Secretariat of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Project Facilitation and support (PFS)
Publication Date: 23 August 2021
Deadline for Application: 22 September 2021 (at midnight, Abu Dhabi Local Time)
Title: Consultant - Geographical context: Africa
Contract Type: Individual Contractor / Consultant
Duration of Contract: 12 Months
Expected Date for Entry on Duty: As soon as possible
The International Renewable Energy Agency is an inter-governmental organisation headquartered in Abu Dhabi, mandated to promote the widespread and increased adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity. IRENA’s mission is to play a leading role in the ongoing transformation of the global energy systems as a centre of excellence for knowledge and innovation, a global voice of renewable energy, a network hub for all stakeholders and a source of advice and support for countries. At present, IRENA has 164 Members (163 States and the European Union) that acceded to its Statute, and 21 additional States in the process of accession and actively engaged.
The Project Facilitation and Support (PFS) Division is a newly formed division of IRENA that integrates all the previous initiatives of the Agency related to project facilitation. It has an ambitious goal to achieve a tangible impact by facilitating funding and investments for promising projects, co-organising regional investment forums with matchmaking events, and fostering cooperation between international institutions that have compatible objectives. One of the main objectives of PFS is to organise IRENA’s contribution to the Climate Investment Platform (CIP), a joint initiative of IRENA, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All). The activities include the preparation of bankable projects that contribute to renewable energy transitions, support CIP partners who can further projects to achieve financial close, and the organisation of international and regional matchmaking events where project owners, lenders, investors and donors can meet. Other activities include the development and promotion of IRENA’s project facilitation services. PFS further manages IRENA’s partnership with the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the development of a new funding facility. All these initiatives have in common that they help to attract investments in the renewable energy sector and provide support that is directly relevant to projects.
To support the above-detailed workstreams, and in particular the operationalisation of the CIP, IRENA is establishing a roster of Consultants with specific skills in renewable energy project financing, development and assessment. The roster of Consultants is envisaged to include consultants with various technical expertise and geographical experiences and networks particularly in the following region: Africa.
Under the direct supervision of the Acting Lead of the CIP, the Consultant will support the Agency’s work related to renewable energy investment scale-up by broadly undertaking some or more of the following work elements:
After the selection of the Consultant to be listed on IRENA’s roster of Consultants for Project Facilitation and Support, the specific deliverable for the Consultant will be discussed as per IRENA’s needs.
The consultancy assignment may vary in length and completion dates are to be determined.
The consultancy assignment is envisaged on a retainer basis with a possibility for extension depending on further work requirements.
Remuneration will be based on the established payment scale of IRENA for consultancy assignments depending on years of relevant professional experience and qualifications of the Consultant.
The payment will be based on the delivery and acceptance of the specified work agreed with the Consultant by the Acting Lead of the CIP. Supporting timesheets/delivery reports must be provided at the issuance of the invoice by the Consultant.
The payment can be revoked if the deliverables do not satisfy the criteria outlined in this ToR and specifically agreed with the Consultant on the exact work to be undertaken.
The consultancy will be provided remotely. Costs for any future travel requirements under this contract will be covered by IRENA and in accordance with IRENA’s established travel guidelines.