Capacity Building Specialist (Governance & Technical Specialist) - Retainer

Job categories Project Management
Vacancy code VA/2023/B5317/25791
Level ICS-10
Department/office AFR, GHMCO, Sierra Leone
Duty station Freetown, Sierra Leone
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-2
Duration Open-ended
Application period 03-May-2023 to 30-Jul-2023

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Please note that UNOPS will at no stage of the recruitment process request candidates to make payments of any kind.

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Multi-Country Office Context:

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world.  Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.  With over 6,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, where they need it.  By implementing around 1,000 projects for our partners at any given time, UNOPS makes significant contributions to results on the ground, often in the most challenging environments.

UNOPS Ghana Multi-country Office (GHMCO) located in Accra covers five West African countries namely Ghana, The Gambia, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.  The GHMCO is also responsible for managing strategic and operational risks associated with a subset of the regional portfolio of engagements, developing and delivering cost effective services contributing to partners’ sustainable results and achievements of UNOPS management results.

Project Information:

Sierra Leone has one of the lowest rates of electricity access in the world; the country has a national electrification rate of 26 percent, although this figure declines to 6 percent in rural areas where the majority of the population lives. There are a number of barriers to expanding grid-based electricity access and improving service quality, including a weak and limited transmission and distribution system; non-technical deficiencies with the utility, which result in high technical and commercial losses; insufficient generation capacity; seasonal variability in hydropower production; and institutional and regulatory constraints.

Furthermore, a large portion of small towns and rural communities of the country are not likely to be connected to the main grid for at least ten years. Hence the reason why the Government of Sierra Leone is increasing its effort on access to electricity in Sierra Leone . UNOPS through the Ministry of Energy (MoE) signed an agreement with the World Bank to implement a $12.7m project with the  aim to increase rural electricity access through mini-grids and standalone home systems in Sierra Leone. The mini-grid option provides a cost- effective solution for small towns, large communities and settlements. 


The objective of this project is to increase energy access in Sierra Leone by electrification through mini-grids targeting communities with productive use potential, and stand alone solar systems aimed at electrifying schools and hospitals across the country. 

Expected Benefits

A total of 2.8 MW of solar power system capacity is expected to be installed and it is expected to benefit about 3,000 households and 350 industrial and commercial businesses, 200 health facilities and 500 schools which are not going to be electrified through grid extension in the next five years. Libraries of about 50 selected schools will be provided with solar lanterns. 

Project Outputs and Activities

The project will facilitate the implementation of renewable energy through power generation and distribution.  Key objectives with activities of the project will include:

Objective 1 (Component 2a): installation of mini grids with storage capacity

  • Activity 1.1 Moyamba Power Generation Assets - A detailed technical and financial analysis has been carried out to determine the sizes of the solar PV (Photovoltaic) capacity and battery storage capacity needed. The proposed size for the Moyamba power generation assets is 850 kw solar Mini-grid with 1,800 kwh battery backup. 

  • Activity 1.2 Other Community Mini-grids -This subcomponent will include the installation of generation  capacity and distribution networks in 9 communities. 

Objective 2 (Component 2b): Installation of solar PV systems for the health facilities and schools 

  • Activity 2.1 Health Facilities - Activities will aim to install solar PV systems for approximately 200 health facilities which are not going to be electrified through grid extension in the next five years. 

  • Activity 2.2 Schools - Activities under the sub-component will aim to install solar PV systems for about 500 schools which are not going to be electrified through grid extension in the next five years.

Objective 3 (Component 2c) Provision of TA for market assessment, capacity building, result monitoring and evaluation (M&E)

  • Activity 3.1 Market Assessment - The project will conduct a market assessment and affordability analyses of productive uses in rural Sierra Leone

  • Activity 3.2 Results Monitoring - A market assessment and affordability analyses of productive uses in rural Sierra Leone will be conducted. Lessons learned will be documented and shared with key stakeholders. MoE’s existing M&E system will be further strengthened, to track and monitor progress against the targets

  • Activity 3.3 Awareness Raising - Communities will be engaged to sensitize them  on upcoming projects, the need to pay for electricity supplies, tariff structures, complaint mechanisms, safeguarding issues; and raise their awareness and understanding of energy access

Activity 3.4 Capacity Building - Capacity building activities will be implemented to strengthen business management skills among rural and urban business communities, including women-led businesses; and the private sector.

Purpose and Scope of Assignment 

The Capacity Building Specialist (Governance & Technical Specialist) is expected to work closely with the various work-package team leaders, Project Management Unit (PMU) to support the delivery of the project and provide overall technical backstopping and advice or key components of the project st.  One of the main responsibilities of the  is to maintain regular engagement with the relevant stakeholders (including Ministry of Energy, Electricity Water and Regulatory Commission, Private Public Partnership Unit, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Local Government, World Bank, Private Sector Mini-grid operator and developers, third Party consultants/service providers and local level community groups) as well as the various units in the project team.

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