PFAN expert in energy efficiency in clean cooling solutions

Post Level: ISA-Senior Specialist

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Female candidates from all Member States are particularly encouraged to apply.


10 July 2019

Individual Service Agreement

NonStaff-When Act. Employeed

31 July 2019

Organizational Context

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mission of UNIDO, as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Member States. The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will frame United Nations and country efforts towards sustainable development in the next fifteen years. UNIDOs mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation. The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs. Accordingly, the Organizations programmatic focus is structured in four strategic priorities: Creating shared prosperity; Advancing economic competitiveness; Safeguarding the environment; and Strengthening knowledge and institutions.

Each of these programmatic fields of activity contains a number of individual programmes, which are implemented in a holistic manner to achieve effective outcomes and impacts through UNIDOs four enabling functions: (i) technical cooperation; (ii) analytical and research functions and policy advisory services; (iii) normative functions and standards and quality-related activities; and (iv) convening and partnerships for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation. Such core functions are carried out in Departments/Offices in its Headquarters, Regional Offices and Hubs and Country Offices.

The Directorate of Programme Development and Technical Cooperation (PTC) is responsible and accountable for providing technical cooperation services to enhance the capabilities of developing countries and economies in transition to promote ISID in the areas covered by five departments: Department of Programmes, Partnerships and Field Integration; Department of Agri-Business; Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation; Department of Environment; and Department of Energy.

The Department of Energy (PTC/ENE) assists member countries in the transition to a sustainable energy future under the overarching mandate of inclusive and sustainable industrial development, through the application of renewable energy for productive uses, adoption of the efficient use of energy by industry and the introduction of low carbon technologies and processes. In transitioning to a sustainable energy future, the challenges of addressing energy poverty and climate change become an integral part of the Department activities.

This position is located in the Climate Technology and Innovation Division (PTC/ENE/CTI) within the Department of Energy (PTC/ENE), where the Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) is housed. Furthermore, PTC/ENE/CTI is responsible for supporting Member States with access to and uptake of low-carbon, climate-friendly and clean energy technologies, innovations and entrepreneurship. It focuses on supporting entrepreneurship and facilitating the establishment of climate technology innovation ecosystems. In addition, the Division is responsible for enhancing the use of low-carbon technologies by industry and local communities, thereby contributing to climate mitigations and resilience in recipient countries.


The primary obstacles to the large-scale deployment of low carbon, climate resilient technologies are access to finance and limited pipeline of investment-ready projects.
The investment flows required to achieve the transition at the speed and scale necessary to meet global climate and energy challenges can only be achieved by leveraging the private sector.

PFAN (Private Financing Advisory Network) matches financing with innovative low carbon, climate resilient projects in developing countries and emerging economies with a small public investment through a low-risk, low overhead networking model based on fixed fee project development, transaction advisory services, and investor forums, meeting a need recognized in international development and climate circles.

Specifically, PFAN serves three functions:

1. Capacitate entrepreneurs and businesses to develop bankable projects
2. Mitigate investor risk
3. Mainstream investments in low carbon, climate resilient projects for sustainable development

Among others, PFAN fulfills the above mentioned functions in the field of energy efficiency for clean cooling solutions.
In particular, PFAN sources promising and mature projects of significant size (typical deal size supported by PFAN is 1-50 m USD) in the cooling sector and provides highly specialized technical assistance to support the project proponents in developing investment-ready proposals. These proposals are then introduced to prospective sources of finance.

PFAN is joining hands with the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP) to promote investment in energy efficiency in the cooling sector.

Duty Station: Home-based (mission/s as required)

Approximate duration: 30 working days over a period of 6 months

Main Functions

Under the oversight and coordination of the PFAN Global Coordinator, the supervision of the Project Manager at UNIDO HQ, and in close cooperation with the PFAN Management Unit (PMU), PFAN expert in energy efficiency in clean cooling solutions will carry out the duties as described in the table below.

The geographic scope of the work of the PFAN expert in energy efficiency in clean energy solutions will be global, with a special focus on South East Asia and South Asia:

1. Management & Implementation of PFANs programmatic activities in the field of energy efficiency in clean energy solutions:

In cooperation with the Global Coordinator and the PMU, the expert will be primarily responsible for the design, management and implementation of the PFAN activities in the field of energy efficiency in clean cooling solutions.

2. Project Identification:

Help identify the universe of viable projects in the field of energy efficiency in clean cooling solutions globally, with a special focus on South East Asia and South Asia. The expert will identify projects which are under discussion and development by creditable investors, developers, and governments and which have the potential for reaching closure with PFAN and other donor/Development Finance Institutions (DFI) assistance, and introduce these for consideration for the PFAN development pipeline, and for investment facilitation through the Investment Facilitation Team (IFT) of PFAN or in connection with PFANs capital market access strategy.

3. Coordination & Network Management :

Together with the Global Coordinator and the Regional Coordinators, the expert will oversee and coordinate the expansion and operation of the PFAN activities across the thematic scope of energy efficiency in clean cooling solutions. This will involve liaison with respective country coordinators and the PMU, maintenance of relationships to network members, network partners, strategic partners, investment partners, as well as organisation and coordination of PFAN events from time to time (Roadshows, Workshops, Investment Fora, Trainings etc.).

