UNDP National Coordinator, Climate Aggregation Platform Jobs in Uganda

UNDP National Coordinator, Climate Aggregation Platform Jobs in Uganda


Background

  • UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field- based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.

  • Within the GPN, the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. BPPS staff provides technical advice to Country Offices; advocates for UNDP corporate messages; represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora, including public-private, government and civil society dialogues; and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas.

  • The CAP’s activities and value proposition will be formulated in terms of a global offer and an in-country offer:

  • The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has provided initial seed-funding to establish the CAP in the form of an initial grant. UNDP is the project implementing entity and the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI), as a Responsible Party to UNDP, will implement specific pre-identified activities.

  • The CAP National Coordinator (NC) will be based in Kampala, Uganda and will support the UNDP Country Office in Uganda and the global CAP Project Team in the successful execution of the CAP project’s in-country activities in Uganda and other regional activities. The NC will also contribute to the implementation of the project’s global offer.

  • Furthermore, the NC will also support the implementation of CAP market development / barrier-removal activities in Uganda.

  • The NC will work closely with other CAP project team members, with staff at the UNDP Uganda Country Office and UNDP’s BPPS/Nature, Climate and Energy Unit, project consultants and partners. The NC will report to the Global Energy and Finance Advisor and the Team Leader- Nature, Climate and Energy Programme, UNDP Uganda Country Office.

    Duties and Responsibilities

  • The National Coordinator will have the following responsibilities:

    Administrative responsibilities:

  • Act as the local representative of the CAP and operate under an approved annual budget with a set of targeted objectives, including around knowledge management, and knowledge product creation activities with inputs from the global CAP team and UNDP Uganda Country Office;

  • Support UNDP CO in Uganda in establishing and overseeing the CAP National Working Group and its activities;

  • Lead the CAP in-country market development / barrier-removal activities;

  • Lead activities related to supporting CAP’s in-country showcase transaction(s);

  • Manage CAP knowledge products, including market assessments, CAP national action plans, case studies, etc.

  • Support the coordination of UNDP country offices for the CAP’s in-country activities;

  • Closely coordinate and maintain working-level contacts with project partners on project implementation;

  • Support the recruitment/procurement and coordination of project consultants or service providers supporting in-country CAP activities;

  • Organize working group meetings, workshops, webinars, or other events;

  • Contribute to UNDP and GEF monitoring and reporting requirements as needed;

  • Assist in preparing and reviewing reports, work-plans, info packs, and other materials;

  • Assist in managing the project’s financial resources, including reporting, both internally and externally;

  • Support the organization of Project Board meetings, including the preparation of board documents and materials;

  • Create and maintain a database of relevant stakeholders at the national/regional or global level;

  • Support and assist the global CAP team on administrative matters, as and when needed;

  • Preparation of project progress reports, annual work plans and contribution to the Country office reporting requirements.

    Technical responsibilities:

  • Provide guidance and oversight, and set high standards for the CAP’s technical planning, activities and products in Uganda. This will include:

  • Latest developments – Incorporate an up-to-date technical understanding of financial aggregation for small-scale, low-carbon energy,
    in Uganda;

  • Knowledge products. Utilize market and strategic expertise to contribute to market assessments and CAP national action plans.

  • Lead the development of a detailed country market assessment on financial aggregation;

  • Identify and support in-country showcase financial aggregation transaction(s);

  • Develop and update a CAP national action plan setting out specific barrier-removal activities that the CAP will pursue in the particular market.

  • Support activities related to market development and barrier removal efforts;

  • Lead and support the activities of the NWG and depending on the defined structure, support the Secretariat role of the NWG.

  • Develop knowledge products, including case studies, and assessment of specific in-country market barriers and solutions for financial aggregation;

  • Promote CAP’s vision and role in Uganda, acting as the primary interface with the market and UNDP.

  • Represent CAP at industry meetings and events, including delivering talks and presentations in Uganda and more broadly East Africa, and other global locations.

  • Contribute to the CAP website content including blogs, transaction announcements, papers and links to other knowledge products.

  • Advise on opportunities to augment the CAP’s initial seed funding, expanding the CAP into new areas and increasing the CAP’s impact;

  • Align and create synergies between the CAP activities and other project activities on energy and climate change implemented by UNDP in Uganda as per the Country Programme Document 2021-2025.

    Competencies

    Corporate:

  • 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;

  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;

  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

    Technical:

  • Expertise in finance and financial structuring, preferably with transaction experience in PAYG solar sector and securitization structures;

  • Expertise in the PAYG solar, renewable and low-carbon technologies and the energy market in Uganda;

  • Knowledge of innovative business and financial models in low-carbon energy;

  • Ability to successfully interact with finance, industry, and government stakeholders active in the solar and low-carbon energy industry.

    Communication:

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, in a simple, concise, and persuasive manner.

  • Ability to create content for the CAP website, including blog posts, transaction announcements, links to relevant publications, and commentary about the showcase transaction

    Professionalism:

  • Ability to work and build partnerships with multiple stakeholders and partners across a wide range of disciplines;

  • Demonstrated ability in strategic thinking;

  • Strong organizational, reporting and writing abilities;

  • Able to work independently and remotely with minimal supervision;

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

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

  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback.

    Teamwork:

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a collaborative team and process.

    Required Skills and Experience

    Education:

  • Master’s or equivalent degree in energy, finance, engineering, business administration or other closely related fields.

    Experience:

  • At least 7 years or more professional experience working in the area of clean energy finance.

  • Experience in financing low-carbon energy projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, with financial aggregation and securitization transaction experience a significant advantage, particularly if in the PAYG solar market or in Uganda;

  • Experience working in developing country contexts, with experience in Uganda and an existing network of relevant stakeholders in the country, a significant advantage;

  • Experience working with multilateral organizations, development banks and/or the UN system preferred.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNDP National Coordinator, Climate Aggregation Platform Jobs in Uganda


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