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International Consultant/ Renewable Energy Expert

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Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 03/06/2009
Company Name United Nations Development Program
Contact Name Human Resources
Website Further Details / Applications
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With GNI per capita of US$ 600, the Kyrgyz Republic is among the poorest countries in the world, while at the same time it is among 30 most GHG intensive economies globally: its carbon intensity is 675 tCO2/Mill.Intl $ - higher than in Saudi Arabia or Kuwait. Despite nearly universal 98% grid connection rate, inadequate access to electricity services has a chronic character in Kyrgyzstan, which has now translated into the biggest energy crisis. Current power supply in many regions is characterized by frequent interruptions and high losses attributable to overloading and to the length of the transmission lines.
As an alternative, faster and climate-friendly solution to acute energy crisis in Kyrgyzstan, this project will support the Government of Kyrgyzstan in harnessing its abundant small-hydro power potential based on the premises that smaller, more labour-intensive projects with lower capital requirements and shorter gestation periods represent a more economically and environmentally viable option.
A number of barriers are currently hampering widespread and sustainable introduction and distribution of Small Hydro Power technologies in Kyrgyzstan. As a consequence, the environmental, development and human health related challenges arising from the increasing use of fossil and local biomass fuel as a source of energy in rural Kyrgyzstan are becoming more and more serious. The purpose of the envisaged UNDP/GEF Medium Size Project (MSP) is to address and overcome these barriers. The expected outcomes of the Project include increased awareness on Small Hydro Power, improved institutional, legal and regulatory framework, enhanced local capacities to develop, operate and maintain Small Hydro Power   systems, functioning supply chains for Small Hydro Power systems, suitable and affordable financing and delivery models, and introduced applications of Small Hydro Power that provide income generation and other essential social services.
Project goal is to reduce GHG emissions by creating favorable legal, regulatory and market environment and building institutional and administrative capacities to promote development of Kyrgyzstan’s abundant small hydropower potential for grid-connected electricity generation. The objective is to help government achieve a 178MW increase in new small hydro power generating capacity by the close of the project.
The objective of the PPG is to develop a medium-sized project that aims to transform energy market in Kyrgyzstan towards more energy generation from renewable energy resources. The project is expected to have fives outcomes: (i) Outcome 1 will focus on Recommendations and justification for Individual project components; (ii) Outcome 2 will identify and justify the Estimation of baseline and project GHG emission reduction and carbon emission factor of Kyrgyz grid; (iii) Outcome 3 will support Stakeholder on matrix, involvement plan and Capacity building needs and plan development; (iv) Outcome 4 will receive the Letters of co-financing from potential investors and (v) Outcome 5 will include analysis and identification of Project Scoping and Definition.


