• Vacancy at United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

  • Posted on: 23 May, 2013 Deadline: 6 June, 2013
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  • Background:
     
    Nigeria is starved of the needed energy for domestic and industrial uses. There is
    currently an excess electricity demand of over 10,OOOMW being met by diesel engines with its concomitant negative effect on industrial competitiveness and climate change. This is a worrisome situation in view of the vast supply of renewable energy materials for power generation in the country. As an agrarian economy,
    Nigeria has ample opportunity to bridge the electricity demand-supply gap by utilizing its abundant biomass resources. However, the agricultural and wood wastes generated in the country are either dumped or burnt. This results in significant environmental hazards and health problems arising from methane and other harmful emissions. Alternatively, large amount of electricity can be generated
    if the biomass and animal wastes and residues are used for power generation.
     
    In response to the above challenge and leveraging on its technical capacity in
    renewable energy development, UNIDO has developed and secured an approval for
    a project titled "Mini grids based on renewable energy (Biomass) to augment rural electrification" for funding under RAF•4 of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
    The project has four major components:
    1. Development of techno-economic feasibility studies and business plans for identified potential sites to facilitate replication; 2. Demonstration of techno-economic viability of biomass based mini-grid; 
    3. Strengthening of financial and policy environment to support RE based mini-grid systems; and
    4. Capacity development for replication of biomass mini-grid technologies.
     
    A Project Management Unit (PMU) has been established at the Energy Commission of Nigeria. One key personnel in the PMU is the Project Manager whose duties are described below. The Project Manager shall be under the overall supervision of the
    UNIDO Representative in Nigeria and shall drive the implementation of the project.

    National Project Manager (biomass mini-grid)

     

    Duties:
    Prepare annual work programme and implement the project accordingly upon approval by the UNIDO Project Manager in the
    headquarters;
    Keep good stakeholder relations and organize stakeholder consultation meetings regularly;
    Facilitate missions of international consultants related to GEF projects and assist in data collection, local coordination, relationship building with stakeholders, etc.;
    Continuous monitoring of implementation of project activities and performance to track progress towards milestones;
    Prepare progress implementation reports and annual progress reports to GEF;
    Serve as UNIDO Expert in renewable energy and carry out any other duty as may be assigned by the Organization; and
    Prepare end of assignment report to UNIDO

    Qualification
    Degree in Engineering with additional specialization in Renewable Energy or related subjects with at least 5 years experience in Nigerian Energy Sector. Previous experience with GEF projects will be added advantage. Wet! qualified candidates, .
    particularly females are strongly encouraged to apply.
     
    Languages:
    Fluency in English

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified candidates should submit their applications in a sealed envelope marked 'Project Manager' addressed to:

    The UNIDO Representative,
    UN House, Plot 617/618, Central Area District,
    P.M.B. 2851, Garki, Abuja

    not tater than Thursday, 6 June, 2013. Submitted applications should include curriculum vitae of candidates' with functional telephone numbers, email address, postal address and a one-page summary statement describing the relevance of candidates' experience and qualified to the job as outlined above.
    Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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