Low Carbon Officer - Commonwealth of Dominica

  • Added Date: Thursday, 07 November 2019
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 15 November 2019

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The Commonwealth of Dominica has some of the world’s highest electricity costs due to ageing electricity generation infrastructure and its almost complete dependence on imported fossil fuels for power generation. This jeopardises the country’s potential for sustainable development and undermines its image as the “nature island”. Past attempts to strengthen low carbon development have not taken root due to knowledge, regulatory, institutional and financial barriers. The current development trajectory of Dominica, especially with regards to meeting growing energy demand, is not sustainable with the consequences of increasing poverty in the country.

While Dominica has policies, strategies and plans to encourage low carbon development, there are barriers to their realisation including:
•    Unfulfilled action plans for the development of renewable energy (RE) sources and energy efficient (EE) appliances
•    Lack of standards for the importation of RE and EE equipment and its installation using best practices;
•    Utility-driven cap on RE development (2.5 MW) that does not address potential for higher intermittent renewable energy (IRE) penetration to the national grid;
•    No policy on feed-in tariff to safeguard cost recovery of IPPs feeding into the national grid.

Under the country’s Low Carbon Climate Resilience Strategy (LCCRS) of 2012 and its NSEP, there is no detailed sustainable energy action plan that would allow policy makers to define the pace of RE development in terms of annual installed capacity. The lack of such a detailed plan is somewhat attributable to the government’s focus on geothermal energy development and associated uncertainties of implementation dates.  As a consequence, the government has given insufficient attention to the development of RE and EE installations other than on geothermal developments. The availability of such a plan would assist policymakers and programme implementers in framing supportive government policies to encourage RE and EE development, determine resources and personnel required for implementation, the expected costs of RE-related equipment (i.e. solar-PV equipment, hydropower equipment, etc) required and the potential employment generation for local youth and other local skilled vocational trades.

There are a series of financial barriers that restrain the public sector from making investments in RE and EE including:
•    Investments in RE or EE not being factored into public sector capital expenditure or operating budgets;
•    The high upfront cost of RE and EE investments that do not have immediate or highly visible benefits notwithstanding their benefits of reducing public sector electricity consumption and reducing electricity bills;
•    Renewable energy and energy efficiency are outside of the core expertise area of most public-sector entities. EE and RE investments have long-term impacts that require thoughtful evaluation of the financial trade-offs, risks, and opportunities.  Time-strapped public servants are often constrained by limited budgets for considering RE and EE investments, and do not make the necessary time investments for evaluation of RE and EE investments;
•    Alternate public sector financing vehicles for RE and EE, such as Energy Performance Contracting and Third Party Ownership models, have been untested in Dominica.

For private consumers, the upfront investment cost of purchasing RE and making EE building retrofits is either prohibitive for many potential customers or requires them to secure debt financing.  Since the lending market for RE and EE is relatively young in Dominica, many financial institutions lack a full understanding of the risks, opportunities, and paybacks of investments. This leads to the structuring of lending terms that are not optimally structured for RE and EE investments. This can lead to high interest rates, collateral requirements or short tenors which lead many consumers to decide that a loan is not worthwhile. This situation proves especially challenging for the lowest income groups who lack access to finance and where savings in electricity costs could be especially beneficial.

The objective of the LCDP Project is the removal of the policy, technical and financial barriers to energy-efficient applications and solar photovoltaic technologies in Dominica’s streets, outdoor areas and public buildings nationwide for further scale up.

To ensure effective and efficient implementation of the project, a Low Carbon Officer (LCO) for the LCDP Project is being recruited to provide ongoing technical advice as stipulated in the specific duties and responsibilities and key functions outlined below. The LCO will be responsible for providing overall technical backstopping to the Project. The LCO will render technical support to the National Project Coordinator (NPC), the Chief Technical Adviser, staff, the Project Board and other government counterparts. The LCO will report directly to the National Project Coordinator under the overall guidance of the National Project Director and in collaboration with the programme team in the UNDP Barbados and the Commonwealth of Dominica offices.


 

1)    Provide technical oversight in the full-cycle of Renewable Energy (RE) Development and Renewable Energy Technology (RET) quality


inspection of equipment (from port to site) and inspection of installation to ensure standards and best practices are met


provide construction and installation oversight for civil, mechanical and electrical equipment for pilot on-grid RE plants


prepare tender documents for procurement of solar PV equipment


provide support with developing Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) arrangements


liaise with key personnel to provide technical inputs to the project implementation plan including contractor, government organizations, Utility etc.

identify risks that would impact the timeliness and or quality of deliverables during the consultancies that have been issued


review standards used for solar PV equipment and installation and make recommendations


2)    Setup and implementation of a MRV system (measurement, reporting and verifying) to monitor energy savings and GHG reductions from EE applications and RE technologies installed


analyze data and collecting information


maintain accurate records of the photovoltaic installations


undertake regular field visits and interact with different stakeholders, especially primary stakeholders.


