Consulting services: Verification agent – Madagascar and/or Sierra Leone

Procurement
Closing date
01 Oct 2021
Location
Madagascar and/or Sierra Leone
Work

2020 marked the start of the final decade to achieve SDG7 – access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all – by 2030. The world is not on track and a renewed sense of urgency and new approaches are required.  

Providing finance at the speed and scale needed to achieve SDG7 requires a paradigm shift towards results-based financing (RBF). RBF allows governments and donors to shift the risk of delivery to the private sector, aggregate financing and scale support across multiple countries.

Understanding the benefits of RBF, SEforALL launched and operationalized the Universal Energy Facility (UEF), a multi-donor Results-Based Financing (RBF) facility, to speed and scale up new energy connections in Sub-Saharan Africa. The UEF provides incentive payments (i.e., grants) on a ‘results-based’ approach to selected eligible organizations that develop and operate systems and provide verified electricity connections. In 2020, the UEF was opened to mini-grid developers in Sierra Leone and Madagascar and in January 2021, the UEF opened in Benin.  

Objective 

In support of the UEF, SEforALL is implementing a robust verification process, which includes remote and on-ground verification to ensure the sites and connections comply with UEF technical specifications and a multi-faceted Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) framework as part of this process. 

The objective of this Procurement is to hire independent Verification Agent(s) to conduct the on-ground verification for completed UEF mini-grid sites and electricity connections in Sierra Leone and/or Madagascar as a key step before final grant disbursement. 

Scope of work 

SEforALL seeks to engage a consultant(s) to conduct on-ground verifications in Madagascar and/or Sierra Leone after Claims Reports are submitted and as directed by the UEF team. For this work, mini-grid sites will be spread across Madagascar and Sierra Leone

Bidding process  

Bidders are allowed to bid for either Madagascar (Lot 1), Sierra Leone (Lot 2), or both. 

All bids are to be submitted to procurement@seforall.org by 1 October 2021 by 23:59 PM Central European Summer Time (CEST)