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National Consultant for De-risking Renewable Energy Investment (“DREI”) Analysis and Reports for Off-Grid Solar PV Minigrid Energy Technologies in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
|Location :||Manila, PHILIPPINES|
|Application Deadline :||27-Oct-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||30 person days spread over 4 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||30 person days spread over 4 months|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
The Philippines Energy Plan (PEP) (2016-2030) was developed to support the country’s economic growth agenda. The sectoral energy roadmaps took into account the long-term economic growth forecast, wealth of indigenous and natural resources, energy security and reliability goals, and measured responses to the impacts of climate change. The Plan also aims to contribute to poverty reduction and people empowerment by promoting energy access. The Nine Point Energy Agenda targets 100 percent household access to electricity services by 2022.
An important component of the PEP is the National Renewable Energy Plan (NREP) which aims to increase the country’s RE-based capacity to an estimated 15,304 MW by year 2030, almost triple its 2010 level.
In terms of electrification, the country has achieved 95.3% coverage in 2018. However, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has the lowest household electrification rate at 31.4%. Total electricity sales and consumption as of 2017 was placed at 207,198 MWh; of which 53.4% were by the residential sector. The commercial sector only accounted for 8.6% of this consumption, reflecting the very low economic activity in the region. System loss is high at 25%; and for those with connections, power outages are rampant, due in part to weak functioning of electric cooperatives.
While efforts are being made to address the above issues, bridging the power supply gap offers a unique opportunity for the BARMM to improve the environmental sustainability of the power sector. The Unified Bangsamoro Development Plan has identified improved access to electricity and operation of electric cooperatives as key strategies for building foundations for sustainable and inclusive development. The preparation of a BARMM Energy Plan which fully harnesses the potential for renewable energy could prevent the region from being locked into large, carbon-based power generation; thereby reducing costs and ensuring sustainability in the long term.
Mainly lacking in infrastructure, the major sources of renewable energy identified in the Mindanao Energy Development Plan are biomass, hydroelectric and solar energy sources. This study will focus on off grid solar energy development in BARMM, in the form of solar PV minigrids, in consideration of weak infrastructure, and issues with viability of operations of electric cooperatives, ageing facilities, and collection capacities.
As part of the NDC Support Programme, an analysis will be performed of solar PV minigrids (off grid) in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) using the De-risking Renewable Energy Investment (‘DREI’) methodology. DREI is an innovative approach to assisting policymakers in developing countries to cost-effectively promote investment in renewable energy.
The DREI methodology systematically identifies the barriers and associated risks which can hold back private sector investment in on- and off-grid renewable energy. It then assists policymakers to put in place packages of targeted public interventions to address these risks. Each public intervention acts in one of three ways: either reducing, transferring or compensating for risk. The overall aim is to cost-effectively achieve a risk-return profile that catalyses private sector investment at scale. The end objective is reliable and affordable renewable energy solutions in developing countries.
More information on DREI, as well as a number of associated financial tools and guidance materials, can be found at www.undp.org/DREI. A detailed overview of the DREI methodology in the context of off-grid electrification is found in the DREI: Off-Grid Electrification report (2018). The objective of the financial tools has been to automate the various calculations behind DREI to a high degree, thereby making the application of the DREI methodology as efficient as possible.
 The development of the region has been affected by almost five decades of conflict. The signing into law of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), provided unique opportunities for sustainable development in this region.
Duties and Responsibilities
The objective of the Consultancy
The objective of the consultancy is to provide support to the International Consultant to undertake a number of activities related to performing a DREI analysis for off-grid solutions and preparing DREI report for solar PV minigrid (off grid) in the BARMM. The final output of the consultancy will be finalized inputs to the DREI report.
Scope of the Work
The tasks of the National Consultant are as follows:
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
Duration of the Work
Required Skills and Experience
Qualification of the Successful Individual Contractor
UNDP is seeking to procure an individual Consultant with the following qualifications and experience:
Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
The financial proposals should be expressed in lump sum amounts inclusive of all financial costs related to this engagement (i.e. transportation/travel to and from residence-Manila and/or within Metro Manila, supplies & materials, reproduction, communications including internet, and health insurance). Travel expenses for project-related meetings and workshops outside of Metro Manila shall be paid for by the Project based on the UNDP DIM Rates since final locations within BARMM are not yet identified.
Payments to the successful IC will be made in tranches following this table.
Recommended Presentation of Offer
Applicants are required to submit the following documents:
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer
The award of the contract will be made to the individual whose offer has been evaluated using a combined scoring method, where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted a maximum of 70% and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a max of 30%.
The technical evaluation will be based on the criteria below. The offeror must reach the minimum technical score of 49 points in the technical qualification criteria to qualify and move on to the financial evaluation.
Offerors must upload in one (1) file the documents mentioned above.
Templates for a) P11 Personal History Form and b) Offeror's Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal (Annex 2) are available through the link below. UNDP General Terms and Conditions for Individual Contractors are also available:
Incomplete submission of required documents may result in disqualification.
Please see the deadline of submissions above.
Because of the volume of applications UNDP receives, only shortlisted offerors will be notified.