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Renewable Energy Engineer (NPSA9)

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Renewable Energy Engineer (NPSA9)

  • Post Date:August 24, 2022
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  • Career Level Engineer
    Qualification Degree
    Experience 3-5 Years
  • Industry Non Governmental
Job Description

Job Identification: 5252
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
Apply Before: 08/27/2022, 05:59 AM
Job Schedule: Full time
Agency: UNDP
Grade: NB4
Vacancy Type: National Personnel Service Agreement
Practice Area: Nature, Climate and Energy
Bureau: Regional Bureau for Africa
Contract Duration: 1 Year
Education & Work Experience: Master’s Degree – 2 year(s) experience OR Bachelor’s Degree – 4 year(s) experience
Required Languages: English
Vacancy Timeline: 2 Weeks


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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.

UNDP works to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities, and protect the planet through the sustainable development of nations, in more than 170 countries and territories. We help countries develop strong policies, skills, partnerships and institutions so they can sustain their progress. In Zimbabwe, UNDP is working for a Zimbabwe that is empowered and more resilient to create and sustain growth that will improve people’s lives. We focus on areas that have a multiplier effect through a targeted build-up of capacities, policies, the creation of dialogue space, and scalable downstream interventions.

UNDP Zimbabwe is working with the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) in Zimbabwe to support the government of Zimbabwe attain its climate goals through the Climate Adaptation Water and Energy Programme (CAWEP). The CAWEP programme aims to support vulnerable communities and institutions’ adaptation and resilience capacity to climate shocks. Through this programme UNDP and FCDO is supporting the development of climate resilient, multiple use water and renewable energy infrastructure in vulnerable communities of Zimbabwe to enable (i) continued access to water for productive and household use, including during droughts and floods, and (ii) improved access to clean and affordable energy to support economic activities with the intention of supporting more sustainable livelihoods’ outcomes. The project will align and contribute towards the Government of Zimbabwe’s (GoZ) climate change priorities outlined in various strategies, such as its National Development Strategy, Nationally Determined Contributions, National Climate Change Policy.

Against this background, the UNDP Zimbabwe Country Office is seeking a Renewable Energy Engineer to be embedded in the Rural Electrification Fund and support the PMU in the implementation of the CAWEP project.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the implementation of the CAWEP Energy component within REA, UNDP and other partners;
  • Strengthen and help advise government on policy planning and strengthen technical capacity of government officials;
  • Provide technical advice on policy energy issues and inputs to strategic documents and processes;
  • Identify and analyze pertinent energy development, challenges and opportunities in Zimbabwe, with a focus on increasing coordination and alignment between government agencies;
  • Support the government in the implementation of solar mini-grid pilot projects aimed at securing a feasible business model for scaling up mini-grids deployment in Zimbabwe;
  • Collaborate with government staff to integrate UNDP’s de-risking approach as an instrument to attract further investments in clean energy solutions;
  • Provide strategic guidance, technical inputs and quality assurance for the implementation of all project outputs and activities;
  • Provide technical inputs and advice for projects related to energy focusing on rural electrification;
  • Review workplans, budgets and progress reports and provide inputs to the preparation of results- based work plans;
  • Share knowledge on project related to energy issues by documenting lessons learnt and best practices from project piloting and contributing to the development of knowledge-based tools (including policies, strategies, guidelines, etc.); and;
  • Support close and regular technical backstopping to the team within the Ministry of Energy and the Rural Electrification Fund and other implementing entities in coordinating and liaising with stakeholders – including other government agencies, development partners, civil society, and the private sector.

Institutional Arrangement

Under the overall supervision of the UNDP Programme Specialist, the Renewable Energy Engineer will be in charge of the delivery of CAWEP mandate in the Rural Electrification Fund. The RE Engineer, through the coordination of UNDP will be expected to work closely with Government officials and other partners.


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.

Technical/Cross-functional Competencies

  • Business Direction & Strategy: Business Acumen: Ability to understand and deal with a business situation in a manner that is likely to lead to a good outcome Knowledge and understanding of the operational frame Works in the organization and ability to make good judgments and quick decisions within such frameworks.
  • Business Direction & Strategy: Negotiation and Influence: Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue, negotiates mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and creates win-win situations.
  • Business Development: Human-centered Design: Ability to develop solutions to problems by involving the human perspective in all steps of the problem-solving process.
  • Business Management: Results-based Management: Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results.
  • Business Management: Project Management: Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.
  • Business Management: Partnerships Management: Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree renewable energy engineering, chemical engineering, environmental sciences, or related sciences or;
  • Bachelor’s degree with 2 additional years of experience will be given due consideration in lieu of Master’s degree.


  • At least 2 years (with Master’s) or 4 years (with Bachelor’s) of solid experience in managing project/program including coordination a large multi-stakeholder project in the field of energy saving and energy efficiency, renewables and ability to respond flexibly to the political, technical and managerial challenges;
  • Experience in the implementation of organizational and financial schemes to support energy efficiency (for example, ESCO, PPP, etc.);
  • Experience in working with ministries and/or other national institutions, and ability to work effectively with fellow partners at all levels and with all groups is desired;
  • Experience in the field of renewable energy, supporting renewable energy in Zimbabwe, financing energy efficiency, reducing the impact on the global climate, including the political, institutional and socio-economic contexts is desired;
  • Experience in the UN system in implementing Government cost-sharing projects would be an asset.


  • Fluency in English.


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