Title:  National Expert on Energy Efficiency in Cold Rooms and refrigerated display counters

​Requisition ID: 995 
Grade : SB4 - Local Professional (Junior & Mid Level) 
Country: Chile 
Duty Station : Santiago 
Category: National Consultant 
Type of job Posting: Internal and External
Employment Type: NonStaff-Regular
Application deadline: 28-Sep-2022  


Vacancy Announcement

Only nationals or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are considered eligible. 
Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.



The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mission of UNIDO, as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013 as well as the Abu Dhabi Declaration adopted at the eighteenth session of UNIDO General Conference in 2019, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Member States. The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will frame United Nations and country efforts towards sustainable development. UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs. Accordingly, the Organization’s programmatic focus is structured in four strategic priorities: Creating shared prosperity; Advancing economic competitiveness; Safeguarding the environment; and Strengthening knowledge and institutions.


Each of these programmatic fields of activity contains a number of individual programmes, which are implemented in a holistic manner to achieve effective outcomes and impacts through UNIDO’s four enabling functions: (i) technical cooperation; (ii) analytical and research functions and policy advisory services; (iii) normative functions and standards and quality-related activities; and (iv) convening and partnerships for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation. 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 andenvironment activities focusing on supporting governments and industries to provide sustainable and resilient soft and hardinfrastructure for industrial development, supporting industries to contribute to climate neutral circular economy, and supportinggovernments and industries in fulfilling national commitments under multinational climate and environmental agreements. TheDirectorate consists of the Department of Environment and the Department of Energy.


The Department of Environment (EAE/ENV) contributes to ISID and the implementation of the SDGs, in particular of SDG 9, bygreening existing industries and products, as well as by facilitating creation of new green industries and products, and by minimizingresource use along value chains and during the lifetime of products, facilitating uptake of circular economy practices.

The Department promotes the concept of circular economy, sustainable design of products with less materials, being easy to maintainand incorporating longevity, industrial resource efficiency to improve the effective use of natural resources including in particularmaterials and water; assists developing countries and countries with economies in transition to achieve the objectives of andcompliance with multilateral environmental agreements; reduces the release of industrial pollutants into the environment; andimproves sustainable access to water for productive uses.

The Department encourages industrial development for economic growth that is sustainable, resource efficient, beneficial to theclimate, and resilient as well as protective of the natural environment and human health, and keeps workers, communities andconsumers safe. Its activities serve to improve competitiveness, as well as development of and access to markets, particularly forSMEs.

The Department acts as the focal point in UNIDO for various multilateral environmental agreements and multilateral co-operation inthe field of the environment: the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer; the Stockholm Convention onPersistent Organic Pollutants; and the Minamata Convention on Mercury; as well as other relevant international initiatives andconventions such as the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), and multilateral co-operation ininitiatives like the Partnership on Action for Green Economy (PAGE) and the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) and the GreenIndustry Platform (GIP). The Department coordinates its service delivery with the services offered by other technical departments,and other relevant organizational entities of UNIDO.

This position is located under the Montreal Protocol Division (EAE/ENV/MPD) which is responsible for planning, developing andimplementing activities for developing countries and countries with economies in transition to facilitate compliance with the MontrealProtocol and in particular its Kigali Amendment, and to support countries to achieve their nationally determined contributions toreduce emissions of greenhouse gases under the Paris Agreement through activities related to the Montreal Protocol and its KigaliAmendment. The services of the division are focusing in particular on transformative approaches for manufacturing in refrigeration,air conditioning and insulation foam sectors; related working fluids and chemicals; total greenhouse gas emissions caused by relatedproducts; their green design to extend their lifetime and reduce further their greenhouse gas emissions; as well as related capacitybuilding and policy support.

The Ministry of Environment of Chile, through its National Ozone Unit (NOU), is the local counterpart of projects and activities underthe Montreal Protocol. The NOU is the Focal Point of the Montreal Protocol, acting as local executing agency and counterpart ofUNIDO, who acts as international implementing agency.




Promoting energy efficiency of cold rooms - cold chambers and refrigerated display



The Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol in October 2016 added HFCs to the reduction process; consequently, countries are encouraged to think about early action as well as long-term strategies about sustainable solutions. It is estimated that without the recently adopted Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, the continuing growth of HFCs would be responsible for a 0.1°C temperature rise in 2050, with a potential to increase up to 0.5°C by 2100.


In this context and due to the momentum generated by the negotiations of the Kigali Amendment and Paris Agreement, Clean Cooling Collaborative (CCC)  (formerly K-CEP) an initiative of ClimateWorks Foundation focused on increasing access to climate-friendly cooling,  approved a new window to finance projects in the cooling sector while HFCs are reduced. A call for proposal was launched on June 2020 to identify organizations interested in working with CCC to partner with countries to include efficient, climate-friendly cooling into their enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and to support the implementation of solutions to meet these commitments.


The scope proposed by the NOU and partners is to promote zero refrigerant leaks and energy efficiency of cold chambers and display cases by elaborating guidelines of low carbon design, installation, and operation. These guidelines shall promote climate change mitigation by promoting energy efficiency measures and the use of low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants simultaneously.


To support the implementation of the actual project, UNIDO requires a national expert to support the National Ozone Unit on the development and coordination of the project.




