Consultant - African Energy Dialogues

Program Management Africa, Multiple Countries

Program Overview:    


The African Energy Dialogues (AED) aims to create a space for African voices to converge in developing nuanced energy pathways for African countries. The stakeholders involved in this initiative will deliberate on opportunities and trade-offs for achieving African countries’ energy development and industrialisation objectives. The discourse facilitated by AED will address numerous key topics related to countries’ unique energy transition pathways – including the utilisation of fossil fuels and renewable energy resources; enabling policies and regulations; trade, import and export considerations; local and regional transmission and distribution issues; and strategies for scaling up investment and finance.    


The discourse of AED is led collaboratively by a Steering Committee including World Resources Institute (WRI) Africa, the African Energy Commission (AFREC), Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The AED meetings include in-person and virtual convenings of national and regional policymakers and other key stakeholders in the energy sector across the continent. The AED will deliver reports, policy proposals, recommendations, and tools developed through rigorous discussion, research, and analysis carried out by thematic Working Groups. Currently, the AED Steering Committee has identified three working groups, including Investment and Finance Working Group (IFWG), Enabling Policies and Regulations Working Group (EPRWG), and Technologies and Infrastructure Working Group (T&IWG). These knowledge materials will be developed in part by ad hoc taskforces assigned to each Working Group, will be reviewed and approved by the appropriate Working Group and the Steering Committee, and will be used strategically to support country-level policymakers in their energy transition planning.    


WRI intends to award a consultant a nine-month reimbursable contract for research and analysis to support the taskforce of the IFWG under the AED, on various topics related to locally led investment and finance issues for Africa’s energy transition pathways.    


Scope of Work (SoW):    

1. Engage with the IFWG and Lead the Taskforce of IFWG. 

  • Participate in the IFWG discussion meetings, and draft meeting reports with key findings and next steps.
  • Work with the taskforce members of the IFWG regularly (virtually and in person) to deliberate on key issues identified by the IFWG.

2. Research and Analytical Support 

  • Lead the taskforce to carry out research and analysis on the key issues identified by the IFWG, that are related to locally led investment and finance issues for African energy transition pathways.
  • Systematically document key insights and findings derived from the research in the form of taskforce briefing reports.
  • Develop at least two stand-alone case studies to share knowledge through the AED on best practices as identified by the taskforce.
  • Report and present evidence based on research, case studies and analysis on the key issues and topics to the IFWG for policy proposals.
  • Prepare a draft policy proposal to be considered by the IFWG out of the research and case studies developed by the taskforce.

3. Roadmap Development 

  • Conduct due diligence on strategies and engagement plans for IFWG to work on in the following two years on locally led investment and finance issues for African energy transition to inform and influence country-level energy transition planning.
  • Develop a detailed Concept Note outlining the key issues to be addressed by the IFWG in the following two years.
  • Design and develop a roadmap for IFWG to carry out in the following two years including strategies and engagement and implementation plans.

Consultant Qualifications:    

  • Master’s degree in renewable energy, energy transition, investment and finance, international development, international trade or relevant field required.
  • At least 5 to 8 years of research or industry experience with good working knowledge of investment and finance in the African energy transition.
  • Experience supporting the African Union or African country governments is an added advantage.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills, with comfort in exploring new research topics and identifying synergies within a broader context of energy transition.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience drafting reporting documents, including but not limited to literature reviews, policy proposals, case studies and brief reports on the basis of working group discussions.
  • Flexibility in working with dynamic and diverse project teams and comfortable with tight timelines in a diverse cultural environment across multiple time zones.
  • Proficiency in English is required, and fluency in any French or Portuguese or any African language is highly desirable.
  • Located in Africa with the ability to travel within the continent whenever needed.

Evaluation and Selection:    


The following elements will be the primary considerations in evaluating all applications submitted in response to this posting:    

  • Submission of resume with a cover letter;
  • Demonstrated expertise and experience with similar projects;
  • Overall cost of the applicant’s proposal;
  • The extent to which the consultant’s qualifications fulfils WRI’s stated requirements as set out above;
  • Debarment and sanctions – WRI will not consider proposals from vendors/consultants, etc., that are presently debarred by the U.S. government or named on any restricted parties lists;
  • Sustainability – WRI values sustainability and all other factors being equal, will favor a proposal to perform the work more sustainably.

The consultant offering the best overall value will be selected. For this position, price and non-price aspects are considered to be relatively more important than price.    


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:    


Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.    


WRI Overview:    


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