Powering Healthcare Consultant

Closing date
03 Jul 2022
The Consultant is expected to operate from Rwanda, preferably Kigali
Duration of assignment
approx. 60 work days from June to October
Contract type
Short Term Consultant

Background on SEforALL

Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) is an international organisation working with leaders in government, the private sector and civil society to drive further, faster action toward achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7), which calls for universal access to sustainable energy by 2030, and the Paris Agreement, which calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limit climate warming to well below 2° Celsius.

Achieving these goals will require a radical rethink of the way we produce, distribute and consume energy. SEforALL is at the heart of this foundational shift to ensure no one is left behind. Drawing on data and evidence, we identify a critical path to success in achieving SDG7.

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the Sustainable Energy for All initiative in 2011. Now an independent organization, we maintain close links with the UN, including through a relationship agreement, partnerships with UN agencies and with SEforALL's CEO acting as the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy. These roles include advising the UN Secretary General and his staff on issues relating to sustainable energy and the implementation of SDG7 and supporting the coordination of sustainable energy issues in the United Nations system.

The ambitions of SDG7 are extraordinary. Aiming to achieve them in the context of the Paris Agreement on climate change involves transformation at a scale never undertaken before. Swift action must be taken by leaders in governments, private sector companies, institutions, financiers, development banks, unions, communities, entrepreneurs and civil society. As we enter the final decade to achieve SDG7, SEforALL has strategically chosen to strengthen global agenda-setting while expanding its activities to an engagement model that prioritizes data-driven decision-making, partnerships with high-impact countries and implementation on the ground. The new SEforALL three-year business plan outlines work programmes that scope out our planned interventions and demonstrate to our funding partners the impact of their support. http://www.seforall.org/

Powering Healthcare

SEforALL currently employs approximately 60 professionals, operating out of the SEforALL headquarters in Vienna, Austria, with a small team located in Washington DC and New York City. SEforALL now seeks additional technical support to help it implement its Powering Healthcare initiative.

Powering Healthcare acts as an ‘engine room’, providing the impetus and solutions needed by governments and their partners to increase investment in and the sustainability of health facility electrification efforts. We will do this by:

  • Building an investment case for powering healthcare to ensure access to adequate and reliable power in healthcare facilities is prioritized as a necessary input to achieving public health and energy/climate goals.
  • Creating the core ‘building blocks’ to deliver distributed clean energy solutions to healthcare facilities at scale and in a sustainable manner.

To advance these objectives, Powering Healthcare focuses on:

  • Data and research: Build the evidence base for powering healthcare facilities, particularly in the areas of sector intelligence/mapping and impact research;
  • Thought leadership: Develop the new ideas and tools (related to, e.g., business models, policy and quality assurance) needed to facilitate wide-scale and sustainable adoption of distributed clean energy solutions in healthcare facilities;
  • Finance: Provide finance to de-risk investments and spur innovation in electrifying healthcare facilities; indicative activities include a UEF window on health facility electrification and a small-grant innovation challenge fund to stimulate innovative technologies and delivery models;
  • Collaboration and coordination: Strengthen political and technical cooperation and knowledge exchange among health and energy players;
  • Advocacy and communications: Raise awareness and educate stakeholders on the need and opportunity to provide better health services by powering healthcare facilities;
  • Country-level support: Provide strategic and technical advisory services to governments.

Scope of work

Under the supervision of SEforALL’s Programme Manager for Powering Healthcare, the role of the Consultant will be to help implement SEforALL’s Powering Healthcare initiative, with a focus on providing country-level advisory support in Rwanda.

The Consultant will lead the development of a ‘Powering Healthcare Market Assessment & Roadmap’ (the “Roadmap”) in Rwanda. The Roadmap is expected to provide the Government and its development partners with a data-driven plan for electrifying the country’s underserved health facilities. To develop the Roadmap, the Consultant is expected to carry out several activities, including:

  • Stakeholder/Intervention Mapping
    • Map all relevant stakeholders (public sector, donors, development partners, private sector, civil society) and their respective roles in the electrification of health facilities (health posts, health centers, hospitals) in Rwanda.
    • Document past, ongoing, and planned electrification interventions in the health sector.
  • Facility Mapping
    • Identify datasets and visualizations that map the location of all health facilities through GIS (e.g. health facility masterlist, UNDP feasibility study for 1000 HP project and GIS tool, World Bank, Global Electrification Platform, JRC Clean Energy Access Tool)
    • Log/Cross Check (where feasible) the electrification status of health facilities based on available data and information.
  • Energy Needs Assessments
    • Evaluate recent energy audits and technical energy needs assessments for a sample of health facilities to inform the type and design of appropriate energy systems for archetype climate-resilient facilities at different levels of healthcare (focusing on health posts and health centers).
    • Assess the availability of electricity-dependent medical and non-medical appliances, and the opportunity for introducing energy efficient appliances to increase energy demand.
  • Technology and Cost Assessment
    • Evaluate and propose standardized technical system designs for different tiers/types of health facilities to ensure access to reliable electricity, for the purpose of country-level investment analysis.
    • Analyze costing (capex and opex) based on current technology pricing and cost evolutions.
  • Financing and Delivery Model Analysis
    • Analyze existing and potential funding/financing levels and sources for the electrification of health facilities and associated O&M activities to ensure long-term sustainability.
    • Evaluate the feasibility and appropriateness of different delivery models (e.g. service-based approaches, PPAs, … ) for scaling up the electrification of health facilities, with an emphasis on sustainability.
  • Develop a report with key findings and practical recommendations for large-scale electrification interventions of health facilities in Rwanda, targeted to Government stakeholders and their development partners, covering:
    • Size of the energy gap in healthcare sector
    • Appropriate technical solutions (supply and demand)
    • Funding and financing gaps (CapEx and OpEx), and opportunities for innovative delivery models including results based financing and impact investment.
    • Practical recommendation for public agencies (MinInfra, MinHealth) and their development partners to significantly scale up health facility electrification interventions
  • Develop and implement a dissemination strategy with the aim of validating the report and mobilizing buy-in from key stakeholders from the energy and health sector.



