National Consultant for Evaluation Support (Cost data and Procurement approaches) for UNDP-GCF Project “De-risking and Scaling-up Investment in Energy Efficient Building Retrofits”

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Background

The buildings sector is one of the major energy consumers in Armenia. According to the IEA, buildings account for nearly 40% of the country’s total electricity demand and more than 25% of its gas demand. Estimated energy-saving potential ranges from 40% to 60% across residential, public and commercial buildings, depending on interventions. Globally, GHG emissions from the building sector have more than doubled since 1970 and now represent 19% of all global GHG emissions. Middle-income countries in Eastern Europe & Central Asia (EECA), such as Armenia, account for almost 40% of all non-OECD GHG emissions in the buildings sector.

Improving energy efficiency (EE) in the building sector has been assigned a high priority in Armenia’s climate, energy and housing strategies. One sub-set of buildings with significant energy-saving potential in Armenia are multi-apartment buildings (MABs), of which there are approximately 12,100. In such buildings, the energy-saving potential of thermal modernization is over 1.250 TWh/year, with a GHG reduction potential of 250 ktCO2eq/year, and annual savings of about US$ 63 m. The UNDP-GCF project “De-risking and Scaling-up Investment in Energy Efficient Building Retrofits” seeks to systematically de-carbonise the existing building stock in Armenia to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while achieving sustainable development benefits. The Project, addressing both public and residential buildings, focuses on creating a favourable market environment and a scalable business model for investment in energy efficiency retrofits by addressing market barriers. These barriers to energy efficient building renovation are addressed through a combination of policy and financial de-risking instruments and targeted financial incentives to key market players.

GCF/UNDP Project objective

The objective of the GCF/UNDP project “De-Risking and Scaling-up Investment in Energy Efficient Building Retrofits in Armenia” (Project) is to support the creation of a favorable market environment and a scalable business model for investment in EE buildings retrofits, leading to sizeable energy savings and accompanying GHG emission reductions. The project has four components indicated below:

  • Component 1: Establishment of Building Sector MRV: Provision of technical assistance to establish and implement energy measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) systems for the building sector for various categories of buildings.
  • Component 2: Policy de-risking: Provision of technical assistance to (i) national, sub-national and local authorities to adopt and implement an enabling policy framework for EE retrofits using UNDP’s framework to support policymakers in selecting public instruments to promote renewable energy investment; (ii) support on-going legislative reform; and (iii) building owners, associations and energy service companies on legal matters related to energy efficiency.
  • Component 3: Financial de-risking: Provision of technical assistance to banks, financial institutions, and local banks in developing and implementing financial instruments to finance EE retrofits in private and public owned buildings.
  • Component 4: Financial Incentives: Project will design and implement the Financial Incentive (FI) Program for Energy Efficient Retrofitting of Buildings. GCF funds will be used to provide targeted financial incentives in order to ensure that the most vulnerable households can afford the costs of building-level EE retrofits.

Objective of the assignment

In order to support the evidence base for the approach adopted by the project for procuring energy efficient building retrofits and cost data used for setting financial incentive levels for energy efficient building retrofits in Armenia – as part of Component 4 in the project - UNDP is seeking to recruit a national consultant to work closely with the international consultant recruited for the review of the procurement approaches used for EE buildings retrofitting, and to provide a cost database of most common technology solutions in EE building retrofitting project in order to come to recommendations on how to achieve the project’s results at the most competitive price levels. The national consultant is expected to provide support in data collection, translation and analysis that will be led by the international consultant.

Duties and Responsibilities

Task 1: Support the development of a local cost database for EE retrofit technology/materials in Armenia

Based on data from detailed energy efficiency audits and additional market research in Armenia, by means of reviewing price catalogues and data from prices in design and construction applications in other EE retrofit projects, support the international consultant in the development of a local cost range database for the most common technology solutions in the EE retrofitting projects applied in Armenia. Technology solutions will mainly consist of insulation materials, double/triple glazing and typical heating systems used in Armenia such as gas fired boilers and gas heaters, indoor lighting systems. This database will serve as a reference on ranges of local cost data for energy efficiency building retrofits in order to help compare energy efficiency investment quotes from EE building retrofitting projects with the database.

Tasks include:

  • Collect price catalogues and support the international consultant in the research/development of a user-friendly database with local cost price ranges in Armenia for the selected EE technologies applied in EE building retrofits (also considering cost dynamics in the last years as applicable with a starting point being one year before the project implementation start);
  • Collect costs of the selected energy efficiency technologies on the basis of available documentation from e.g., 2 public buildings retrofitted by UNDP, kindergartens retrofitted by the Municipality of Yerevan and other available information;
  • Collect costs of the selected EE technologies from price catalogues and online available information;
  • Support the international consultant in stakeholder analysis and organization of the calls with the relevant stakeholders, including UNDP, as per agreement with the international consultant
  • Support the international consultant with other related activities to complete the tasks under this assignment

Deliverable: Datasets with local cost data for the selected technological solutions applied in building EE retrofits in Armenia, covering at the least:

  • Cost data for insulation materials,
  • Cost data for energy efficient glazing and window frames,
  • Cost data for individual gas fired boilers,
  • Cost of LED lighting.

The costs must be identified per the periods of procurement considering market price fluctuations.

