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International Consultant to Provide Quality Assurance to the Revision and Harmonization of the National Energy Policy, Review Drafts of National Energy Bill and National Bioenergy Policy & Action Plan for Sierra Leone
|Location :||Freetown, SIERRA LEONE|
|Application Deadline :||28-Nov-16 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Twenty Working Days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Twenty (20) working days between 1st December 2016 to 31st March 2017|
The Sierra Leone Government established a Directorate of Energy under the Ministry of Energy (MoE) in 2012 in recognition of the need to coordinate energy-related matters within the Ministry’s mandate. The mission of the Directorate of Energy is to: (i) Develop policies and programmes for the provision of energy (electricity and otherwise) on a constant, affordable and sustainable basis; and (ii) derive value out of natural resources as sources of energy for the benefit of the nation.
With support from UNDP and financing from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), a country-led project was designed to complement the national Energy Strategic Plan. The project aims to address the current regulatory, institutional, technical, financial and social barriers to energy efficient production and utilization of charcoal in Sierra Leone through innovative technologies and private sector involvement. One of the key objectives of the project is to facilitate the formulation and enforcement of relevant policies, laws and regulations, as well as to strengthen institutional capacity on biomass resource utilization at the national, regional and community level.
The National Energy Policy that was developed for Sierra Leone in 2009 falls short in advocating for the promotion of renewable energy sources. The existence of inadequate regulations and standards, guidelines and bylaws poses major challenges to the Directorate of Energy in fulfilling its mandate on promoting renewables. Adequate enforcement cannot be attained without the requisite reviewing and updating as well as harmonisations of fragmented policies, regulations and legislation.
Bioenergy is one of the dominant sources of energy supply in Sierra Leone, and is likely to continue to dominate as a prime energy source. This phenomenon, together with the steady development of biofuels as an alternative energy supply, emphasizes the need to ensure that the supply of bioenergy is as environmentally sustainable as possible. Although bioenergy sources hold the potential to reduce dependency on non-renewable energy sources, and reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, their cultivation poses a challenge to food security. As such, there is a clear need to ensure that an adequate legal framework exists, in order to guide: (i) environmentally sustainable supply and quality production; (ii) efficient conversion and utilization; (iii) transportation; (iv) marketing, pricing and incentives; and (v) institutional development.
On behalf of the MoE, UNDP is requesting the services of a Legal Consultancy firm to (i) Revise and Harmonize the National Energy Policy, (ii) Draft a National Energy Bill, and (iii) Draft a National Bioenergy Policy & Action Plan for Sierra Leone.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, and in close collaboration with Directorate of Energy in the Ministry of Energy and the UNDP EENRM Team Leader, the contractor will be expected to perform but not limited to the following key functions:
Deliverables and Timelines
Based on the scope of work outlined above, the contractor will be expected to deliver the following outputs:
Recommendations for final (i) National Energy Policy, (ii) Draft a National Energy Bill, and (iii) Draft a National Bioenergy Policy & Action Plan for Sierra Leone presented to the Ministry of Energy to be submitted within 60 working days after signing of contract including the following.
Required Skills and Experience
This assignment requires the services of a individual international consultant based in the country that can demonstrate adequate analytical capacity and that can provide a legal firm with expertise relevant to providing technical support to quality assurance. The consultant should provide:
Beside the provision of the profile of the individual and evidence based of previous works of similar nature, the consultant should provide summary CVs of its technical specialists as below:
How to Apply:
Qualified individuals are hereby requested to apply. The application must contain the following:
Please note that applications will only be considered if they include ALL of the items listed above. Also note that the UNDP job portal website only allows for one document to be uploaded, so please combine all of the abovementioned items into one single Word or PDF document before uploading.
Offers received will be evaluated using a Combined Scoring method, where the qualifications and proposed methodology will be weighted 70%, and combined with the price offer, which will be weighted 30%. Only consultants obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the Technical Evaluation will be considered for the Financial Evaluation. Criteria to be used for rating the qualifications and methodology:
Technical evaluation criteria (total 70 points):
Financial evaluation (total 30 points):
All technically qualified proposals will be scored out 30 based on the formula provided below. The maximum points (30) will be assigned to the lowest financial proposal. All other proposals receive points according to the following formula: p = y (µ/z) where: p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated; y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal; µ = price of the lowest priced proposal; z = price of the proposal being evaluated.
Payment to the contractor will be made in four instalments upon satisfactory completion of the following deliverables:
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.