Est. LOE






Stakeholder/ Coordination

Detailed list of interventions; stakeholder map

5 days






Facility Mapping

Overview of existing database(s) of health facilities and their electrification status

12 days






Energy Needs, Technology and Cost Assessments

Standardized system design per tier of health facility (supply & demand side) + Investment analysis

10 days






Financing and Delivery Model Analysis

Overview of current funding streams;

Analysis of business models

15 days






Validation of findings with other stakeholders


3 days






Development of report

30-50 slide deck with key findings, lessons learnt, and practical recommendations

5 days







Dissemination strategy

5 days







To develop the Roadmap, the Consultant is expected to carry out the scope of work through a range of activities, including but not limited to: in-person and virtual stakeholder consultations, desk-based research, key informant interviews, analysis of project documents, and participation in multi-stakeholder platforms.

In addition to the development of the Powering Healthcare Roadmap for Rwanda, the Consultant may be requested to support several related activities, including but not limited to:

  • Analyzing innovative business models for health facility electrification, including through detailed case studies, desk-based research, stakeholder interviews, and targeted workshops and working meetings.
  • Providing technical assessments of off-grid system designs, incl. analysis of costs and appropriateness of technical solutions.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Advanced university degree in energy, social sciences (policy, economics, sustainable development), or a closely related field. In the case of a Firm (Lead to meet qualifications)
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in international development, public policy or international development, with specializations in off-grid energy or the energy-health nexus.
  • Relevant experience in at least one of the following areas: technical system design for off-grid solutions, or innovative business models for off-grid electrification, or development of national strategies and roadmaps
  • Familiarity with past and ongoing health facility electrification efforts in Rwanda is required.
  • Practical experience designing and implementing off-grid solar programs/projects in energy access deficit countries is desirable.
  • Experience managing complex, multi-stakeholder projects.
  • Experience managing relationships with key stakeholders in the energy access field, including national Governments, development partners, and private sector actors.
  • Experience delivering high-quality reports and other written products.
  • Experience producing content suitable for external communication, for example donor reports and presentations.
  • Solid command of the English language.
  • Fluency with all relevant Microsoft programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to handle quick-turnaround tasks alongside sustained projects.
  • Eligibility to work in Rwanda; preference will be given to candidates based in Rwanda.

Application details

Please submit the following documents, by or before 30 June 2022 at 23:59 CET:

  • A cover letter (max 2 pages) outlining relevant experience and the candidate’s suitability for this assignment
  • A detailed CV + 3 references
  • An overview of estimated costs, incl. daily rate(s) and estimated LOE per activity in line with the scope of work

Core Competencies

  • Professionalism and Personal Leadership: Demonstrates/safeguards ethics and integrity. Demonstrates corporate knowledge, Self-development and initiative-taking. Ability to work in a multi-cultural and international environment based on mutual respect and tolerance. Demonstrates good judgment and discretion when handling sensitive materials. Ability to exercise good judgment, discretion and tact in handling sensitive issues. A commitment to the goals of SEforALL and to sustainable development more broadly essential. A good sense of humor. Willingness to “get the job “done with a positive attitude to take on a wide range of tasks. Ability and willingness to adjust to “beyond the normal” working hours and manage the work life balance effectively to accommodate differences in time zones.
  • Client Orientation and Delivery: Takes full ownership in ensuring that those to whom their function serve – colleagues, managers, stakeholders, counterparts - find themselves supported as “clients ”; builds and maintains clients’ trust and respect and builds productive partnerships; actively seeks out to identify clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client. Maintains client relationships in the face of conflicting demands or directions and provides evidence-based advice and solutions based on sound diagnosis and knowledge.
  • Planning and Organization: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments.  Adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently and is able to work to deadlines and maintain effectiveness under pressure. Excellent organizational and task management skills, with appropriate attention to details and ability to prioritize work among multiple competing demands, and under tight deadlines.  Ability to manage multiple workflows at the same time. Proactive approach to managing workflow, with keen ability to multi-task and respond quickly and flexibly to a wide range of issues, some of which come up in ad hoc and unexpected ways.
  • Communication: Excellent communication skills and proven drafting ability; ability to develop relationships, foster collaboration within the team and with other stakeholders, deliver presentations and advocate for viewpoints. Ability to craft messages and communiques, and copy edit work to produce flawless written communications is required.
  • Analysis and Creativity: Demonstrated excellent numerical and analytical skills that can be applied to gather data and generate knowledge relevant to decision-making functions. Capability and easiness to work with numbers, calculate, and analyze data as well as the ability to summarize and present key-findings.
  • Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of relevant available technology; understands applicability and limitations of technology; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate.

Our Values - please refer to our core values as defined here: https://www.seforall.org/who-we-are/staff/our-values.

Additional Considerations

  • SEforALL offers exciting high-impact assignments, a collegial and creative work environment, and the opportunity for committed professionals to thrive and grow within flat hierarchies and in the pursuit of an inspiring mission.
  • SEforALL provides competitive compensation packages at its locations in Vienna, Washington DC and New York City, and flexibility and result orientated modern workplace arrangements.
  • Qualified female candidates and candidates from developing countries are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • SEforALL reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level below the advertised level of the post.
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