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Team Leader With Renewable Energy Expertise For The Preparation Of A Full Gef Project Document At UNDP

Date Posted: 14/Jul/2014
Deadline: 01/Aug/2014


Nigeria’s power sector is responsible for 16 MtCO2 emissions annually. Power supply comes primarily (70%) from inefficient thermal power stations; the rest is generated by three large hydro power plants (with combined capacity of 1,900 MW), which is the only renewable source of electricity currently in use. On-going power market reform seeks to create favorable environment for private investment in the sector and reach the national Vision 20:2020 target, which envisages expansion of power generation capacity from current 4,000 MW up to 40,000 MW. Consequently, the power sector’s annual emissions are projected to increase by up to 200 MtCO2 by 2020.

Power market reform will establish open and transparent market conditions for ALL independent power producers (IPPs) by allowing them access and supply electricity to the national grid at cost-effective market tariffs. However, by leveling the playing field for all IPPs, the reform disadvantages RE power projects compared to conventional power producers. The main reason for this is that RE power projects have a different financing profile with typically much higher upfront capital costs. This makes them more sensitive to the cost of capital, which in a country like Nigeria, is high due to additional informational, technical, regulatory, financial and administrative risks, which such projects entail.

The proposed UNDP-GEF project is designed to comprehensively address these barriers via a combination of policy and financial de-risking instruments and targeted technical assistance to key market players, the Governmental agencies, grid operator and RE project developers. The objective of the GEF project is to increase the share of renewable power generation in Nigeria up to 10% by 2020 (excluding large hydro) and the four components of the project are:

Component 1: Policy and institutional framework for private investment in on-grid renewable power generation

Component 1 will support the development and implementation of a national policy framework for scaling up on-grid renewable power generation. It is expected that the GEF-supported alternative will accelerate the adoption of RE policies and transition towards on grid RE, generating GHG reduction much earlier and at larger scale than under BAU. It will complement and build on two baseline initiatives: i) On-going WB-supported power sector reform promotes private sector investment in new generation capacity and ii) The scope of the EC/GIZ project is currently being defined and is much broader than the UNDP-GEF proposal: EC/GIZ’s advisory services will cover the development of legal and regulatory framework to promote ALL types of RE (on-grid/off-grid) and EE technologies.

Component 2: Financial de-risking instruments for private investment in on-grid renewable power generation

In collaboration with NERC, Component 2 will support the design and implementation of the financial derisking instruments and provision of additional financial incentive (if proved needed) for private investment in on-grid renewable energy based power generation.

Component 3: Grid management to absorb intermittent but predictable renewable energy

Component 3 will work with TCN and its new management company to improve grid management and support integration of intermittent renewable energy sources. In addition to investment planned by Manitoba, GEF resources will cover the following: i) Power system assessment and estimation of investment needs to ensure required level of grid stability and additional balancing and grid reinforcement cost for RE integration; ii) Capacity building for grid operator to operate and manage the absorption of decentralized, intermittent on-grid renewable energy, such as introduction of dedicated management tools and control system (on-line information of both the production and demand levels) and techniques for improved load forecasts and RE supply; iii) Revision of the Grid Code and other regulatory provisions to accommodate the needs of intermittent RE and iv) Demonstration of best available technologies and practices in grid balancing and RE integration, e.g. mini “smart grids”.

Component 4: First commercial on-grid RE-based power generation projects

Component 4 will facilitate design and implementation of a first batch of commercial on-grid projects for a total of at least 100 MW in installed RE-based power generation capacity. It is therefore will help overcome barriers and lower the perceived investment risks faced by first-of-it-kind RE projects. For any subsequent RE project, the perception of risk and barriers will likely to be much lower and won’t require additional TA at the scale needed to get first projects off the ground. The experience of all countries with mature RE markets has demonstrated that learning curve for RE development is extremely steep and substantial “knowledge spillover” effect can be achieved with only a handful of successful pilots.

UNDP is seeking to appoint an International Consultant as Team Leader to develop the full GEF project document.

Duties and Responsibilities

Within the framework of Project Preparatory Grant (PPG) of the UNDP-GEF Project “Promoting Low Carbon Energy Solutions in Nigeria Energy/Power Supply”, UNDP will engage an International Consultant who will be responsible for conducting analysis of investment framework for renewable energy in Nigeria and designing full-size UNDP-GEF project for submission to the GEF Secretariat, including:

    GEF CEO Endorsement Request Document;
    UNDP-GEF Project Document;
    GEF Climate Change Mitigation Tracking Tool;
    Environmental and Social Safeguard Report; and
    other supporting documents and reference materials which might be requested by the GEF Secretariat.

The assignment is estimated to take app. 80 working days and will be a combination of home and field-based work. At least two project missions to Nigeria are envisaged during this consultancy (exact dates and duration to be determined).

To this end, the International Consultant will be responsible for mobilizing and leading the team of national experts for planning and effectively undertaking the required surveys and preparatory field work, establishing dialogue and a working relationship with stakeholders (funding partners, national counterparts and private sector), and the timely delivery of the agreed documents.

