The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) invites reputable and competent consultancy firms to indicate interest by tendering RFP documents for the following works:
The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) was established in response to the recommendation of the ECOWAS/UEMOA White Paper on access to energy services in rural and peri-urban areas issued in 2006. The specific objective of ECREEE is also to create favorable framework conditions for regional RE&EE markets by supporting activities directed to mitigate existing technology financial, economic, business, legal, policy, institutional, knowledge and capacity related barriers.
Applications are invited for:
Title: Request for Proposal for Consultancy Services to Develop ECOWAS Green Hydrogen Policy
The exploitation of Green Hydrogen as an energy resource in the West African region is still in its embryonic stage. Africa has a growing population of nearly 1.3 billion, which has been increasing at an average annual rate of 2.5% for the last 10 years. The growing population directly implies growing demand for energy and expanded infrastructure to match the growth. The overall sustainable development of Africa and indeed the global effort to reduce climate degradation will stem from a holistic energy system driven by renewable energy. This challenge of reaching 100% renewable based energy systems will require joint effort and partnership across borders in order to find feasible climate-friendly solutions. In a new initiative, Germany is collaborating with WASCAL and African countries to explore the utilization of Green Hydrogen and its derivatives as an energy option in a joint effort to de-carbonize West Africa economy. (IEA).
H2ATLAS-AFRICA project is the first phase of a joint initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and African partners in the Sub-Saharan region (SADC and ECOWAS countries) to explore the potentials of Green Hydrogen production from the enormous renewable energy sources within the sub-regions. The developed atlas of green hydrogen will support sustainable and economic development through a viable hydrogen economy with a high potential to make Africa a user and exporter of Green Hydrogen, hence gaining even more relevance in international energy markets. (WASCAL).
Objective of the Assignment
The objective of the Study is to:
- Develop a Regional Green hydrogen Policy for the ECOWAS Region. The Study should also develop guidelines for national policies and regulations; and
- Elaborate a full strategy document and Implementation plan based on Green hydrogen. This should consider possible environmental impact arising from the production and utilization of green hydrogen and its derivatives and suggest adaptation measures to accompany this.
The Policy document will be the first step towards aligning the regional and national government’s Policies, legislative procedures and guidelines in a systematic approach for fostering greater public and private participation. It is expected that more sustainable patterns of energy production/ generation and consumption would be established for the benefit of the ECOWAS population, especially the rural people in the energy supply and the regional economic and industrial growth.
The Consultant or consulting firm is expected to have the following profile:
- General Skills:
- At least 10 years of experience in energy policy and strategy
- Engagement in strategic planning activities in the energy sector.
- Consulting experience in the public and private sectors especially in development of national/regional policies, strategies, regulations and relevant studies in energy sector
- A good knowledge of ECOWAS region and country members’ energy and trade sector.
- Having a good relationship network across the ECOWAS region will be well appreciated
- A good knowledge and/or experience of hydrogen technologies and various applications.
- Ability to undertake research and lead strategic dialogue on key development issues.
- Strong problem solving, research, analytical, writing and people leadership skills.
- Development and Leadership:
- Ability to coordinate inter-disciplinary teams and manage complex assignments in a multi-cultural setting;
- Ability to moderate high level meetings.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Key staff should have advanced university degree (at least a bac+5 Master/Engineering or PhD) in energy, economics, science, law or any related field;
- Other members of the team will have similar background and with professional qualifications and experience to complement the team leader. Data acquisition and analysis skills will be important. Moreover, the consultant or the consulting firm should include the following personnel:
- Energy sector expert (policy, infrastructure and governance)
- Finance expert (experience in economy and finance in the energy sector)
- Strategic planning expert
- High level professional qualification in engineering, political science, economics, business or other relevant subject,
- In-depth knowledge and experience in renewable energy, policy-making, and legal and regulatory aspects,
- An excellent understanding of the global energy economics, particularly Green hydrogen, business and political landscape and the unique developmental challenges facing Africa in general and the ECOWAS region in particular.
In addition, the consultant is expected to have in-depth knowledge and experience in energy, policy-making, strategic planning and legal and regulatory aspects. Understanding of Green hydrogen or previous work related to it is an advantage.
Application Closing Date
12:00 noon, 31st December, 2021.
Submission of Documents
The offer comprising of technical and financial proposals, in two separate files, should be sent ONLY to: email@example.com
clearly indicating in the subject "Development of the ECOWAS Green Hydrogen Policy".
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