Energy and Finance Specialist

Uganda
Apply by 1 August 2018
Posted on 2 July 2018

Job Description

ACTIVITY CONTEXT

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Climate Economic Analysis for Development, Investment and Resilience (CEADIR) Activity helps governments, the private sector, and civil society make the business and economic case for investing in climate change mitigation and adaptation. In collaboration with USAID/ Uganda staff of the Mission and USAID/Washington’s Power Africa office, CEADIR will provide technical assistance and training to help commercial banks scale up renewable energy lending and Links banks to clean energy companies, developers, and potential investors.

The goal is to facilitate commercial lending from Financial Institutions (FIs) in the renewable off-grid electrification sector and believe that a concerted cooperation of these efforts can help tackle many of the current barriers.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

CEADIR is seeking an Energy and Finance Specialist that will work with the CEADIR team to implement activities across four tasks.

More specifically, the Energy and Finance Specialist will be responsible for coordinating and providing input and support to a local consultancy firm.

More detailed responsibilities for the Energy and Finance Specialist by task are as follows:

Task 1: Provide capacity building through workshops to FIs on the RE sector/off grid energy lending

  • Summarize the existing energy policy and regulatory framework in Uganda and general and energy specific lending terms and conditions from banks – including sharing reports and resource documents with CEADIR team;
  • Conduct interviews with CEADIR selected FIs in Uganda and engage those FIs in clean energy lending ;
  • Identify and provide a report on the lending process for each FI and compare and contrast with general practices from other regions/countries in order to facilitate an agile and risk mitigated process for lending;
  • Identify challenges and opportunities for lending for each selected FI to the clean energy sector; and
  • Share information on findings with USAID and other stakeholders to influence the process of preparing and implementing the strategy in the context of other programs and activities.

Task 2: Provide technical support to FIs to evaluate risks and mitigants of the RE/off grid energy sector;

  • Provide support to evaluate the risks and mitigants in the RE/off grid energy sector;
  • Share existing information on risks and mitigants in the RE/off grid energy sector in other countries/regions with CEADIR team;
  • Collect data, information, or input from stakeholders that can feed into a risk/mitigant assessment; and
  • Summarize and share results of the risk mitigants assessment.

Task 3: Identify and develop a pipeline of RE/off grid only loans; and

  • Work with the CEADIR team and local experts in the identification and development a pipeline of RE/off grid loans; and
  • Assist the local consultancy firm and other stakeholder consultations to assess and further explore measures to map and provide a grid selection for a pipeline of RE/off grid loans that could be eligible for financing by the FIs.

Task 4: Develop a workshop and matchmaking events aims to support the financing for off-grid lending and borrowing from respectively the FIs and SMEs through CEADIRs goals.

DELIVERABLES

The consultant will be responsible for providing inputs into:

  1. Provide input to a short assessment report (bullet points and brief summaries) on existing energy policy and regulatory framework in Uganda and general and energy specific lending terms and conditions from banks (5 pages maximum);
  2. Provide input to a short assessment report on FIs challenges and opportunities to lending to the clean energy sector and lending process for each FI (bullet points and brief summaries). This will include compare and contrast with general practices from other regions/countries in order to facilitate an agile and risk mitigated process for lending (5-10 pages maximum);
  3. Provide input on an excel spreadsheet with identified possible borrowers, their specific business plan, lending criteria and status to borrowing (compared to the credit lending requirements of the FIs as B(2) above).
  4. Provide input on developing a workshop and matchmaking events for the FIs and SMEs.

SCHEDULE AND LEVEL OF EFFORT

The consultant will have a total of 70 days LOE with the majority of work focus on Task 1 and 2. The consultants will submit their rates and confirm the proposed LOEs during proposal submissions. The timeline for implementation of the activity and deliverables is as follows.

  • Draft report on existing energy policy and regulatory framework in Uganda and general and energy specific lending terms and conditions from banks, August 15, 2018
  • Draft report on FIs challenges and opportunities to lending to the clean energy sector and lending process for each FI, October 31, 2018
  • Excel spreadsheet with identified possible borrowers, November 30, 2018
  • Workshop and matchmaking events for the FIs and SMEs, January 31, 2019

COMMUNICATION

The consultants shall work in collaboration with CEADIR throughout the implementation of this activity.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least five years of relevant professional experience in climate change, preferably with USAID-funded activities
  • Preferably hold a Master’s degree in finance, economics, international development, or a related field
  • Demonstrated experience in energy access and/or finance/accounting
  • Experience leading and implementing technical tasks related to climate change adaptation
  • Fluency in written and oral English is required

CEADIR Team:

  1. Nadia Scharen-Guivel, Activity Manager - Nadia_Scharenguivel@abtassoc.com
  2. Marcia Trump, Chief of Party CEADIR
  3. Pablo Torres, Operations Manager CEADIR

To apply please send CV and cover letter to Nadia_Scharenguivel@abtassoc.com.

About the Organization

Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1965, Abt Associates was built on the concept that sound information and empirical analysis are the best foundations for effective decision making. The firm blends the subject matter expertise of our staff with technical capabilities in applied research, program implementation, and data collection to shape policy, strengthen systems, measure performance, and deliver other solutions to our public and private sector clients. Examples of Abt Associates’ work include nationally recognized research, evaluation, and technical assistance to improve the efficiency of healthcare systems, the effectiveness of government housing programs, the production of food, and the measurement of public opinion. Abt’s staff of more than 2000 includes national and international experts who are known for their understanding of communities and governments worldwide, innovative research techniques, and insightful—and often groundbreaking—analyses and recommendations. Approximately 51 percent of our staff has graduate degrees; one in six has a doctorate. Our staff’s educational and professional disciplines include economics, engineering, environmental analysis, epidemiology, food security, health, housing, international development, psychology, social science, statistics, and survey methodology. Abt’s research staff is experienced with prominent statistical software packages, including SPSS, SAS, and STATA, along with qualitative software such as NVIVO and Atlas. In 2011, Abt Associates was ranked among the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 development innovators. Abt has offices in Atlanta, Ga.; Rockville, Md.; Cambridge, Mass.; Chicago, Ill.; Durham, N.C.; and New York City and program offices in nearly 40 countries in Africa, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa. www.abtassociates.com

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