The expert will also maintain a close working relationship with appropriate donor agencies and initiatives, including for example the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP). In particular, synergies will be sought with the projects selected to receive grants from K-CEP to unlock the additional finance needed to integrate efficiency improvements with the F-gas transition. Also, the expert will peruse unsuccessful submissions to calls for proposals issued by the K-CEP with the view to identifying potential avenues to support those.

All relationships will be tracked in Salesforce, including contact and account details, reports, meeting notes, deal opportunities with investors, partnership opportunities, etc.

The expert will be responsible for raising awareness of all stakeholders about investment opportunities in the cooling sector, and for addressing the conservative lending culture in this field.

4. Provision of Support to PFANs Project Development (Coaching) Activities:

On request the expert will support PFAN coaches globally by providing ad-hoc technical advice in the field of energy efficiency in clean cooling solutions.

The expert may also be requested to coordinate with other multilateral activities and donors so as to source any supplementary technical assistance resources required (e.g. feasibility studies, technical studies, credit guarantees, other technical assistance, etc.) to advance the projects in the field of energy efficiency and clean cooling solutions (especially early stage projects) accordingly.

5. Financing Facilitation:

For projects maturing from the PFAN pipeline, the expert (together with the Global Coordinator and the Head of Investment Facilitation Team) will be responsible for facilitating investment and financing, including both equity and/or debt portions as appropriate in each case, coordinating and mobilizing the resources and networks of PFAN, other multilateral activities and donors as required.

The expert will provide and/or coordinate the provision of deal facilitation support to assist in investment negotiations, support due diligence processes and aid in the fulfillment of conditions precedent, thereby ensuring and accelerating achievement of financial close. In addition, the expert will be responsible for arranging post deal monitoring to ensure that project implementation proceeds according to plan.

6. Outreach & Communication:

The expert will be responsible for development of PFAN activities in the field of energy efficiency in cooling solutions. This will include the following areas:

- Identification and acquisition of new network members, network partners, strategic partners, investment partners;
- Representation of PFAN/PMU to donors and other stakeholders;
- Organisation and implementation of PFAN events and outreach activities (including Investor Fora, Workshops, Trainings, Roadshows, etc.);
- Participation in and representation of PFAN at investment and clean energy conferences and fora;
- Identification of new funding and/or programme mandates and opportunities;
- Participation in and support of the preparation of proposals to obtain new funding mandates;
- Maintenance of close contact with donors, other international programmes and activities, investors, potential contracting parties, prime contractors and other stakeholders.

7. Reporting:

The expert will submit quarterly reports (according to provided templates) with a particular emphasis on enabling the Global Coordinator and PMU to have reasonable oversight and control over the development of PFANs business and interests in the field of energy efficiency in clean cooling solutions.

The expert will be formally managed within the line management of PFAN and will report to the UNIDO Project Manager and the PFAN Global Coordinator.

The expert will be required to prepare the following reports on a quarterly basis:

- Formal quarterly reports on the PFAN network activity in the format required by the PFAN PMU;
- Networking activity reports documenting significant meeting, call and project activity;
- Travel Activity Reports;
- Event reports (e.g. of Workshops & Fora).

Core Competencies

WE LIVE AND ACT WITH INTEGRITY: work honestly, openly and impartially.
WE SHOW PROFESSIONALISM: work hard and competently in a committed and responsible manner.
WE RESPECT DIVERSITY: work together effectively, respectfully and inclusively, regardless of our differences in culture and perspective.
WE FOCUS ON PEOPLE: cooperate to fully reach our potential and this is true for our colleagues as well as our clients. Emotional intelligence and receptiveness are vital parts of our UNIDO identity.
WE FOCUS ON RESULTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: focus on planning, organizing and managing our work effectively and efficiently. We are responsible and accountable for achieving our results and meeting our performance standards. This accountability does not end with our colleagues and supervisors, but we also owe it to those we serve and who have trusted us to contribute to a better, safer and healthier world.
WE COMMUNICATE AND EARN TRUST: communicate effectively with one another and build an environment of trust where we can all excel in our work.
WE THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND INNOVATE: To stay relevant, we continuously improve, support innovation, share our knowledge and skills, and learn from one another.

Minimum Requirements


Advanced university degree in a relevant engineering, economics, finance, management or applied science discipline.


Fluency in oral and written English is required.
Working knowledge of another UN language is an asset.

Field of Expertise

- A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of clean technologies development, demonstration and innovation, with a particular focus on energy efficiency in clean cooling solutions;
- Experience in facilitating investment in low carbon, climate resilient projects. Private sector investment advisory experience is desirable;
- Track record of working with public and private sector at local, national, and international level;
- Familiarity with the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP);
- Knowledge of the UN system on climate change and technology issues, and experience in working with governments in developing countries;
- Familiarity with modalities, policies and processes practiced by international agencies, financing institutions, NGOs, government agencies, and international private sector organizations.

This appointment is limited to the specified project(s) only and does not carry any expectation of renewal.

Employees of UNIDO are expected at all times to uphold the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for jobs at UNIDO.

All applications must be submitted online through the Online Recruitment System Correspondence will be undertaken only with candidates who are being considered at an advanced phase of the selection process. Selected candidate(s) may be required to disclose to the Director General the nature and scope of financial and other personal interests and assets in respect of themselves, their spouses and dependants, under the procedures established by the Director General.

NOTE: The Director General retains the discretion to make an appointment to this post at a lower level.

PFAN expert in energy efficiency in clean cooling solutions

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