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Expert in supporting Energy Access during COVID-19 outbreak and response - Home-based with travel to countries relevant to the Energy Access Programme (2 positions)
Procurement Process :IC - Individual contractor
Deadline :24-Jun-20
Posted on :10-Jun-20
Reference Number :66587
Link to Atlas Project :
Non-UNDP Project
Overview :

The current global COVID-19 Pandemic has emerged as a fundamental challenge to developing the off-grid energy sector.  Last-mile customers directly affected by economic down-turns and in their ability to access and purchase off-grid solutions on a regular and sustainable basis.  Energy Service Provider Companies, as are many SMEs, are facing severe disruptions to their businesses and are under financial duress.  These threaten the basis of a sustainable, decentralized energy market.  UNCDF is looking at ways to support the energy sector in the face of these challenges, by assisting Governments, customers and private sector entities with immediate support as well as medium/long term efforts to build better energy markets for the last mile.

UNCDF’s energy access market development work is supported by the Austrian Development Cooperation, the Government of Andorra, the Government of Liechtenstein, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, the Swedish International Development Agency, Embassy of Sweden in Uganda, the UK Department for International Development in Uganda, The Ministry of Energy Luxembourg, and the Central African Forestry Initiative and REDD+ in the DRC. 

To this end, UNCDF seeks a consultant to support its team through supplying:

  1. Enterprise funding expertise and technical support to fund management of the Renewable Energy Challenge Fund (RECF) in Uganda and any new Challenge Fund or Call for Interest operated by Energy Access in Asia and East Africa to make sure they (enterprises/projects) achieve the expected results despite COVID-19;
  2. Technical assistance and advisory service to Energy Service Providers (ESPs) facing additional challenges due to COVID-19 in Asia and Eastern/Southern Africa;
  3. Scoping, background research, technical inputs and drafting support to the new phase of UNCDF’s Energy work,  using a market-systems development approach, under its Inclusive Digital Economies strategy development in consultation with complementary regional and global energy access initiatives and stakeholders to address COVID-19 recovery challenges.  

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