3)    Assist in preparing and delivering appropriate training materials and workshops on RE planning, design, implementation, operation and maintenance as well as financing of RE projects


prepare and conduct technical presentations to beneficiaries with respect to PV installations


coordinate information dissemination, workshops and seminars for low carbon pilots


promote energy conservation awareness through presentations


4)    Support Project Implementation 

Through specific engagement with the UNDP Sustainable Solutions and Energy team and the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst

Provide technical input to Terms of Reference (TORs) for consultancies under the different sub-components of the project;


Provide technical support for the development of Minimum Energy Performing Standards (MEPS)


Conduct technical review and assessment of outputs of consultancies issued under the project


Prepare the monthly, quarterly and annual monitoring plan for consultancy activities


Provide technical inputs for monthly, quarterly, annual and ad hoc corporate reporting


Monitor and evaluate the compliance of actual progress and performance against the planned work plan and expected quality

Conduct regular analysis of the effect of current actual performance to the project timetable and budgets in close collaboration with the NPC


Prepare reports for NPC including identification of problems, causes of potential bottlenecks (if any) in project implementations


Prepare recommendations on how to reduce the impact of deviations vs. work plans


5)    Other tasks that may be required


Coordinate  activities for action plans for low carbon development


Provide technical assistance to project consultants


Assist in public awareness and education activities

Innovation
Ability to make new and useful ideas work
Level 2: Analyzes complex technical materials (including data) and makes concise, relevant recommendations


Leadership
Ability to persuade others to follow    
Level 1: Takes responsibility for and ensures high quality of own work


People Management
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction    
Level 3: Appropriately involves team in different stages of work and decision-making


Communication
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform    
Level 2: Understands, explains and shares information on assigned tasks with accuracy and clarity

Delivery
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement    
Level 2: Meets goals and timelines for delivery of products or services

Climate change
Knowledge of climate change concepts, frameworks, risk management and principles and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations
Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Gender Issues and Analysis
Knowledge of gender issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations, including analysis of projects from a gender perspective   

Level 2: Execute and Learn: Performs defined tasks efficiently and deepens knowledge of area of work

Change Management
Ability to apply a systematic approach to adapt, control and effect change  

Level 3: Implement and Manage: Exercises skills and knowlege independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities in area of work.


Stakeholders Management
Ability to manage multiple stakeholders and balance often contradictory expectations, building and maintaining relationships    

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstratted ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.



Mentoring and capacity building
Ability to coach/mentor technical staff to enhance sustain capacity development    

Level 4: Apply & Adapt:Contributes skills knowlege with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

Team Building
Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of professionals towards common goals  

Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities in area of work.

Communication
Ability to effectively communicate intensions and requirements to internal and external stakeholders  

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

 

Education

University degree in engineering, energy, environment or applied physics from a recognized institution or a closely related discipline

Post graduate certification in renewable energy or a related field would be an asset

Certification in the design and installation of photovoltaic systems would be an asset

Certification in wiring and electrical design would be an asset


Experience:

At least 5 years’ experience with the inspection and design of solar photovoltaic systems.
 
Knowledge of the process of conducting general building audits with respect to solar photovoltaic installations.

Knowledge of solar photovoltaic and other RE technologies appropriate for the local environment in Barbados.
 
Familiarity with DOMLEC, IRC and Electrical Division requirements for photovoltaic installations

Excellent Information Technology skills

Efficient organization skills

Excellent communication skills

Experience working on similar projects, particularly in the local context in Barbados, is a distinct asset.

Prior experience working with UNDP is an asset

Strong interpersonal skills are required.

Ability to work alone and as part of a team

Computer proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Outlook) is a prerequisite.

Familiarity energy systems analysis programmes such as Homer, PVWatts, etc. would be an asset

Experience in planning, designing and implementing effective Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems, the logical framework approach and other strategic planning approaches, training in M&E development and implementation and/or facilitating learning-oriented analysis sessions of M&E data with multiple stakeholders, data and information analysis and analytical report writing.

Computer proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and other common software is a prerequisite.

Language Requirements:

Proficiency in written and spoken English.
Working knowledge of other regional languages and dialects (e.g. Kweyol) or UN languages is an asset
 

 

 

 

Contract Duration: Ten (10) months ending September 2019

This vacancy is archived.

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