Experts on City District Energy Systems (Senior Advisors)

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

Ph.d. & forskning

Frist 27. juni 2019

The positions will be in the newly established section on Business Models & Finance, which seeks to support developing and emerging economies by pursuing work in key areas, such as supporting early stage and mid-stage project/investment preparation, building up of partnerships, conducting technical and financial pre-feasibility and feasibility studies. It also develops financial architecture concepts and models for implementation and replication, all of it to bridge the existing gaps preventing or slowing down green investment in countries and cities. The section represents a consolidation and an expansion of UDPs areas of engagement from planning, training and capacity building towards working more directly with business models, the private sector and financial institutions.

We are currently seeking to recruit two senior advisers to work on District Energy solutions in the context of the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency, an integral part of UNEP DTU Partnership. The Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll) Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform (‘the Platform’) is a public-private partnership initiative aiming to scale up energy efficiency policy, action and investment. The Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency provides technical support to the District Energy in Cities Initiative - the District Energy Accelerator of SE for All.

You can read more on District Energy in Cities Initiative at

Key tasks and responsibilities:
The successful candidates should have already obtained some experience with project implementation and a strong methodological background and proven experience within District Energy, in a developing country context in heating and/or cooling.

The successful candidates are expected to:

  • Undertake rapid assessments on the potential of district energy in selected cities;
  • Undertake “deep assessments” in pilot cities that identify short and long-term technical and financial potential of district energy, analyse barriers to project development, and identify potential policy options to unlock action;
  • Prepare project pre-feasibility studies, including simple financial analysis;
  • Conduct pre-assessments of city potential and opportunities in focus regions and countries;
  • Synthesize, analyse, and document experiences and evidence and contribute to country- or city-level learning, by providing expert technical assistance, advice on heating or cooling planning, training and other direct support to city authorities;
  • Develop best practice guidance to be used for replication for wider use;
  • Contribute to strengthen the section and UDP's work with qualitative and quantitative research methods, processes, tools and software;
  • Supervise assistants and students working on District Energy;
  • Initiate, contribute to, and/or lead resource mobilization activities, including project concept development and preparation of project proposals;
  • Cultivate and maintain effective international networks and partnerships with country partners, partner agencies, finance institutions and private sector;
  • Represent UNEP DTU Partnership and the section at expert meetings, regional consultations, workshops, and seminars.

We are looking for highly motivated and experienced team players who possess strong knowledge and expertise in the listed area and who meet the following criteria:

  • A PhD degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline (preferably Energy, Building, Mechanical or Thermal Engineering);
  • More than 10 years of relevant work experience in the design and/or operation of city district heating and cooling systems, preferably in developing countries and/or the regions targeted by the DES initiative under this assignment.
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of energy efficiency policies and technologies, especially in relation to district energy, and analytical skills and experience in preparing technical and/or policy-relevant reports and papers.
  • Specific and relevant district energy experience in quantitative city-level analysis, private sector engagement, capacity building activities, project finance or other collaborative activities.
  • Experience in the countries where district energy is being rolled out (e.g. under the district energy in cities initiative) will be an asset.
  • Good international personal network within district energy - and experience from working/cooperating with a variety of stakeholders including the financial and private sector
  • Experience with programme/project development, -implementation, and -communication in co-operation with development agencies, finance institutions, and developing country institutions and experts;
  • Good track record of teamwork and an ability to produce high-quality results and outputs under pressure with minimal supervision;
  • Demonstrated good writing, communication, and presentation skills in English.

The working language at UDP is English, but in addition proficiency in languages relevant to the target regions of the assignment (e.g. Spanish, French, Russian, and/or Mandarin) is desirable.

We offer
UDP offers an international setting with room for professional and personal development. We employ senior researchers and advisors, researchers, PhD students and research assistants, with a possibility to work across institutional sections. Staff members have a high degree of freedom and responsibility in organising their work, they play different roles in different projects, and project teams vary from one project to another.

Terms of employment
UDP is part of the Department of Management at the Technical University of Denmark and employees are university staff. The successful candidate will be employed in a full-time position according to the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations.

The place of work is the UN City based in Copenhagen, Denmark. We apply a dialogue-based Scandinavian management style and we offer a family friendly work place with a documented positive work environment where there is room for a good work-life balance for our staff.

How to Apply
Please submit your online application no later than 27 June 2019, 23.59 CEST. Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application letter;
  • CV with full personal data, publication list, and contact details;
  • Indication of three references; and,
  • A copy of your diploma(s), and links to at least three key publications

For further information please contact Merete Villum Pedersen, Section Head of Business Models &, phone: +45 4533 5258, email: Further information is also available at the UDP website,

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion, or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP) is a leading international research and advisory institution on energy, climate and sustainable development. It is an independent organization within the Department for Management at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). As a collaborating centre of UN Environment (UNEP), UDP works with a large range of international institutions, national governments, and research institutions, to assist countries in their efforts to move towards climate resilient and sustainable development. UDP has a staff of approximately 70 professionals from 20 different countries with backgrounds covering economics, science, engineering, and energy and environment planning. UDP currently implements project activities in more than 60 developing countries.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.

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