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Expert in Decentralized Energy Finance and Enterprise Development
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home-based with possibility of travels|
|Application Deadline :||21-Dec-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English French|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||12 Months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Up to 1 year, with the possibility of extension for up to 2 more years.|
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 UN Capital Development Fund makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 46 least developed countries (LDCs). UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.
UNCDF’s financing models work through three channels: (1) inclusive digital economies, which connects individuals, households, and small businesses with financial eco-systems that catalyze participation in the local economy, and provide tools to climb out of poverty and manage financial lives; (2) local transformative finance, which capacitates localities through fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance to drive local economic expansion and sustainable development; and (3) investment finance, which provides catalytic financial structuring, de-risking, and capital deployment to drive SDG impact and domestic resource mobilization.
The work of UNCDF will be: (a) To support countries to achieve three strategic game-changers: (i) Catalyze capital; (ii) Strengthen market systems and financing mechanisms; (iii) Accelerate inclusive, diversified, green economic transformation; (b) Through the use of capital and development triggers, i.e., financing, investment and development support; (c) Applied across five priority areas comprising two well-established flagship areas of inclusive digital economies and local transformative finance and three emerging areas of women’s economic empowerment; climate, energy and nature asset finance; and sustainable food systems finance.
UNCDF will increase resilience in LDCs by supporting an energy transition agenda that emphasizes decentralized, renewable and clean energy projects and products that drive green growth. Net-zero emissions energy solutions that expand energy access and value addition are key elements of this approach. UNCDF promotes access to finance across energy value chains, from customer to enterprise to larger investments. UNCDF helps fill the energy SME financing gap through use of its financial instruments. It increasingly supports both solar and improved cooking business models with digital and other technologies to increase their bankability and to reach excluded populations. By 2025, UNCDF aims to support investments that allow 6 million people in at least 10 countries to access and benefit from clean energy. UNCDF investments will also contribute to wider energy market development, with an increased focus on productive use and local economic resilience and with strong connections to other key sectors.
UNCDF has adopted four pillars to improving the energy access market. An (1) investment component (in collaboration with UNCDF’s BRIDGE Facility and other off-balance sheet funds); (2) providing technical and business advisory support to help enterprises investment-ready, as well as general advice and linkages to non-financial resources such as experts and business development opportunities during the life of the partnership; (3) knowledge and learning through customer insights research and Think-Shops to discuss trending market topics; and (4) policy advocacy, global communication campaigns and partnerships with strategic partners, including the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association and Clean Cooking Alliance, to jointly support the strengthening of decentralized energy markets and links to the wider climate finance ecosystem so that business models can thrive and scale.
UNCDF’s vision for energy access, transition, efficiency and productive use is to dramatically expand financing in the decentralized energy market. To make this happen UNCDF partners with governments, investors, financial institutions, energy service providers and energy supply chain enterprises – providing financial solutions and advice – to test innovative and scalable business models in varying market conditions. The use of digital technologies and innovative finance solutions play essential roles in strengthening decentralized energy markets, particularly in reaching remote and marginalized client segments, and to understand the demand-side of and impact in these markets.
UNCDF’s energy access market development work is active in Africa, Asia and Pacific Region. UNCDF is implementing key interventions in countries to promote decentralized energy solutions (including a range of decentralized solar solutions, modern clean tools and fuels for cooking, mini-grid/hydro, and advanced biogas/biomass solutions) and selectively deploys these depending on market needs and where UNCDF can add most value:
Information on the Contract Modality:
UNCDF would like to enter into a non-exclusive Framework Agreement, also known as Long-Term Agreement (LTA), with a roster of consultants that will perform the services described in this TOR on a need-basis. In UNCDF, an LTA is a framework agreement by and between UNCDF and a company or individual where the latter may, at any time within the duration of the LTA, be required to render the agreed services at agreed and fixed unit prices. An LTA can be valid for a minimum period of 12 months, with potential extension for up to two (2) additional years, depending on satisfactory performance of the individual / company.
Where a request for service arises, UNCDF can engage the individual holding an LTA through a “call-off” process of the LTA. Every call-off shall have specific tasks, scope of services and outputs to be delivered within a specific period. For this work, the call-off shall be formalized through the issuance of a Purchase Order, attaching thereto the TOR, and any other document relevant to the call-off. Financial commitments will only be established each time a Purchase Order for the specific services/TOR for Individual Contractor is issued.
The LTA shall have a cumulative ceiling amount that may accrue during the life of the LTA, but said amount shall remain as an upper limit, and must not and cannot be interpreted nor understood as either a financial commitment or guarantee of business . It is important to note that, under an LTA, UNCDF does not guarantee that any specific quantity of services shall be made during the term of this agreement. The LTA is not a financial obligation nor commitment from UNCDF.
Duties and Responsibilities
UNCDF IDE Energy is looking to enter into a Framework Agreement, also known as Long-Term Agreement (LTA), with up to six (6) Consultant(s), to contribute to UNCDF’s financing for decentralized energy and technical assistance in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. This LTA requires fluency in written and spoken English and French languages in the case of West and Central Africa.
Specific areas of work include:
Scope of Work.
