World Resource Institute is hiring a
WRI intends to award a consultant a six-month fixed price contract to support the Productive Use of Energy assessments to be conducted in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia.
There is growing evidence on the relationship between energy access (electrification) and economic development. The sustainable development goals (SDGs) attest to the same with energy being at the center of realization of all the global goals. Over the last decade, significant efforts and investments have gone to increasing access to electricity, especially for rural households and social institutions. While this has been successful, with most Sub-Saharan (SSA) countries experiencing significant growth in access rates, there is growing evidence that access alone does not result into economic development4. Moreover, there is little return on investment given the low rates of electricity consumption by non-commercial customers. In fact, average per capita electricity consumption by households in SSA stands at 124 kwh5, about 36 times lower as compared to other developed countries like the US, which stands at 4,437 kWh.
As a result, there is growing appreciation on the need to promote adoption of Productive Use of Renewable Energy (PURE) as a means of promoting economic development while building sustained demand for clean energy. PURE Programs such as Powering Renewable Energy Opportunities (PREO) are demonstrating the viability and impact of successfully implemented PURE projects. While estimates by PREO point to an annual investment need of $20 billion over the next 10 years (putting it at US$120 trillion over the next ten years - thrice the amount required to achieve global energy access across the same timeline), there is still very little investment going into the sector.
Over the last three years, WRI Africa – through its Energy for Development (E4D) programme has collaborated with local partners to implement PURE-led initiatives in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia. With additional funding, WRI-Africa intends to build on the ongoing E4D programme and aims to showcase high-priority, high-impact PURE opportunities within the agricultural sector in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia with the goal of stimulating demand for PURE in the agriculture sector, thereby enhancing livelihoods and resilience of smallholder producers in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) by 2027.
Scope of Work and Deliverables/Outputs
Evaluation and Selection
The following elements will be the primary considerations in evaluating all applications submitted in response to this posting:
The consultant offering the best overall value will be selected. For this position, price and non-price aspects are considered to be of approximately equal importance.
Compliance Requirements: WRI receives funding from a variety of sources, including governments and other non-governmental organizations. In addition to WRI’s standard contract terms, certain funder conditions may apply.
How to Apply
Interested applicants to submit their current CVs and cover letters with their daily rates by **19 May 2023.
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