Clean Energy Finance Expert
Application deadline 3 months ago: Tuesday 1 Nov 2022 at 23:59 UTCOpen application form
Result of Service A “Roadmap for the uptake of Clean Captive Installations for Industrial Clients in Sub-Saharan Africa” Report.
Work Location Remote
Expected duration 6
Duties and Responsibilities To meet the climate and development goals of the Paris Agreement, the 2030 Agenda, as well as the Agenda 2063 of the African Union, developing countries will strive to engage on a low-carbon development pathway, minimizing their emissions whilst ensuring development of their economies. Renewable energy is a key part of their strategy to do so, with localized solutions for industry holding great potential.
The UN Environment Programme is implementing “Clean Captive Installations for Industrial Clients in Sub Sahara Africa” (CICSA) in Sub Sahara Africa. The project demonstrates the financial and economic viability of clean energy captive installations for key industries in four partner countries: namely Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.
The project aims to strengthen the ability of countries to move towards low carbon-emitting development strategies in order to have sustainable development and overall human well-being. Since 2019, CICSA has been raising awareness amongst industry players, financiers and governments, and supports dissemination of clean modern energy technology and leapfrogging of the right business models in the countries in Sub Sahara Africa. CICSA has produced, among others, country studies, financial model and guidelines, as well as supported pilot projects in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa.
The consultant’s assignment is writing a report for clean captive installations (CCI) in the region. To do so, the consultant will build upon the published material, experience and lessons learned from the existing pilot projects. The consultant will pull data from existing materials in addition to the further desk research to be undertaken. The consultant will also conduct extensive stakeholders’ engagement and deliver a “Roadmap for the uptake of Clean Captive Installations for Industrial Clients in Sub Saharan Africa” Report.
The consultant will: - Develop and deliver the inception report to UNEP. - Conduct desk research on investments, regulatory and policy framework related to clean captive installations for industries in the region. - Update the narrative on clean captive installations based on existing 4 country studies. - Plan and conduct extensive stakeholders' consultations in six countries (Lesotho, Rwanda, Mali, Botswana, Cape Verde and Madagascar) through stakeholders' engagement, collect data, identify expected outcomes and report on outcomes and initial findings to UNEP, including the delivery of mission reports. - Draft and submit the roadmap report to UNEP and revise it based on UNEP's feedback, with a maximum of 3 rounds of edits. - Remain available for queries or questions from UNEP throughout the course of the work.
The deliverables are as follows: 1. Output 1: Inception report provides a detailed overview of the planned timeline and work plan, data collection plan, literature review of relevant sources, detailed methodology / approach and planned stakeholders to be consulted. 1.1. Objective 1: Have a thorough understanding of how and by what timeline the objectives will be achieved. 1.1.1. Performance Indicator 1: Inception report is delivered to UNEP, first in its draft form and then in its final form following up to 3 rounds of feedback from UNEP. 2. Output 2: Feedback from both public and private stakeholders related to CCI investments, policy and regulatory framework is adequately collected and presented along with desk research results. Stakeholders and objectives include the following: (a) national authorities; (b) relevant ministries and public institutions to ensure the sharing of information and in negotiation of energy offtake structures, from public finance institutions and for future scale-up; (c) industrials and industry associations to collect information (demand curve, current electricity consumption, electricity bill, reliability of supply, drivers for valuation of the company, existing own generation assets – including clean installations if any, discussion of their experiences, lessons learned, challenges and financing structures); (d) financial institutions, leasing companies and ESCOs to identify national actors and assess potential barriers to financing. 2.1. Objective 2: Take stock of the development of the clean captive installations (CCI) market in the Sub Sahara African region, its gaps and opportunities in terms of economic, policy, regulatory, financial analysis and technology assessments, with a deep dive on the six focus countries (Lesotho, Rwanda, Mali, Botswana, Cape Verde and Madagascar). This will be based on the information collected by the on-going "Clean Captive Installations for Industrial Clients in Sub Sahara Africa" (CICSA) project, including the pilot projects in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, with updated data, through both desk research and stakeholders' engagement. 2.1.1. Performance Indicator 2: Mission report per country is delivered, evidencing gaps, barriers, challenges and opportunities in terms of economic, policy, regulatory, financial analysis and technology assessments for clean energy producing captive installations for the industrial and commercial sectors. 3. Output 3: Building on outputs 1 and 2 above, deliver a "Roadmap for the uptake of Clean Captive Installations for Industrial Clients in Sub Saharan Africa" Report. The delivered roadmap should build on the CICSA project work to date, extensive stakeholders' engagement and desk research to identify gaps, opportunities and next steps to support the uptake of CCI in the industrial sector in the region. The report will include: (a) The consultant's conclusions relating to the way forward to support the uptake of CCI in the region, specifically in terms of regulations, technology, policies and investments; (b) A description of the next phase of the CICSA project including concept note; (c) A methodology and work plan; (d) Mission reports for each of the six-focus country visited; (e) Regional outcomes and findings; and (f) Recommendations on potential regulatory and policy changes to facilitate investment in and the adoption of CCI models, with a focus on which industries and technologies to prioritize. The narrative, as well as the final roadmap report, will need to be delivered electronically prior to the end of the consultancy period. 3.1. Objective 3: Draw on common features, gaps and challenges at the regional level for CCI investments, taking national specificities into account, to lay out the necessary next steps for countries in the region to develop an active national market for clean energy producing captive installations including from a regulatory, economic, technology, investment and policy perspective. 3.1.1. Performance Indicator 3: The roadmap report is delivered to UNEP, first in its draft form and then in its final form following up to 3 rounds of feedback from UNEP.
Qualifications/special skills Required - Academic: An advanced degree in environmental affairs, development studies, finance, economics, or related field is required. A first level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. - Professional Experience: Minimum of 7 years of experience in economic, policy, regulatory, financial analysis and technology assessments, preferably in the clean energy sector, energy efficiency and related activities. - Experience in producing well written, analytical reports in English about renewable energy/energy efficiency financing.
Desirable - Relevant experience in working with industries on renewable energy and energy efficiency investments in Africa, preferably on clean captive installations. - Strong quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills. - Previous experience of field research and organizing stakeholder consultations is desirable. - Previous experience within the United Nations or other international organizations is preferred. - Special skills/knowledge: Excellent level of computer-related technical competence is desired.
Languages Language: For this position, fluency in English (i.e. oral and written proficiency and excellent drafting skills) is required. Knowledge of French is an advantage.
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