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Renewable Energy Challenge Fund Business Development Consultant (Up to 3 consultants)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Kampala, UGANDA|
|Application Deadline :||03-Mar-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Up to 180 days for 12 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||up to 24 months|
UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s 48 least developed countries. With its capital mandate and instruments, 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.
RECF supports business model innovations in three groups of energy solutions: 1) clean cooking, 2) pico solar power, and 3) large solar power. Clean cooking solutions will include efficient cook stoves, biomass fuels (e.g., wood, charcoal, briquettes) and gasified fuels (LPG, biogas, ethanol) or a combination of stoves and fuels. Pico solar power refer to solar lanterns that have mobile phone charging capacity or multiple lights with phone and other device charging capacity. Larger solar solutions refer to solar home systems or micro/mini grids (solar or hybrid) that can power efficient appliances and equipment, and/or multiple homes or businesses.
RECF provides technical assistance to companies at pre-investment, investment and exit stages of the RECF funding. The nature and intensity of the assistance will differ depending on the development stage of the company and the business idea. One of the areas that RECF will support companies with is making their businesses more investable to funders beyond RECF. RECF is keen to have partners eventually graduate into more commercially-oriented capital.
Duties and Responsibilities
To this end, the Consultant will support the CleanStart Programme team to implement the challenge funding process in Uganda, as well as provide necessary business development support to partners during the implementation phase.
1. RECF applicants submit investable proposals that align with the Challenge funding objectives; RECF’s Investment Committee members have sufficient background information about the business idea and the company’s ability to deliver;
2. Partners receive technical assistance at pre-investment, investment and/or exit stages of the RECF funding, especially related to raising follow-on capital.
3. Banks and other funders frequently updated about the RECF portfolio companies and generally more informed about the business case for financing the solar and clean cooking sector in Uganda.
4. Progress and lessons learned by partners documented and shared.
Reporting and Payment
Required Skills and Experience
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 weight distribution shall be 70% technical and 30% financial.
Step I: Screening/Longlisting
Step II: Shortlisting by Desk Review
As applicable, only the first top 6 ranked applicants achieving 70% of the points at this stage shall be invited for a skype interview.
Step III: Interview
Step IV: Financial Evaluation
Interested candidate should submit the following information as part of the application package:
Both individual consultants and individual employed by a company or institution are welcome to apply.
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.