Vacancy Number: 028 /Pr-2011


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)
Duration of Initial Contract : 9 (nine) months
Expected Duration of Assignment : 4 (four) years



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 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 Renewable Energy Officer works in close collaboration with the Business Development 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 Project Officer Engineer/Renewable Energy will be part of the Project Management Team (PMT), under the overall supervision of the Project Manager and Business Development Project Officer. The main role of the Renewable Energy Project Officer is to provide technical expertise to all activities relating to the implementation of component 1 (Installation of 130 heating systems in public buildings, fuel supply, market environment) and component 2 (biomass household heating, industrial cogeneration, briquetting).

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 heating and fuel-supply projects

a) Support the preliminary technical appraisal of the expressions of interest received from communities, and assist in prioritising interested communities for awareness-raising and capacity assessment.

b) Take part in the participatory appraisal of community projects and contribute to the required assessments, incl. technical and economic feasibility, environmental and health impacts, security, and risks, following the established and approved criteria.

c) Review the technical rigour of the community project assessment reports and work with the other members of the PMT to recommend which project applications should be prioritised for investment.

d) Co-operate with the Engineer Officer and District and Community technical experts in supervising the technical design and construction work of the projects that have been selected. Assist in closely monitoring the performance of contractors, and support monitoring the quality of works.

e) Based on regular reviews of the RFPs received, draw up a set of technical specifications that prospective biomass fuel supply contractors will need to meet. It is expected that a specialist technology provider will be used to provide prospective biomass fuel suppliers with a complete package consisting of the necessary equipment, finance, training, maintenance and repair services. The technical specifications drawn up by the PMT Engineer/Renewable Energy Officer will be agreed upon by the technology provider to ensure that the equipment and associated financing package that they provide is optimally matched to the needs of individual projects.

f) Work alongside the Business Development Officer and Procurement Officer in providing the necessary technical support to municipal authorities and potential fuel suppliers, with respect to quality control of fuel supplies and the formulation of fuel supply contracts.

g) Assist the Engineer Project Officer in all tasks related to the implementation of municipal biomass heating projects as required.


a) Provide assistance to the PMT Procurement Specialist on the technical / engineering content of the Request for Letters of Interest (LOI) and the Prequalification Requests (PQRs), issued to solicit responses from prospective Design-Build contractors. Assist the PMT Procurement Specialist in evaluating the technical / engineering aspects of the Statements of Qualification (SOQs) received.

b) Provide assistance to the PMT Procurement Specialist and the International Design-Build Advisor on the technical / engineering aspects of: (i) developing and issuing requests for proposals (RFPs) to implement the projects that have been selected for investment; (ii) evaluating the proposals received; (iii) drawing up the Design-Build contracts with the successful contractors.

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

a) 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 markets. This includes:
- identification of best-practice with regard to the emissions standards of biomass boilers,
- performance and construction standards for biomass heating systems,
- technical standards for system components, waste management.

b) Work with other members of the PMT to facilitate the implementation of at least one agri-industrial cogeneration plant using own-produced biomass waste. This will involve:
- conducting a detailed survey of available technologies and their technical characteristics;
- identifying potential users of biomass industrial cogeneration who generate a suitable biomass waste stream;
- prioritizing the most promising sites for a demonstration project, based on technical criteria;
- providing the necessary technical data on potential demonstration projects to allow a detailed financial appraisals to be carried out.

c) Work with other members of the PMT to develop and implement a deployment strategy for pilot biomass briquetting/pelleting plant(s). This will involve:
- reviewing existing and past biomass briquetting/pelleting initiatives in Moldova;
- surveying available briquetting technologies;
- identifying suitable sources of raw materials;
- providing the necessary technical data to assess the viability of commercial biomass briquetting and to develop a business plan.

Training, education, media and outreach

a) Provide input for the technical content of training materials on biomass energy systems targeted at municipal leaders, at design-build firms, at system operators and at commercial biomass fuel suppliers. Advise the Training and Capacity Building Officer as required.

b) Review the technical 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.

Additional Responsibilities

  • 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 the 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.



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


  • University/Master Degree in energy engineering and / or civil engineering


  • At least 5 years of experience at the national or international level in designing/specifying/installing heating/integrated energy supply systems for public and/or commercial buildings
  • Profound technical knowledge on renewable energy technologies and practical experience in implementing (renewable) energy projects is required.
  • Detailed knowledge of the Moldova Energy sector is required.
  • Experience in conducting energy audits of buildings is considered an asset.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc)

Language Requirement:

  • Fluency in both oral and written, Russian and Romanian is a must. Good working knowledge of English is required.


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.