In 2010, AFD has launched a regional programme for East Africa consisting of a Technical assistance and Credit Facilities to the banks of the Region. The programme’s objectives were to support the Government policies in increasing the share of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency, in particular in industries.
A Regional Technical Assistance Programme (RTAP) cofinanced by the European Union Infrastructure Trust Fund (ITF) and AFD was set up in August 2011 for 2 years. Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM)has been entrusted by AFD with the responsibility of hosting and implementing this regional technical assistance to the benefits of stakeholders of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda In parallel AFD has signed agreements with two banks in Kenya, with one bank in Tanzania and has recently approved credit lines for an Ugandan bank. The credit lines in these three countries are worth to USD 83 million.
The RTAP was successful in identifying projects and in providing various supports to different stakeholders. The concept of providing an affordable credit line together with a technical assistance component has proven to be successful in changing how the EE and RE markets operate in East Africa. However, the intensity and duration of the initial efforts to put the programme in place (important level of support provided, high number of interested sponsors, etc.) were higher than anticipated. As a result, it was decided to mobilize additional funding from ITF Executive Committee to allow the extension of the programme for two additional years.
The Kenya Association of Manufacturers has entrusted AFD with the responsibility of implementing in its name the procurement of this Regional Technical Assistance Programme – Phase II in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
Objective of the RTAP Phase II
The RTAP Phase II will be deployed to help develop sustainable energy investments, which will complement and strengthen the Green Credit Facility, taking into account the lessons learned from the first phase and identifying the best and most efficient way for the implementation of the program, with the following objectives:
Ensure a coordination of this regional program between the 3 countries
Contribute to the development of communications and informational tools, training and marketing campaign : the program will support participating banks, KAM and the local focal points in their communication and marketing approach for the financial and technical offer proposed by the Facility;
Prepare the portfolio of projects: the TA will contribute to identify sustainable energy investment opportunities,
Support to project sponsors for project development : the TA will support investors by (i) providing recommendations and assistance throughout all the project process, from inception to completion, (ii) carrying out pre-feasibility studies and (iii)supervise feasibility studies to be carried out by independent consultants and funded through a revolving fund managed by KAM;
Provide assistance to partner banks: the TA will build capacity to develop sustainable financing of energy efficiency and renewable energy investments and support the setting up of environmental and social liability policies;
Ensure the Monitoring and Evaluation of the program: the TA will control the project compliance’s to eligibility criteria, check and confirm that all projects have been completed in accordance with the relevant investment plans and are on track to achieve the planned impacts (ex ante and ex post impacts metrics).
The Operator is expected to set up a team including the following expertise:
- A lead coordinator: with extensive experience of energy project management, expertise in project implementation planning, including experience related to energy management, small-scale renewable energy and energy efficiency financing schemes, and experience of working with banks in developing countries and international donors organizations;
- A pool of experts to be mobilized throughout the course of the assignment on demand by the lead coordinator to support the sponsors or the banks, on those specific areas: renewable energy, energy efficiency in building and industry, finance, legal, E&S, communication and marketing. At this stage, the pool provided in the EoI is indicative and not binding.
- A verification consultant, with extensive expertise and experience in Energy Efficiency techniques and projects, to be mobilized throughout the course of the assignment on demand. Though the verification consultant is member of the team, the lead coordinator should ensure that it works independently vis-à-vis the pool of experts. Potential conflicts of interest should be identified and properly managed. .
The Operator will be required to work in English and to produce documents in English.
It has been assumed that the lead coordinator will be present in Nairobi full time during the assignment, and the pool of experts and verification consultant will be mobilized punctually to provide timely support on specific issues. These provisions are indicative and may be adapted by consulting firms, provided that the proposal be reasoned and sufficiently documented.
The estimated number of professional man / months required for the assignment is estimated at 50 men/month (out of which 20 men / month for the lead coordinator and 30 men / month for short term expertise).
Duration of the contract
The Consulting firm will be recruited for a period of twenty four (24) months with possible extension according to the development of the Project and the appraisal of the RTAP’s performance.
AFD now invites consulting firms to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested consulting firms must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc.). Consulting firms may associate to enhance their qualifications.
Consulting firms should demonstrate their capacity to associate with the relevant competencies to enhance their qualifications.
Moreover, the interested firms should be able to identify and mobilize local competencies in East Africa.
Following the expressions of interest received, a short list of pre-selected candidates will be prepared and a Request for Proposals will be sent to these pre-selected candidates to answer with a technical and financial tender.
Expressions of interest must be delivered to the address below by the 10th of September, 14:00 (Paris local time): firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTA: AFD is drawing consulting firm's attention to the fact that AFD reserves its right to cancel the tender procedure at any point in time prior to signing the contract if the financing agreement between KAM and AFD is not approved, signed and effective