT Training Officer in strengthening the capacity of the biomass domestic heating industry to supply, deliver and service efficient biomass heating equipment, including assisting with the development and delivery of training.

d) Review the substantive rigour and accuracy of media packages, press releases, pieces for radio and TV and all other public communications relating to the project. Advise the Media Officer as necessary.

e) Work in collaboration with the other members of the PMT to develop a strategy for the Annual National Awards component of the project, and to select winning projects.

Additional Responsibilities

  • In close coordination with the Project Manager, assume full responsibility for and manage effectively and efficiently all project activities and resources (human, financial, physical / material assets, etc) under component 1.2, component 2 and component 3 of the project in order to meet expected results.
  • Build, motivate and lead a high performing team consisting of Project Officers (Project Officer – Training/Capacity Building and Project Officer – Renewable Energy) and short term experts.
  • Undertake personnel performance appraisals for the Project Officer(s) supervised.
  • Assist the Project Manager in the development of annual activity and procurement work plans as well as budgets based on expected year-end outputs, and assist in developing periodical project and other reports and close monitoring of activities and disbursements. 
  • Apply UNDP programming tools and policies as explained in the Results Management Guide. Keep abreast of UNDP programming practices and maintain an optimum level of knowledge by continuous learning.
  • Contribute to the wide dissemination and visibility of project achievements. Support mechanisms for exchange of information, experience and lessons learned at the local and national levels.

 

Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values.
  • Exerts strict adherence to corporate rules, regulations and procedures.  Familiarity with the internal control framework and results-based management tools is a must.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability

Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Shares knowledge and experience
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills

Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Ability to establish and maintain contacts with senior-level officials of the host government, academia and private sector required. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential part of the job. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, is required to obtain, evaluate and interpret factual data and to prepare accurate and complete reports and other documents. 
  • Ability to perform a variety of specialized tasks related to Results-Based Management, including support to design, planning and implementation of programme, managing data, reporting.
  • Ability to provide input to business processes, re-engineering, implementation of new system, including new IT based systems.

Leadership and Self-Management

  • Strong leadership skills and proven experience in managing interdisciplinary teams
  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities

 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • University/Master Degree in business administration, management, or other closely related fields

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience at the national or international level in capacity building for entrepreneurs and/or technical assistance for the development of new businesses.
  • Experience in working with the public sector, rural communities and agricultural enterprises is a strong asset.
  • Good technical understanding of renewable energy technologies is required.
  • Knowledge of the Moldova Energy sector is an asset.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc)

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in oral and written Romanian, Russian, and English is a must.

 

Application Instructions

Applications should be submitted on line and include Personal History Form (P11)
Please note that only applicants who are short-listed will be contacted.

Application deadline: 19 February 2011

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.