Advisor for Energy

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The UNDP Indonesia’s Environment unit plays a crucial role in addressing the pressing challenge of environmental degradation and supporting the government to reduce/avoid the country’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The unit actively addresses various sectors related to the major contributors to national GHG emissions that were Forestry, Land Use, and Land Use Change (FOLU), Energy, Waste Management, and Agriculture. The unit has added the Blue Economy to its focus. While not originally part of Indonesia’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), the Blue Economy is gaining traction for its economic and ecological potential in the marine and coastal sectors, encompassing sustainable practices such as fisheries, aquaculture, marine tourism, and renewable energy.

In the area of Climate Mitigation, the unit is engaged in numerous projects, including the development of emission caps, carbon pricing, and flagship projects driving Indonesia towards a sustainable, low-carbon future. Efforts extend to avoiding GHG emissions through projects focused on maintaining forests and conserving endangered species.

In our prevailing pursuit of sustainable development initiatives, we are seeking a dynamic and experienced individual to fill the crucial role of Senior Advisor on Energy. The primary objective of this position is to provide strategic guidance and advisory services across a diverse set of ongoing projects, ensuring the effective implementation and accomplishment of project objectives.

As an Advisor, the successful candidate will be entrusted with the responsibility of offering expert advice on a wide range of ongoing projects. This involves providing strategic guidance for successful implementation, aligning activities with project objectives, and ensuring impactful contributions to projects. Additionally, the Senior Advisor will play a pivotal role in the development of innovative resource mobilization strategies. This includes providing advisory services for new project pipelines and cultivating relationships with vertical fund donors as well as non-traditional donors to diversify funding sources.

Furthermore, the Advisor will conduct comprehensive follow-ups across various project pipelines, providing effective support and guidance to ensure the successful resource mobilization for ongoing projects. This multifaceted role requires a keen understanding of international development, project management, and donor relations.

The ideal candidate will possess proven experience in providing strategic advisory services within the energy, environmental, and sustainability sector. Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, along with a successful history of collaboration with diverse stakeholders, are essential. Demonstrated ability to think innovatively yet adhere to overall guidance from managers is essential. The incumbent should have solid teamwork capabilities, avoiding working in silos, solution-oriented, and have a great understanding of innovative financing for sustainability projects. Previous experience in mobilizing resources and engaging with donors would be highly advantageous.

Under the overall guidance of the Head of Environment Unit, the Advisor will provide strategic direction and technical advisory support to the projects’ teams to ensure high quality project development and implementation. The Advisor will also provide strategic advice on the technical aspects of natural resources, contribute significantly to assessment reports, and offer strategic guidance on how these reports can be used by decision-makers, donors, and for securing resources for future projects.

