Monday, April 6, 2015

Scaling Up Fuel Efficient Technologies For Domestic, Institutions And Industrial Use In Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania

Location : Kilimanjaro, TANZANIA
Application Deadline : 10-Apr-15
Additional Category
Environment and Energy
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : National Consultant

Languages Required : English
Duration of Initial Contract : 28 person days, spread out over a maximum period of 10 weeks.
Expected Duration of Assignment : 28 person days, spread out over a maximum period of 10 weeks.
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 wood fuel 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. Actually, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism believes that current annual forest reduction is between 120,000 and 500,000 hectares, against only 25,000 hectares planted per year. The efforts towards reforestation, therefore, are too far below that of deforestation, a situation that leads to widespread land degradation.
In response to the forest and land degradation, the Government of Tanzania, with support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is implementing a 4-year project aimed at reducing land degradation on the highlands of Kilimanjaro, which has 6 district councils, namely Siha, Mwanga, Rombo, Hai, Moshi, and Same; besides the municipal council of Moshi. The overall goal of the project is Sustainable Land Management (SLM) 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. One of the outcomes of project therefore, is policy, regulatory and institutional environment support sustainable land management, PES and natural resource governance in the Kilimanjaro region and the country. Part of the activities of the project will facilitate access to technologies for improving carbonization (recovery), packaging, charcoal use (burners), and re-use of charcoal waste (ash and dust); training on improving efficiencies in the production and use of biomass energy such as three stone cookers, biogas, briquettes, etc.
Under the SLM Project, the government is engaging 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 present assignment 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 (Millennium Development Goals) Carbon Initiative.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Establishing baselines on current energy use, particularly related to charcoal and wood fuel in homesteads and public institutions (completed);
  • Designing a carbon finance project for public institutions based on the energy switch principle, in line with UNDP's MDG Carbon Finance pilots (completed); and
  • 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)
Functional Competencies
  • Current with new developments, concepts, and theories in the area of energy and climate debate and actively seeks to stay abreast of these developments;
  • Understanding of rural development in Tanzania and ability to communicate in Kiswahili;
  • Possession of 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;
  • Works with a positive and constructive attitude;
  • Strong analytical, oral, and written communication skills;
  • skills in facilitation and coordination, with strong communication and inter-personal skills; and
  • Sound judgment and strong client and results orientation.
Corporate competencies:
  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP's mission, vision and values;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty
Required Skills and Experience
  • Advanced university degree (Masters or higher level) in a discipline relevant to Natural Resources Management, Forestry, Energy, Environment, Geography.
Years of experience
  • Minimum of 7 years professional experience in energy related field and climate change issues as they relate to carbon credits, and sustainable natural resources management in developing countries.
  • Ability to communicate in Kiswahili.
Proposals should be submitted to the following e-mail address not later than 10 April 2015.
  • Applicants should download the application documents (presented in compresses file) from UNDP Tanzania website;
  • Applicants should separate technical and financial proposals;
  • Applications with no financial offer or missing P11 form and CV or the required documents for the technical evaluation will not be considered for evaluation;
  • Applications without submitting a financial offer instead of other format will not be considered due to the ease comparison of the received offers;
  • All necessary information for this post (TOR, Deliverables, Target dates, etc. are presented in the ICPN) therefore applicant must download it from the website as mentioned above;
  • Do not send CV only to the Email account mentioned above without Cover Letter and Methodology (if requested) as it will be considered as incomplete application;
  • The documents are available in PDF (the TOR, ICPN and IC guidelines) download them from (, format: this is the only format available and it will not be provided in other formats;
  • Each email should be less than 8MB; emails over this size will not be received to the above mentioned account
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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