Request for Proposal (RFP) for Smart Power Myanmar – Agricultural Value Chains Study

  • Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 26 February 2020

Job Description

Pact is an International NGO with offices throughout the world with a mission to enable systematic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems and transforming markets into a force for development.

Background

Smart Power Myanmar was established in 2018 to accelerate the spread of decentralized renewable energy solutions in Myanmar and transform the long-term economic potential of millions of people currently without access to electricity. Supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and managed by Pact, we connect economically viable and reliable energy solutions, such as renewable energy mini-grids to demand from rural families, entrepreneurs, farms, and enterprises to boost incomes, grow businesses, and foster economic growth. Smart Power Myanmar is laying the path forward for a sustainable, integrated approach to electrification. Access to electricity remains an issue in Myanmar with an estimated 58% of the population, approximately 30 million people, not connected to the main power grid. In 2015, the Government of Myanmar formulated the National Electrification Plan (NEP), an ambitious program structured around 5 phases aiming to reach 100% grid electrification by 2030 — in the NEP, minigrids played a limited role as interim electrification solutions covering 0.7 million people or 2% of the off-grid population.

Objectives

The goal of this assignment is to assess energy requirements of the most important agricultural value chains, develop/propose energy solutions and business models that can help deliver access and reliable supply of electricity to these value chains in a timely and cost-effective manner and identify two or three investment opportunities and pilots that government, private sector and donors could take action on to demonstrate proof of concept. The purpose of the study is to provide the empirical basis for interventions aimed at improving the productive use of energy along agricultural value chains, and informing the prioritization of those efforts by government, civil society, and the private sector. The selected contractor will conduct an evidence-based analysis of the potential for integrating existing power solutions into the agricultural value chains which present the highest impact based on production potential, market access and linkages, and stakeholder interest in participating in pilots. The selected contractor will develop power profiles for each commodity, region or farm type within the focus of the study and comparatively evaluate the electricity needs. The selected contractor will have the option to co-brand the published study with their company logo, however the rights to the work produced under this assignment will be wholly owned by Pact, Inc. a U.S. registered 501(c)3 not-for profit organization, d.b.a Smart Power Myanmar. Smart Power Myanmar intends to make the study available free of charge to the public but reserves the right exclusively to publish part or none of the final product, in their sole discretion.

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About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

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