The NPSA holder will directly report to the Head of Environment Unit, with an emphasis on functions related to government counterparts, donor community, international financial institutions, and the UN agencies. As part of the incumbent’s duty, the NPSA holder will also participate in policy dialogues, discussions, and any strategic meetings held by UNDP, or with any assigned institutions.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Ensures provision of high-quality policy advisory services focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Provide advisory services across a range of ongoing projects, ensuring effective support and guidance in the successful implementation and achievement of project objectives.
  • Provide high-level government engagement to advocate UNDP’s value added and strategic interventions.
  • Advise senior management and Head of Unit in a timely manner of issues, trends, challenges and risk to enable timely remedial actions.
  • Support programme design with development partners, UN Agencies and implementing partners for the portfolio, ensuring robust articulation of Theory of Change and results from framework linking inputs and activities to programme outputs and outcomes, supported with evidence to report on the Strategic Plan and CPD indicators.
  • Contributes to the analysis of the political, social, and economic situation in the country and ensures collaborative and coordinated preparation/revision of CCA, UNSCDF, CPD, annual business planning,
  • Provision of advisory support in the process to develop an Integrated Work Plan and results reporting, project documents, policy briefs, briefing notes and other programmatic documents.
  • Identifies and pursues strategic programmatic areas of cooperation based on strategic goals of UNDP, country needs and donors’ priorities and operationalization of CPD with the Government and other partners of UNDP.
  • Identifies, promotes and facilitates innovative development solutions to the delivery of results.
  • Leverages innovative approaches, resources, and collaborative efforts to enhance programme and project impact.
  • Support the comprehensive landscape and key stakeholder analysis to determine implementation activities for climate financing, and to identify key stakeholders involved.
  • Provide innovative business development advisory services for new project pipelines and expand to non-traditional donors.
  • Provide follow-ups across a range of project pipelines, ensuring effective support and guidance in the successful obtainment of resource mobilization.
  • Develop concise briefing notes and talking points for the Senior Management and Head of the Environment unit, as required.
  • Conduct regular (e.g. bi-weekly) check-in meetings with the Head of the Environment unit and Senior Management to provide updates on the progress of ongoing initiatives.
  • Prepare comprehensive concept notes for new project pursuits, outlining key objectives and potential outcomes.
  • Conduct thorough reviews of potential donors, ensuring diligent follow-ups and arranging meetings to facilitate sustained resource mobilization for the Environment unit. To effectively mobilize resources, thorough reviews of potential donors are conducted through diligent research and evaluation of alignment with unit goals.
  • Continuous follow-ups, including arranging meetings, are crucial for fostering sustained relationships. Strategic communication to articulate the unit’s impact and values, to be complemented by customized proposals and transparent budgeting.
  • Collaboration with stakeholders ensures comprehensive engagement; while monitoring and reporting mechanisms demonstrate accountability to donors.
  • Cultivating long-term relationships and learning from evaluation processes contribute to the ability to secure consistent support for environmental initiatives.
  • Provide technical guidance and serve as a lead technical resource for the provision of technical assistance and capacity building initiatives in the implementation of the natural resources governance, e.g. forest governance, peat restoration, biodiversity governance and financing, extractive industries and marine and coastal governance and land reform related issues.
  • Ensure strategic support for the capacity-building of environmental governance’s key beneficiaries are managed effectively.
  • Develop and maintain quality of technical assistance provided through the pool of experts and consultants as relevant to the needs of key beneficiaries under natural resources governance sector.
  • Development of policies and institutions that will address the identified problems, recommendations and needs based on the assessment results in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners.

Provides strategic direction and support to implementing partners and technical specialists in conducting participatory and multi-stakeholder sectoral reviews:

  • Facilitate the establishment of mechanisms for coordination, dialogue, and learning among actors (bureaucrats and practitioners) in each key sector.
  • Review each actor’s mandate, plan, map activities, work areas and strengths/weaknesses (sector baseline).
  • Provide technical support to multi-stakeholder mechanisms, especially in regard to the donor coordination and government/civil society partnership-building activities.
  • Development of practical policies and plan recommendations.

Provides strategic direction for an effective resource mobilization, focusing on the following results:

  • Support the sector mapping to inform financing priorities and strategies for Nature, Climate and Energy.
  • Ensures the development of project pipeline generation for development financing.
  • Foster a culture of intellectual curiosity, creativity, collaboration, experimentation, and commitment to embodying the highest ideals of the United Nations.
  • Advocate the goals of the United Nations in relevant forums (e.g., conferences, workshops).
  • Provide strategic and substantive content for high level communications, speeches, publications, and statements.
  • Effective leadership on resource mobilization from private and public resources.

Facilitate and lead knowledge development and thought-leadership, to establish high- quality knowledge building and management information system focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Ensure that required expertise and technical assistance is made available to government and civil society partners/counterparts.
  • Ensure the programme policy linkages are identified and captured in the form of knowledge products, or policy papers, based on evidence from implementation of various initiative.
  • Effective mechanisms and systems in place and functioning to identify, document and synthesize lessons learned and best practices for sharing and learning throughout the region.
  • Develop narratives and compelling write-ups capturing the essence of UNDP Indonesia’s initiatives and impacts related to, but not limited to natural resources management and sustainable development.
  • Maintain project briefs and activity information for civil society, bilateral donors, academia, private sectors, and other stakeholders as appropriate to support UNDP’s public awareness activities including through preparation of statements and other communication materials.
  • Provision of high-quality information and analysis to the government counterparts to inform the strategic direction of local development priorities.
  • Coordinate and organize the relevant studies to collate research-based information, evidence, and facts to enrich the achievement of development results.
  • Ensure development results are communicated to all relevant stakeholders.
  • Provide support to high-level events leveraging UNDP’s position in strategic areas such as international waters and law enforcement.
  • Effective strategic input for capacity building training for project/programme staff to facilitate appropriate management and timely delivery of project outputs including in gender analysis and gender mainstreaming.
  • Effective contribution to the national and global network for gender mainstreaming learning and knowledge sharing
  • The incumbent performs other duties within their functional profile as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the Office and the Organization.

