National Consultant – Institutional Strengthening and Sustainability (Outputs 2.5, 2.6 and 2.7)

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Background

The Facilitation of the Achievement of Sustainable National Energy Targets of Tuvalu (FASNETT) Project is aimed at facilitating the development and utilization of feasible renewable energy resources and application of energy efficiency technologies for achieving the Government of Tuvalu’s updated target of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases from the electricity generation (power) sector by 100% by 2025 based on the country’s INDC in November 2015. According to the NDC Registry, Tuvalu is listed as having submitted a first NDC (which was its iNDC) effective when the Government of Tuvalu became a Party to the Paris Agreement based on Decision 1/CP.21. Currently, Tuvalu plans to enhance its NDC including updating the timeframe for achieving the target from 2025 to 2030. The facilitation or enabling objective is meant to address, i.e., eliminate the identified barriers to the cost-effective application of RE technologies using the country’s indigenous RE resources, as well in the effective and extensive application of EE measures and techniques. The overall project goal will be achieved through the implementation of:

  • Component 1: Awareness Raising on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Applications of the Project. The other components are:
  • Components 2 (Energy Policy Improvement and Institutional Capacity Building);
  • Component 3 (Applications of Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Technologies & Techniques) and
  • Component 4 (Financing of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiatives).

This TOR covers the implementation of remaining activities and outputs under Component 2 towards achieving Outcome 2: Coherent and integrated implementation of enhanced policies, regulations and projects on energy development and utilization with the country’s energy act in support of national economic development. It covers Outputs 2.5 to 2.7 as defined in the FASNETT ProDoc. Briefly, it involves the institutionalization of the policies, standards, and IRRs through suitable institutional mechanisms for low-carbon development as provided for the Energy Bill/Act. It also provides for the performance monitoring and evaluation of adopted policy and institutional mechanisms with DOE, TEC and key stakeholder groups related to the energy sector to meet the 100% GHG reduction target, energy integrated energy planning, application of EE/RE technologies operation and maintenance, and techniques and practices for sustainable development.

The Project is financially supported through the GEF (USD 2,639,725) and co-financed by the UNDP (USD 250,000), the Government of Tuvalu (USD 8,250,000) and Tuvalu Electricity Corporation (USD 7,400,000).

Duties and Responsibilities

The scope of work of this TOR for National Consultant -Institutional Strengthening and Sustainability includes providing inputs and support in the remaining activities and outputs under Outcome 2, particularly, Outputs 2.5, 2.6 and 2.7 as defined in the FASNETT Project Document (ProDoc) which will be done with guidance and direction by International Consultant (IC) for Outcome 2 covered by the IC Contract/TOR.

  • Output 2.5: Adopted and enforced: (a) sustainable low carbon standards, policies, and IRRs; and (b) suitable institutional mechanisms that integrate low carbon development with the socio-economic, climate change and disaster management objectives of the country

This Output will involve the development and facilitation of the adoption of standards for RE/EE systems and components reaching Tuvalu to address the issues raised by RE/EE stakeholders. The IC will coordinate with the EPC Contractors of the FASNETT Demo Projects, viz. Floating Solar PV (FSPV), Solar/CDI Water purification, Demand Management and Response System (DMRS) and Funaota SASH village solar PV electrification. The technical standards for roof-mounted solar PV generation systems recommended by TEC will be included in the standards under this Output. The IC will develop a strategy and framework for the RE/EE standards to be enforced by GoT with the provision of incentive mechanisms for good quality and reliable RE/EE products and guidance to consumers in making intelligent decisions for their selection, purchase and use.

  • Output 2.6: Performance evaluation report on the adopted policy and institutional framework and mechanisms

This Output will involve the development and operationalization of a monitoring, reporting, evaluation and enhancement system for sustainable, reliable and self-reliant energy supply based on RE and EE applications consistent with Tuvalu 100% RE goal by 2025. The IC will oversee the NC, in coordination with TEC, in facilitating the development and implementation of the M&E system for the assessment of the policy impacts, technology provisions and financing assistance program for RE/EE applications in the country. Details about the related activities can be seen in the ProDoc Activity 2.6.

  • Output 2.7: Approved follow-up and sustainability plan for the enforcement of consistent government policies on RE/EE applications to support national development

This Output will involve the development and approval of follow-up and sustainability plan for the monitoring, evaluation and enhancement of low carbon development plans and policies, as well as enhancements of the institutional framework and mechanisms for sustainably enforcing consistent government policies on RE/EE to support national development. Based on the approved policy and institutional framework, the RE/EE program adopted by the government, the reports of the M&E system in Activity 2.6, and the institutional structure to implement the program under the Energy Act, a sustainability and follow-up plan and financing scheme for RE/EE program shall be developed and endorsed before the project ends in February 2023. However, a draft follow-up and post-project sustainability plan shall submitted by end November 2022 in line with the Terminal Evaluation of the Project.