Duties and Responsibilities

The task of the International Consultant will be to ensure that essential steps in the process of scoping the UNDP-GEF MSP “Small Hydro Power Development” and development of the relevant Project Document to be submitted for CEO Approval are undertaken in line with respective GEF guidance.
To this end, the International Consultant will be responsible for mobilizing and leading national technical experts for planning and effectively undertaking the required surveys and preparatory field work, establishing dialogue and a working relationship with stakeholders (funding partners, national counterparts and local communities), and the timely delivery of the agreed documents.
Under the overall guidance of UNDP Head of Environment & Energy, UNDP CO and in coordination with the national consultants and as informed by guidance from the UNDP/GEF Regional Technical Advisor, the International Consultant Renewable Energy Expert (acting in his/her individual capacity) will be tasked with the following duties and responsibilities:
Activity 1- Analysis of existing legal and regulatory framework, barriers and capacity gaps to enable on-grid RE generation
The PPG will finance analysis of deficiencies in the existing policies and legal framework. Identification of missing legal acts and regulations can enable operation of RE-based IPPs will be made. Documents to be developed within the MSP will be listed and prioritized. An Action Plan and time schedule will be elaborated for their development, expected adoption and entry into force. Existing institutional framework including on-grid RE generation institutional and cooperation arrangements and institutional capacity gaps at all levels will be assessed. Capacity needs for effective on-grid RE generation will be defined and corresponding recommendation for the full-sized project developed. Successful institutional models and best practices for on-grid RE generation from other countries will be analyzed.
Activity 2 - Stakeholder Engagement and Consultation
The PPG will finance stakeholder analysis including national and regional power agencies and companies, industrial and private sector. Stakeholders’ economic interests and potential roles in on-grid RE generation will be identified. Based on this, stakeholder involvement strategy and plan will be developed. Stakeholder capacities for implementing on-grid RE generation will be assessed and tailored capacity building and awareness raising measures will be proposed. Opportunities for public-private partnerships will be assessed. The following outputs are sought from the PPG:
  • stakeholder matrix
  • stakeholder involvement plan
  • stakeholder capacity building needs and plan
Activity 3 - Identification of potential investors
The PPG will support identification, assessment of potential investors which expressed their interest and commitment to invest in small hydro power plants. The following outputs are sought from the PPG:
  • Letter of co-financing/commitments from potential investors
Activity 4 -Project Scoping and Definition
Based on the above baseline analysis updating, the medium-sized project scope and strategy will be defined. This will include analysis and identification of:
  • list of barriers to effective on-grid RE generation for decentralized power supply in Kyrgyzstan;
  • cost effectiveness analysis to identify the most effective project alternative;
  • a set of viable outcomes, outputs and activities that constitute the most effective response to the identified barriers to effective on-grid RE generation in Kyrgyzstan;
  • local, national and global environmental benefits sought, including GHG emission reductions;
  • social, economic and financial sustainability of proposed project activities;
  • costing of expected project outcomes and outputs, co-financing sources and co-financing commitments in compliance with the GEF instrumentality principle;
  • a set of indicators (tons CO2eq avoided, adoption of policy frameworks, allowing renewable generators equitable access to the grid, and kW generated from renewable sources) to track the project’s progress and effectiveness, baseline and target values on indicators; 
  • a project M&E plan with baseline;
  • a learning and replication strategy;
  • a logical framework with indicators for the MSP implementation plan;
Activity 5 – Finalize Request for CEO Approval and Project Document:
  • Address the comments/suggestions made by UNDP/GEF RTA and HQ, GEFSec, STAP and other reviewers;
  • Finalize and submit to UNDP the Request for CEO Endorsement/Approval document and Project Document for the UNDP-GEF MSP “Small Hydro Power Development”.
Deliverable 1: Analysis of the baseline and draft project logframe (22 June 2009);
Deliverable 2: Draft Request for CEO Approval and UNDP/GEF MSP Project Document (17 July 2009);
Deliverable 5: Final Request for CEO Approval and UNDP/GEF MSP Project Document       (30 August 2009).
The International Consultant must ensure timely preparation and submission of the Request for CEO Endorsement/Approval and comprehensive Project Document for UNDP-GEF MSP “Small Hydro Power Development ”. All reports must be submitted in English to the UNDP CO in Kyrgyzstan and made in accordance with GEF-UNDP’s templates and requirements to reporting (available at www.thegef.org).
In the course of the assignment, the consultant will be expected to undertake 1 mission to Kyrgyzstan, in June 2009. The mission will tentatively last for 7 days. The dates for this mission will be agreed upon between the consultant and UNDP-Kyrgyzstan.



  • At least ten (10) years of working experience in the field of small hydro power energy sector and renewable energy technologies/systems;
  • Academic background in energy/environment or related field;
  • Practical experience in implementation and monitoring of demonstration projects related to Small Hydro Power;
  • Practical experience in financial and economic analysis and incremental cost analysis in accordance with requirements and based on criteria applied by the GEF.


Required Skills and Experience

  • Good ability in partnering and networking; 
  • Proficiency in English, excellent analytical and drafting skills; preferably knowledge of written and spoken Russian language;
  • Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills; 
  • Previous experience of working in CIS countries for Small Hydro Power and Renewable Energy Sources projects will be an asset.
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