This recruitment will be handled by UNV Nairobi Kenya. A candidate may be deployed to other locations outside Nairobi. This position is open for Kenyan nationals only as well as legal residents in the country or territory with the status of refugee/status of being stateless.
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Brief Project Description
Energy used in buildings accounts for a significant percentage of national energy consumption. It is estimated that in East Africa (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) over 50 per cent of the total national electricity generated is used in urban buildings, accounting for a higher share than the transport and industrial sectors. The demand for electricity is increasing more rapidly than the supply capacity in all countries in question. Increasingly higher energy prices coincide with a tremendous inefficiency in the use of energy, particularly in the housing sector.
This tendency has led to energy becoming the limiting factor for sustainable development and economic growth in the recent years. Energy efficiency in buildings is a largely new topic for practitioners and most importantly for consumers and end users. At the same time it is also the “low-hanging” fruit (cost-wise) in order to harmonize demand and supply of energy.
This project “Promoting Energy Efficiency in Buildings in East Africa” was initiated by UN-HABITAT in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the governments of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. The stakeholders involved in the project are the Ministries of Housing, the Ministries of Energy, the Ministries of Public Works, Municipalities, professionals from the construction sector, real estate developers, financial institutions, research institutions; East African architects associations and the civil society organizations.
The overall objectives of this initiative are: To mainstream energy efficiency measures into housing policies, building codes, and building practices in East Africa and; to achieve considerable avoidance of CO2 emissions as a result of improved building practices.
The project is executed by UN-HABITAT in association with the National Ministries of Housing in the five partner countries. The project is funded by the Global Environment Fund (GEF) and UN-HABITAT’s partners.
The main target of the project is to mainstream energy efficiency practices into, at least 600,000 houses in East Africa for the next 4 years.
As a result of this project, it will be possible to design more passive buildings, save energy and expand the electricity supply to satisfy the increasing demand by both the residential and economic productive activities of the partner countries.
Project components include:
Energy Efficiency data and benchmarks in the building sector
Formulation and adoption of energy efficiency codes in buildings
Awareness raising and capacity building in EE and best practices in the building sector
Appropriate financial framework for the implementation of EE measures in buildings
Development and implementation of pilot projects
The post will be located in one of the field projects executed by the Urban Energy Section of UN HABITAT. The project officer will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Republic of Kenya is an equatorial nation on the coast of East Africa, neighbouring Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, and the Indian Ocean. Kenya has two levels of Government; National Government and 47 sub-national Governments called Counties. Counties are further divided into sub-counties. Kenya is a multi-party state with Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches. Kenya’s population of more than 40 million is growing at an annual rate of 2.2%. The country’s GNP per capita estimated at purchasing power parity (PPP) is $975, and the GNP is growing at an average rate of 0.1% annually. More than 26% of Kenya’s people live below the international poverty line of $1 per day. Kenya’s main food crops are “maize, wheat, pulses, roots and tubers.” (FAO).
Nairobi is a modern metropolitan city where most basic goods and services, health facilities, public transport, telecommunication and banking services and educational facilities are readily available. The city is widely connected through its main airport, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and the smaller Wilson Airport. Air transport is also available to many up country destinations. The city is home to some 3,000 UN personnel mainly attributed to the fact that it serves as the headquarters for both the UN HABITAT and UNEP.
The socio-economic and cultural background of the immediate society the UNV would be living and working in is diverse and prevailing security conditions at the place of assignment is modest. The topographic and climatic features of the assignment location is highland cool and warm tropical climate.
Conditions of Service
A 12 month contract; with subsequent contract extensions subject to availability of funding, operational necessity and satisfactory performance. However, there is no expectation of renewal of the assignment.
Travel to duty station (if applicable) and a Settling-In-Grant will be provided in the event duty station is not within commuting distance from the place of recruitment. A Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) of KES 76,799/- (amount and currency of payment) is provided monthly to cover housing, utilities and normal cost of living expenses. Life, health and permanent disability insurance are included (health insurance for up to 3 dependents), as well as final repatriation (if applicable) and resettlement allowance for satisfactory service.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Urban Energy Unit, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:
Assist the PM in project activities organization in Kenya, possibly in the other partner countries;
Liaise with Kenyan National Institutions and individuals of relevance for project execution, including: Government institutions; Kenyan National Steering Committee of the project, Universities, NGOs and other project partners;
Assist the PM to organize meetings and workshops and design training programs and materials related to the project;
Research on existing methodologies, indicators and processes for collection of climatic data regarding specific requirements for EEB, RET and bioclimatic design;
Inputs on research on existing energy consumption benchmarks and performance based evaluation system/green building rating systems;
Preparation of informative material on EEB, RET and Green Buildings for the financial sector;
Consultation with National Steering Committees to identify planned/on-going mass government housing units and with private sector to identify new/existing buildings for demonstration projects;
Technical assistance on implementing EEB measures on demonstration projects;
Support the PM in the design awareness and capacity building materials for the project;
Report on the project progress in Kenya and prepare project’s reports.
Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to:
Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark IVD);
Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.
Co-supervision of the Kenyan project team, assisting on coordination of project activities
Coordination of the Kenyan National Steering Committee of the project.
Activities in Kenya are carried out according to the project design, and the deliverables are achieved within the approved timeframe and budget.
Desk review report on existing methodologies, indicators and processes for collection of climatic data regarding specific requirements for EEB, RET and bioclimatic design, as well as definition of an improved methodology and process of bioclimatic data collection for the region availble.
Inputs on desk review report on existing energy consumption benchmarks and performance based evaluation system/green building rating systems provided;
Informative report on EEB, RET and Green Buildings for the financial sector produced;
Portfolio of potential planned/on-going mass government housing units and new/existing buildings on the private sector for demonstration projects;
Project reports: financial report, PIRs reporting etc prepared as indicated in the project document
Liaison provided and activities coordinated with Kenyan National Institutions and individuals of relevance of project execution, including governmental institutions, local authorities, NGOs and other project partners.
Main issues and difficulties encountered in Kenya reported on, lessons drawn from other partner countries and successive similar projects prepared.
A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.
Integrity and professionalism: demonstrated expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment; high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented.
Accountability: mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations.
Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment.
Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities.
Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working
Required Skills and Experience
At least two years of professional experience in a field of energy efficiency in buildings, environmental building design, tropical architecture and passive buildings, or at least three years of building capacity and academic experience in building/human settlements sector; gained at international and national level.
Excellent understanding of green building concept and design.
Ability to successfully connect actors from the public sector, the private sector, policy and decision makers.
Experience in designing and coordinating events/meetings/workshops/trainings.
Ability to work independently with a high degree of responsibility, in a flexible manner and often under pressure.
Computer literacy in office standard applications (MS office package, MS Word, Power Point, Excel), electronic communications, architectural design software’s (Autocad, Sketchup, etc.) and building simulation tools. Good knowledge of work processing/project management software will be an asset.
University degree in Environmental Planning and management, Building Engineering, Architecture, or a related field relevant to the development and management of human settlements.
Strong communication and inter-personal and networking skills. Fluency in English, both oral and writing. Understanding of French language will be an advantage.