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Capacity Building of the Belarusian Renewable Energy Association: Consultancy Services

Funded by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development - EBRD
Location Belarus
Status
Deadline
Express interest by 25 Feb 2013

 
Capacity Building of the Belarusian Renewable Energy AssociationAssignment description: Belarus is endowed with limited indigenous energy resources and is, therefore, heavily dependent on imports of primary energy fuels from Russia. The diversification of the energy mix and increase of indigenous sources is thus one of the primary policy targets of the Belarusian government. Renewable energy and energy efficiency legislation has been enacted to support the development of a renewable energy sector. In order to attract international investments and know-how, the government has also begun to open up the energy sector to private ownership.Despite these improvements, the level of development of both domestic renewable energy (RE) companies and external investment has remained low. The overall speed of the development of the private renewable energy sector has been significantly impeded by the relative inexperience of the Belarusian government, limited expertise and lobbying by industry associations and lack of foreign investor interest. Thus the EBRD supports the development of private RE companies and a non-for-profit RE industry association in Belarus.Significant work must be done in the fields of institutional capacity building and energy policy reform to create a functional and reliable investment framework conducive for the development of RE sector in which the international market would want to participate.
 

 

Capacity Building of the Belarusian Renewable Energy Association

Procurement ref:    38628
Country:    Belarus
Sector:    
Project number:    
Funding sources:    Central European Initiative
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Contract type:    Consultancy Services
Notice type:    Invitations for expressions of interest (CSU)
Issue date:    05 Feb 2013
Closing date:    25 Feb 2013
London

Capacity Building of the Belarusian Renewable Energy Association

Assignment description: Belarus is endowed with limited indigenous energy resources and is, therefore, heavily dependent on imports of primary energy fuels from Russia. The diversification of the energy mix and increase of indigenous sources is thus one of the primary policy targets of the Belarusian government. Renewable energy and energy efficiency legislation has been enacted to support the development of a renewable energy sector. In order to attract international investments and know-how, the government has also begun to open up the energy sector to private ownership.

Despite these improvements, the level of development of both domestic renewable energy (RE) companies and external investment has remained low. The overall speed of the development of the private renewable energy sector has been significantly impeded by the relative inexperience of the Belarusian government, limited expertise and lobbying by industry associations and lack of foreign investor interest. Thus the EBRD supports the development of private RE companies and a non-for-profit RE industry association in Belarus.

Significant work must be done in the fields of institutional capacity building and energy policy reform to create a functional and reliable investment framework conducive for the development of RE sector in which the international market would want to participate.

In this process, the industry association, the Belarusian Renewable Energy Association (BREA) plays a crucial role. BREA was established in 2009 and so far has attracted 47 members both from Belarus, Russia, Germany and Austria. The aim of BREA is to provide legal, informational, advisory and promotional support to the market in the field of renewable energy and related services as well as to establish international links between domestic and foreign organizations working in the field of RE, the exchange of best practice in RE in collaboration with public and private organizations.

Objectives of the assignment: Among major activities needed for BREA support through know-how exchange is a development of the organisation�s strategic approach, capacity building of its staff and proactive communications towards BREA�s private sector members as well as government/public institutions.

Scope of services: The selected consultant will be expected to carry out the following tasks:

1 Development of BREA strategic approach
Within this task the consultant will assist BREA with the following:
- review of its existing approach and working procedures, establishment of baseline data re membership, project management and other skill needs, financial viability, and identification of potential areas of improvement;
- development of BREA strategy and business plan to ensure it serves as a central hub for RE information and expertise, forum for discussions, networking and resource centre for RE stakeholders in Belarus and international partners;
- identification of potential financial sources for operation of BREA, including broadening of a fee paying membership base to ensure financial sustainability.

2 Capacity building of BREA staff
Within this task the consultant will assist BREA with the following:
- improvement of project development and project management skills through management training and coaching activities;
- ability to actively participate in policy discussions on government Renewable Energy Strategy (RES) and regulatory framework;
- improvement of skills such as administration, project planning, management and implementation, fundraising skills;
- improvement of BREA�s personnel communications and advocacy skills.

