|Introduction : |
UNDP in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy is implementing the Africa mini-grids programme (AMP) and the Access to Clean and Renewable Energy (ACRE) project, targeting rural areas that do not have access to energy. The AMP project aims to support African countries
to increase energy access by reducing the cost and increasing commercial viability of low carbon mini grids and the ACRE project is to increase access to clean, affordable, reliable, and modern energy by enhancing the sustainability, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of energy technologies. So far energy produced from the mini grids is being used by 110 households including female headed ones, and is powering different businesses including shops, maize mills, and agricultural irrigation machinery. Under the AMP project UNDP is studying business models, approaches and generating data for evidence-based programming.
UNDP Malawi CO is one of the selected countries to undertake a one-year pilot project called ‘Powering Equality’ which seeks to accelerate gender equality and women economic empowerment through clean energy investments in UNDP Malawi. The project has three main
objectives namely: Improved Women’s economic empowerment, i.e. , the project will boost support to two working business models for women cooperatives, support capacity building in technical skills for women energy entrepreneurs and enhanced coordination between the women led cooperatives with viable market leaders; Gender-responsive governance: i.e. - The project aims at ensuring creation of capacity and relevant demand from the civil society organisations, women led cooperative associations and networks in energy. Thirdly under the outcome ‘Policy DocuSign Envelope ID: 670B01AA-6FB0-45BA-8EC3-C375F3761EB5 2 frameworks that power equality’, UNDP will support integration of inclusivity and gender equality strategies into the Energy legal and policy frameworks.
In this TORs the focus is on the third outcome. UNDP Malawi CO in collaboration with Ministry for Energy seeks to engage a consultant to support gender integration into the Renewable Energy Act and the Renewable Energy Policy.
Description of the Assignment: With support of the UNDP Gender Unit and the Ministry of Energy, the consultant will lead in research and engendering of the Renewable Energy Act and the Renewable Energy Policy. The scope of the work will include the following:
● Conduct a legal and gender analysis of the existing Renewable Energy Act to identify gender-blind or gender-biased provisions that need revision.
● Research and analyse international best practices for gender-responsive energy policies and legal frameworks to inform the development of the proposed framework.
● Identify key stakeholders and conduct interviews on the subject
● Make recommendations for inclusion in the Act and the policy. This will involve incorporating gender-specific provisions, safeguards, and guidelines to ensure gender mainstreaming across all aspects of the act.
Period of assignment/services - 15 working days.
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