International Consultancy (National Funding Mechanism)

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are working with the Nigeria Government to implement a climate change mitigation project titled “Derisking Sustainable Off-grid Lighting Solutions” in Nigeria.

The overall objective of this project is to develop a private sector-led technology value for making off-grid renewable energy technologies, such as solar lanterns and solar home systems, available to base-of-pyramid rural households who would not be electrified at least until after 2025.

The project rationale is underpinned by a novel approach to derisk private sector investments in the market for rural decentralised renewable energy access. This will be achieved through three outcomes:
(i) putting in place appropriate policies, programmes and regulations that address policy, awareness and financial barriers to facilitate investment in sustainable off-grid lighting solutions and corresponding business models.
(ii) off-grid lighting providers are operating and have access to working capital and equipment, and
(iii) good practices, lessons learned, market assessments, demand-supply surveys, delivery models and business models are documented to support replication and scaling-up of project results.

In the light of the foregoing, consultants are required to conduct these activities and present findings before stakeholders. Consultants must carry out their work to guarantee the accuracy and pertinence of the project objectives.


1 Local Consultancy, National Funding Mechanism


1 Local Consultancy, National Funding Mechanism

1.1 Duties and Responsibility of Local Consultancy, National Funding Mechanism

The key function / task of the consultant/company shall be to (Expected Output:)

1. Provide training to REF staff on the administration of the Working Capital Finance Facility.


Number of Days: 10 days

Start Date: 17 April, 2023

End Date: 28 April, 2023

# Deliverables / outputs Due Date
1 Engagement of consultant 01 May, 2023

Submission of first draft report;

The draft report on findings and recommendations will be prepared and submitted to PMU.

The consultant shall present the project report, deliverables and findings in a session designed to assess the deliverables by the PMU.

05 May, 2023

Submission of final draft reports;

(i) Assessment carried out and Strategy and Action Plan for deploying alternative payment mechanisms.

(ii) Document policies hindering the use of pay-as-you-go (PAYG) mobile money in promoting payments of off-grid solar RETs and alternative models.

(iii) develop detail assessment of all payment options and mechanisms for off-grid solar RETs.

(iv) develop a Strategy and Action Plan for the most appropriate model, or combination of mechanisms, that will be adopted for the payment of off-grid solar RETs in selected communities.

(v) Provide training to REA-REF staff on the administration of the Working Capital Finance Facility.

23rd June, 2023

1.3 Required Skills and Experience

• An advance university degree (Masters or equivalent) in Accounting, Finance, Economics, or a related field. PhD would be an added advantage.

• At least 5 years of relevant work experience across Accounting and Business models and management covering relevant topics such as financial structuring, pricing, and competitive analysis.

• PhD degree would be an added advantage.

• Past experience in working with the UN, and UNDP in particular, and international organizations, would be an advantage.

• Clear understanding of functional financial schemes.

• Previous experience in conducting similar assignment.

• Familiarity with administrative procedures of accessing government grants.


The consultant/company shall work with the Project Management Unit (PMU) to ensure the successful and timely completion study in accordance with objectives, schedule and planned budget.

Kindly apply online via https.//www.dsols.gefundp.rea.gov.ng/advertisements and forward hard copies of your Expression of Interest (EOI) along with your CV by post in a sealed envelope before 31st March, 2023 at 17:00 Nigerian Time.


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