  • Stakeholder engagement plan inputs (in coordination with international consultant),

Task 2: Support for the analysis of procurement approaches in the project and EE retrofit technology cost applied in the project

Under Component 4, the project is currently using different sources of co-funding to finance the investments in EE building retrofits: the municipality of Yerevan (as a Responsible Party in the project) is responsible for energy efficient retrofits of kindergartens in Yerevan; the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure under the State Subvention Program allows communities (towns) to apply for state support (core funding) for renovation of multi-apartment buildings or public buildings outside of Yerevan. The energy efficiency incentives are provided by UNDP-GCF project according to the Operational Manuals. The communities for which proposals are accepted then become a Responsible Party in the project in order to receive the project incentiveComponent 4, the project is currently using different sources of co-funding to finance the investments in EE building retrofits: the municipality of Yerevan (as a Responsible Party in the project) is responsible for energy efficient retrofits of kindergartens in Yerevan; the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure under the State Subvention Program allows communities (towns) to apply for state support (core funding) for renovation of multi-apartment buildings or public buildings outside of Yerevan. The energy efficiency incentives are provided by UNDP-GCF project according to the Operational Manuals. The communities for which proposals are accepted then become a Responsible Party in the project in order to receive the project incentive.

The national consultant is requested to support the review of the procurement approaches used in the project, by providing analytical and outreach support to the international consultant with respect to creating a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities for the different procurement modalities used under the project.

Tasks include:

  • Provide inputs to the international consultant on the development of an overview of the different EE building retrofit procurement requirements used in the project under Component 4 – e.g., related to different types of EE Building retrofits and following from different sources of co-funding;
  • Organise meetings/calls with different stakeholders involved in each of the approaches used, if needed, as per agreement with the international consultant and the country office;
  • Organise meetings/calls with respect to the different procurement modalities in each of the approaches used, if needed, as per the agreement with the international consultant and the country office.

Deliverable:

Stakeholder Engagement Report outlining all data sources, stakeholder engagement that took place as part of the assignment (both under task 1 and 2).

Table 1. Deliverables, estimated duration, dates, fee percentage and required approvals

No.

Deliverables

Estimated number of working days

Tentative Due Dates

Fee (%)

Review and Approvals Required

1

Stakeholder engagement plan (inputs)– agreed with the international consultant (as part of the overall workplan that is led by the international consultant)

2 days

1 week after contract signing

30%

Global Technical Specialist – Energy (review), UNDP CO (clearance)

2

Datasets with local cost data for the selected technological solutions applied in building Energy Efficiency retrofits in Armenia (translated in English, if needed)

10 days

3 weeks after contract signing

40%

Global Energy Specialist (review), UNDP CO (clearance)

3

Stakeholder Engagement Report

3 days

9 weeks after contract signing

30%

Global Energy Specialist (review), UNDP CO (clearance)

Total

15 days

Information on Working Arrangements:

  • The national consultant will be based in Armenia;
  • The consultant will report to, and be directly supervised by the UNDP Global Technical Specialist, the UNDP Armenia Country Office and the Principal Technical Advisor at HQ (in New York);
  • The Consultant will closely interact with an international consultant hired as part of the team for the assignment;
  • The Consultant will be given access to relevant information necessary for execution of the tasks under this assignment by the country office;
  • The Consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own workstation (i.e. laptop, internet, phone, scanner/printer, etc.) and must have access to reliable internet connection;
  • Payments will be made upon submission of a certification of payment form (COP), and acceptance and confirmation by the Country Office on outputs delivered.

Travel:

  • No international travel expected.

Competencies

Corporate:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

Functional:

  • Able to communicate effectively in writing to a varied and broad audience in a simple and concise manner.
  • Capable of working in a high- pressure environment with sharp and frequent deadlines, managing many tasks simultaneously;
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills;
  • Exercises the highest level of responsibility and be able to handle confidential and politically sensitive issues in a responsible and mature manner.
  • Works well in a team;
  • Projects a positive image and is ready to take on a wide range of tasks;
  • Focuses on results for the client;
  • Welcomes constructive feedback.

Required Skills and Experience

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree or higher in a relevant field, such as Energy, Engineering, Economics, Business Administration, International Relations, Environmental Sciences, or a related discipline;
  • Minimum 5 years of demonstrable experience in the technical area of construction, energy efficiency, or a closely related area in Armenia.

Experience:

  • Demonstrable experience in the data collection/research in the context of construction, construction materials market assessment, energy efficiency in buildings, or closely related area;
  • Demonstrated facilitation and coordination skills, with ability to engage with stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and deliver high quality outputs in a timely manner.

Language:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Armenia required.

Selection Criteria:

The award of contract will be made to one individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as being:

  1. Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
  2. Achieving the highest combined score (financial and technical).

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Criteria

Max. Point 70

Weight

Technical

Criteria: relevance and responsiveness of candidate’s past experience, Qualification based on submitted documents:

  • Extent of education (min Masters level) in engineering, environmental sciences, business administration, economics, international relations or a related subject (15 points).
  • Extent of relevant professional working experience (min 5 years) on energy efficiency projects or related areas in Armenia (20 points).
  • Extent of relevant professional working experience (min 5 years) on data collection/research in the context of energy efficiency projects (20 points).
  • Fluency in Armenian and English language (15 points).

70 Points

70%

Financial

Lowest Offer / Offer*100

30%

Total Score = (Technical Score * 0.7 + Financial Score * 0.3)

Weight Per Technical Competence

5 (outstanding): 96% - 100%

The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated an OUTSTANDING capacity for the analyzed competence.

4 (Very good): 86% - 95%

The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a VERY GOOD capacity for the analyzed competence.

3 (Good): 76% - 85%

The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a GOOD capacity for the analyzed competence.

2 (Satisfactory): 70% - 75%

The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a SATISFACTORY capacity for the analyzed competence.

1 (Weak): Below 70%

The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a WEAK capacity for the analyzed competence.

DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION.

  • Financial Proposal and Availability form: OFFEROR’S LETTER TO UNDP (A total lump sum option is applicable for this assignment)
  • CV shall include Education/Qualification, Processional Certification, Employment Records /Experience

General Conditions of Contract is available here: GENERAL CONDITIONS OF CONTRACT

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