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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.