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International Consultant to develop Afghanistan Rural Renewable Strategy and Environmental Protection Guideline- UNDP- ASERD
|Location :||Home based and Kabul, AFGHANISTAN|
|Application Deadline :||23-Oct-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||50 working days (in maximum 3 months period), 25 days in country and 25 days working from home|
UNDP Afghanistan Mission Statement
UNDP supports stabilization, state-building, governance and development priorities in Afghanistan. UNDP support, in partnership with the Government, the United Nations system, the donor community and other development stakeholders, has contributed to institutional development efforts leading to positive impact on the lives of Afghan citizens. Over the years UNDP support has spanned such milestone efforts as the adoption of the Constitution; Presidential, Parliamentary and Provincial Council elections; institutional development through capacity-building to the legislative, the judicial and executive arms of the state, and key ministries, Government agencies and commissions at the national and subnational levels.
Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD)
The Mission of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) is to ensure the social, economic, and political welfare of rural society, especially poor and vulnerable people, through the provision of basic services, strengthening local governance, and promoting sustainable livelihoods. MRRD accomplishes this mission through donor funded national programs in the areas of governance, infrastructure and economic growth.
Since 2003, MRRD and its programmes have electrified 8005 village communities providing electricity to an estimated 30% of the rural population of Afghanistan. At the current electrification rate, it is projected that all rural villages in Afghanistan will be electrified by 2042, missing the universal electrification goal by 2030 under the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative by 12 years.
Afghanistan Sustainable Energy for Rural Development (ASERD)
The Afghanistan Sustainable Energy for Rural Development (ASERD) programme developed by MRRD and UNDP is contributing since 2016 to increasing the access to thermal energy and electricity through a technology neutral approach, in rural communities in Afghanistan. By the end of the project in 2021, it is expected this will result in increasing the access to electricity, clean cooking and heating options and will contribute to rural economic development and a tangible reduction in the pre-mature deaths of women and children due to indoor air pollution. The project will pilot seven innovative financing models which once successful will be mainstreamed. The project will also establish conducive policy and regulatory frameworks and capacity development of key stakeholders. It is envisaged that the project will establish a sustainable rural energy supply approach which can be scaled up beyond the project period.
The programme focuses on the following areas:
Output 1: Rural Energy Services increased in targeted areas: This output will seek to provide rural energy services – both electrical and thermal energy to rural village communities/Community Development Council. The output involves providing electricity using mini and micro-grids with a clear preference for larger mini-grids and will provide thermal energy services through renewable energy and energy efficient systems and devices through a finance-service arrangement.
Output 2: Rural energy policy and regulations developed: This output will create a favorable policy environment for rural energy efforts. The output will support the development of technical and environmental protection standards and a quality assurance framework for rural energy equipment, specific legal and policy instruments to implement and enforce the Rural Renewable Energy Policy; regulations for governing interface between mini-grids and the national grid and creating a fiscal and financial incentive framework.
Output 3: Innovative approaches to delivering rural energy piloted in target areas: This output will involve the piloting of seven pilot rural energy service delivery models such as a 5P model, a rural economic zone, a private investment de-risking mechanism, migrant remittances linked rural energy service model, women’s thermal energy service linked to carbon finance, Kuchi women’s portable energy pilot and a mobile telephony linked rural energy service model.
Output 4: Capacity of rural communities and relevant institutions developed: This output will support the institutional capacity development of Rural Energy and Enterprise Directorate, MRRD, training and capacity building of banks/Financial Institutions; build capabilities of research, education and training institutions; carry out generic promotion and outreach; establishment and maintenance of a website; establish an MIS for the programme; carry out analytical and policy research and publication of key reports.
Against Work Plan (5 marks) – The Applicant should propose the main activities of the assignment, their content and duration, phasing and interrelations, milestones (including interim approvals by the Client), and delivery dates. The proposed work plan should be consistent with the technical approach and methodology, showing understanding of the TOR and ability to translate them into a feasible working plan
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work and Deliverables
Under the supervision of Section Head of Livelihood and Resilience (L&R) Unit; in close coordination with the relevant Programme Officer, Project Manager and project staff, the Consultant will perform the following duties:
ASERD developed and finalized the Afghanistan Rural Renewable Energy Strategy (ARRES) in 2017 and has been approved by the MRRD. It has been published and distributed among stakeholders. The Consultant will develop an action plan for this strategy that will translate the objectives and goals of the strategy into specific, assessable, concrete, measurable and time bound results. The action plan will propose distinct steps and timelines to implement the activities. The action plan will clarify the roles, responsibilities and coordination arrangements of the various agencies concerned. The consultant will:
Develop and finalize the management and environmental protection guideline for rural renewable energy projects, based on the current national legal framework and acceptance by UNDP and MRRD management
The consultant will:
Expected Outputs and Deliverables; Estimated duration to complete and Payment percentage:
Payments under the contract for remuneration/fee will be linked to deliverables and will be made on certification of completion of deliverables indicated above.
Management and Leadership:
Required Skills and Experience
A Master’s degree in Renewable Energy/Climate Change adaptation and/or mitigation or in a related field of study or other closely related field such as Power System Engineering, Environmental Studies and etc.
Previous working experience in transition countries.
Duration of the Work
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments:
The contractor shall submit a price proposal as below:
Evaluation Method and Criteria
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
* Technical Criteria weight 70%
* Financial Criteria weight 30%
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Technical Proposal (20 marks)
Interview (20 marks)
Qualification and Experience (30 marks) [evaluation of CVs for shortlisting]
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document:
Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):
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.