Solar Power Consultancy, Lusaka Zambia, 30 Working Days over 1 month and 2 weeks

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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, Education ...

The UNICEF Programme of Cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) is designed to address and mitigate the threat of poverty the country’s children face, while responding to the needs with interventions addressing the multiple causative factors.

To find out more about UNICEF’s work in Zambia, please visit

How can you make a difference?

The main purpose of the feasibility study is to provide UNICEF with analysis and recommendations that will support the organisation decision-making with regard to the implementation of solar photovoltaic installation in 20 lower Secondary Schools in GPE programme Provinces (Eastern, Muchinga, Northern, Southern and Western). On review of the final report and the actual feasibility of the projects, UNICEF will implement the Solar PV installations effectively

The objectives of this consultancy are:

  1. Assessment of identified sites: Review in general by capturing information on the existing school energy infrastructure, the viability of the proposed project sites selected by UNICEF and MoGE.
  2. System Capacity: Assess the energy demand of each of the 20 selected schools for the project and individual school needs and staff houses built within school compound.
  3. Applicable Technology: Review the available technology in the market, recommend the best technology for the project sites, and fix the efficiency level of the equipment.
  4. Cost Estimation: Review all aspects of the project components and prepare a detailed breakdown of the cost estimate for each element in each selected school site.
  5. Review of Environmental Issues: Review the existing environmental laws, regulations and recommend ecological issues that may arise due to the implementation of the project

Please see Detailed TOR for more information on the tasks and deliverables, here TOR - Solar Power Consultancy.pdf

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

The consultant must possess the following:

Minimum of Degree in the fields of Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Renewable Energy technologies or other relevant fields.

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience with stand-alone renewable energy generation using Solar Photovoltaics
  • Technical solar power capability, including pre-feasibility and design capability
  • A track record of taking energy projects through the development process
  • Previous experience of working with UN projects and in school context is an asset;
  • Knowledge of construction management procedures in Zambia;
  • Experience in the design, and management of development projects, in particular with working with schools and local communities;
  • Good analytical and writing skills and fluency in English, and knowledge of any local languages in any of the targeted districts are an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Please remember to express your financial proposals (and/or professional consultancy fees) in Zambian Kwacha for Zambian Nationals and USD for Non Zambian applicants.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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