PROJECT ENGINEER – UNDP  

Job description

UNDP is looking to recruit dynamic, forward-looking and innovative individuals for the following position:

Project Engineer (Position No. 000115296)

Exciting opportunity for a Project Engineer working under the guidance of the Project Manager also exists under this project. Supporting and contributing to the implementation of other technical aspects of the project, you will need to be technically sound, creative as well as providing advice and support to implementation of the project components to achieve desired outcomes. This will also include:

  • local capacity building – preparation of training materials for and organizing/providing the actual training on the different technical aspects of the project, including RE system design, selection and installation, product maintenance during operation, product performance monitoring and testing, etc;
  • Co-operation with local universities, professional and vocational schools and initiating and developing activities of common interest, such as new courses and curricula for RE systems designers and installers and opportunities for practical training of the students.

Minimum qualifications required are: an advanced university engineering degree and at least 2 years of professional experience or graduate university degree with 4 years in renewable energy, mechanical engineering, including biogas work; Familiarity with the characteristics of designing and operating biogas technologies, i.e. small-, medium- and large-scale. Familiar with applications of biogas, including grid-connected and off-grid application; Good analytical and problem-solving skills and the related ability to adaptively manage with prompt action on the conclusions and recommendations coming out of the project’s regular monitoring and self-assessment activities, as well as from periodical external evaluations would be an asset.

Company profile

Project Background: Promoting production and utilisation of bio-methane from agro-waste in South-Eastern Botswana

The latent market potential for biogas in Botswana is extensive. The project takes a facilitation and demonstration approach to introducing biogas technology from agro-waste. Through this approach, the four-year project is designed to achieve a well-functioning enabling environment whereby waste-management policies and regulations are implemented and enforced, demonstration biogas plants constructed and operational, and investment in biogas technology demonstrably increased. The objective of the project is to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in Botswana by creating and enabling the appropriate environment, and demonstrating the application of biogas technology in addressing issues related to agro-waste management and in meeting energy needs, through the distribution of small-scale biogas digesters and utility-scale plants.

The UNDP-implemented, GEF-financed project will build on the work done to date in Botswana with regard to waste management. It will facilitate the most practical and affordable biogas technology that can meet the operational conditions in Botswana and address the most critical waste issues and energy demands. It will facilitate low-carbon investments and public-private partnerships in the production and utilization of biogas that will result in improved waste-management practices and provide access to secure and sustainable biogas energy for agro-industry, institutions, residences and council services. The project has four strategic objectives:

  • Creating an enabling environment that supports the market development of agro-waste management and biogas technology, stimulating investments in biogas technology and increasing uptake of such technologies through new policies, tools and financial incentives.
  • Institutional and private-sector strengthening and capacity development for biogas technology development and servicing, and improved agro-waste management and regulation through awareness-raising, training and dissemination sessions.
  • Facilitation and establishment of biogas installations: these include small, medium and utility-scale biogas plants in South-Eastern Botswana.
  • Facilitation and establishment of appropriate utilization and knowledge platforms.

These four elements are expected to work in synergy, organizing and enhancing the baseline project so as to promote global environmental benefits (enhanced climate-change mitigation) and make the transition from loosely-connected concepts to biogas-sector development and targeted investments.

The 4 year initiative will begin in 2017 and be completed in 2021.

Closing date and application instructions

Our fast paced and supportive environment offers you a competitive salary and opportunities for development.

More information and application submission requirements of each of the above positions can be obtained online at: https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_jobs.cfm?cur_rgn_id_c=RAF

The closing date for applications is the 18th November 2016.

For enquiries please write to enquiries.bw@undp.org

Women are strongly encouraged to apply. The selection process will be fair and transparent