Consultant Vacancy at UNDP Jobs in Kilimanjaro Tanzania July 2012
Location : Kilimanjaro, TANZANIA
Application Deadline : 03-Aug-12
Additional Category Environment and Energy
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 03-Sep-2012
Duration of Initial Contract : 85 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment : 85 working days
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The Kilimanjaro region, like the rest of Tanzania, relies heavily on biomass for energy, both in homes and in the public institutions such as schools, prisons, hospitals, etc. The region is host to several boarding institutions of higher learning (secondary schools, university campuses), prisons and hospitals. Collectively these institutions consume large quantities of woodfuel and charcoal annually, contributing substantially to deforestation in the region. The charcoal making process is highly inefficient, often using traditional methods with low conversion rates. Replanting for charcoal is rare as is selection of less valuable species or coppicing. At the same time, the vast majority of human waste is discharged untreated into the environment, contributing to methane emissions. Although there are several proven technologies for renewable energies and improving energy efficiency in biomass, wide scale adoption in the region has been very limited due to a combination of interrelated factors, among them: low affordability, poor distribution and marketing outlets and inadequate home-based research and development.
Under the Kilimanjaro Sustainable Land Management Project, the government is seeking to engage with the public institutions to explore possibility of using the potential for energy switch presented by the Carbon Market, to reduce emissions from both the inefficient use of biomass energy and discharge of human waste into the environment, in a triple-win situation that cleans the environment, reduces deforestation and provides avenues for income/revenue generation. Building on the current drive for “Majiko Banifu”, the government, through the project, is also seeking to increase the rate of uptake of efficient energy processes in homesteads, encompassing the broad spectrum of processes from sustainable harvesting, to efficient conversion of wood to energy, and energy saving techniques.
The overall goal of the project is Sustainable Land Management provides the basis for economic development, food security and sustainable livelihoods while restoring the ecological integrity of the Kilimanjaro region’s ecosystems. The project aims to provide land users and managers with the enabling environment (policy, financial, institutional, capacity) for SLM adoption. This will be achieved through three key outcomes:
The policy, regulatory and institutional environment support sustainable land management, PES and natural resource governance in the Kilimanjaro region and the country;
Markets support expansion of livelihood options in Kilimanjaro to reduce pressure on agriculture and natural resources and increase income;
Institutions with capacities and skills to undertake knowledge based land use planning and adopt methods and technologies for climate change resilient NR supported development.
The project’s immediate focus is the Kilimanjaro districts. Lessons learnt will be upscaled to the entire region through the national level SLM program, currently under formulation under the guidance of VPO (the UNCCD Focal Points Office), with support from UNDP and the Global Mechanism. The four year project is coordinated by the RAS – Kilimanjaro Region in collaboration with the relevant Ministries. Implementation is taking place in the seven Districts of Kilimanjaro (namely Moshi, Moshi Rural, Rombo, Same, Mwanga, Siha and Hai) involving local authorities and stakeholders, as well as the departments of forestry, energy, Climate Change & Meteorological Services, Land Resources Conservation, Extension, Water and Planning. Linkages with the private sector, other development partner programs and NGOs will be actively sort.
Duties and Responsibilities
Since wood fuel will remain an important source of energy in Tanzania for the foreseeable future, there is need to examine its role in land and forest degradation and deforestation, and to identify systemic ways to improve the efficiency of energy systems in order to reduce the negative impact of its use to livelihoods and the environment. The present study has therefore been initiated with the objective of designing an energy improvement strategy for the Kilimanjaro region whose implementation will lead to emissions reduction linked to a carbon credit earning scheme, preferably through the UNDP MDG Carbon Initiative.
The study will be in three phases as follows:
Establishing baselines on current energy use, particularly related to charcoal and woodfuel in homesteads and public institutions;
Designing a carbon finance project for public institutions based on the energy switch principle, in line with UNDP’s MDG Carbon Finance pilots;
Review of policies and regulations on charcoal in the country and recommendations for policy and institutional changes needed to promote a systemic approach to sustainable charcoal production and use in Tanzania (to be undertaken jointly with a sister project, The Sustainable Management of Miombo Woodlands);
This document describes specific tasks under Phase I and II.
Phase I: Establishing baselines on current energy use, particularly related to charcoal and woodfuel in homesteads and public institutions:
Under this phase, the consultants will establish an energy profile for the region, highlighting the key categories of energy users (e.g. types of public institutions, homesteads) and characterization of their consumption patterns (including types of energy and quantities). They will therefore undertake the following:
Desk analysis of categories of energy users matched to types of energy;
Sampling of types and quantities used for energy, e.g. charcoal, woodfuel, electricity, gas, etc. per category of users.
Identification of the key determinants of type of energy selected/preferred by each category;
Identification of the key institutions in the region with programs to support energy efficiency, gaps in coverage and key lessons from the implementation of such programmes;
Design a program of extension for improving energy efficiency in homesteads, building on the existing programs and clearly identifying opportunities for synergies and complementarities;
Develop materials to be used by the extension service to promote energy efficiency in homes, including a monitoring and evaluation system to track implementation and results.
Phase II: Designing a carbon finance project for public institutions based on the energy switch principle, in line with UNDP’s MDG Carbon Finance pilots.
Under this phase, the consultants will assist selected public institutions to develop a project to improve energy efficiency through conversion of human waste to methane combined with adoption of improved kilns and stoves. The intention is to provide appropriate energy solutions to the institutions by pairing solar-powered water treatment plants with integrated biogas systems that convert human and kitchen waste into methane for cooking and fertilizer for gardening. The system will be linked to carbon credits systems, through the UNDP MDG Carbon Facility. Building on the assessments under Phase I, the consultants will therefore undertake the following:
Familiarize themselves with the UNDP MDG Carbon Facility programmes;
Select viable public institutions for further development of the scheme;
Undertake the technical design of the PID using the UNDP MDG Carbon Facility guidelines and templates;
With assistance from the UNDP MDG Carbon Facility, market the PID to potential carbon credit buyers;
Supervise the set up of the system in the selected institutions;
Build the capacity of the institutions to manage the systems over the long term, in accordance with the technical specifications of the systems.
Up to date with new developments, concepts and theories in the area of Energy and climate debate and actively seeks to stay abreast of these developments;
Understands rural development in Tanzania and can communicate in Kiswahili;
Possesses expert knowledge of advanced concepts in natural resources management, a broad knowledge of related disciplines, as well as an in-depth knowledge of relevant organizational policies and procedures;
Someone who can persuade, convince or influence others in order to have a specific impact or effect;
Good ICT skills;
Works with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
Required Skills and Experience
The international consultant will be the Team Leader should have the following qualifications and experience:
Advanced university degree (Masters or higher level) in a discipline relevant to Natural Resources Management such as: Natural Resources Management, Forestry, Energy, Environment, Geography, etc.
Minimum of 7 years professional experience in energy and climate change issues as they relate to carbon credits, natural resources use and sustainable resources management;
Skills in facilitation and coordination, with strong communication and inter-personal skills;
Sound judgment and strong client and results orientation;
Strong analytical and report writing abilities required.
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