• Senior-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 15 May 2019

Job Description

2.0 Zonful Energy

Zonful Energy was established in 2016 with the intention of providing affordable solar solutions to off-grid communities in Zimbabwe. It is a for-profit social enterprise that sells small and large solar home systems on a PAYG basis to rural and peri-urban consumers in Zimbabwe. The clients purchase their systems on credit from Zonful and pay monthly instalments of up to 18 months and payments are made through the mobile money platform that monitors customer usage and records monthly payment transactions. With the AECF funding and more, Zonful aims to scale the business and provide more affordable options for the off-grid populations, reaching 277,984 households by 2023.

3.0 Purpose and Deliverables of the Assignment

Renewable energy technology waste is a complex mixture of materials and components that because of their hazardous content, if not properly managed, can cause major environmental and health problems. The improvement of collection, treatment and recycling of such waste at the end of their lifespan is essential to enhance resource efficiency and to contribute to a circular economy. Zonful Energy has faced challenges in the disposal of faulty batteries from the SHS distributed so far in Zimbabwe and would like to pilot a RE waste Management model that can be replicated by others in the sector. Currently, the process of returning the faulty batteries to the supplier for recycling is time-consuming and costly therefore Zonful has resorted to storing the faulty batteries at their offices. With the growth of the renewable energy market, more companies that are entering the space will face the similar challenges since there are no RE waste management standards, plans/strategies in place to regulate the sector.

The objective of the assignment is to review the existing RE waste management regulations, plans, and strategies and develop a strategic and operational plan for Zonful based on best practice around RE waste management to protect the environment from hazards posed by the inefficient disposal of RE waste

3.1 Specific Duties and Responsibilities of Consultant
  1. Analyse the company’s strategic fit to the industry and growth path in the target market in Zimbabwe.
  2. Work with the company to detail a comprehensive strategic capacity building support framework that will enable the successful integration of RE waste management.
  3. Analyse and present lessons and options from RE waste management practices in markets in the region and beyond
  4. Work with the company to develop a comprehensive waste collection, handling and disposal plan
  5. Assess RE waste management in Zimbabwe’s market to build a case for the development of specific standards for RE waste disposal
  6. Guide on processes leading to the development, approval and or adoption of RE waste management by SAZ and other authorities
3.2 Outputs and Reporting Requirements

Comprehensive TA delivery report, detailing:

  1. A Strategic capacity building support framework
  2. A comprehensive RE waste management plan for Zonful Energy based on the best practice
  3. A learning paper on best practice for RE waste management
  1. Recommendations on processes to engage and guide SAZ in the development of RE standards
4.0 Duration of Service

The duration of the service will be 20 man-days spread over a period of 3 months. This service is expected to commence on 1st June 2019.

5.0 Proposal Submission

Qualified consultants (individual or institutional consultants) are invited to submit the proposal that includes the following:

  1. Qualification and experience of the individual/institution.
  2. Approach and methodology to undertake this assignment.
  3. Previous experience in similar assignment(s).
  4. Detailed financial budget (in USD) and work plan.
  5. Technical and Financial proposals will need to be submitted as separate documents.

6.0 Qualifications
  • An Environmental Specialist with a Masters’ degree in Environmental Management
  • At least 7 years’ experience in the field.
  • Experience in policy and regulation analysis and development
  • Consultants residing in Zimbabwe preffered.
7.0 Reporting

The consultant will be accountable to AECF Programme Manager

8.0 Pricing

The AECF is obliged by the Kenyan tax authorities to withhold taxes on service contract fees as well as ensure VAT, at 16%, is charged where applicable. Applicants are advised to ensure that they have a clear understanding of their tax position with regards to provisions of Kenya tax legislation when developing their proposals.

9.0 Evaluation Criteria

An evaluation committee will be formed by the AECF and shall include employees. All members will be bound by the same standards of confidentiality. The vendor should ensure that they fully respond to all criteria in order to be comprehensively evaluated.

The AECF may request and receive clarification from any Vendor when evaluating a proposal. The evaluation committee may invite some or all of the Vendors to appear before the committee in order to clarify their proposals. In such event, the evaluation committee may consider such clarifications in evaluating proposals

In deciding the final selection of qualified bidder, the technical quality of the proposal will be given a weighting of 70% on the basis of the evaluation criteria. Only the financial proposal of those bidders who qualify technically will be opened. The financial proposal will be allocated a weighting of 30% and the proposals will be ranked in terms of total points scored.

The mandatory and desirable criteria against which proposals will be evaluated are identified in the table below.

Key Areas for Evaluation/ Assessment

Weighted Award

a) Technical Proposal


i) An understanding of the consultancy requirements;

· Demonstrate understanding of the assignment


· An in-depth understanding of RE Waste management


ii) Methodology and work-plan for performing the assignment: Demonstrate capacity to deliver the task(s) within a realistic timeline, based on the consultancy days designated per task.


iii) Relevant services undertaken by the bidder in the past engagements: Demonstrate relevant experience.


iv) Detailed reference list indicating the scope and magnitude of similar assignments:

· Letters of reference from past customers or associates to the lead consultant or the consulting organization.


· Registration and other relevant statutory documents (applies to institutional consultants).


b) Financial Proposal: Clarity, relevance, reality to market value/ value for money of cost for the assignment (inclusive of any applicable tax).


10.0 Disclaimer

AECF reserves the right to determine the structure of the process, number of short-listed participants, the right to withdraw from the proposal process, the right to change this timetable at any time without notice and reserves the right to withdraw this tender at any time, without prior notice and without liability to compensate and/or reimburse any party.

To be considered, your proposal reference “E-Waste Management Strategy - Zonful Energy-” must be addressed to and received by Sunday, 26th May 2019 5:00 PM EAT.

About the Organization

The AECF is a development institution which supports businesses to innovate, create jobs, leverage investments and markets in an effort to create resilience and sustainable incomes in rural and marginalized communities in Africa. Launched in 2008, the AECF has mobilized over US $356 million to date, leveraging more than US $658 million in matching capital and improving the lives of more than 19 million people in 2018 alone through jobs and increased household incomes. The AECF has so far supported 268 companies in 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa across 40 value chains in our focal sectors of agribusiness and renewable energy.

In the new 2018-2020 strategy, our goal is to “double our impact in half the time”. To achieve this, we will continue to focus on the agribusiness and renewable energy sectors, increase support to climate-smart technologies, refine our challenge model, expand regional presence, deepen focus on gender, youth and employment by expanding our products and partnership approach to better meet our investees’ current needs; and ensure they rapidly scale and transition to external financing and sustainability thereby attaining our vision of ‘A Prosperous and Enterprising Rural Africa’.

Since 2012, AECF has provided investment support, worth (US$131m) to a cluster of 78 businesses in across Sub-Saharan Africa focusing on either renewable energy or adaptation to climate technologies. The businesses have experienced a number of challenges and technical assistance is expected to help address these in the growing portfolio. Since the inception, The AECF through REACT has provided investment support (US $63m) to a cluster of 58 businesses in across East Africa, focusing on renewable energy or adaptation to climate change technologies (REACT) and agribusiness. Some of the businesses have experienced several challenges and the AECF is providing technical assistance to help in addressing those challenges and improve the performance of the respective businesses.

More information

E-waste management strategy_Zonful Energy.pdf

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