Technical Officer

United Nations Development Programme, Bhopal, India

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th August, 2019

Job Description

UNDP in partnership with Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, funded by Global Environment Facility, is implementing “Scale Up Access to Clean Energy for Rural Productive Uses”. The project aims to demonstrate and develop the market for Renewable Energy Technology Packages for Rural Livelihoods (RETPRLs) in three selected states—Assam, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh. It focusses on access to clean energy for rural livelihoods. To obtain a reliable electric supply, many rural livelihood enterprises turn to expense-to-operate diesel generators. Biomass fuels are also becoming expensive. Renewable energy can provide a more affordable and reliable alternative to diesel generators and inefficient biomass for rural livelihood enterprises. The RETPRLS will be developed into carefully integrated packages and then demonstrated, replicated and scaled up by the project.

The RETPRLs include: solar lighting systems; solar and/or biomass waste–powered micro grids for common facilities; solar irrigation pumps; improved commercial biomass cook-stoves; poultry-litter-based biogas plants; poultry-litter-based briquetting units; solar dryers for vegetables, spices and fish; solar-powered milk chillers; and cold rooms for storage of horticultural produce. The target livelihood sectors include poultry, fisheries, dairy, horticulture, khadi (homespun cloth) and silk weaving, bamboo, and commercial cooking (e.g. tea stalls, sweet shops and street food vendors).

Assam Energy Development Agency (AEDA), Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (MPUVNL) and Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA) are the respective state nodal agencies (SNA) for Assam, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha for promotion of Renewable Energy in the state. Further, Assam State Rural Livelihood Mission, Madhya Pradesh State Rural Livelihood Mission and Odisha Livelihood Mission are state livelihood missions which are supporting livelihood promotion in the state.

One Technical Officer-Energy is required for the state of Madhya Pradesh to be based at MPUVNL:

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Technical Officer-Energy will work closely with Technical Officer-Livelihood and will be reporting to concerned officer in the State Nodal Agency. The Technical Officer-Energy will perform the following key task/ responsibilities.

  • Coordination with experts/ consultants engaged by the PMU/ MNRE/ SNA and appraisal of their reports, including follow up for timely completion of assignments under the project.
  • Appraisal/ Review of proposals received for financial support.
  • Evaluation of achievement of the project objectives through regular monitoring and
  • review of activities under implementation, providing feedback and guidance to project partners.
  • Interaction/ coordination with other stakeholders of the project like selected project developers, NGOs. etc.
  • Preparation of monthly / quarterly / annual progress reports of the project for submission to PMU/ MNRE and other agencies.
  • Preparation of correspondences, notes, agenda papers.
  • Assisting in organization of various meetings/ workshops/ seminars.
  • Assisting in development and / or review of training and publicity materials, database
  • on projects and their key performance parameters, etc.
  • Documenting and disseminating learning deriving from the project.
  • Assist SNA in day to day functioning and in overall implementation of the project.
  • Any other task assigned by the SNA/ PMU/ MNRE related to project implementation.



  • Procurement
  • Research and Survey
  • Report Writing
  • Technical documentation and DPR preparation


  • Good academic record. Experience in collection, compilation and analysis of data,
  • Computer skills and preparation of project reports, review notes etc.
  • Experience in developing partnership with NGOs and other institutions working in rural
  • area of the selected States

Required Skills and Experience:

Educational Qualification and Experience:


  • Professionals having Bachelor's Degree in Civil/ Mechanical/ Production/ Electrical/ Electronics & Telecommunication/ Environmental/ Renewable Energy/ Rural Engineering or PG Diploma in Rural Management/ Business Management from a recognized University or equivalent and;
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in Design/ Development/ Establishment of Rural Micro-Enterprises or in Implementation of Livelihood Activities or in planning and implementation of Off-grid Renewable Energy Programmes/ Projects in rural areas etc.

Language Requirements: Bi-lingual (Hindi and English), excellent inter–disciplinary, writing and communication skills.


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