Background & Description

UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. Its mission is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in developing countries and economies in transition. The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the recently adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will frame United Nations and country efforts towards sustainable
evelopment in the next fifteen years. UNIDO’s mandate in SDG-9, calls for the need to "Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation". Accordingly, the Organization’s programmatic focus is structured in three thematic priorities: * Creating shared prosperity * Advancing economic competitiveness * Safeguarding the environment. UNIDO delivers its services through the following four complementary and mutually supportive core functions: (a) technical cooperation activities; (b) analytical and policy advisory services; (c ) standard- setting and compliance and (d) convening and partnership role. Such core functions are carried out in Departments/ Offices in its Headquarters, Regional Offices and Hubs and Country Offices.

The Directorate of Environment and Energy (EAE), headed by a Managing Director, aims to integrate and scale-up the energy
and environment activities focusing on supporting governments and industries to provide sustainable and resilient soft and hard infrastructure for industrial development, supporting industries to contribute to climate neutral circular economy, and supporting governments and industries in fulfilling national commitments under multinational climate and environmental agreements.

The Directorate consists of the Department of Environment (EAE/ENV) and the Department of Energy (EAE/ENE).

This position is located in the Climate Technology and Innovation Division (EAE/ENE/CTI) within the Department of Energy
(EAE/ENE), where the Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) is housed.

The Climate Technology and Innovation Division (EAE/ENE/CTI) is responsible for supporting Member States with access to and uptake of low-carbon, climate friendly and clean energy technologies, innovations and entrepreneurship. It focuses on supporting entrepreneurship and facilitating the establishment of conducive innovation systems. In addition, the Division is also responsible for supporting member states with enabling markets for low-carbon technologies and their use by industry and local communities, thereby contributing to climate mitigations and resilience in recipient countries.


The primary obstacles to the large-scale deployment of low carbon, climate resilient technologies required are access to finance and limited pipeline of investment-ready projects. The large investment flows to achieve the transition at the speed and
scale necessary to meet global climate and energy challenges can only be achieved by leveraging the private sector.
PFAN matches financing with innovative low carbon, climate resilient projects in developing countries and emerging economies with a small public investment through a low-risk, low overhead networking model based on fixed fee project development, transaction advisory services, and investor forums, meeting a need recognized in international development and climate circles. PFAN supports companies for low carbon, climate resilient projects in the areas of upstream technology
development and downstream technology deployment.
It mobilizes the expertise of private sector companies in financing climate-friendly projects and technologies to screen business plans and select the most economically viable and environmentally and socially beneficial projects. For the entrepreneurs and businesses selected, PFAN provides guidance on economic feasibility, project structure, investment and financing, preparation of the business plan, and introductions to investors.
Specifically, PFAN serves three functions:
1. Capacitate entrepreneurs and businesses to develop bankable projects
2. Mitigate investor risk
3. Mainstream investments in low carbon, climate resilient projects for sustainable development PFAN is active in various regions, where it directly responds to the urgent need for capacity building of project proponents as well as investors, and in parallel to the need of market creation to help develop the investment opportunities and stimulate the
interest of market participants.

In particular, PFAN sources promising and mature projects of significant size (the typical deal size supported by PFAN is 1-50 m USD) and provides highly specialized technical assistance to support the project proponents in developing investment ready proposals. These proposals are then introduced to prospective sources of finance.
PFAN aims to ensure that women and men have equal opportunity to benefit from and participate in its services. Promoting
gender equality is not only beneficial from a societal point of view, but also from an economic and impact perspective. PFAN
recognizes not only its responsibility, but also the opportunity to engage with more women, more women-led businesses and
more gender-focused projects. The main objectives with this regard include:
1) To achieve greater, more sustainable, equitable outcomes and impacts in an efficient and comprehensive manner by
empowering women to actively contribute to and benefit from PFAN’s network and services.
2) To encourage every project supported by PFAN to be gender-responsive so that women and men’s resilience to and ability
to address climate change, as well as access to clean energy, are equally enhanced.
3) To increase the pool of women-led and gender-focused projects in the clean energy and climate adaptation sector in order
to reduce the gender gap of climate change-exacerbated social, economic and environmental vulnerabilities.

Main Functions

The Expert managing output 1 (Supporting project developers to develop investment ready propositions) will work under the
direct supervision of the Chief of Party and the Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) Programme Management Unit
S/he is expected to closely coordinate with the PFAN Global Coordinator and other members of the Network, as well as with
REEEP as executing partner of PFAN.


