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Individual Consultant to undertake the development of the National Viability Gap Funding Framework
|Location :||Harare, ZIMBABWE|
|Application Deadline :||02-Oct-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||44 Working Days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||44 Working Days|
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.
UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Energy is one of UNDP’s six signature solutions – alongside poverty and inequality, governance, resilience, environment, and gender equality - to support countries towards three directions of change: structural transformation, leaving no one behind and resilience. As per UNDP’s new Strategic Plan 2022-2025, the first objective of UNDP is increasing energy access for those furthest behind. By speeding up investment in distributed renewable energy solutions, especially for those hardest to reach and in crisis contexts, it aims to increase access to clean and affordable energy for 500 million people. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to approximately 600 million people without access to clean, affordable energy, making the region a key focus of UNDP’s new Strategic Plan energy objective and scaled up energy offer, which seeks to provide access to clean and affordable energy to 500 million people by speeding up investment in distributed renewable energy solutions, especially for those hardest to reach strategic partnerships and targeted stakeholder engagement. RBA’s Africa Promise pledged to provide at least 100 million people with access to Energy by the end of the current Strategic Plan.
Under the UNDP’s Renewed Strategic Offer in Africa, or “Africa Promise”, The Zimbabwe Country office and the Ministry of Energy and Power Development are implementing the Africa Energy Offer to accelerate access to sustainable, affordable, and clean energy that will catalyse SDGs achievement in Zimbabwe. This intervention will catalyse strategic investment in the energy sector in Zimbabwe to improve access to electricity which currently stands at 41%, leaving an estimated 9,3 million persons without access to clean and affordable energy. This offer will be implemented under the UNDP Zimbabwe Poverty Reduction, Environment and Climate Change unit in partnership with the Ministry of Energy and Power Development Department of Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy, The Rural Electrification Fund and the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority.
Duties and Responsibilities
The objective of the Project is to encourage private sector investment in RE through viability gap funding to increase electricity access by developing off-grid community projects in rural areas as a pilot model. The expectation is also to dramatically lower the cost of production per kilowatt hour of energy. The intervention is hinged on the Viability Gap Funding Framework to guide the implementation of viability gap funding, an incentive for promoting RE investment as provided for in the NREP.
SCOPE OF WORKS
The Government of Zimbabwe and UNDP Country office through the UNDP Energy offer programme require the services of an Individual Consultant to undertake the development of the National Viability Gap Funding Framework. This entails:
The key deliverables under this consultancy are:
Ability to work under stress and work overtime when required.
Required Skills and Experience
The Individual Consultant required for this assignment should have expertise in Renewable Energy, Energy economics, Energy finance with relevant experience in developing and modelling energy preparatory phases for independent power production. The Consultant is also requested to submit samples of previous works carried out within a similar scope (further to the short bio description).
Excellent oral and written skills;
Duration of Assignment
Impact of Results
The purpose of the consultant is to provide specialised consultants services under the UNDP Energy Offer project in liaison with the Ministry of Energy, Rural Electrification Fund, ZERA and UNDP Zimbabwe Country Office and Regional/HQ teams and other partners.
Applicants are requested to upload copies of:
Please group all your documents (CV, P11, Technical Proposal, Financial Proposal and Certificates) into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document. Incomplete applications will not be given consideration.
Applicants must reply to the mandatory questions asked by the system when submitting the application
The consultant must send a financial offer based on Daily Fee. The consultant shall quote anall-inclusive Daily Fee for the contract period. The term “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, consumables, etc.) that could be incurred by the consultancy in completing the assignment are already factored into the daily fee submitted in the proposal. Travel costs and daily allowance cost should be identified separately.
Payments will be made based on the agreed financial proposal (contract is based on daily fee) and released upon submission of a certificate of payment request, indicating deliverables achieved and days worked to be verified and cleared for payment by the supervisor.
The qualified consultant shall receive a lump sum service fees upon certification of the completed tasks satisfactorily, as per the following payment schedule:
Note that all payments to the IC are dependent on the satisfactory completion of deliverables.
Payment is linked to deliverables as per below:
Inception report detailing the methodology, workplan and milestones as per the TORs- 20%
Draft Viability Gap Funding Framework- 40%
Final draft of the Viability Gap Funding- 40%
INSTITUTIONAL ARRAGEMENTS FOR MANAGEMENT OF THIS CONSULTANCY
“UNDP is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staff, and equal opportunities for people with disabilities. Well qualified candidates, particularly women and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.