3 Development of BREA communications strategy
Within this task the consultant will assist BREA with the following:
- development of a proactive communications strategy targeting key traditional media, such as TV, radio and press, but also new social media to raise awareness of BREA�s activities;
- engagement with a variety of stakeholders including existing members and potential new members, government and public institutions, NGOs, think tanks, independent experts and general public;
- support in implementation of the communications strategy and RES awareness raising campaign in Belarus;
- improvement of BREA web site and development of leaflets/newsletter;
- preparation of at least one international investment forum for potential renewable energy investors in Belarus, which could become an annual event.

4 Twinning programme with an EU renewable energy association
Within this task the consultant will identify at least one European renewable energy association which would be willing to enter into a twinning programme with BREA for at least 1 year and help with the capacity building and sharing experiences from daily operations.

Assignment duration: It is envisaged that the assignment will start in March 2013 and will have a duration of 15 months. There may be a possibility for contract extension subject to assignment needs, satisfactory performance of the consultant and availability of funding.

Maximum budget available for the assignment: EUR 180,000.00, exclusive of VAT.
The consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the Bank’s special status as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.

Funding Source: This Assignment will be funded by the Central European Initiative (CEI).

Eligibility: The selection and the engagement of consultants shall be carried out in accordance with the Bank�s Procurement Policies and Rules and subject to the restriction that the eligibility for approved technical assistance Projects in CEI Member Countries shall be limited to: (a) individual consultants of Italian nationality; and (b) consultancy firms registered in Italy (using their employees of any nationality and/or non-employees of Italian nationality). These firms can, however, subcontract, associate with or hire external experts or consulting firms from other CEI Member Countries (Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Ukraine) up to a maximum of 30 per cent of the contract amount.

Consultant Profile: Corporate consultancy services are sought. The selected consultant will be an international company with expertise in RE and climate change issues and experience in capacity building of organisations, preferably non-for-profit organisation. Key experts will be expected to spend at least 60% of their time on site working closely with BREA and the work from home office should be justified. It is beneficial (but not a requirement) if international experts provided by the consultant for this assignment speak Russian and/or Belarusian. The consultant will be expected to engage a local Belarusian RE expert to join the team.

As a minimum, the proposed project team will include the following key experts:

Project Manager
A senior energy and/economic expert with a very good knowledge of renewable energy project development, excellent managerial skills and experience of leading the work of an international team of experts. An excellent knowledge of English is required, basic knowledge of Russian as well as previous work experiences from Former Soviet Union countries would be an advantage.

Marketing and Communications Expert
A senior expert with a very good track record from development of marketing and communication strategy for public and/or private institutions. The track record of a previous work with NGOs would be an advantage. An excellent knowledge of English is required, basic knowledge of Russian would be an advantage.

Renewable Energy Expert
Local/international expert (energy or economic background) with a proven track record from development of renewable energy project(s) in Belarus. A very good knowledge of English and an excellent knowledge of Russian are required.

Short term experts
In addition to key experts, it is expected that the consultant will use short-term experts for ad-hoc needs. Specifically, an expertise of such short-term experts can cover IT, accounting, energy, financing.


Submission requirements: Interested firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.
In order to determine the qualifications and competence of consulting firms seeking to be shortlisted, the information submitted should include the following:

- cover letter including full contact details, inclusive of address of the company submitting the expression of interest, phone and fax numbers, email address of contact person;
- company profile, organisation and staffing;
- details of experience or similar assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including their locations and size; and
- proposed consultant team composition (in the table in landscape including proposed position of each expert in the project, years of experiences, previous relevant experiences, language skills) and CVs of staff who could be available to work on the assignment.

The above information should not exceed 25 pages excluding CVs.

Expressions of interest should be submitted in English, electronically through e-Selection (NOT by e-mail), not later than 25 February 2013 at 23:59 hrs (London time).

EBRD contact person:

Marina Matushina
Advisor
Technical Co-operation
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6577
Fax: +44 20 7338 7451
E-mail: matushim@ebrd.com (DO NOT submit expressions of interest via this e-mail)

Note: Selection and contracting will normally be made from responses to this notification. The consultant will be selected from a shortlist, subject to availability of donor’s funding.

 

 

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