Together with the Chief of Party, the Global Coordinator and the other Output Leads the Expert will be responsible for
establishing the local PFAN Advisor Network in Pakistan and for overseeing and coordinating its growth and operation.

This will include the following areas:
- Identification, acquisition, nomination and management of financial and clean energy experts as advisors and Network
Members to the dedicated PFAN country network in Pakistan:
- Oversight and coordination of Network Members (in cooperation with and support of CoP and PMU);
- Liaison with the PMU;
- Tracking account relationships and funding opportunities with network and investment partners in Salesforce; recording and
updating account and opportunity records stored in Salesforce; logging call reports and meeting notes in Salesforce.


The Expert will take the lead in identifying the universe of viable clean energy & climate projects, including but not limited to
distributed generation for captive off-take (behind the meter) projects, and mini and off-grid energy access projects (including clean cooking), , particularly by small-medium sized enterprises (SME) operating in the energy sector.


The Expert will support the evaluation of originated and pipeline projects, participate in PFAN evaluation teams for PFAN Pakistan projects on an as needs basis and participate in other project evaluation activities of PFAN in Pakistan as required from time to time, including but not limited to:
- Performing eligibility reviews;
- Initial Project Evaluation & selection through the submission process;
- Ongoing Project Evaluation and Call-Off & Investment Facilitation Reviews;
- Overseeing contracting and negotiation of coaching terms of references;
- Performing and supporting KYC and Due Diligence.


Together with the Global Coordinator, the PMU and the Investment Facilitation Team, the Expert will coordinate and oversee the work of PFAN Advisors providing project development advice and financing facilitation assistance to PFAN pipeline projects in Pakistan. This will involve nomination and selection of PFAN coaches, supervision and guidance of PFAN advisors as well as provision of guidance and transaction advice directly to the selected PFAN projects in helping move the projects to financial close.

Together with the Global Coordinator and leads on Outputs 2 & 3, the Expert will also develop strategies and personalized scopes of work for individual projects, which may for instance include support and advice in the following areas:
- Early stage project development and structuring;
- Late stage project development;
- Negotiation of PPAs;
- Structuring & procurement of investment & financing;
- EPC Contracting;
- Tendering & bidding;
- Documentation & legal advice;
- Support on Due Diligence & achieving Conditions Precedent;
- Gender.

The Expert will be responsible for the overall oversight and management of project submissions in the Country to Climate
Invest, coordinating and liaising with the PMU Project Officers and the other Output leads, PFAN Advisors and project
developers in this respect as necessary, including:
- Guidance of coaching mandates and troubleshooting;
- Oversight and management of quality of coaching performance & delivery;
- Reviewing Project Deliverables;
- Monitoring project development progress;
- Review of coaches’ Project Development Reports and identification / recommendations for next project development steps.

The Expert may also be directly appointed to selected projects to provide project development and financing facilitation


Together with the CoP, the Option Leads, and the Communications Lead for PFAN in Pakistan the Expert will support the development and implementation of appropriate communication and outreach strategies around project origination and development including but not limited to:
- Representation of PFAN to the financial advisory ecosystem in Pakistan;
- Representing PFAN / the PMU to donors and other stakeholders in the country
- Participation in and representation of PFAN at clean energy and climate conferences and related for a in the region;
- Organization and implementation of PFAN events and outreach activities (including Investor for a Workshops, Trainings, Roadshows etc);
- Development and dissemination of appropriate collateral to support Project Origination & Development (Output 1) implementation.


Requirements and Skills
Advanced University degree in engineering, economics, finance, management or other relevant discipline with exposure to climate technology and innovation.

Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
Fluency and/or working knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.
Knowledge of Urdu would be an asset.

Field of Expertise
At least 7 years of professional experience in implementing and/or co-coordinating low-carbon, climate resilient projects in developing countries.

Good understanding of climate finance landscape and available financial instruments for businesses, especially SMEs.

Demonstrated track record in developing and executing commercially viable projects for businesses, with a focus on SMEs
Knowledge of project analysis, appraisal and evaluation tools and methodologies.

Sound technical project development expertise, as well as analytical, organizational and negotiation skills.

Exposure to the needs, conditions and problems of businesses in developing countries, preferably in Pakistan.

Ability to work effectively in highly decentralised, multi-cultural teams.
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About Organization

Established in 1968 the office has extensive and successful  experience in industrial development cooperation. This experience has  been gained through a continuous interaction with the public and private  sectors and by implementing over 50 projects covering many industrial  sectors. The projects aim at building indigenous (human and/or  institutional) capacity to enhance the industrialization process of  Pakistan in a sustainable way.