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)
01-Dec-2021
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.


Background

Background

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%.[1]  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.

 

[1] 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:

  • Assist the international consultant to gather market information, including existing/planned investments, market barriers, and relevant stakeholders.
  • Assist in arranging meetings for international consultants with stakeholders. Accompany international consultant to these meetings.
  • Assist in gathering data on the baseline public instruments being implemented by the national government or other development actors in BARMM. Obtain data on existing public instrument costs and benchmarks in BARMM to assist in the cost of public instruments.
  • Assist in gathering data and assumptions for the baseline technology and off-grid solar PV mini-grids in BARMM, including capacity factors, fuel prices, existing subsidies, investment costs, and operational costs.
  • Support the international consultant by reviewing the findings of the DREI analysis and reviewing and commenting
  • Share findings of the report with key stakeholders and bring stakeholders on board as champions for the report, building national buy-in for the report

 

Expected Outputs and Deliverables

 

Deliverables/Outputs

Estimated Duration to Complete

Target Due Dates

 

Review and Approvals Required

Upon finalization/completion and acceptance of the detailed workplan.

 

5 days

TBA

 

Team Leader, Climate Action Programme Team, UNDP

 

UNDP Energy Advisor in New York

 

Submission and acceptance of Data and draft report on:

  • market information, including existing/planned investments, market barriers and relevant stakeholders
  • baseline public instruments being implemented by the national government or other development actors in BARMM.
  • data on existing public instrument costs and benchmarks in BARMM to assist in costing of public instruments.
  • data and assumptions for the baseline technology an off grid solar in BARMM, including capacity factors, fuel prices, existing subsidies, investment costs and operational costs.  

15 days

TBA

 

Submission and acceptance of Inputs and comments on the draft DREI report

5 days

TBA

 

Submission and acceptance of the final DREI report and presentation/conduct of a sharing and learning session with national and local stakeholders

5 days

TBA

 

TOTAL

30 days

 

 

 

Institutional Arrangements

  • The Consultant will be supervised by the UNDP Energy Advisor in New York and Team Leader of the Climate Action Programme Team. 
  • A review of the outputs will be done jointly by the UNDP Philippines CO and New York. Inputs may be requested from the BARMM government (particularly the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy) as well as the Department of Energy.
  • Whereas, UNDP Philippines will certify the outputs of the National Consultant. UNDP will provide support to the National Consultant in terms of administrative and logistical concerns.
  • The National consultant is expected to provide support to an international consultant, who will be hired by UNDP following a separate competitive process.

 

Duration of the Work

  • The expected duration of work is estimated to be 30 working days spread over 4 months. The target date for the start of work is 19 July 2021 and the completion date is 18 November 2021.

 

  • UNDP shall follow 10 days to review of outputs, provide comments, and secure approval, acceptance, and certification of outputs. 

 

Duty Station

  • The duty station is in Manila.  
  • In view of the current quarantine protocols, telecommuting will be the primary mode of working. However, should circumstances permit and done within the guidelines and protocols set by the Government, the National Consultant must be available to report to the duty station on an on-call basis and conduct field missions in BARMM as necessary.
  • In the course of the assignment, the Consultant will be expected to undertake two missions to BARMM.  The first mission is anticipated to last approximately 5 workdays, the second mission 3 workdays (excluding travel time). The dates for the missions will be agreed upon between the Consultant and UNDP in the Philippines.

 


Competencies

Competencies

Corporate Competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN mission, vision, values, and ethical standards
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Promotes UNDP's agenda in meetings

 

Other Competencies

  • Ability to work in close collaboration with a group of national and international experts, to meet strict deadlines and plan the work according to priorities;
  • Demonstrates capacity to plan, organize, and execute effectively;
  • The initiative, good analytical skills, mature judgment, and ability to work under tight schedule while respecting deadlines achievement, ethics, and honesty;
  • Ability to establish effective working relations in a diverse environment
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Builds strong relationships with internal and external clients;
  • Demonstrated ability to function in a team environment and to deal with a complex multi-stakeholder environment
  • Good ability to use information and communication technologies as tools and resources;
  • Excellent written communication and presentation/public speaking skills focus on results, ability to interact productively in a teamwork environment


Required Skills and Experience

Qualification of the Successful Individual Contractor

UNDP is seeking to procure an individual Consultant with the following qualifications and experience:

 

Education:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Engineering (preferably mechanical, electrical, or civil), or in Development Management, Business Management, Energy, Environmental Science, Economics, Public Administration/Management, Finance
  • If applicant is an engineer, s/he must be licensed or should have an active license at the time of the assignment

 

Experience:

  • Minimum 3 years’ cumulative experience in providing advice, conducting technical/feasibility studies, evaluating policies, projects and/or serving as a consultant in the energy sector on off-grid solar energy, either in private or government sector in the Philippines including non-profit distribution utilities or electric cooperatives
  • Minimum 3 years’ technical experience in de-risking renewable energy investments
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in coordination/networking/developing or packaging projects for local and international organizations
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience collaborating with Executives and Senior managers in government

Language

  • Proficiency in English

 

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.

Deliverables

Payment

Expected Due Date

Upon submission and acceptance of Detailed work plan by UNDP

10%

TBA

 

Upon submission and acceptance of Data and draft report on:

  • market information, including existing/planned investments, market barriers and relevant stakeholders by UNDP
  • baseline public instruments being implemented by the national government or other development actors in BARMM.
  • data on existing public instrument costs and benchmarks in BARMM to assist in costing of public instruments.
  • data and assumptions for the baseline technology an off grid solar in BARMM, including capacity factors, fuel prices, existing subsidies, investment costs and operational costs. 

35%

TBA

 

Upon submission and acceptance of Inputs and comments on the draft DREI report by UNDP

20%

TBA

 

Upon submission and acceptance of Organized sharing and learning session on the final DREI report, with national and local stakeholders by UNDP

35%

TBA

 

 

Recommended Presentation of Offer

Applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  1. Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;
  2. Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references;
  3. Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided.  If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.  Medical/health insurance must be purchased by the individual at his/her own expense, and upon award of contract, the individual must be ready to submit proof of insurance valid during the contract duration.

 

 

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.

 

Qualification

Points Obtainable

(70points)

Education

Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Engineering (preferably mechanical, electrical, or civil), or in Development Management, Business Management, Energy, Environmental Science, Economics, Public Administration/Management, Finance

Minimum 7 points for a Bachelor’s degree. Additional 1 point for every degree or certification in the mentioned fields, maximum of 10 points.

10 points

Minimum 3 years’ cumulative experience in providing advice, conducting technical/feasibility studies, evaluating policies, projects and/or serving as a consultant in the energy sector on off-grid solar energy,, either in private or government sector in the Philippines including non-profit distribution utilities or electric cooperatives

 

Minimum 17.5  points for 3 years of experience, additional 1 point for every year, maximum of 25 points.

25 points

Minimum 3 years’ technical experience in de-risking renewable energy investments

 

Minimum 17.5  points for 3 years of experience, additional 1 point for every year, maximum of 25 points.

25 points

Minimum 3 years’ Ie in coordination/networking/developing or packaging projects for local and international organizations

 

Minimum 3.5 points for 3 years of experience, additional .5 point for every year, maximum of 5 points.

5 points

Minimum 3 years’ Ie collaborating with Executives and Senior managers in government

 

Minimum 3.5 points for 3 years of experience, additional .5 point for every year, maximum of 5 points.

5 points

TOTAL

70 points

 

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:

http://gofile.me/6xdJm/bE9TCw8fU

 

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.



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