The local consultant is expected to provide advice to the NOU according to the following requirements:



Concrete/measurable Outputs to be achieved

Expected duration


Activity 1: Assist in preparing report that provides technical, economic and energy support that allows the implementation of the proposed policy, related to the generation of Guidelines for cold rooms and MEPS for refrigerated showcases. It must contain at least:


a) Detailed analysis of technologies available in the Chilean market (tech, cost, regulation, and energy consumption) having as background the Market Study on refrigerated showcases and cold rooms carried out within the framework of this project.


b) Description of the market of the commercial refrigeration, technology status and trends. (i.e. Distribution chains used)


c) Identification of the existing barriers for the promotion of energy efficiency in the refrigerated showcase sector.


d) Support the review of international documentation of cold rooms- cold chambers, that covers:


  1. Showcases in which MEPS have been implemented, such as Australia, New Zealand, the European Union, the United States, among others.
  2. Review proposals made by international organizations, such as United For Efficiency (U4E), the United Nations Organization for Industrial Development (UNIDO), CLASP, among others.
  3. Identify and analyze the most efficient technologies available nationally and internationally.
  4. Review of existing regulations, protocols, laboratories and certification bodies that develop the tests.
  5. Evaluate appropriate strategies and regulatory measures to be undertaken in order to promote the green cooling sector

Documents revision

12 months

Time allocation of each task is based on actual requirements

Home-based (Online)

Activity 2: Assist in  identifying  potential companies to implement the pilot projects, (MEPS in refrigerated display cases and guidelines for cold rooms) for which the consultant must carry out at least the following activities:


a) Interviews, meetings and conference calls with Manufacturers and distributors of appliances.


b) Applicability of the technology analysis (point iii, above) in the potential pilot companies.


c) Review the existing standards, as well as available mitigation scenarios and the gap analysis between currently used technologies and internationally available best practice (BAT/BEPS), applicable to pilot companies


Document Preparation


At least 4 companies identified


Home-based (Online)

Activity 3: Contribute to the  Best practice guideline draft  on low-carbon design, installation, operations, and maintenance of cold chambers, considering at least:


a) General approaches for improving EE taking into account improved heat insulation, reduced heat radiation, adjusted “busy” times and operating times, basic process design, optimised power, pressure and temperature levels, efficient control technology, and detailed design and selection of individual components.


b) Estimation of (potential) emission reduction from identified changes in the cases evaluated and using the established calculation methodology.


c) Understand the barriers to nation-wide conversion considering market barriers related to potential increase in sales prices for more EE improvement.


d) Support the organization of a workshop with the participation of the national refrigeration association, institutions, and experts.


Draft and Final guideline


Home-based (Online)

Activity 4: Support to keep contact and continuous communication with counterparts from the Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Energy

Meetings to report project progress and coordinate future actions:



a) Monthly with the Ozone Unit and with the Ministry of Energy, documenting activities carried out.


b) Weekly with counterpart from the Ministry of Energy


c) Participate as requested in meetings with UNIDO and/or LBNL


Home-based (Online)

Activity 5: Prepare quarterly progress and final reports (1 day each)


The last report must also contain a summary of all the activities carried out during the consultancy.

Reports (4)


Home-based (Online)





Education: Advanced university degree in chemical/environmental engineering or relevant field with specialization in refrigeration is required.


Technical and Functional Experience:

  • A minimum of three (3) years of relevant work experience in the area of refrigeration is required.
  • Experience in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector in Chile, and the applicable regulation and different stakeholder groups is required.
  • Experience and/or knowledge on issues of ozone depleting substances, causes and effects generated by the depletion of the ozone layer, as well as causes and effects of global warming is desirable.
  • Experience and/or knowledge in energy efficiency policies and technology is desirable.
  • Experience and/or knowledge on procedures to do conversion of HFC to natural refrigerants is desirable.


Languages: Fluency in both, spoken and written English and Spanish is required. Fluency and/or working knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.




Reporting: The consultant will be under the direct supervision of the Coordinator of the National Ozone Unit of Chile, who will report to the UNIDO Project Manager. In line with UNIDO and donor requirements and templates, the consultant will have to prepare and submit the following reports and documents:



1. Provide periodical updates- reports (4 in total) to the NOO of his/her main activities,

2. Contribute to the preparation of progress reports to the donor,

3. At the conclusion of the assignment the consultant shall submit a final report comprising of a summary of activities carried out with attached all deliverables prepared within the scope of his/her assignment.




Core values:

WE LIVE AND ACT WITH INTEGRITY: work honestly, openly and impartially.

WE SHOW PROFESSIONALISM: work hard and competently in a committed and responsible manner.

WE RESPECT DIVERSITY: work together effectively, respectfully and inclusively, regardless of our differences in culture and perspective.


Key competencies:

WE FOCUS ON PEOPLE: cooperate to fully reach our potential –and this is true for our colleagues as well as our clients. Emotional intelligence and receptiveness are vital parts of our UNIDO identity.

WE FOCUS ON RESULTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: focus on planning, organizing and managing our work effectively and efficiently. We are responsible and accountable for achieving our results and meeting our performance standards. This accountability does not end with our colleagues and supervisors, but we also owe it to those we serve and who have trusted us to contribute to a better, safer and healthier world.

WE COMMUNICATE AND EARN TRUST: communicate effectively with one another and build an environment of trust where we can all excel in our work.

WE THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND INNOVATE: To stay relevant, we continuously improve, support innovation, share our knowledge and skills, and learn from one another.


This appointment is limited to the specified project(s) only and does not carry any expectation of renewal.

Employees of UNIDO are expected at all times to uphold the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity, both at work and outside.
Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for jobs at UNIDO.


All applications must be submitted online through the Online Recruitment System. Correspondence will be undertaken only with candidates who are being considered at an advanced phase of the selection process. Selected candidate(s) may be required to disclose to the Director General the nature and scope of financial and other personal interests and assets in respect of themselves, their spouses and dependents, under the procedures established by the Director General.


Visit the UNIDO website for details on how to apply: www.unido.org

NOTE: The Director General retains the discretion to make an appointment to this post at a lower level.


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