The incumbent of the position should avoid any kind of discriminatory behaviour including gender discrimination and ensure that:

  • Human rights and gender equality are prioritized as an ethical principle within all actions.
  • Activities are designed and implemented in accordance with “Social and Environmental Standards of UNDP”.
  • Any kind of diversities based on ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, class, gender are respected within all implementations including data production.
  • Differentiated needs of women and men are considered.
  • Inclusive approach is reflected within all actions and implementations, in that sense an enabling and accessible setup in various senses such as disability gender language barrier is created.
  • Necessary arrangements to provide gender parity within all committees, meetings, trainings etc. are introduced.
  • Ensure gender-related economic, environmental, public research and analysis, to contribute to the formulation of policies, programme interventions, procedures, guidelines, and tools.
Core competencies:
  • Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact.
  • Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems.
  • Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences.
  • Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands.
  • Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results.
  • Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter- agency collaboration.
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity.

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies:

Business management

  • Digital Awareness and Literacy: Ability and inclination to rapidly adopt new technologies, either through skillfully grasping their usage or through understanding their impact and empowering others to use them as needed.
  • 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

Information Management & Technology

  • Solutions Architecture: Ability to design and manage the Information system architecture supporting corporate business processes. Design integration strategies and approaches to integrate of one or more applications or services to maintain a coherent and effective IT architecture. Knowledge of ISO 20000 and IT operations.

2030 agenda- people

  • Gender: Gender mainstreaming

2030 Agenda: Peace

  • Nature, Climate and Energy: Energy: Renewable Energy: Environmental Governance: Global Environmental Governance; Energy efficiency concepts, renewable energy, access to energy; technologies and practical application.
Required Skills and Experience:
  • Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in Energy Science, Energy Engineering, Sustainable Energy, Energy Economics, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Industrial Engineering, or other relevant fields of study, or field related to thematic area is required, or
  • A first-level university degree (bachelor’s degree) in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Minimum 7 years (with master’s degree) or 9 years (with bachelor’s degree) of progressively responsible relevant experience at the national or international level in providing technical advice, conducting research, formulating policies, and/or developing and managing complex projects in sectors applicable to thematic area(s).
  • Experience in energy issues, energy transition, environment, and/or climate change at the national or international level, preferably in the fields of sustainable energy, and climate change issues.
  • Proven experience of engaging and negotiating with high level personnel in governmental institutions, external agencies etc.
  • Proven analytical skills and ability to conceptualize strategic intervention.
  • Demonstrated experience in delivering results and resolving the issues on complex cases.
  • Track record of successful resource mobilisation
  • Experience in knowledge sharing.
  • Excellent writing skills in English to develop knowledge products, policy briefs, and other communication materials.
  • PhD degree in Energy Science, Energy Engineering, Sustainable Energy, Energy Economics, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Industrial Engineering, or other relevant fields of study, or field related to thematic area would be highly desirable.
  • Proven experience in providing top-quality and strategic advice to senior leaders and professionals.
  • Experience in providing policy and/or programme advice and leading policy engagements and dialogues.
  • Prior experience in energy/environmental consulting, private sector, and/or business development is an asset.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of the environment/climate vertical funds such as the Global Environment Facility, Green Climate Fund
  • Track record of successful partnerships with development partners, philanthropies, private sector and others
  • Proven success in resource mobilization and experience in developing partnerships across a wide range of organizations.
  • Experience in representing senior management and conducting high- level meetings.
  • Experience in fostering networks and partnerships and ability to provide coordination with the UN Agencies, international and other organizations present in the sector.
  • Professional Certification in programme or project management (e.g., PMP, PRINCE-2, MSP etc.) is a distinct advantage.

Required Languages:

  • English and Bahasa Indonesia
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