Green Energy Specialist e-Mobility

  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / YEAR
  • Job type:
    CONTRACTOR
  • Posted:
    4 months ago
  • Category:
    Environment and Natural Resources
  • Deadline:
    23/11/2023

JOB DESCRIPTION

Background
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UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Office of Information and Technology Management (ITM) is the organization’s primary provider of ICT systems and green energy services and solutions to a global network of 155+ UNDP Country Offices and partners worldwide. ITM’s mission is to develop Smart Facilities which guarantee efficient, innovative and sustainable management of technologies for UN facilities and partners consistent with Sustainable Development Goals. Among other technologies, ITM offers a framework of best practices to deliver resilient, highly available, and sustainable business solutions that permeate across the organization. The ITM office in Copenhagen is expanding the team to cover respective green energy services which include, but are not limited to, e-Mobility, solar PV installation, energy efficiency, training and capacity building and waste management. These services are aligned with the organization’s Digital Transformation Agenda and Smart Facilities Initiative.

As part of efforts to strengthen the e-Mobility service to its clients, ITM has come up with a rollout procedure to cater for the diverse needs of the clients. Based on the more mature 7-Step process for solar PV implementation, the e-Mobility process seeks to ensure efficient and high-quality project implementation for sustainable service provision to the beneficiaries. The e-Mobility service, and particularly Vehicle-Grid-Integration (VGI), is part of the Smart Facilities concept being rolled-out in UNDP premises. The roll-out process is meant to be an end-to-end process which provides a turn-key solution for the end users, with focus on end-of-life vehicle (ELV) management and Energy Storage as a key for integration.

The full roll-out process constitutes of: Step 1 – Vehicle Utilization & Assessment, Step 2 – Business Case Compilation, Step 3 – Procurement, Step 4 – Site Survey, Step 5 – Technical Design, Step 6 – Installation, and Step 7 – Operations & Maintenance.

Duties and Responsibilities

We are seeking a highly skilled and knowledgeable e-Mobility Engineer/Specialist with expertise in Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) and Vehicle-to-Grid Integration (VGI). As an e-Mobility Engineer, you will play a crucial role in the development and implementation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and the integration of electric vehicles into the power grid.

The focus areas for the e-Mobility Engineer/Specialist are:

  1. EVSE, VGI, peer-to-peer power.
  2. Charging stations: bi-direction, fast charging, etc.
  3. Integration with Smart Facilities, solar panels, a focus on energy storage
  4. Include all types of transportation: vehicles, fishing/marine vessels, motorcycle, tuk-tuk, etc.
  5. Battery disposal

Under the supervision of the UNDP ITM Green Energy Team Leader, the Green Energy Specialist will perform the following tasks:
Design, Engineering, Integration, Testing and Validation: 

  • Develop technical specifications and design guidelines for EVSE infrastructure, including charging stations, charging cables, and associated components. Ensure compliance with relevant industry standards and regulations.
  • Grid Integration: Collaborate with utility companies, grid operators, and stakeholders to design and implement solutions for integrating electric vehicles into the power grid. This includes VGI technologies, such as bidirectional charging and grid-to-vehicle communication.
  • System Integration: Work closely with cross-functional teams, including electrical engineers, software developers, and project managers, to ensure seamless integration of EVSE and VGI systems with existing infrastructure and smart grid technologies.
  • Research and Innovation: Stay updated with the latest advancements in eMobility, EVSE, and VGI technologies. Conduct research and feasibility studies to identify new opportunities and innovative solutions for efficient grid integration and charging infrastructure.
  • Testing and Validation: Develop test plans and perform comprehensive testing and validation of EVSE systems, VGI functionalities, and their interaction with the power grid. Analyze and troubleshoot issues, ensuring reliability and safety standards are met.

Provide consultancy expertise and guidance on electric vehicles, fishing/marine vessels, motorcycle:

  • Identify opportunities for Vehicle-Grid-Integration and focus on charging stations (bi-direction, fast charging, etc.).
  • Integration of eMobility solutions with Smart Facilities and Energy Storage, leveraging data to improve the solution.
  • Closely monitor developments in the industry and propose feasible technologies with tangible benefits as part of an implementation and strategy roadmap.
  • Create eMobility overview covering all types of transportation means, including vehicles (cargo and personal), marine vessels and micro-mobility (tuk-tuk, motorcycles, bicycles, etc.) with focus on data and Smart Facility solutions.
  • Support the Green Energy team in partnerships development with internal and external stakeholders in the EV/EVSE industry.
  • End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) management, with focus on EV batteries, and implementation of the insights into the project model.

Fleet (vehicles, fishing/marine vessels, motorcycle, bus, truck, etc.) Assessment & Market Research:

  • Carry out an assessment of vehicle usage, driving patterns, etc. to gain clear understanding of needs.
  • Conduct market research to gain insights on availability of primary and complimentary services in the country of interest.
  • Identify and remotely collect all pertinent data for both Electric Vehicle (EV) and Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) selection, in liaison with onsite focal point.

