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The Accelerating a Just Energy Transition in Republic of Moldova Programme aims to drive a comprehensive and systemic just energy transition in the Republic of Moldova, effectively addressing the root causes of the energy crisis. It strives to promote sustainable development and ensure equitable access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy for all individuals and communities in the country.
The Programme aims to achieve five key ambitions, co-designed with energy stakeholders:
- Accelerate Energy Diversification and Efficiency: By supporting the modernization of infrastructure, buildings, and the grid, the Programme aims to increase access to renewable energy sources, promote energy efficiency, and encourage investment in renewable energy and innovative technologies.
- Decarbonizing Industries and Economic Sectors: sectors The Programme seeks to drive the decarbonization of various economic sectors such as construction, transportation, agriculture, and the private sector. It aims to promote sustainable practices, share green business models, and develop vocational skills for the green energy sector to create equitable employment opportunities and support the transition to a low-carbon economy.
- Foster Sustainable Consumption Patterns: Through comprehensive public awareness campaigns and educational materials, the Programme aims to deepen understanding of energy efficiency and renewable energy among community members, business leaders, and government agencies. It strives to promote behavior change towards sustainable energy practices, particularly among vulnerable populations.
- Strengthen Inclusive Energy Governance: The Programme recognizes the importance of inclusive energy governance at both the national and local levels. It aims to strengthen the capacity of relevant institutions and stakeholders to effectively govern and manage the energy sector. By promoting transparency, accountability, and participation, the Programme seeks to ensure that decision-making processes related to energy transition are inclusive, empowering all segments of society, including marginalized groups.
- Addressing Energy Vulnerability and Promoting Resilience: One of the Programme ‘s primary focus is to address energy vulnerability and promote resilience among households and businesses. It will provide further support to the Government in improving and implementing compensation mechanisms, including the established an on-bill compensation mechanism targeting the households by level of vulnerability. This intervention aims to provide immediate relief to energy-poor households and the private sector, while also fostering long-term energy resilience and efficiency. The Programme places a strong emphasis on meeting the energy needs of vulnerable groups, prioritizing affordability, reliability, and sustainability. To this end, it will explore conceptualization of decentralized energy solutions, off-grid options, and harness the role of energy access in conflict and disaster recovery efforts, livelihoods, and social inclusion.
Under Component 1, the programme aims to support the implementation of an extensive network of Smart Meters for electricity in Moldova. The purpose of Smart Meters initiative is to rationalize the consumption of electricity in the residential sector in Moldova, herebye enhancing energy efficiency, reducing electricity wastage, and enabling better management of electricity consumption in the residential sector. This project aims to install smart meters in (at least) 30.000 households across the country, which will benefit the energy transition in Moldova by ensuring greater consumer control, improved energy efficiency, cost savings, and access to valuable data for energy analysis and informed decision-making.
In details, the specific objectives of the Smart Meters projects are:
- Deploy the Network of Smart Meters for electricity: Install smart meters in residential households to accurately measure and monitor electricity consumption.
- Enable Real-time Monitoring: Provide consumers with access to real-time energy consumption data through user-friendly interfaces, empowering them to make informed decisions about their electricity usage. Support the Government in the creation and usage of a large data collaborative consisting of consumption and other administrative data, and specific indicators, supporting the use of data for decisions.
- Implement Time-of-Use Pricing: Introduce flexible pricing models based on peak and off-peak electricity demand to encourage consumers to shift their consumption patterns to non-peak hours (consumption valleys). Provide support to the Government for testing differentiated tariff.
- Improve Grid Management: Enable utilities to monitor and manage electricity distribution more effectively, identifying areas of high demand, potential outages, and optimizing load balancing.
- Promote Energy Conservation: Raise awareness in the general population and specific groups of population (including by energy vulnerability level) about energy conservation practices and incentivize households to adopt energy-efficient behaviors.
The initiative will support the acceleration of energy diversification and efficiency in Moldova and foster innovation and innovative approaches and provide more flexibility and cost savings for consumers and transform the national grid into a smarter grid approach. The Programme duration is envisaged between 2023- 2027.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Component Manager’s prime responsibility is to ensure that the smart metering initiative produces the results specified in the detailed concept to the project document, to the required standard of quality and within the specified constraints of time and cost.
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Energy Transition Programme Manager and overall guidance of the UNDP Climate Change, Environment and Energy (EECC) Cluster Lead and Policy specialist responsible for digitalization, the incumbent provides effective and efficient support to the initiative through a range of actions contributing to the management and monitoring of initiative activities. The selected Component Manager applies and promotes the principles of results-based management (RBM), as well as a client-oriented approach consistent with UNDP rules and regulations. He/she is responsible and accountable to the Project Board for the project results.
The selected Component Manager is expected to collaborate also with the Programme, Operations, Communications and other project teams in the Country Office (CO) for effective achievement of results, anticipating and contributing to resolving complex programme/project-related issues and information delivery. The incumbent is expected to exercise full compliance with UNDP programming, financial, procurement and administrative rules, regulations, policies and strategies, as well as implementation of the effective internal control systems.
