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Short Term Adviser Position on energy modelling and technology catalogue development

- for the South African – Danish Energy Partnership Programme

Energy Sector

  1. About the South African – Danish Energy Partnership Programme

The Energy Partnership Programme is a 3 year programme from July 2017 - June 2020, financed through the Danish government’s Climate Envelope. This programme includes a partnership between South Africa and Denmark that has been allocated a total of DKK 18 million.

The SA-DK programme consists of two development engagements (DEs). The objective of DE 1 is to facilitate the development of a less carbon intensive electricity sector in line with the South African government policies. The South African Department of Energy (DoE) and the Danish Energy Agency (DEA) are working together to develop more comprehensive energy planning capabilities that include the efficient deployment and integration of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

A short-term adviser is required to provide technical assistance to South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) within the field of energy modelling and technology catalogue development. The advisor will assist the implementation of DE1.

2. Job description

The objective for the adviser will be to assist DoE with the immediate challenges in regard to the South African RE transition and to assist The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) and the Danish Embassy in South Africa (EDK) to implement and report on progress in the ongoing South African Danish Energy Programme. This includes:

  1. To serve as expert in energy end use data collection, analyses and modelling.
  2. To develop and manage capacity building in DoE in regards to understanding and peer-reviewing external modelling inputs in through obtaining detailed knowledge of the power sector model PLEXOS
  3. To support and report on the implementation and progress of the Energy Partnership Programme between South Africa and Denmark

The adviser is expected to:

  • Facilitate the development of energy scenario(s) in accordance with the eight objectives as outlined in the Integrated Energy Plan (IEP), and based on experiences in energy demand sector development and with energy systems with high penetration of fluctuating renewable energy
  • Transfer and integrate relevant lessons learned on energy modelling and technology catalogue development at the demand side as well as at the supply side, including lessons learned from countries with high penetration of fluctuating RE, and advice on the issues relevant to the programme.
  • To strengthen DoE capacity in regards to understanding, requesting and peer-reviewing external modelling input through obtaining detailed knowledge of the power sector model PLEXOS in DoE.
  • Participate in the implementation groups relevant under the programme as advised and prepare material for management group.
  • Identify needs for and facilitate delegation visits to Denmark.

3. Scope of work

The work will include, but not necessarily be limited to the following activities:

  • Coordinate and manage capacity building in DoE, including coordinating training DoE officials in executing modelling in LEAP and PLEXOS modelling software according to the work programme and particular ToRs.
  • Support the disaggregation and analysis of the current national electricity demand as basis for forecasting.
  • Support the update of key technology data on the demand side and the supply side in the electricity sector.
  • Support the development of at least one long-range policy scenario.
  • Design a process for DoE to peer-review updated energy modelling scenarios.
  • Document and communicate progress and results based on assessments of impact of programme activities according to requirements for documentation.
  • Assist in the development of progress reports, work programme for year 2 and TORs for specific activities relating to the programme activities.
  • Coordinate with EDK, DEA and other partners and stakeholders.

4. Expected qualification and requirements

  • A master level degree of corresponding qualifications in energy/environmental management, engineering, economics, political science and/or subjects relevant to energy policy, planning and renewable energy
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience with energy sector modelling, energy planning and energy policy scenario development
  • Extensive experience with institutional capacity building, skills transfer and training
  • Experience from energy systems with high penetration of fluctuating renewable energy
  • Extensive project management experience in coordination and delivery of technical assistance, exchange visits and technical secondments.
  • Experience with LEAP and PLEXOS modelling
  • Fluency in English, written and spoken
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Capacity to manage and facilitate working processes involving parties at different levels
  • Capacity to work in a different cultural setting and a high level of initiative and diplomacy.

The short-term adviser will be a full-time advisor based in South Africa, Pretoria for a period of 12 months, commencing April 1st 2019.  The short-term adviser will refer to the Deputy Director General of the Department of Energy: Policy and Planning, with the Danish Embassy and the Danish Energy Agency involved in all steps of the working process.

The salary will follow the remuneration scale for short-term advisers from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and will be regulated on experience and qualifications.

5. Application and deadline

Applications can be submitted through PNET or the Embassy, with the subject title being ‘Short Term Adviser Position on energy modelling and technology catalogue development for the South African –Danish Energy partnership Programme’.  An application should contain a motivational letter, curriculum vitae, documentation of your educational qualification and recommendations.

Application must be submitted by January 10th 2019.

Staff rules and general information on short-term advisors

Embassy of Denmark

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