Call for MRV Consultant for District Energy in Cities Initiative

Friday 10 Aug 18

The UN Environment District Energy in Cities Initiative is a multi-stakeholder partnership coordinated by UN Environment, with financial support from the Global Environment Facility, DANIDA, and the Government of Italy. It supports local and national governments build local know-how and implement enabling policies that will accelerate investment in modern – low-carbon and climate resilient – district energy systems (DES). As one of six sectoral ‘Accelerators’ of the Sustainable Energy of All (SEforALL) Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform, the Initiative is supporting market transformation efforts to shift the heating and cooling sector to energy efficient and renewable energy solutions.

Part of the Initiative first phase is to support the deep dive cities to implement MRV framework provisions that would be used to track and validate GHG emission reductions that result from improvement in primary energy efficiency and fuel switch, and to identify other local benefits that result from the implementation of the district energy plans and projects relative to the baseline. An expected outcome is that cities better understand the costs and benefits of modern DES, laying the foundation for evidence based decision-making and policy action in the future.

UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP) through its Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (‘the Copenhagen Centre’) has been contracted by the Initiative to deliver its MRV framework, in accordance with the above specifications. The Copenhagen Centre therefore seeks a consultant to assist with conceptual design of part of the MRV framework. This design will assist UDP and the DES Initiative to work with its partners and develop a set of metrics associated with the city-wide district energy plan which are both quantitative and qualitative in nature, and are both outcomes and process based.

Click to read the full Terms of Reference.


Candidates will be assessed primarily on their expertise in delivering on the assignment objectives, and will preferably have:
• prior experience in the design and/or operation of MRV frameworks and development of indicators, including for international donor-funded projects;
• in-depth knowledge and understanding of (and preferably implementation experience with) energy efficiency projects, policies, technologies and/or city district heating and cooling systems, preferably in developing countries such as those targeted by the Initiative under this assignment;
• qualifications in a relevant discipline (preferably Energy, Building, Mechanical or Thermal Engineering or MRV certification);
• demonstrated analytical skills and experience in preparing technical and/or policy-relevant reports and papers; and
• experience in communicating and presenting materials to municipalities and developing country stakeholders.

Budget and Timeline

The assignment will commence immediately upon contract signing and will run until 15 November 2018. The assignment has been allocated a budget of USD 34,000 which incorporates travel costs for participation in two city stakeholder presentations in Thane, India and Belgrade, Serbia.

How to apply

Please submit your CV with cover letter and at least 3 professional references for similar assignments to Mark Lister (email: and Xianli Zhu (email: no later than close of business on the 24 August 2018.

The deadline for applications has been extended to 7 September 2018.


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