Job Description

The Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) aims to achieve 70% nationwide electrification in the country by 2030 and 100% by 2050 as outlined in the Development Strategic Plan (2010-2030). About 13% of PNG’s total population has electricity mainly from the current grid services that the government provides. As such, the government has developed the National Electricity Roll-Out Plan to achieve its target. To achieve this, the plan would require improved investment in energy development including renewable energy sources and energy efficiency technologies which will reduce reliance on fossil fuels as these contributes to greenhouse gas emissions which ultimately affect the global climate.In this context the Government of PNG, represented by the Department of National Planning and Monitoring, UNDP and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is providing technical assistance under the European Union - funded Support to Rural Entrepreneurship, Investment and Trade in Papua New Guinea (STREIT) project. STREIT’s overall objective is to increase sustainable and inclusive Economic Development of rural areas. The project will support investments in climate resilience and improved value chains by facilitating access to renewable energy technologies. It will deliver a range of activities under output 2.3 – Increased production of and access to, renewable energy systems. It will do this by delivering activities that:
  • Support policy and regulatory reform which will among other things, promote the inclusion of food and agriculture in renewable energy development;

  • Determine the feasibility of investment options for renewable energy generation systems;

  • Establish renewable energy generation systems in project areas and advocate for their up-take; and,

  • Support the generation of electricity produced from renewable sources.

UNDP is implementing the project as part of its current portfolio of environment, energy and Climate Change projects. It will leverage off existing renewable sector activities and existing partnerships with key relevant players including the East Sepik Provincial Administration, PNG Power Limited, the Department of Petroleum and Energy, the Climate Change and Development Authority, the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission and other development partners. The project will be implemented over four years. UNDP is now recruiting a suitably qualified national engineering expert on renewable energy with project management experience to work on a full-time basis in Wewak, East Sepik Province. The project manager will oversee day-to-day management and overall implementation of the project. Administrative support will be supplied by the STREIT and the Facilitating Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Applications for Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Project (FREAGER) teams, and where needed by UNDP (e.g. regarding contractual issues). The Project Manager will also work closely with stakeholders from other relevant ministries/agencies, provincial and district representatives, and bilateral and multilateral development partners. Duties and ResponsibilitiesSummary of key functions:
  1. Quality, timeliness and effectiveness of the services provided;

  2. Quality, timeliness and effectiveness of the activities carried out;

  3. Quality, timeliness and effectiveness of the use of funds;

  4. Support to the country office with other tasks as directed.

Quality, timeliness and effectiveness of the services provided.
  • Under the supervision of the International Technical Specialist with guidance from the Head of Environment Portfolio and working in collaboration with the FREAGER Project, the Project Manager will lead the day-to-day management of, and supervise the STREIT PMU to implement the project;

  • Be the focal point for communications to the participating partners, national and regional organizations, and others concerning the implementation of the project;

  • Provide a Coordination and management structure for the implementation of the project in accordance with the rules and procedures of UNDP;

  • Based on agreed regular reporting and review schedules, (minimally annually, but recommended quarterly), submit a report to UNDP and the project executive board, incorporating reports received from contractors;

  • Agree in advance with the project executive board on the exact progress reporting format and periodicity.

Quality, timeliness and effectiveness of the activities carried out.
  • Maintaining constructive relations with key project stakeholders, including Government institutions, donors and Non-Government Organization partners, informing them and consulting with them as appropriate regarding strategic project decisions;

  • Providing support to UNDP in the preparation of annual and semi-annual reports, incorporating inputs provided by project contractors in relation to each of the project’s components;

  • Prepare project Board Papers for presentation including work plans to the Project Board and UNDP for approval, to ensure their feasibility, relevance, correspondence with project resource availability and the harmonization of the activities proposed under each component;

  • Working together with international and national technical advisors to review and update the project risk log and corresponding mitigation strategies.

Quality, timeliness and effectiveness of the use of funds.
  • Reviewing quarterly work plans, expenditure reports and disbursement requests prepared by contractors, and making recommendations to UNDP regarding their approval or, where necessary, modification prior to approval;

  • Overseeing the work of PMU staff, i.e. the finance and procurement officer.

CompetenciesCorporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;

  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;

  • Ability to maintain an effective relationship and understanding with different kinds of people.

Functional Competencies:Knowledge Management and Learning
  • Shares knowledge and experience;

  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.

Development and Operational Effectiveness
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to master new material quickly;

  • Ability to manage priorities in order to meet tight deadlines;

  • Good communications, interpersonal and report writing skills;

  • Creativity and innovation abilities.

Management and Leadership
  • Demonstrated capacity for leadership and management;

  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback;

  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;

  • Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure;

  • Ability to manage the work of teams, subordinates and consultants;

  • Proven ability to work flexibly and independently as part of an interdisciplinary and/or multi-cultural team;

  • Ability to deliver quality results against tight deadlines.

Required Skills and ExperienceEducation:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (preferably energy/mechanical/electrical), Environmental Science or Management, or other relevant natural and applied science disciplines;

  • Master’s degree in the relevant field would be an advantage.

  • At least 10 years’ professional experience in environment, Climate Change Mitigation or Energy Projects;

  • Proven track record of experience in the management of environment, climate change mitigation or energy projects and programmes at the national and local levels;

  • Experience in management of complex projects and programmes;

  • Strong managerial/leadership and decision-making skills;

  • Demonstrated intellectual leadership and ability to integrate knowledge with broader strategic, policy and operational objectives;

  • Proven capacity to liaise and effectively work with international development agencies and government agencies;

  • Familiar with climate change mitigation and adaptation issues including forest and natural resources management, and rural development;

  • Experience in working on REDD+ is an advantage;

  • Experience with government and UN procedures including its financial systems is an asset;

  • Experience in working on working in rural development is an advantage;

  • Strong interpersonal skills. commitment to teamwork and to working across disciplines;

  • Good team player, self-starter, has ability to work under minimum supervision and maintain good relationships internally and externally;

  • Computer literate.

Language Requirements:
  • Excellent knowledge of English and Tok Pisin, both spoken and written.


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