Under the overall guidance of UNDP CO in Nigeria and in coordination with the national consultants and as informed by guidance from the UNDP/GEF Regional Technical Advisor and UNDP-GEF Finance Advisor, International Consultant (acting in his/her individual capacity) will be tasked with the following duties and responsibilities:

Activity 1: Conduct analysis of the renewable energy investment framework in Nigeria

Apply UNDP’s methodology for De-risking Renewable Energy Investment Framework to undertake analysis of the RE Investment Framework in Nigeria, specifically:

     Collect data on the status of existing/planned investment in selected renewable energy technologies in Nigeria, identify barriers to investment and prepare a muti-stakeholder barrier and risk table
    Conduct interviews with RE developers and other relevant stakeholders to asses barriers and associated risks, construct risk waterfalls for the Nigeria RE investment framework
     Determine the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) for the baseline energy mix and assess impact of a particular risk on the costs of financing (debt and equity) for renewable energy projects (using UNDP’s Financial Tool)
    Propose a set of specific policy and financing de-risking tools and measures to address identified risks and barriers and discuss proposed strategy with key private sector stakeholders
    Determine LCOE under alternative scenario (after implementation of suggested policy and financing de-risking measures)

Activity 2: Finalize UNDP-GEF project design and prepare full submission package

Based on the findings of de-risking analysis and approved by GEF Council Project Identification form (GEF), and based on inputs received from local experts, refine and finalize the design of UNDP-GEF full-size project and prepare full package of documents for its submission and endorsement by GEF CEO, namely:

     Review and ensure linkages and full alignment of the project with relevant national strategies and plans, reports and assessments under UNFCCC, such as national communications, TNAs, NCSA, etc;
     Describe baseline scenario with regard to power sector development in Nigeria, including sector GHG emission and RE investment baseline;
    Identify and present information about relevant baseline projects aiming at promoting RE in Nigeria (public, private sector and donor agencies); conduct consultation with relevant stakeholders and identify opportunities for collaboration;
     Describe and justify incremental activities to be supported by GEF projects;
    Present the summary of barriers for the effective promotion of renewable energy sector in Nigeria (based on the findings of de-risking analysis);
    Develop a strategy and a set of measures to overcome the identified barriers based on the approved project objectives and outcomes presented in the Project Identification Form (PIF);
    Prepare project’s logical framework and M&E plan with a set of measurable impact and progress indicators;
     Conduct assessment of GHG emission reductions in line with relevant GEF STAP guidance;
    Prepare and justify GEF project budget and project financing plan;
    Address the comments/suggestions made by GEFSec, STAP and GEF Council members;
    Finalize and facilitate the review process of the Request for CEO Endorsement/Approval document and Project Document

Activity 3 – Support in Stakeholder Engagement and Ownership/Endorsement

    Oversee and guide stakeholder analysis among national and provincial government agencies, industrial and private sector, civil society and academic institutions to be made by local experts;
    Identify stakeholders’ interests and current and potential roles in renewable energy and management activities in the energy sector;
     Facilitate stakeholder consultations to ensure local and national ownership of the proposed project;
    Develop stakeholders’ involvement strategy with a particular focus on the application and monitoring of low-carbon practices in the energy sector in Nigeria, including: stakeholder matrix, stakeholder involvement plan, stakeholder capacity building needs and plan;

The international expert will be supported by the national expert to facilitate stakeholder consultations and communication throughout the FSP development, in addition to co-ordination and support provided by UNDP CO.

Activity 4 – Support in Scoping and Design of demonstration projects

    Propose criteria and process for demonstration project selection and prioritization;
    Analyze baseline information, on potential demonstration sites and preliminary GHG emission reduction assessment for demonstration projects (provided by local international experts) to establish a measurable monitoring and evaluation framework for the project;
    In consultation with relevant stakeholders and partners, identify most demonstration projects, including required policy, institutional and financial mechanisms to support their implementation;
    Provide assessment of average investment costs and initial and net life-cycle costs of feasible renewable energy measures


    Baseline and barrier analysis, based on consultation and interviews with RE developers;
     Recommendations for appropriate policy and financial de-risking tools and activities, discussed and refined based on the outcomes of consultations with RE developers.


    Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities;
    Proven communication and leadership skills;
    Excellent team player with good interpersonal skills;
    Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment;
    Strong strategic planning, results-based management and reporting capabilities;
    Proven ability to conduct detailed financial and technical analyses of project investments or activities, including calculation of estimated GHG reductions and cost-benefit analyses;
    Proven ability to prepare Log Frame Analyses (LFAs) and project budgets.;
    Basic knowledge of carbon finance tools and markets. Display cultural, gender, religion, nationality and age related sensitivity and adaptability;
    Ability to conduct detailed quantitative GHG emission reduction calculations (direct and indirect) according to GEF policies and procedures;
    Ability to conduct research and analysis with strong synthesis skills;
    Ability to build strong relationships with national consultants; focuses on impact and results for the client and responds positively to critical feedback; consensus-oriented.

Required Skills and Experience


    Minimum of an advanced university degree in energy, agriculture, engineering, finance, economics, development or related field from a recognized university.


Successful applicants are expected to possess more than one of the following areas of expertise and proven experience in the respective areas of specialization in addition to the minimum qualifications specified above:

    Minimum 10 years of professional experience in the field of climate change mitigation, i.e. with projects and policies on energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport, technology transfer, green infrastructure or carbon finance and other climate change mitigation. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in working in West Africa;
    Proven past experience in UNDP/GEF project formulation/design, including drafting of GEF-compliant project documents and endorsement requests;
    Experience with policy or institutional development/implementation/reform related particularly to energy and infrastructure investments fields;
    Experience with Climate Change Mitigation project development, implementation, or demonstrations at local, national and/or international levels;
    Familiarity with or hands-on experience with conducting de-risking analysis for renewable energy investment
    At least 10 years of experience in designing and/or implementing energy and infrastructure investment related mitigation activities in developing countries
    Regional and national knowledge is highly desirable; experience in Sub-Saharan Africa is an asset.
    Experience working with international organizations, including UNDP, is preferred but not required.


    Ability to speak and write English fluently is essential.

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