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UNDP recruiting Sustainable Energy Consultant in Vienna

Vienna, Austria, 03 October 2016


Sustainable energy is an engine for poverty eradication, social progress, gender equality, enhanced resilience, economic growth and environmental sustainability with direct impacts on people, communities and countries. Unsustainable patterns of energy production and consumption threaten not only human health and quality of life but also affect ecosystems and contribute to increased anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions which accelerate climate change.

In September 2015, the United Nations Special Summit on Sustainable Development in New York adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One of the goals, SDG No. 7, aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030. Thus, the upcoming sustainable development agenda recognizes that energy is a major ingredient of transforming societies and boosting human development. It is clear that without access to sustainable energy services other development goals cannot be achieved. UNDP's work with countries and partners will be guided by its Sustainable Energy Framework which is strongly aligned to SDG No. 7 through its three thematic areas of energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency linking to sustainable development, and consistent with the UN SG's Global Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL).

With a presence in more than 170 countries and territories, and over 20 years of experience in supporting efforts to increase the utilization of sustainable energy, UNDP is uniquely positioned to offer expertise in development thinking and practice.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Sustainable Energy Consultant will be part of the Global Energy Team within the Climate Change & Disaster Risk Reduction Cluster of UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) in New York, United States. The Sustainable Energy Consultant responsibilities are the following:

OUTPUT 1: Detailed work plan with all activities of the assignment

  • Task 1: The consultant will develop a detailed work plan outlining all activities and tasks to be completed during the assignment.

OUTPUT 2:  Verification, improvement and update of UNDP’s Global Energy Portfolio Database

  • Task 1: The consultant will be responsible for coordinating and conducting the verification, improvement and maintenance of UNDP’s Global Energy Portfolio Database.

  • Task 2: The consultant will be responsible for leveraging UNDP’s Global Energy Portfolio Database to produce knowledge and communication products, including infographics, blogs, analyses, factsheets etc. on UNDP’s sustainable energy activities around the world.

OUTPUT 3:  Support to CDT related work on UNDP’s Derisking Investment in Renewable Energy (DREI) framework  

  • Task 1: In close coordination with the UNDP-GEF team, the consultant will be responsible for supporting the CDT cluster in applying and using UNDP’s DREI framework.

OUTPUT 4: Support to UNDP’s Global SE4ALL activities and communication

  • Task 1: The consultant will play a role in assisting UNDP to support UNDP’s SE4ALL activities globally and be UNDP’s lead liaison person for SE4All.

Output 5: Support to the Head of Energy and Global Energy Policy Advisor in BPPS New York

  • Task 1: The consultant will be responsible for supporting the policy advisory and advocacy work of the UNDP Head of Energy and the Global Energy Policy Adviser in BPPS, New York by undertaking appropriate research and analysis on energy.

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