POVINCIAL ENERGY OFFICER

  MRRD/NABDP
  Afghanistan Unspecified 370
Date Posted:May 29, 2010
Reference:066/010/HR-NABDP
Closing Date:Jun 5, 2010
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:3
Gender:Male
Functional Area:Economic Growth
Nationality:Afghan
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:2 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:1 month
Required Languages:

About MRRD/NABDP:

 

Job Summary:

PEO is expected to be approachable and responsive to the needs of the community where the pilot projects are being carried out as well as to other communities interested in energy projects. As the familiar face of the project in the field, the PEO is expected to always behave in a culturally sensitive manner and uphold high standards of professionalism. In addition to assisting the energy projects, the PEO will assist the community in their development planning process. This will give the ERDA an opportunity to understand the other developmental investments being made by the community where energy might be linked in to achieve synergies.

By virtue of being located in the district, there will be an expectation from the community that the PEO can respond to their requests for information which will sometimes transcend the energy, livelihoods and environment sectors. The PEO’s responsibility will then be to suggest the community members to the relevant government departments or other development organisations active in the area. The PEO will be assisted through constant capacity building provided by the Capacity Building Expert as well as the Energy Expert and rest of the ERDA team.

Duties & Responsibilities:

TERMS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The terms and responsibilities of the Energy Officer are listed below.

i. Location: Bamyan, Samangan and Panjshir Provinces with frequent travel to project sites where pilot energy projects are being implemented and travel to Kabul and other provinces as needed.





ii. Duties and Responsibilities:
Specific tasks of PEO will include:
1. Supervise Community Mobilisers in increasing awareness at the community level about the renewable energy options available to the community to meet their needs.
2. Support community mobilisation process at the community as per the guidelines of the project.
3. Mainstream gender into the energy project by maximising both the benefits to and participation of women and girls into it.
4. Supervise in conducting baseline survey of the beneficiary families/households.
5. Inform the community about the Terms of Partnership (ToP) with the project and solicit their signed agreement once they are satisfied.
6. Facilitate in forming the Functional Group to implement the energy project.
7. Assist the community to prepare work plan for the energy projects.
8. Support the community to carry out the activities committed under ToP.
9. Build community capacity through specific training of community representatives in accounting and book keeping.
10. Facilitate regular mass meetings (including all the beneficiary members) and present the achievements of the project and present future plans.
11. Provide support to carry out feasibility study for the energy projects.
12. Provide support to carry out detailed project design as well as environmental and social assessments.
13. Assist the community to mobilise the necessary resources and implement the project.
14. Carry out construction supervision and monitoring of pilot energy projects
15. Support the community to sustainably operate the energy project.
16. Assist the community to select suitable candidates for operators and managers as per the guidance given by the ERDA.
17. Assist the community to handle challenges that come up in the implementation and operation of the project.
18. Carry out a needs assessment for improving livelihoods of community members.
19. Support ERDA to conduct the various institutional development, livelihood, environmental, and energy operation training in the community.
20. Provide knowledge on the productive end-uses of energy. Assist entrepreneurs to set up or expand their enterprises to take advantage of available energy.
21. Provide training/awareness about safety in the use of electricity and in the operation of energy system.
22. Raise awareness on the need to establish Energy and Environment Office at the district as a resource centre.
23. Help District Development Assemblies to establish Rural Energy Cells and provide necessary support on the decentralized energy planning process. Help build-up the capacity of DDA technicians and supervise their activities.
24. Provide services to other communities in the districts based on demand to provide awareness about energy needs and options, and benefits as well as costs and constraints of various options.
25. Identify 10 renewable energy projects suitable for serving the needs of communities in the district and adjoining districts and carry out preliminary assessments.
26. As the team leader in the field, PEO will be responsible for all administrative and financial matters and will also supervise the activities of community mobilizers and the office assistant.

PEO is expected to be approachable and responsive to the needs of the community where the pilot projects are being carried out as well as to other communities interested in energy projects. As the familiar face of the project in the field, the PEO is expected to always behave in a culturally sensitive manner and uphold high standards of professionalism. In addition to assisting the energy projects, the PEO will assist the community in their development planning process. This will give the ERDA an opportunity to understand the other developmental investments being made by the community where energy might be linked in to achieve synergies.

By virtue of being located in the district, there will be an expectation from the community that the PEO can respond to their requests for information which will sometimes transcend the energy, livelihoods and environment sectors. The PEO’s responsibility will then be to suggest the community members to the relevant government departments or other development organisations active in the area. The PEO will be assisted through constant capacity building provided by the Capacity Building Expert as well as the Energy Expert and rest of the ERDA team.

iii. Output

1. Increased awareness in the program community on renewable energy options.
2. Communities are mobilised to undertake rural energy projects.
3. Increased participation of women and girls in community development activities.
4. Baseline survey of the beneficiary families/households undertaken to identify energy needs, potential micro enterprises and income generating activities.
5. Terms of Partnership (ToP) signed between ERDA and the communities to undertake energy projects.
6. Functional Groups are formed to implement energy projects.
7. Selected community members are capable to undertake necessary accounting and book keeping.
8. Mass meetings (including all the beneficiary members) organized regularly in the communities to discuss achievements of the project and future plans.
9. Detailed project design including environmental and social assessments undertaken.
10. Community resources are mobilised for energy projects, particularly Micro Hydropower Projects are installed and operated.
11. Suitable candidates for operators and managers are selected as per the guidance given by the ERDA.
12. Institutional development, livelihood, environmental, and energy systems operation training are organized for the communities.
13. Productive end-uses of electricity are installed and operated in the community.
14. Pilot energy projects are properly monitored and supervised
15. Training/orientation activities on safety and proper use of electricity organized.
16. Rural Energy Cells are established and functional within District Development Assemblies.
17. 10 renewable energy projects suitable for serving the needs of communities in the district and adjoining districts are identified and included in DDPs.

Job Requirement:

Qualifications and experience:

The Provincial Energy Officer will have university level education in engineering and at least 2years’ experience of working in rural energy projects preferably development of micro hydropower plants. The PEO must be able to communicate effectively in English.
v. Reporting
1. PEO will report directly to ERDA unit head and submit an inception report describing how the outputs mentioned above will be realized and the detailed workplan.
2. PEO will keep a log of daily activities and submit it to ERDA by the end of each month.
3. A Monthly Progress Report will be submitted to ERDA.
4. PEO will participate in the Monthly and Quarterly Review Meetings organized by ERDA.

3. REQUIREDE COMPETENCIES:

Team Work: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals

Leadership: Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support

Communication: Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all background

Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behavior and does not abuse power or authority

Personal Development and Learning:

Takes responsibility for own personal development and continuous learning

The NABDP/MRRD shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity under conditions of equality in its principles and subsidiary organ.

Job Location:

Afghanistan
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