Job Opening

Posting Title: Technical Energy Efficient Lighting Expert
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 07 October 2021 - 20 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-165466-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

The consultant is asked to develop/deliver the following activities:

For both Bolivia and Tunisia:
• Revision and analysis of U4E´s Legal and administrative processes proposal for Monitoring, Verification and Enforcement to improve compliance with national standards.
• Revision and analysis of local laboratories capacities and strengthening requirements to enforce MEPS and labels in the national market, including alternatives of regional collaboration.
• Development of technical recommendations and overall assistance to selected laboratories to improve their capacities based on gaps and opportunities identified. Provide overall assistance to Laboratories for international accreditation to evaluate the performance of LED lamps and lighting control products.
• Provide information and training to technical staff on MVE international best practices and tailored advice for the enforcement of the MEPS and Labels proposal.

In Bolivia, the consultant shall work in coordination with the Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energies, the Ministry of Environment and Water and the implementing agency UN Environment.
In Tunisia, the consultant shall work in coordination with the National Agency for Energy Management (ANME) as focal energy efficiency agency of behalf of the Ministry of Energy and the implementing agency UN Environment.

Work Location

Home Based

Expected duration

The expected duration of the contract is 18 months with possible extension for a further 6 months.

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. In 2009 the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Secretariat approved the United Nations Environment Programme Global Market Transformation for Efficient Lighting Project, also known as the en.lighten initiative. This initiative seeks to accelerate the global transition to energy efficient lighting technologies by strengthening country capacities around the world, as well as ensuring an environmentally sound management of lighting products. It builds synergies among stakeholders, shares knowledge and information, helps create policy and regulatory frameworks, and addresses technical and quality issues. Building on the success of the en.lighten initiative, UN Environment and the GEF launched a new United for Efficiency (U4E) initiative in 2015. The initiative supports countries in their transition to the use of energy-efficient lighting, appliances and equipment.
The UN Environment U4E initiative currently provides technical assistance to regional and national projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America aiming to transition to efficient equipment and appliances funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF): such as in Tunisia, Bolivia and Pakistan.

The UN Environment Programme U4E initiative requires the services of an International lighting technical expert to support Bolivia and Tunisia in the development and adoption of a market Monitoring, Verification and Enforcement (MVE) system to significantly improve the regulatory and operational framework for higher performance lighting products, including light emitting diodes (LED) and systems. The consultant will provide training and support to national laboratories to verify compliance with standards and promote regional cooperation. The strengthening of national Laboratories in terms of capacity, equipment, and instruments to achieve best current international standards and practices will make it possible for Bolivia and Tunisia to attain their own local high-level of efficient lighting MVE skills, which will enable a sustainable market transformation to higher performance lighting in all sectors.

This consultancy is home-based.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: • Minimum advanced university degree (Masters) or equivalent in Engineering and Electricity or in a relevant scientific development discipline.
Experience: • More than 8 years’ experience and proven technical competencies in the lighting sector and specifically in the energy efficiency sector.
• Active involvement and knowledge of international best practices in energy efficiency strategies and technologies especially energy-efficient lighting technologies and Monitoring, Verification and Enforcement (MVE) sector, practices and programmes.
• Technical competences and proven experience on Lighting Laboratories (equipment , testing standards and methods).
• Previous experience in developing policies and regulations for energy efficiency products.
• Ability to rapidly analyse and integrate diverse information from varied field sources in order to produce highly qualitative communications presentations.
• Availability and commitment to perform tasks as required.
• Experience working in Latin American and MENA countries would be an asset.
• Experience working in multicultural teams.
• Good ability in written and oral communication.
• Excellent technical writing skills and training framework delivery focused on lighting.
Language: • Fluency in English (both spoken and written); knowledge of the other official languages of the United Nations (especially Spanish and French) will be an asset.

No Fee


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