Theme 1: Fund and Investment launch activities in selected countries
Key work areas include:
Theme 2: Pipeline Development for Investment and Partner Management
Key work areas include:
Theme 3: Technical Assistance
Key work areas include:
Theme 4: Brokering investment partnerships
Key work areas include:
Theme 5: Knowledge management and results sharing
Key work areas will include:
The consultant(s) will deliver the following final products:
Indicated Deliverables Theme 1:
Indicated Deliverables Theme 2:
Indicated Deliverables Theme 3:
Indicated Deliverables Theme 4:
Indicated Deliverables Theme 5:
Areas of Support and Standard Operating Procedures
UNCDF reserves the right to assign the TOR deliverables and to distribute the assignment to up to six consultants, as UNCDF may deem appropriate to their qualifications. A Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) - on how each of the consultants will be called upon and for what type of work- shall be developed for this purpose. The SOPs shall take into consideration the following :
Geographically, UNCDF is broadly looking for:
All consultants must have proficiency in written and spoken English, with the three consultants supporting West and Central Africa projects requiring additional proficiency in written and spoken French.
Duration of Assignment:
Contract duration: The Framework Agreement shall be signed for 12 months, with possibility of extension for up to 2 more years based on consultant(s)’ satisfactory performance and project needs.
Number of consultants: Up to six consultants under LTA.
Number of working days: Up to 200 working days per person per year
Duty station: Home-based, with travels to countries where UNCDF operates
The schedule of travel will be negotiated with the consultant(s) according to the requirements of each programme.
Travel: Travel costs associated to the assignment will be advanced by the consultants, and paid on a reimbursable basis, and following the UNDP/UNCDF rules and regulations which states that consultants shall only be paid the most direct and most economical ticket, as will be quoted by the official UN travel agency. Any amount in excess of the said quotation, such as class and airline preference of the consultant, shall be borne by the consultant and the daily living allowance will be paid as per UN Rate.
The consultant(s) will work under the direct supervision of UNCDF IDE Energy Lead and in close collaboration with other relevant colleagues and experts.
Provision of Monitoring and Progress Controls
The consultant(s) will have weekly communication with relevant staff via email and skype, for coordination and guidance purposes, ensuring consultants’ output quality and targets.
The Consultant(s) is responsible for providing his/her own laptop during the course of his/her engagement with UNCDF.
This contract is under a framework agreement that will work on a call-off mechanism. The consultant will be ‘called’ upon to deliver a specific set of deliverables under a TOR and a purchasing order, indicating the total number of days required to complete the services. The contractor shall submit the invoices specifying the outputs delivered and the Certificate of Payment form for the approval of UNCDF.
The following supporting documents will serve as conditions for payments to an Individual Contractor(s): (i) submission of an invoice and Certificate of Payment (COP); and (ii) review, approval and written acceptance of each deliverable by the IDE Energy Lead and/or any other staff designated by IDE Energy Lead.
UNCDF shall closely monitor the performance of the Individual Contractors, and such monitoring shall include the detailed tracking of cumulative payments ensuring that they do not exceed the approved limit of the LTA. Final payment shall require a signed performance evaluation of the consultant.
If the consultants fail to meet performance requirements detailed above, s/he will receive in first instance, a communication requesting an improvement in performance. Continued failure to meet performance requirements may result in termination of the call-off PO, the non-utilization of the LTA, until its expiration, and eventually non-extension of the LTA.
Required Skills and Experience
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Proposers who shall not submit below mentioned documents will not be considered for further evaluation. (NOTE: THE SYSTEM DOES NOT ALLOW MULTIPLE UPLOADS OF DOCUMENTS THEREFORE APPLICANTS MUST MAKE SURE TO UPLOAD ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS IN ONE FILE).
Failure to submit all the below mentioned documents will result in rejection of the application.
The following document is to be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications will be rated on both technical and financial submissions. The following selection method will be used: Highest rated proposal using the combined scoring method, which assigns the weight distribution between the technical and financial proposals. The overall combined score will be 100 points, where weight distribution shall be 70% technical (30% desk review + 40% interview) and 30% financial.
Step I: Screening
Applications will be screened and only applicants meeting the following minimum criteria will progress to the pool for shortlisting:
Step II: Shortlisting by Desk Review: (100 Points)
UNCDF will conduct a desk review to produce a shortlist of candidates and technically evaluate candidates as follows:
Only applicants scoring the highest in the desk review and achieving minimum 70 points shall be invited for an interview.
Step III. Interview (100 points):
A competency-based Interview shall be conducted with the top 8 shortlisted candidates who will be tested on the following:
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% on the total of Steps II Desk Review +III Interview will be considered as technically qualified and will be reviewed further for financial evaluation.
Step IV: Financial Evaluation:
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
Lowest priced proposal/price of the proposal being evaluated x 30%.
The top candidates that achieved the highest cumulative score will be recommended for award of LTA, upon approval of the appropriate Procurement Review Committee. UNCDF reserves the right to increase or decrease this number depending on the quality of the applications that will be received.
Award of the Long Term Agreement (LTA)
The award of the LTA will consists of six individual consultants whose offers have been evaluated and determined (i) Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and (ii) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when traveling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.org. If the consultant is over 65 years old, UNCDF reserves the right to require full medical certification and clearance from the consultant’s physician prior to commencing the travel.
Both individual consultants and individuals employed by a company or institution are welcome to apply. Any individual employed by a company or institution who would like to submit an offer in response to a Procurement Notice for IC must do so in their individual capacity (providing a CV so that their qualifications may be judged accordingly). If the company or institution that employs them will charge a management fee, the said amount must be incorporated in the financial proposal that the individual will submit. No further changes to reflect additional costs shall be accommodated by UNCDF at the point of awarding the LTA.
Women candidates or women-owned businesses are strongly encouraged to apply. UNCDF 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.
Please include all documents into one file while submitting your application.
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