United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

International Consultant (Armenia Energy Sector Vulnerability and Adaptation Issues)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

National Adaptation Plan (NAP) to advance medium and long-term adaptation planning in Armenia project builds on the national climate priorities summarized in the 2015 NDC, and will support the Government of Armenia to advance its medium and long-term adaptation planning. The Green Climate Fund resources will be used to enable the government to integrate Climate Change related risks, coping strategies and opportunities into ongoing development planning and budgeting processes. The Government of Armenia sees the NAP process as a key step to achieving the adaptation objectives of its 2015 Nationally Determined Contribution. With the development of a NAP process, Armenia will lay the groundwork for the systemic and iterative identification of medium- and long-term climate-induced risks, Climate Change Adaptation priorities, and specific activities that promote climate adaptive and resilient growth in its key sectors. For more project information visit: http://www.nature-ic.am/en/projects/National-Adaptation-Plan/1030. The energy industry plays a big role in how households, industry, businesses, private sector, transportation system, etc. function. Because this is an industry spanning global markets, across international economies and different geopolitical environments, the Energy Sector is particularly vulnerable to emerging risks, particularly trans-boundary ones. Climate change, the rapidly changing environment in which the industry operates, regulations and public policies, tariffs and trade tensions, as well as catastrophic events, are some of the significant risks the energy sector needs to consider currently and for the foreseeable future. For Armenia, the early identification and assessment of the dangerous impact of extreme weather conditions on the energy system, the development and implementation of counter-measures is an imperative of the time. The overall objective of the assignment is threefold and includes (i) the Mapping of the energy balance in Armenia (including production, distribution and consumption); (ii) the identification and assessment of the diverse range of climate-related impacts on the Armenian energy sector resulting from both slow onset climatic events and extreme, rapid weather events; and (ii) the development of an option Analysis and a roadmap to adapt the energy sector to the risks identified, that will feed into the national climate change adaptation planning and implementation process.The work shall form a comprehensive report, drawing from the 3 different parts discussed here. Thus, the assignment is aim to support Armenia in the process of conducting qualitative Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment and development of energy sector adaptation plan within Armenia’s National Adaptation Planning process. Prior to the commencement of the tasks, the selected consultant shall prepare an inception report that including a detailed work-plan accompanied by the methodology approach envisaged to implement it. In cooperation with the Project expert team, preliminary list of related to the assignment stakeholders need to be identified and included in the inception report. The report / methodology should be submitted within 1-month period after the signature of the contract and shall be discussed and agreed with the Project Management Unit prior to the initiation of the assignment.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of UNDP CO and overall guidance of UNDP Climate Change Programme Coordinator and direct supervision and guidance of the Project Manager, the International Consultant will be responsible for the following tasks: Task 1: Qualitative Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (CRVA) 1) Review the energy sector in Armenia, from the point of its sensitivity and links to the climate change:
  • General overview of the sector,

  • Sector’s key components and services,

  • Organizational and institutional frameworks,

  • Generation (nuclear, thermal, key renewables; transmission and inter-linkages; consumption, key drivers,

  • Sector development policies,

  • Reliability and security aspects.

2) Review and analyze available information on the diverse range of impacts throughout the energy chain (generation, transmission infrastructure, consumption) resulting from:
  • Slow onset climate change events such as changes in mean temperature, precipitation, windiness, cloudiness etc;

  • related shifts in extreme weather events such as extreme high and low temperature and precipitation, extreme high wind, hail, lightning etc., including changing patterns (frequency, intensity, duration, timing and/or spatial extent) etc.

3) Analyze the information and statistical data related to Armenia’s energy sector damages due to weather extremes. 4) Review available socio-economic information related to the energy sector. 5) Develop report on short-term and long term vulnerability of the sector, including, but not limited to:
  • Vulnerability methodology and the use of indicators;

  • Cross-cutting issues;

  • Climate variability and associated risks;

  • Climate direct and indirect impacts on energy demand and energy services,

  • Energy supply demand scenario projections to 2050, etc.

6) Finalize key concerns on data sufficiency, availability and recommendations. 7) Review and update key findings, limitations and further research needs and opportunities for implications of climate change trends on energy sector resources and services to the year 2050. 8) Based on the identified vulnerabilities and gaps, develop / update a list of climate adaptation measures for the energy sector with a related roadmap, which will form the basis for adaptation planning process in the sector. Particular attention should be paid to the vulnerability to the impacts of climate change on the hydropower plants.
  • Adaptation options should consider policy, technological, procedural, financial and any other relevant measure;

  • For technological options, a rapid assessment of their attractiveness and profitability.

9) Present the findings and the list of adaptation options to stakeholders for their input during a workshop (in cooperation with the project national expert team, online or in person as appropriate). Collect and integrate the feedback received during the workshop in the summary report. The Project national expert team will assist the international consultant by providing all available and relevant information as well as in organizing workshops. Task 1 deliverables:
  1. Inception report.

  2. Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Report:

  • general overview of Armenia’s energy sector from the point of its exposure to the climate change related drivers,

  • methodological approach applied for the climate risk and vulnerability assessment,

  • estimated impacts of climate change including slow onset changes and climate extremes on energy generation from hydropower plants, solar plants and other production plants,

  • implications of climate change trends on the current energy sector strategy and services to the year 2050, plans and activities,

  • summary on data sufficiency, as well as information and capacity gaps and recommendations.

  • Results presented during the workshop.

  • Finalized report incorporating the input received from the stakeholders.

