The Regional Energy Specialist in Asia and the Pacific provides policy advice and technical expertise to Country Offices, aligning with regional energy transition strategies. They collaborate with various teams to ensure high-quality policy services, credibility, and alignment with UNDP’s Strategic Plan.
Duties and Responsibilities for Regional Energy Specialist:
Substantive delivery of policy development:
- Develop and define strategic approaches for UNDP’s work on sustainable energy, drawing on UNDP’s existing work under the Sustainable Energy Hub as well as an analysis of the global/regional policy context;
- Execute policy and strategy to support key results, outcomes, and outputs of the Strategic Plan;
- Provide sector specific and technical level policy advisory services primarily to COs within the region, that respond to needs;
- Work with the Regional Bureau’s Country Advisors to ensure relevant, timely and multi-disciplinary response to country needs for policy services;
- Coordinate closely with the Sustainable Finance Hub on any relevant initiatives at the interface of energy and finance;
- Collaborate with COs and Regional Programs to achieve strategic goals through support of regional initiatives and integrated portfolio approach.
- Ensure risks are monitored and managed across the portfolio of advisory engagements;
- Contribute to UNDP’s global and regional strategies on energy within the BPPS and beyond, engaging in policy and advocacy work with external partners where relevant;
- Lead policy analysis and development of policy position papers, technical notes, internal briefing notes, and knowledge products;
- Contribute to developing the capacity of national counterparts in support of achieving the Strategic Plan and other internationally agreed development goals as it relates to the Energy knowledge domains.
Substantive development of tools and resources, from across UNDP’s network of expertise:
- Provide technical expertise in identifying tools, developing methodologies and producing knowledge management products linked to sustainable energy policies;
- Provide technical expertise on the content development for regional/CO knowledge products through the analysis of data, case evidence, and research findings in accordance with corporate standards;
- Identify issues for collaboration with HQ and regional teams, develop knowledge-based tools, and represent UNDP at global and regional forums to influence policy dialogue.
- Collaborate with HQ policy teams to advance new initiatives, offering regional insights and practical guidance for national counterparts and regional leaders.
- Create and provide CO training on programming tools to promote innovation and improve program delivery
Advocacy and partner engagement for effective policy positioning in the region:
- Promote innovative sustainable energy approaches for SDG achievement in regional and national forums to enhance political commitment and reforms.
- Represent UNDP in the region on partner engagements and inter agency coordination in sustainable energy policy areas;
- Provide technical advice on mobilizing and fostering external partnerships behind regional initiatives;
- Manage the building of strategic alliances and partnerships, especially with key think tanks and non-governmental organizations;
- Lead the formulation of funding proposals, donor briefings and presentations in support of UNDP resource mobilization efforts for Asia and the Pacific.
Knowledge management and community of practice networking:
- Contribute to the continuous analysis, documentation, codification of regional results/lessons learned;
- Review regional data, case evidence and research findings to distill pivotal lessons for UNDP globally;
- Advocate and enable South-South facilitation of exchanges and experiences sharing where valuable;
- Support the capacity development of UNDP staff in application of tools and practices;
Supervisory/Managerial Responsibilities: Supervision, management, performance management, and development of personnel and consultants will be required
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Required Skills and Experience
- Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in energy, climate change, international development, law, international affairs, business administration, development economics, or other relevant field. OR a Bachelor’s degree in said fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience
- Required: 7 years of experience with a Master’s degree, or 9 years with a Bachelor’s degree, in public or private sectors, demonstrating increasing levels of responsibility.
- Technical/advisory experience in the UN System related to climate change and energy desirable;
- Excellent negotiating and ability to mobilize support from a wide range of partners (public, private, academic, civil society, business community leaders);
- Proven experience in management and resource mobilization;
- A minimum of 3 years of working experience in Asia and the Pacific required;
- Excellent knowledge of the English language, with exceptional writing, presentation, and communication skills;
- Knowledge or fluency in other official UN languages is an asset.
- Internships typically last for a minimum of 1 year and with Possibility for extension.
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