Consultant - Community Engagement For Myanmar Renewable Energy Services (MRES) - Technical Support for Project Startup

Consultancies Yangon, Myanmar


Description

Community Engagement For Myanmar Renewable Energy Services (MRES) - Technical Support for Project Startup


1. Background:

In collaboration with a developer in the Central Dry Zone of Myanmar, Mercy Corps Myanmar is about to begin a 9-month solar mini-grid project called the Community Engagement for Myanmar Renewable Energy Services (MRES) project.

The MRES Project aims to develop hybrid mini-grids that are environmentally friendly, economically sustainable, and beneficial for communities and businesses.

 

Mercy Corps is seeking a consultant to create training modules to engage, train and educate village clients to use electricity in their households and empower them to engage in productive end-uses of electricity (PEU). The modules will be inclusive of methodology and key indicators to track the uptake of the content and capture lessons learnt for replication of the project in other communities.

 

The modules will enable Mercy Corps to replicate the methodology in other sites of implementation. If required, the consultant could also be responsible for the delivery of the training modules.

 

2. Objectives:

The initial deliverables of the project are outlined below and fall under the objective of Increased adoption of productive use of electricity by households and businesses.

 

  1. Development of household connectivity, electricity, and tariff training materials.
    • Community awareness building on tariffs, payment mechanisms and electricity use from mini-grid.
    • Demonstrations/ illustration of usage/ clarification on tariffs.
    • Community awareness on electrical safety and hazard avoidance.
    • Key indicators to monitor household energy consumption

Output:

  • Greater household understanding to the benefits to productive end use of electricity.
  • Improved community knowledge of the mini-grid system.
  • Key indicators/metrics to monitor energy consumption uptake

 

  1. Village Electrification Committee (VEC) Advisory trainings including education on mini-grid and community center operations.
  • Train VEC in promoting energy efficient appliances and acquiring these appliances.
  • Train VEC in tariff and repayment methods
  • Train VEC on mini-grid operations
  • Establish VEC to support connectivity / Strengthen existing VEC.

Output:

  • Greater VEC understanding to the benefits to productive end use of electricity.
  • Improved VEC knowledge of the min-grid system.
  • Data collection and analysis on associated indicators/metrics.

 

  1. Development of business trainings material for productive end use (PEU).
  • Identification of PEU opportunities: suitable business activities and users to drive productive end use outside of the community and revenues for the Community Center.
  • Business skill training related to PEU.

Output:

  • Improved community business skills.
  • Data collection and analysis on associated indicators/metrics.

 

Consultant Activities:

  • Conduct secondary and primary data review to feed an initial background report, including:
  • High-level scan of on-grid and off-grid energy situation in Myanmar, based on secondary data analysis and Key Informant Interviews 
  • An analysis of the current energy use (lighting, powering) for households and businesses in the areas of implementation, based on household level interviews and Key Informant Interviews
  • Map of existing providers of energy efficient appliances available in the country, based on secondary data analysis  and Key Informant Interviews
  • Mapping of formal and informal financing available for energy products, based on secondary data analysis  and Key Informant Interviews
  • A set of key indicators/metrics to monitor the energy uptake throughout the life of the project

 

  • Create a set of training modules and delivery methodology for community members on:
  • Community awareness building on tariffs, payment mechanisms and electricity use from mini-grid.
  • Demonstrations/ illustration of usage/ clarification on tariffs.
  • Community awareness on electrical safety and hazard avoidance.
  • Identification of PEU opportunities: suitable business activities and users to drive productive end use outside of the community and revenues for the Community Center.
  • Business skill training related to PEU.

 

  • Create a set of training modules and delivery methodology for VEC members on:
  • Identification of PEU opportunities: suitable business activities and users to drive productive end use outside of the community and revenues for the Community Center.
  • Business skill training related to PEU.

 

  • Depending on the methodology proposed, deliver in-country the set of trainings elaborated

 

Consultant Deliverables:

  • Background report including a bibliography of documents/reports reviewed, including key indicators/metrics
  • Package of training modules and delivery methodology
  • If required by the proposed methodology, delivery of training package to MC staff and target groups and related debrief report

 

 

Timeframe:

December 2019 - May 2020

The Consultant will report to:

Director of Programs

 

The Consultant will work closely with:

Senior Program Manager, Energy Program

MC program team members

MC Senior Energy Advisor

 

Required Experience & Skills:     

  • MA/S or equivalent in international development or sustainable energy
  • At least 3 years of proven community engagement on access to energy, including adult training delivery
  • Demonstrated experience in equipping staff to replicate the training package
  • Previous experience in developing/delivering similar training modules in remote areas, preferably in Myanmar or the region
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting energy assessments, especially for PUE, and development of key indicators/metrics to monitor the evolution of energy uptake
  • Ability to interact with host government, partners and/or others
  • Strong organizational, analytical and reporting skills, presentation skills, attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines, and proficiency in Microsoft Office

Application Process and Requirements

Qualified and interested parties are asked to submit the following;

  • Letter of interest in submission of a proposal
  • A detailed technical proposal clearly demonstrating a thorough understanding of this ToR and including but not limited to the following; (1) Consultant/Company Profile (2) Description of the Methodology (3) Demonstrated previous experience in similar assignments and qualifications outlined in this ToR (4) Proposed training plan. (5) Proposed timeframe detailing activities and a work plan. (6) Team composition and level of effort of each proposed team member (include CVs of each team member).
  • A financial proposal with a detailed breakdown of costs (including all applicable taxes) for the engagement quoted in United States dollars. Financial proposal should include international travel fees if applicable

Assessment Criteria

  • All proposals will be assessed on the following criteria:
  • Experience of Applicant: Combination of organizational or individual experience, profiles of key individuals on the project, and provided demonstrations of work (45 points)
  • Technical proposal: Quality proposals will provide detail of the approach, methodology, and duration of  activities (30 points)
  • Value for Money: Cost of work, compared to quality of anticipated products being provided (25 points)

The consultant is subject to the Mercy Corps code of conduct, any violation of this code of conduct or any failure to perform as per the scope of work will result in immediate termination of this contract.