The Component Manager, in close cooperation with the UNDP Country Office and all relevant stakeholders, incl. Ministry of Energy, Energy Efficiency Agency, Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Development Partners, private sector and other relevant stakeholders, will ensure the provision of development services and products (commensurate with the scope of the initiative) of the highest quality and standards to national counterparts and clients through applying human rights based (HRBA) and gender equality (GE) approaches, specifically:
- Ensuring effective content and operational management of the Component 1;
- Oversee day-to-day operations and implementation of project activities;
- Exercise close monitoring of project activities and produce monitoring reports;
- Ensure the timely and efficient delivery of Project outputs and products, as per the Project Document, leading to the achievement of expected results;
- Develop Work Plan, periodic narrative progress and final reports and expenditures status reports and submit to the supervisor;
- Ensure the implementation of the activities under the Project work plan according to indicators for achieving planned results, as well as the overall management of the Project in line with UNDP rules, regulations and procedures;
- Support UNDP CO in effectively managing human resources pertaining to the Project, including staff, consultants and short-term experts; conduct periodic performance appraisals; build, lead and motivate a solid team of professionals;
- Support the efficient management of the Project financial resources, including budgeting and budget revisions, as well as expenditure tracking and reporting;
- Continuously record and maintain Project issues and risks and suggest mitigation measures.
- Lead and coordinate the organization of meetings, workshops, conferences, trainings, study visits and related activities relevant to the implementation of the Project;
- Maintain a continuous effective dialogue with the key stakeholders, central and local government authorities, other UN agencies and actors active in the sector, CSOs, partner organizations, international and national experts in the areas of the Project intervention in view of identifying synergies and avoiding overlapping of assistance;
- Maintain a close collaboration with other related UNDP projects to ensure synergies and complementarities;
- Ensure high quality information and visibility of the project activities to the mass media and stakeholders and support mechanisms for exchange of information, experience and lessons learned at the local, national, and as required at international levels;
- Perform any other duties connected directly with the implementation and evaluation of the Project as required.
The key results have a direct impact on the overall successful achievement of the Accelerating a Just Energy Transition in Republic of Moldova Programme. Accurate analysis and presentation of information enhances UNDP’s position as a strong development partner. The information provided facilitates decision-making of the Project Board, the Beneficiary and UNDP management.
- Achieve Results: LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work
- Think Innovatively: LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking
- Learn Continuously: LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning
- Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process
- Act with Determination: LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously
- Engage and Partner: LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships
- Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making
People Management Competencies
UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site.
Cross-Functional & Technical Competencies
- Results-based Management
- Ability to manage projects and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results
- Project Management
- Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals
- System Thinking
- Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system
- Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and project performance and results
- Agile’ methodologies and practices
- Ability to manage projects and processes through continuous iteration, learning and improvement.
- Ability to manage a self-organizing cross-functional teams, foster a team culture of curiosity and learning. Being nimble and being able to improvise and quickly adjust to unforeseen events or changes in conditions or context.
- Futures & foresight
- Ability to look at information from the past and present, identify patterns and trends and use them to inform decision making with a long-term view. Being sensitive and able to scan horizons and pick up weak signals of change, explore their potential implications and assess their impact and urgency. Using creativity and imagination to communicate insights in compelling and engaging ways to challenge current mental models; ability to develop scenarios, speculative designs to present future visions or by making it experiential. Being able to facilitate debate and discussion about possible futures; help people to feel comfortable with the discomfort of uncertainty.
- CSO Engagement
- Knowledge and understanding of CSOs and the ability to engage with CSOs
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s degree in ICT, IT management, computer sciences, computer engineering, public administration, engineering, economics, environment, energy and other closely related fields is required. Or
- Bachelor’s degree with additional two years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of Master`s degree.
- Minimum 2 years (with Master’s degree) or 4 years (with Bachelor’s degree) of progressive experience in the development, coordination and implementation of the programmes in the energy and ICT/smart technologies sector.
- Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems.
- Professional working experience in the energy, ICT, smart technologies areas is an asset.
- Extensive knowledge of the electricity distribution at national and regional context and solutions to advance smart metering.
- Relevant professional experience of engagement with a large variety of stakeholders (public, private, LPAs, central public authorities, mass-media etc. is an asset.
- Previous experience in development assistance or related work for a donor organization, development partners, NGOs, UN Agencies is an asset.
- Prior experience with UNDP consultancy and/or project implementation.
- Familiarity and prior experience with the donors requirements and procedures is considered as an asset.
- Ability to deal with people with tact and diplomacy.
- Ability to achieve results and deadlines in a timely manner, maintaining a high standard throughout.
- Additional training and certification in project management and/or business administration would be an advantage.
- Fluency in English, Romanian and Russian (written and spoken) is required.
- Working knowledge of one or more additional languages relevant for Moldova, including Bulgarian, Gagauzian, Romani, Ukrainian or sign language is an asset.
The Component Manager will work under the supervision of the Programme Manager and the Climate Change, Environment and Energy Cluster Lead and will ensure the provision of development services and products commensurate with the scope of the Programme and assigned area of responsibility of the highest quality and standards to national and local counterparts and clients through applying HRBA and GE approaches. He/she will coordinate the part time consultants, as envisaged in programme’s organizational chart.
The Component Manager will work in close cooperation with the team in the Country Office (CO) for effective achievement of results, anticipating and contributing to resolving complex project/project-related issues and information delivery. The incumbent is expected to exercise full compliance with UNDP programming, financial, procurement and administrative rules, regulations, policies and strategies, as well as implementation of the effective internal control systems.
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