Deliverables

The Activities under the above-mentioned Outputs, shall be implemented according to a proposed Activity Work Plan in order to optimize the time involved so that all outputs will be delivered within the duration of the Project as indicated in the approved time table:

Deliverable #1: Inception Report

  • Overall approach and Activity Work Plan

Deliverable #2: Output 2.5

  • Inputs for the action plan and implementation of the enforcement of (a) sustainable low carbon standards, policies, and IRRs; and (b) suitable institutional mechanisms that integrate low carbon development with the socio-economic, climate change and disaster management objectives of the country
  • Report on the development and facilitation of the adoption of standards for RE/EE systems and components for use in Tuvalu resulting from the coordination with the EPC Contractors of the FASNETT Demo Projects, viz. Floating Solar PV (FSPV), Solar/CDI Water purification, Demand Management and Response System (DMRS) and Funaota SASH village solar PV electrification. The standards will also include the technical standards for roof-mounted solar PV generation systems recommended by TEC and the energy efficiency standards for refrigerators, freezers and lighting for adoption in Tuvalu.

Deliverable # 3: Output 2.6

  • Inputs for the development and operationalization of a monitoring, reporting, evaluation and enhancement system for sustainable, reliable and self-reliant energy supply based on RE and EE applications consistent with Tuvalu 100% RE goal by 2025 and beyond.
  • Inputs for the assessment of the policy impacts, technology provisions and financing assistance program for RE/EE applications in the country.

Deliverable #4: Output 2.7

  • Inputs for the development and facilitation of the approval of follow-up and sustainability plan for the monitoring, evaluation and enhancement of low carbon development plans and policies, as well as enhancements of the institutional framework and mechanisms for sustainably enforcing consistent government policies on RE/EE to support national development.

Institutional Arrangement

The Consultant will work in close consultation with the DOE Director (acting as the FASNET National Project Director), the TEC General Manager and the PMU Project Manager and other government counterparts, UNDP and other relevant stakeholders. The consultant will work in close monitoring of Project Implementation Support Officer and under the close guidance of CTA. The National Consultant - Institutional Strengthening and Sustainability , will perform and take responsibility for the following tasks to be done on-site with guidance and advisorship by the IC:

  • Gather data and information and provide inputs and reports to the International Consultant in the implementation of the activities that will result to the abovementioned Outputs
  • Draft news articles and provide photographs and documents for dissemination of information in multimedia on the energy bill and IRR development and finalization
  • Other related tasks by the Consultants that may be identified as lacking by PMU relative to this TOR during the conduct of the activities and regular oversight meeting and monitoring.
  • Assist the PMU and International Consultant in arranging meetings with DOE, TEC, IC and stakeholders via internet-based communications and conference platforms, e.g. Zoom, Google meet, etc. for the conduct of the related activities in producing the Outputs
  • Document all outputs and activities with pictures and reports including recommendations on areas for improvement and best practices for sustainability and post-project planning .
  • All other tasks as maybe assigned by the IC for the successful implementation of the consultancy services.

Duration of the Work

  • The consultancy duration is for five (5) months and is expected to commence from August 2022.
  • The Consultants shall be engaged to undertake the consultancy according to an approved Time Schedule/Activity Work Plan and is expected to complete the work by 31 December 2022.

Duty Station

Because of the prevailing pandemic travel restriction and protocols, the International Consultant will work as home-based assignment in providing the leadership, direction and overall responsibility in the accomplishment of the tasks and the expected deliverables, while the NC- Institutional Strengthening and Sustainability, be based in Funafuti, Tuvalu, will provide the data/info gathering, direct support, material inputs and local facilitation, until the IC is possibly permitted to travel to Tuvalu within the duration of the Contract. If any local travel needed, the cost will be reimbursed by the FASNET Project as per actual basis.

Competencies

  • Demonstration integrity and commitment to UNDP and Government of Tuvalu principles and values and ethical standards
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work well as part of a multi-cultural team and display gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Ability for team working
  • Self-management, emotional intelligence and conflict management;
  • Analytical and strategic thinking/results orientation;
  • Knowledge sharing.
  • Experience in managing and coordinating teams
  • Experience in participating and following the project cycle, creative capacity solving problems
  • Computer literacy (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point) is a pre-requisite.

Required Skills and Experience

Educational Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Development Management, Business Management, Energy, Environmental Science, Economics, Public Administration/Management with background in Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency, or related field.

Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years working experience in Development Management, Energy Legislation, Energy Planning Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency and Development and related field.
  • Proven experience and understanding of policies and regulations on RE and EE applications as well as Climate Change (mitigation and adaptation)
  • Proven experience working with UNDP Projects and local communities on matters concerning energy policy and regulations
  • Ability to communicate in English is essential
  • Proven track record of project team experience working with government, NGOs, and other key stakeholders
  • Previous experience in formulation of energy development and utilization projects and undertaking similar consultancies are an advantage.

Language requirements

Fluency of English language is required

Documentation required

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document:

  • Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided in Annex II.
  • Personal CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.
  • Technical proposal, including a) a brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment; and b) a methodology, on how they will approach and complete the assignment.
  • Financial proposal, as per template provided in Annex II. Note: National consultants must quote prices in United States Dollars (USD).

Note: Successful individual will be required to provide proof of medical insurance coverage before commencement of contract for the duration of the assignment.

Incomplete and joint proposals may not be considered. Consultants with whom there is further interest will be contacted. The successful consultant shall opt to sign an Individual Contract or a Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA) through its company/employer with UNDP.

Annexes

For any clarification regarding this assignment please write to pts.fj@undp.org

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