Solar for Health Programme Officer

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This is a UNV National Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as National UN Volunteer. It is normally only for nationals. More about UNV National Specialist contracts.

Eligibility criteria

Minimum age: 22 years old. Applicants must be nationals of or legal residents in the country of assignment.

Description of task

The main objective of the assignment is to review and analyse technical and policy documents related to the deployment of solar energy solutions for health facilities in Namibia; coordinate data collection at the national level to feed into the development of the Solar for Health programme; organise and closely coordinate stakeholder engagement and ensure their validation of the programme design prior to submission of the documentation to GCF as per the Country Office guidance, and (1) produce a stakeholder engagement report and minutes from all working group sessions; and a stakeholder engagement plan for the preparation of the full funding proposal as well as the implementation of the programme in Namibia (2) provide technical inputs for the elaboration of the project preparation facility request, concept note, pre-feasibility study and/or other documents for the respective country, as per the guidance from UNDP country office. The volunteer is required to work in coordination with other relevant experts to prepare all the documents that fully meet GCF investment criteria, in line with UNDP accreditation (as per UNDP guidance).

The volunteer’s main responsibilities are as follows:

Stakeholder engagement

  1. Identify relevant stakeholders for the Solar for Health Programme and coordinate their engagement needed for the successful design and implementation of the programme in the country in a close collaboration with UNDP country office;
  2. Organise, coordinate and convene working group sessions (online or in-person, as the the COVID-19nsituation allows) to enable exchange on the programme development, buy-in and validation by the stakeholders at the national level;
  3. Take minutes from each working group meeting, ensuring circulation to the relevant stakeholders after each meetings;
  4. Draft detailed stakeholder engagement report, summarizing all working group sessions and key decisions and outcomes;
  5. Prepare stakeholder engagement plan for the preparation of the full funding proposal as well as the implementation of the programme in the country, building on the lessons learned from the initial working group sessions, including actors from the private sector, energy service providers, utility company/ies different types of public health facilities that might be targeted by this programme, civil societies (including those representing women, youth), government (ministry of health, energy, finance, rural energy agency and other as applicable) and others;
  6. Initiate and manage communication with the country stakeholders on the programme matters, including with the GCF national designated authority, as per the guidance from UNDP country office or other UNDP staff;
  7. Map out the roles and responsibilities of the different government and other stakeholders to manage the budget for and the provision of energy services to health facilities in the country;
  8. Identification of potential donors/partners, outreach and sensitization of stakeholders/presentation of the programme to potential donors/partners under the guidance from UNDP country office and mapping out/capturing potential co-financing opportunities and other types of collaborations from the donor consultations.

Provide and coordinate technical inputs for the development of the programme

  1. Conduct and coordinate technical analysis, review of existing documentation in dialogue with UNDP and experts on the topics related to the deployment of solar energy solutions for health facilities, including undertaking an options analysis, collecting and compiling country specific data and information on the existing health and solar energy activities, availability, supply and demand of the targeted populations and year-round solar energy solutions for the targeted sites as per the UNDP staff guidance;
  2. Draft the implementation arrangements (in a form of a diagram) for the programme implementation specifically in the targeted country, outlining the (legal) relations between all involved relations and the fund flow;
  3. Compile and refine relevant project documentation, as per the guidance from UNDP staff;
  4. Ensure that the design of project concept takes into account GCF investment criteria at the country level such as impact potential; paradigm shift potential; sustainable development potential; country needs; country ownership and cost-effectiveness;
  5. Ensure that all documentation prepared at the country level is evidence-based and has all the necessary references to establish proof of concept and feasibility;
  6. Ensure environmental and social safeguard principles and gender mainstreaming elements are considered
  7. Support organisation of missions/site visits for experts, if applicable.


Required degree level:

Master degree or equivalent

Education - Additional Comments:

At least a master degree in renewable energy, environment, climate change, health, or related disciplines.

Required experience:

36 Months

Experience remark:

  • Minimum 3~ 5 years of work experience in renewable energy, health sector and research activities.
  • Minimum 3~ 5 years of experiences in project development and technical analysis in the field of renewable energy (especially solar energy).
  • Proven experience working with international organizations, and/or development financial institutions in the development of renewable energy and/or health programmes (beneficial).
  • Proven experience in stakeholder engagement processes.
  • Excellent written communication skills, with analytic capacity and ability to synthesize relevant collected data and findings.
  • Excellent understanding of the renewable energy market and developments in the country.

Language skills:

  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent

Area of expertise:

Public health, Energy sector, Climate change mitigation and mechanisms for technology transfer

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Competencies values:

Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Building Trust, Client Orientation, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Empowering Others, Integrity, Judgement and Decision-making, Knowledge Sharing, Leadership, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Self-Management, Working in Teams

Application procedure:

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Application deadline: 26 April 2021

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