 

Project Management and Implementation:

  • Take ownership of e-Mobility projects from concept to implementation. Coordinate project schedules, resources, and stakeholders to deliver high-quality results within defined timelines and budgets.
  • Compile business cases for assigned projects, providing all key information for decision-making.
  • Actively participate in development and improvement of internal tools, resources, and procedures to calculate key financial and environmental indicators.
  • Engage in procurement processes including preparation of technical specifications and evaluation of proposals for both EV and EVSE, where ELV management is taken into account.
  • Provide technical and project management support throughout project implementation, following the established process.
  • Good understanding of safety and grid protection requirements for the installation of EVSE.
  • Experience with reviewing electric single-line diagrams, block diagrams, and technical design drawings.
  • Identify and implement quality assurance measures for resilience of EVSE installations and testing.
  • Identify and provide/propose risk mitigation measures as may be necessary.
  • Track implementation status of each assigned project.
  • Coordinate activities of all stakeholders in assigned projects.
  • Collaboration and Support: Collaborate with external partners, industry experts, and research institutions to foster knowledge sharing and support the development of e-Mobility standards and policies. Provide technical expertise and support to colleagues and stakeholders.

Operations & Maintenance:

  • Facilitate internal and external training of team members, users, and onsite focal point for tier-1 support.
  • Provide tier-2 support and remote monitoring to ensure high availability of EV/EVSE.
  • Compile performance reports for assigned projects on a bi-annual basis.
  • Identify and propose improvements and provide support for implementation approved proposals.

Solar PV projects

  • Conduct preliminary assessment and compile business cases for assigned projects.
  • Actively participate in solicitation and evaluation of proposals.
  • Provide technical support and project management for different projects assigned by supervisor.

Energy Efficiency

  • Conduct preliminary assessment and compile business cases for assigned projects.
  • Actively participate in solicitation and evaluation of proposals.
  • Provide technical support and project management for different projects assigned by supervisor.

Energy Storage and Energy integration

  • Support the Green Energy team in partnerships with relevant internal and external stakeholders regarding Energy Storage to improve the resilience of the solutions delivered.

Capacity Building

  • Represent Green Energy team in dissemination activities, in collaboration with the rest of ITM.
  • Support ITM as an expert in collaborations with universities and other relevant stakeholders.

 

Institutional Arrangement

  • On a day to day basis, the Green Energy Specialist will be directly reporting to the Green Energy Team Leader
  • The Specialist is expected to report project progress in weekly and monthly Green Energy Team meetings
Competencies
Core Competencies
  • 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

  • UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site.

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies:

  • Digital and Innovation:
    • Ability to extract, analyze and visualize data (including Real-Time Data) to form meaningful insights and aid effective decision making
  • Digital & Innovation: 
    • Ability to facilitate a process that enables a diverse group of stakeholders  to solve a common problem, develop a practice, or create knowledge together
  • Project Development:
    • Ability to efficiently handle and manage solar projects based on PRINCE2 or PMP or other standards
  • Teamwork & Capacity Building: 
    • Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge with teammates and project stakeholders

Desired additional skills and competencies:

  • Technical knowledge in the e-Mobility industry, particularly electric vehicles, charging stations, and vehicle-grid integration (unidirectional and bidirectional) is desired;
  • Good exposure to designing and sizing hybrid and off-grid solar PV systems is desired;
    Familiarity with relevant industry regulations and standards (e.g., IEC 61851, ISO 15118, IEEE 2030.5, etc.) is desired;
  • Knowledge in or exposure to Energy Storage is an added advantage is desired;
  • Experience in technical assessment for green energy projects is desired; Experience in system integration and working with smart grid technologies is desired;
Required Skills and Experience
Education:
  • Master’s Degree in Electrical, Mechanical or Green Energy Engineering or a Bachelor’s Degree with 7 years of relevant experience can be considered in lieu of Master`s.
Experience:
  • With Master`s a minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in a technical capacity on electric vehicle charging stations (EVSE)
  • With Bachelor`s a minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience in a technical capacity on electric vehicle charging stations (EVSE)

Required Skills:

  • Proven experience in e-Mobility engineering, with a focus on EVSE and VGI (vehicle-grid-integration) technologies is required;
  • Knowledge in or exposure to End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) management and battery disposal is required;
  • Knowledge of the e-Mobility market and the transition roadmap developments is required;
    Strong understanding of electric vehicle charging standards, protocols, and grid integration principles is required;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and deliver results within deadlines is required;
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate with diverse teams and stakeholders is required

Language:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required
  • Knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an advantage.

The following documents shall be required from the applicants: 

a) Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

b) A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

c) Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.

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