Technical Advisor, Energy & Climate

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Background about SEforALL

Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) is an international organization working with leaders in government, the private sector and civil society to drive further, faster action toward achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7), which calls for universal access to sustainable energy by 2030, and the Paris Agreement, which calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limit climate warming to well below 2° Celsius (and striving for 1.5° Celsius).

Achieving these goals will require a radical rethink of the way we produce, distribute and consume energy. SEforALL is at the heart of this foundational shift to ensure no one is left behind. Drawing on data and evidence, we identify a critical path to success in achieving SDG7.

The 8th UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the Sustainable Energy for All initiative in 2011. Now an independent organization, we maintain close links with the UN, including through a relationship agreement, partnerships with UN agencies and with SEforALL’s CEO acting as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative (SRSG) for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy. These roles include advising the UN Secretary General and his staff on issues relating to sustainable energy and the implementation of SDG7 and supporting the coordination of sustainable energy issues in the United Nations system.

The ambitions of SDG7 are extraordinary. Aiming to achieve them in the context of the Paris Agreement on climate change involves transformation at a scale never undertaken before. Swift action must be taken by leaders in governments, private sector companies, institutions, financiers, development banks, unions, communities, entrepreneurs and civil society. As we enter the final decade to achieve SDG7, SEforALL has strategically chosen to strengthen global agenda-setting while expanding its activities to an engagement model that prioritizes data-driven decision-making, partnerships with high-impact countries and implementation on the ground. SEforALL’s current three-year business plan outlines “results offers” that scope out our planned interventions and demonstrate to our funding partners the impact of their support.

Context and Objective of Assignment

Energy Transition Planning programme has been driving the SEforALL’s global engagement related to SDG-7 and its interlinkages with SDG-13 by supporting the development of Energy Transition & Investment Plans for developing countries. The objective of energy transition plans is to provide a decarbonization pathway that integrates the SDG-7 and SDG-13 goals that would inform the investment and policy gaps to address energy transition readiness and sustainable development. The ETP program is currently providing technical assistance to Kenya, Ghana, Barbados and Philippines energy transition and investment plans. Energy Transition Plans support in driving energy transition and climate action at global, regional, and national level. For instance, engage and support global players through a broad range of action-oriented partnerships with partner country governments, development finance institutions, development partners, international organizations, NGOs, CSOs and the private sector.

Purpose/Objective of the Role

The objective of the Technical Advisor, Energy & Climate would be to be a senior technical advisor and consultant to the energy transition planning team. The advisor would be expected to be an expert in energy systems and climate modelling and is able to guide the team to strengthen, develop and enhance SEforALL’s energy modelling framework that improves the data and analytical strengths of the team to inform deeper insight in energy transition planning. Further, the role would also provide support to the team in global and national capacity building activities on energy transition planning.

Main Duties and Tasks of the Role

The main duties and tasks of the role include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide technical advice and build capacity of SEforALL’s energy transition planning team on the latest modelling and energy demand forecasting methods.
  • Advise and support in the enhancement of SEforALL energy systems model (SEM) and its improvements to build towards an integrated assessment, particularly on the following key elements in 2024:
    • Cooling transition technologies module for SEM. Detailed power systems analysis (integrating with SEM with PyPSA) to address dispatch modelling.
    • Carbon modelling framework to integrate AFOLU sector analysis into SEM.
    • More robust energy demand forecasting methods.
    • Advise the evaluation of energy and climate modelling tools to be potentially used by SEforALL for energy transition pathways and plans.
  • Support SEforALL energy transition planning team on the national/international capacity building workshops, particularly on training modules and being a trainer.
  • Represent SEforALL’s energy transition planning team as its expert/advisor in external meeting or conferences , if requested by the programme manager.
  • Advise SEforALL on the latest technology updates and related information.

Specific Competencies for the Role:

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics or engineering with a specialization in Energy Modelling and Technology analysis or related fields. A master’s or other advanced degree would be desirable.
  • At least 15 years of experience on energy systems modelling, and related aspects for net-zero planning such as demand forecasting, carbon modelling and power system analysis.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing integrated assessment models and enhancing energy system models to address climate, energy and economic questions/targets of countries.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing regional/global energy models
  • Understanding of energy efficiency in end-use sectors.
  • Deep understanding of technologies for energy transition and net-zero policies.
  • Excellent research, analysis, presentation and writing skills, including extensive. knowledge of MS office, particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of modelling frameworks based on OSeMOSYS and / or MESSAGE,TIMES, INVEST CARBON, CGE is desirable.
  • Ability to work with others to create, synthesize and/or share relevant knowledge and to stimulate its use.
  • A passion for clean energy transition and climate action, particularly for developing countries.
  • Adheres to high quality standards with tight deadlines in collaboration with a team.
  • Complete fluency in English with strong written and verbal communication skills are required. Knowledge and ability to work in another language is desirable.

Core Competencies

  • Professionalism and Personal Leadership: Demonstrates/safeguards ethics and integrity. Demonstrates corporate knowledge, self-development and initiative-taking. Ability to work in a multi-cultural and international environment based on mutual respect and tolerance. Demonstrates good judgment and discretion when handling sensitive materials. Ability to exercise good judgment, discretion and tact in handling sensitive issues.
  • Analysis: Demonstrated excellent research and analytical skills that can be applied to generate knowledge products and support policy making.
  • Planning and Organization: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments. Adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently and is able to work to deadlines and maintain effectiveness under pressure. Excellent organizational and task management skills, with appropriate attention to details and ability to prioritize work among multiple competing demands, and under tight deadlines. Ability to manage multiple workflows at the same time. Proactive approach to managing workflow, with keen ability to multi-task and respond quickly and flexibly to a wide range of issues, some of which come up in ad hoc and unexpected ways. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment where adaptability will be a premier and delivery expected.
  • Communication: Excellent communication skills and proven document drafting ability; ability to interact with senior level UN staff, with ambassadors, high-level diplomats, and with senior government officials including Prime ministerial and Ministerial level as well as to develop contacts, foster collaboration with UN and with other stakeholders; deliver presentations, advocate for viewpoints and participate actively in internal as well as external debates and negotiations. Ability to craft messages and communiques, and copy edit work to produce effective written communications. Familiarity and appreciation of social media.
  • Teamwork: Work with colleagues within SEforALL and with partners in government and organizations. Support colleagues, encourage others to participate in teamwork and share responsibility for decision-making and results. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Support and act in accordance with group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Share credit for team accomplishments and accept joint responsibility for team shortcomings. Demonstrated ability to work with teams representing a wide variety of staffing levels that also cut across agencies and partners, and work without direct authority to deliver timely and high quality products. Strong team player capabilities.
  • Personal: Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude. Demonstrates behavior of professional and personal ethics transparency and openness to encourage respect and similar behavior from colleagues in the work place. Sensitivity to other people’s cultural and religious norms and the ability to easily blend with others. Proven ability to be discrete and maintain confidential information. Exhibits diplomacy, loyalty and commitment to SEforALL’s goals. Sense of humor is an advantage.

Our Values – please refer to our core values as defined here:

Salary information: The successful candidate will be offered an all-in daily rate determined depending on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience, and applying the principle of internal equity. SEforALL will provide compensation to the selected candidate, with the payments being untaxed. It is the responsibility of the staff member to ensure that they meet any applicable national or local tax requirements.

Additional Considerations

  • SEforALL offers exciting high-impact assignments, a collegial and creative work environment, and the opportunity for committed professionals to thrive and grow within flat hierarchies and in the pursuit of an inspiring mission.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only short-listed candidates for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Vienna, Austria
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