Consultant for Study of Income Generation Models from PV Systems at Health Clinics in Ghana and Uganda
The UN Foundation is undertaking a four-year project to provide 62 government-managed primary healthcare facilities in Uganda (36) and Ghana (26) with off-grid solar PV solutions.
The goal of the project is to demonstrate how innovative clean energy technologies can enable improved access to quality healthcare in resource-constrained environments through
the provision of reliable electricity. The UN Foundation commissioned the project with funding from the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
The UN Foundation has selected the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) to lead the project’s in-country activities. Together with its country-level partners (All in Trade Ltd in Uganda and
Power World Ltd in Ghana), SELF has designed, installed and handed over all 62 PV systems to the local governments. SELF is also undertaking a range of support services (e.g. training,
preventative maintenance) and is responsible for developing long-term sustainability roadmaps for each country’s project by December 2018. The roadmaps include an analysis of
different strategies for ensuring the long-term operation and maintenance (O&M) of the systems, beyond the life of the project (the project officially ends in June 2019). The strategies
under evaluation are meant to be tailored to each country context but may include options like: (i) putting in place a service contract with a 3rd party energy expert; (ii) building the
capacity of the Ministry of Health and/or Energy to maintain the systems; (iii) developing income-generating opportunities at the sites. The roadmaps are meant to evaluate the
feasibility, advantages and disadvantages, cost and potential funding sources for each strategy, so that the project’s key stakeholders (namely the Ministries of Health and Energy) can make an informed decision about how best to sustain the systems into the future.
The Consultant will contribute to the development of the long-term sustainability roadmaps by conducting a feasibility study of potential on-site, income-generating models that could
help sustain the solar PV systems in the long run in both Uganda and Ghana. More specifically, the Consultant will identify and evaluate the models in terms of their potential and feasibility
to provide the financing/funding and institutional arrangements necessary for the long-term operation and maintenance (O&M) of the solar PV systems (e.g. routine preventative maintenance and component replacement costs). The study is meant to compliment and inform the long-term sustainability roadmaps being developed by SELF by providing a more detailed and evidenced-based analysis of these potential income-generating models. The Consultant will report to UN Foundation’s Energy & Climate Department based in Washington D.C., and is expected to coordinate closely with the other project partners (namely SELF, All in Trade, and Power World Ltd).
Scope of Work
1. Identify the various income-generating models that may be applicable to this project and assignment. The models to be assessed should include, but not be limited to, lease and
kiosk-based income generating models. Other models shall be identified through a literature review, interviews with key stakeholders, and by examining case studies and
experiences from other sectors and countries.
2. Evaluate the feasibility and attractiveness of the various models according to the following categories:
• Enabling Environment: Any laws, policies, rules, or regulations, at both a national and local-level, that might impede or enable the development of an income generating
activity (e.g. vis-à-vis leasing and land ownership, or tariffs and selling electricity).
• Operational: The human and/or institutional capacities or arrangements needed to operationalize the income-generating activity.
• Business model: The viability of the underlying business model, including ability/willingness to pay.
• Technical: Any technical considerations.
3. Recommend the most appropriate model(s), if any, for the targeted communities in both Ghana and Uganda, and further detail and define a plan for rolling out the selected
income-generating model(s), including what resources may be required, next steps, etc.
The Consultant shall deliver to the UN Foundation:
1. A detailed methodology/approach for how he/she will undertake the assignment;
2. A final report detailing his/her analysis and recommendations, along with an accompanying PowerPoint presentation
Activity/Deliverable Est. Timing
A. Detailed methodology/approach By or before September 24, 2018
B. First draft of report By or before October 22nd, 2018
C. Final report and presentation By or before November 11th, 2018.
• Demonstrated experience working with international development institutions and national ministries and agencies;
• Knowledge of off-grid solar technologies;
• Demonstrated experience evaluating the feasibility/variability of rural energy enterprises (business plans; ability and willingness to pay assessments; etc);
• Demonstrated independence from political influence;
• Strong written and oral communications skills; proficiency in written and oral English required;
• Experience working and/or living in Uganda/Ghana. Preference will be given to those currently working and living in Uganda/Ghana. The Consultant should have legal
authorization to carry out the scope of work.
• Highly organized, ability to prioritize tasks and handle multiple tasks simultaneously;
• Willingness to communicate with international partners during late afternoon and early evening hours;
Please send your application with any relevant documents to Luc Severi, Manager, Energy Access at UN Foundation (email@example.com). Please put “Application: Income Generating Models Feasibility Study” in the subject line.
Applications should include:
1. Cover Letter (should mention any potential conflicts of interest)
2. Proposed Approach (should include the Consultant’s understanding of the Scope of
Work) – ± 2 pages
a. Examples of similar work done in the past; specific and relevant experience in
b. CVs and profile of proposed team members (if applicable)
c. Three (3) References
The budget must cover all expenses, which should be disaggregated by country and should be itemized according to the following categories:
– Personnel (name / position / daily rate / estimate level of effort – # days)
– Fixed costs
This will be a lump-sum contract with an expected value of US$50,000-US$65,000.
The deadline to submit applications is August 20, 2018 at midnight EDT. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
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