United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

National Consultant (Energy Efficiency in Buildings)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

  The 6.3 magnitude earthquake that hit Albania on 26 November 2019, has left 51 people dead and injured at least 913 others. Eleven municipalities situated in three prefectures (Tirana, Durrës and Lezha), have suffered to varying degrees from the earthquake with 202,291 people affected directly or indirectly. As indicated by the Post Disaster Need Assessment (PDNA), the education sector is one of the most affected by the November 26, 2019 earthquake. Damages were reported to 321 Educational Institutions (all types including dormitories) in the 11 affected municipalities, representing 24% of all educational establishments. In this context, the European Union pledged EUR 65 million allocated for the repair/reconstruction of the education sector in eleven affected municipalities, as part of the donor’s conference organised in Brussels on February 17, 2020. The Action, funded by European Union, is implemented by UNDP in collaboration with the Albanian Government.

The specific objectives are: (i) To support repairing and rebuilding, including the basic furnishing and equipping of education facilities in municipalities affected by the earthquake according to the EU standards, (ii) To provide increased transparency, accountability and inclusiveness to the recovery process and (iii) To improve capacities of central and local governments in accelerating the recovery processes according to the highest international standards. The Action aims to deliver rapid assistance to help restore indicatively 58 education facilities in order to ensure students loose minimum school and learning days, and to enable the gradual normalization of life of affected population in those municipalities, with education the foremost priority. It will target more than 60 educational facilities, including creches, pre-schools, primary education, secondary schools – including VET schools and respective dormitories in municipalities affected by the earthquake, such as:  (i) Lezha, (ii) Tirana, (iii) Rrogozhina, (iv) Mirdita (v) Vora, (vi) Shijak, (vii) Durresi, (viii) Kruja, (ix) Kurbini, (x) Kamza and (xi) Kavaja. In that context, a consultant/electrical Engineer will be hired to support the team. The programme is based in tow main principles: (i) Build back better and (ii) Build back together.

Duties and Responsibilities

EU4Schools programme funded by the European Union will engage a national consultant to support the team, experts and Design companies for the process of repairing and reconstruction of new educational facilities providing Energy Efficiency recommendations in the following areas:
  • Energy Efficiency
    • Quality of the building envelop
      • Approach to reduce thermal bridges
      • Compactness
    • Solar orientation
      • natural lighting and
      • winter passive solar heat gains
    • Prevention of excess heat gain in summer
      • Shading
      • Natural ventilation
    • Innovative approaches
  • Architectural Quality
    • Conceptual approach of the building
    • Positioning in the neighborhood and on the property
    • Landscaping solution
    • Architectural quality of the interior
  • Functional Solution
    • Efficient layout of apartments and common areas
    • Compactness of mechanical solutions
    • Efficiency of structural solution
  • Economic Criteria
    • Cost efficiency of the overall solution
    • Efficiency of construction
    • Operation and maintenance costs over the building life-cycle.
Deliverables and timeline

Under this assignment following deliverables are expected:
  • Propose and justify a definition and criteria of a “a highly energy efficient social building” to be repaired/reconstructed as a part of the EU4Schools program including (i) minimum; (ii) most feasible; and (iii) innovative expected level of energy performance, associated costs, use of domestic/locally available materials, etc.);
  • Advise contractor in the design works.
  • Provide for the background Analysis to introduce the technical specifications of energy efficient public buildings as part of the governmental program to introduce the green procurement of public goods.
30 September 2021 (20 working days)
  • Assist the evaluation unit, to evaluate the proposals received, based on the criteria established in the terms of reference, which should include, among others: the feasibility, technical quality, level of innovativeness and cost-efficiency of the concept ideas;
10 December 2021 (20 working days)  


Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
Core Competencies:
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty.
  • Act as a team player while also taking individual initiative to complete outlined tasks;
  • Sharing knowledge - across the action in particular and the organization in general -through supporting the building of a culture of knowledge sharing and learning;
  • Communication - Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.
  • Planning & Organizing – Develops clear goals in line with agreed strategies, identifies priorities, foresees risks and makes allowances accordingly.
  • Organizational Awareness - Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.
  • Teamwork - Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Accountability – Takes ownership of all responsibilities and delivers outputs in accordance with agreed standards.
Functional Competencies:
  • Excellent communication skills (written, spoken, composing, presentation) and ability to share expertise for Capacity Building;
  • Has deep knowledge of health and safety country laws and regulations;
  • Political and cultural sensitivity and commitment to UNDP’s development objectives in the country;
  • In-depth practical knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues;
  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information, and best practices;
  • Ability to manage competing demands and meet deadlines;
  • Proven networking, teambuilding, organizational and communication skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree in energy engineering or related field.

  • A minimum of seven years of working experience in the area related to the assignment.
  • Demonstrated analytical and communication skills and competence in handling relations with the key project partners.
  • Ability to work in a team and to motivate other team members and counterparts.
Language Requirements

  • Good working knowledge to communicate and write reports in English.
Evaluation Procedure

UNDP applies a fair and transparent selection process that would take into account both the technical qualification of Individual Consultants as well as their financial proposals. The contract will be awarded to the candidate whose offer:
  • Is deemed technically responsive / compliant / acceptable (only technically responsive applications / candidates will be considered for the financial evaluation)
  • And has obtained the highest combined technical and financial scores.
Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation – max points: 70
  • Criteria A: Advanced university degree in energy engineering or related field – max points: 30
  • Criteria B: A minimum of seven years of working experience in the area related to the assignment – max points: 40
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation – max points: 30 Application Procedure

Interested applicants are advised to carefully study all sections of this ToRs and ensure that they meet the general requirements as well as specific qualifications described. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.

The application should contain:
  • Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position. Please paste the letter into the "Resume and Motivation" section of the electronic application.
  • Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability & Detailed Financial Proposal - please fill in the attached form. Download Here (kindly use Firefox browser)
  • Filled P11 form including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees, please upload the P11 instead of your CV. Download Here (kindly use Firefox browser)
  • Financial Proposal in ALL*- Specify a Total Lump Sum in Albanian Lek for the tasks specified in this announcement. The attached template may be used - Download Here (kindly use Firefox browser) Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall consider various expenses incurred by the consultant during the contract period (e.g. fee and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services).
  • Copy of Diplomas and copy of Passport.
  • Technical proposal – specifying the methodology which the consultant will employ to conduct this assignment.
*Kindly note that Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal are two separate documents and should be both part of your application.

How to Submit the Application: To submit your application online, please follow the steps below:
  • Download and complete the UN Personal History Form (P11) for Service Contracts (SCs) and Individual Contracts (ICs); In the P11 Form make sure to include Email Addresses of the Persons who are willing to provide References on your past experience in working with them.
  • Merge your UN Personal History Form (P11) for Service Contracts (SCs) and Individual Contracts (ICs), Financial Proposal Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and cover letter into a single file. The system does not allow for more than one attachment to be uploaded;
  • Click on the Job Title (job vacancy announcement);
  • Click “Apply Now” button, fill in necessary information on the first page, and then click “Submit Application;”
  • Upload your application/single file as indicated above with the merged documents (underlined above);
  • You will receive an automatic response to your email confirming receipt of your application by the system.
Due to large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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