Consultant on carbon trading potential and feasibility study, UNDP – Beijing

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Under the overall supervision of the Team Leader of Energy and Environment at UNDP China and the direct leadership of the Chief technical advisor for the feasibility study, the National Consultant will be responsible for conducting study of carbon emission regarding hydrogen production from ethanol reforming by leading relevant research, analyzing data available and compiling the research results to a report.

Consultant on Carbon trading potential and feasibility study

Location : Beijing, CHINA
Application Deadline : 11-May-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : National Consultant
Languages Required : English


UNDP promotes sustainable development to help build resilient nations and to empower people to live better lives. As the UN’s development network, UNDP has drawn on world-wide experience for nearly four decades to assist China both in developing solutions to its own ongoing development challenges, and in its south-south cooperation and engagement in global development. Domestically, our work focuses on Energy & Environment, Poverty Reduction, Good Governance, and Disaster Management.

In UNDP’s Country Programme Document 2016-2020, UNDP positions itself as a policy advisor to support China’s reform. According to the United Nations Development Assistance Framework for the People’s Republic of China (UNDAF) 2016-2020, improved and sustainable environment has been set as one of the key priority areas to achieve the outcome that more people enjoy a cleaner, healthier and safer environment as a result of improved environmental protection and sustainable green growth.

In addition, the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development endorsed by 193 UN member states in 2015 calls for ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030. As the 13th of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs), Climate Action calls for taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. In addition, SDG #7 Affordable and clean Energy and SDG # 11 Sustainable Cities and communities, promise to take effort to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, and make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, respectively.

For more than a decade, UNDP has been working on promoting a hydrogen based clean energy solution. Together with the ministry of Science and Technology(MOST), UNDP has been working on the development of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCV) in China since 2003, with the support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). In 2106, UNDP and Chinese partners launched the third phase of the project to help commercialize FCVs in China and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions form transport sector.

In 2017, UNDP China signed a Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement of China Hydrogen Economy Pilot in Chongqing Project, together with People’s Government of Jiulongpo District, Chongqing, the Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology (INET) of Tsinghua University, Chongqing Hengtong Bus Co., Ltd. The cooperation of the four mentioned parties aims to jointly promote the establishment of Joint Research Center for Biofuels (Southwest Center) as well as to conduct a feasibility study on developing the China Hydrogen Economy Pilot in Chongqing Project in accordance with the principles of equality, resource sharing and mutual benefit. All parties will jointly support Jiulongpo District to become a Hydrogen Economy Pilot area to achieve sustained and healthy development of hydrogen energy industry as the goal.

Duties and Responsibilities

Description of Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Team Leader of Energy and Environment at UNDP China and the direct leadership of the Chief technical advisor for the feasibility study, the National Consultant will be responsible for conducting study of carbon emission regarding hydrogen production from ethanol reforming by leading relevant research, analyzing data available and compiling the research results to a report.

The National Consultant shall provide thorough research, deep analysis and advisory expertise on carbon emission information of hydrogen production from ethanol reforming to UNDP China. The Consultant’s approach shall be consistent with policies, rules and procedures of both UNDP and Chinese government. The National Consultant shall work in close collaboration with Energy and Environment Teams in UNDP China, as well as with Government partners, think tanks and other experts, ensuring successful completion of the assignment.


  • Timely communication with UNDP energy and environment team members for project progress and any possible program opportunity;
  • Conduct baseline research on ethanol reforming-based hydrogen production industry;
  • Conduct baseline research on carbon emission of the entire ethanol reforming-based hydrogen production industrial chain including from biomass (sweet sorghum) farming to ethanol production and reforming;
  • Conduct potentiality research on carbon emission reduction contribution of hydrogen production from ethanol reforming;
  • Conduct methodology research to quantify the contribution of ethanol reforming based hydrogen production to carbon emission reduction.

Expected Outputs/deliverables:

  • A baseline research report on ethanol reforming-based hydrogen production industry;
  • An evaluation report on carbon emission of ethanol reforming-based hydrogen production industry and its potentiality of emission reduction contribution;
  • Proposals on emission reduction methodology;
  • Presenting UNDP’s project and report at workshops and conferences as required;
  • Communication-related publications, such as newsletter, news articles, success stories, Op-eds on ethanol reforming based hydrogen production;
  • Project proposal on new pipeline projects on hydrogen economy


Functional Competencies:

  • Demonstrates strong analytical skills;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Excellent teamwork skills;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Can work independently.

Development and Operational Effectiveness:

  • Ability to apply technical guideline production procedures;
  • Ability to analyze technical requirements in the relevant area;
  • Ability to apply organizational policies and procedures.


  • Generates new ideas and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things;
  • Documents and analyses innovative strategies/best practices/new approaches.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in energy engineering, environmental science, physics, chemical industry, economics or related field;
  • Experience with energy and environment engineering or carbon trading is preferable.


  • Minimum ten years of working experience in carbon trading, Clean Development Mechanisms (CDM), or related fields. Working experience in domestic hydrogen energy industry development is advantageous;
  • Master of office software packages and handling of web-based management systems;
  • Familiarity with the Government of China, and with international development agencies. Working experience in collaboration with Chinese Government and international development agencies is advantageous.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Chinese.

Please add Documents to be included when submitting application & Evaluation Criteria in your TOR

Documents to be included when submitting application

Please provide Offeror’s Letter and proposal (download the format in the link provided) together with your CV while submitting application. And please note that the system will not accept the uploading of more than one document so please merge or scan all your documents into one prior to uploading.

In the Offeror’s Letter and proposal, you will be asked to confirm your interest and availability for the assignment, and provide technical and financial proposal.

Technical proposal

Explaining why you are the most suitable for the work with example/former experience demonstrating your competencies;
Provide a brief methodology on how you will approach and conduct the work.

Financial Proposal

Please quote the daily rate for professional fee and others related.

Evaluation Criteria

The award of the contract will be made to the Individual Consultant who has obtained the highest Combined Score and has accepted UNDP’s General Terms and Conditions. Only those applications which are responsive and compliant will be evaluated. The offers will be evaluated using the “Combined Scoring method” where:

  • Technical evaluation – 70% (includes 20% of Job Related Technical Expertise;
  • 25% of Relevant working experience;
  • 25% of Methodology & Approach to Assignment)
  • Financial Evaluation – 30%.

UNDP applies a fair and transparent selection process that will take into account the competencies/skills of the applicants as well as their financial proposals. Qualified women and members of social minorities are encouraged to apply.

Offeror’s Letter and proposal Download Link:

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