Task 2: Energy Sector Adaptation Plan (ESAP) within Armenia’s National Adaptation Planning Process 1) Prioritize adaptation measures based on stakeholders’ input:
  • Based on stakeholders’ input, identify overarching strategic goals, key outcomes and associated strategic objectives for the sector adaptation planning;

  • Identify cross-sectoral considerations and Coordination requirements / issues in the Sector Adaptation Alan;

  • Finalize potential adaptation measures based on stakeholder input. For each strategic objective identify and propose the adaptation measures, period of implementation, indicative outputs etc.;

  • Develop mechanism for prioritization of adaptation measures: propose criteria and the weighting, etc. The prioritization mechanism should be finalized with stakeholders during a workshop.

2) Propose a roadmap for priority adaptation measures, including synergies with Climate Change Mitigation approaches:
  • Identify the lead agency/es for the formulation and implementation of the Sector Adaptation Plan (SAP);

  • Outline the strategy to be followed for the implementation of the plan, including the long-term approach to integration of the adaptation plan into the sector development long term plan.

  • Outline additional sector specific monitoring and evaluation provisions for SAP.

  • Present the roadmap during a workshop (in cooperation with the project national expert team, online or in person as appropriate).

3) Based on the stakeholder feedback, develop at least 2 concept notes within the framework of the SAP to aid fundraising efforts. 4) Summarize all assessments under previous tasks in SAP document; facilitate ongoing collaboration for implementation and engagement in the Energy Sector.
  • Present Energy SAP during the final workshop (in cooperation with the project national expert team, online or in person as appropriate).

  • Submit final report incorporating all received feedback.

Task 2 deliverables:
  1. Prioritized adaptation options finalized.

  2. Roadmap proposed, presented during a workshop.

  3. Energy SAP developed and presented during a validation workshop.

  4. Final ESAP report submitted with stakeholder comments incorporated.

All reports must be submitted to the UNDP CO in Armenia and made in accordance with requirements to reporting, in line with agreed timelines with the project management. The reporting language is English. Task 3: In-country mission to Armenia (if required)
  • Conduct one in-country mission to Armenia during year 2020 (up to 5 working days) for the purposes of the assignment and presentation of results (intermediate or final, as appropriate) during the organized workshop(s).

All organizational costs for workshops, such as event venue reservation, accommodation, transportation of participants, printing of materials, technical equipment, etc. will be covered by the Project. Expected deliverables: Deliverable 1: Inception report developed and submitted. 1 month after signing the contract Deliverable 2: Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Report drafted, result presented during a workshop/webinar. 3 months after signing the contract Deliverable 3. Prioritized adaptation options finalized, roadmap proposed and presented during a workshop/webinar. 4 months after signing the contract Deliverable 4: Energy SAP developed and presented during a validation workshop/webinar. 5 months after signing the contract Deliverable 5: Final ESAP report submitted with stakeholder comments incorporated. 6 months after signing the contract In-country mission to Armenia conducted (up to 5 days). During contract period Payment mode: Evaluation of outcomes is the responsibility of UNDP Climate Change Program Coordinator and UNDP-GCF NAP Project Manager.The payments will be made based on submitted and accepted deliverables.Payment will be made in four installments upon completion of all tasks and approval of deliverable by the UNDP country office.
  • Deliverable 1 and 2 – 40% of total amount

  • Deliverable 3 – 30% of total amount

  • Deliverable 4 – 20% of total amount

  • Deliverable 5– 10% of total amount

  • Strong track record with producing high quality research and strong quantitative skills in project design, and planning;

  • Knowledge in energy economics and project cycle;

  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with people of different professional, social and cultural backgrounds.

  • Excellent analytical and drafting skills;

  • Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills;

  • Timely delivery of high quality products.

Required Skills and Experience
  • Advanced university degree in physics, energy engineering or other relevant field;

  • At least 10 years of professional experience in energy sector and/or conducting environmental assessments;

  • At least 5 years of experience of the context of climate change related issues and adaptation planning in energy sector;

  • Experience and good knowledge of transition economies, or countries with similar to Armenia national circumstances;

Language Skills
  • Proficiency in English, knowledge of Russian is an advantage.

CANDIDATES WILL BE EVALUATED BASED ON THE FOLLOWING METHODOLOGY: Candidates will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants' technical qualifications,experience and financial proposal.The contract will be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as technically responsive/compliant/acceptable to the requirements of the ToR and received the highest cumulative (technical and financial) score out of below defined technical and financial criteria. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for financial evaluation. Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation - max. 70 points
  • Criteria A -desk review: (Education - Advanced university degree in physics, energy engineering or other relevant field) –5 max points

  • Criteria B-desk review: (At least 10 years of professional experience in energy sector and/or conducting environmental assessments) –15 max points

  • Criteria C-desk review and interview: (At least 5 years of experience of the context of climate change related issues and adaptation planning in energy sector; Knowledge in energy economics and project cycle) –max 30 points

  • Criteria D- desk review -(Experience and good knowledge of transition economies, or countries with similar to Armenia national circumstances) –15 max points

  • Criteria E- desk review (Language skills) –5 max points

Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation - max. 30 points. If country missions are requested, in addition to the consultancy fee the expert will be paid the cost of economy class round trip ticket, terminal and visa (if needed) expenses, as well as Daily Subsistence Allowance during in country missions according to the established UNDP rates and procedures. DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION.
  • Financial Proposal and Availability form:OFFEROR’S LETTER TO UNDP (total lump-sum option is applicable for this assignment)

  • CV shall include Education/Qualification, Processional Certification, Employment Records /Experience

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