Regional Energy Specialist for Latin America and the Caribbean - IPSA 11 - Office-based
Panama City, PANAMA
hace 5 días

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

The NCE Team requires the support of Regional Energy Specialists to deliver on the activities described below. The scope of work over the course of the period will vary depending on the specific assignment and region.

1) Innovation, Strategic Leadership, Programme Support and Policy Advice

  • Develop and define strategic approaches for UNDP’s work on sustainable energy and climate change mitigation, drawing on UNDP’s existing work under the Sustainable Energy Hub as well as an analysis of the global / regional policy context.
  • Support UNDP’s work to assist countries at the regional level in designing energy policies to support energy access priorities promote the energy transition and foster low carbon growth in the context of their sustainable development efforts, aligned with the service offer under the Sustainable Energy Hub.
  • Provide expert advice and support in establishing strategic partnerships and developing new partnerships with UN agencies, donors, NGOs, private sector and other.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of new strategic programming and partnerships in areas of energy access and the energy transition to achieve results set within UNDP’s Strategic Plan, Energy Offer, SIDS Offer, and the work plans of Sustainable Energy Hub and the regional NCE team.
  • Collaborate with global, regional, national and sub-national staff to promote UNDP’s de-risking approach and implementation of the corporate sustainable energy strategy.
  • Provide support to Regional Hub and Country Office teams in their application of risk management tools across country typologies by answering questions, providing guidance and sharing relevant documents and lessons learned.
  • Provide guidance and input on energy policies in UNDP’s Climate Promise initiative.
  • Support country offices in developing and implementing strategic energy policy frameworks, as well as policy-related interventions in energy programmes and projects.
  • Work collaboratively with the mitigation, adaptation and climate and disaster risk management policy staff to identify policy issues regarding the implementation of energy-related SDGs and the nationally determined contributions (as they relate to energy).
  • Apply multi-disciplinary approaches, including through setting up, coordinating, and engaging with other relevant technical teams, to meet policy and programming needs in line with corporate guidance and standards.
  • 2) Policy Positioning and Representation

  • Under the guidance of the Regional Team Leader, mobilize, foster and strengthen strategic partnerships with UN entities, and other relevant bodies at the regional level, and provide inputs to those partnerships in support of UNDP initiatives;
  • Prepare briefing notes and speeches. Advocate the importance of the thematic area in various fora at the regional level, including academia and civil society, with a view to deepen related political commitment and related reforms.
  • Support Regional Team Leader in engagement in UN interagency coordination in relevant policy areas by organizing and participating in regional meetings.
  • Provide regional support to UNDP’s Sustainable Energy Hub, where needed.
  • 3) Research and Knowledge Management

  • Provides substantive inputs for HQ policy briefs / position papers prepared in collaboration with other practices that address links between energy and development concerns.
  • Coordinate and conduct analysis of data, case evidence and research findings to distill relevant lessons from regional projects and programmes to inform policy formulation and guidance and other products.
  • Develop relevant analysis on issues related to energy, including on emerging issues of significance to the region, and contribute to new research, technical paper or reports, as needed by the Regional Hub and / or the Sustainable Energy Hub.
  • Collect and compile information on the energy profiles of countries in the region, including key indicators and policies, and identify areas of strategic significance for programming and policy work.
  • Support the development of sustainable energy policies and tools, including for crisis contexts (where relevant, as these efforts may vary by region).
  • Coordinate team contributions and support to corporate Knowledge Management activities, at region-specific level to help influence / advance policy dialogue in the thematic area in collaboration with policy teams at HQ and in Regional Hubs.
  • Contribute regional energy insights and programming priorities to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Coordinate and perform knowledge extraction, analysis, documentation, codification of results / lessons learned in the specific thematic area and verify that knowledge sharing and content management is in line with guidelines and performed using corporate tools.
  • Contribute, and coordinate as requested, substantive inputs for energy programming outputs (e.g. work-plans, project documents, inception missions, workshops, technical working papers, methodologies).
  • 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 Direction & Strategy

    Strategic Thinking

  • Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities;
  • linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions

    Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP

    Knowledge Generation

    Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need


    Integration within the UN

    Ability to identity, and integrate capacity and assets of the UN system, and engage in joint work; knowledge of the UN System and ability to apply this knowledge to strategic and / or practical situations

    2030 Agenda : Planet

    Nature,Climate And Energy

    Energy : Energy access

    2030 Agenda : Planet

    Nature,Climate And Energy

    Energy : Energy planning, Derisking energy investment and financial appraisal

    2030 Agenda : Planet

    Nature,Climate And Energy

    Energy : Renewable Energy

    Required Skills and Experience

    Min. Education requirements

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in energy, engineering, environment, economics, business administration, social sciences or related disciplines
  • Min. years of relevant work experience

  • 7 years of professional work experience providing policy advice and programme support in the general area of Energy Access, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy or Climate Change in different development contexts is required.
  • Required skills

  • Experience in providing policy advisory services to governments related to sustainable energy and energy planning is required;
  • Experience with the design and / or implementation of development projects to promote energy investment is required.
  • Experience working in developing country settings is required;
  • Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section

  • Experience working in multiple countries of Latin America and Caribbean region is an asset
  • Experience in fragile and crisis contexts is an asset;
  • Experience working with multilateral organizations and / or the UN system is preferred.
  • Experience working with a wide set of energy stakeholders, such as the private and financial sector, government, and civil society is preferred;
  • Field experience in energy related projects in developing countries contexts is preferred.
  • Knowledge of other UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is highly desirable.
  • Required Language(s)

  • Excellent command of written and spoken English is required;
  • Professional Certificates

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