Call for Expressions of Interest: World Wide Fund South Africa’s Energy Access Initiative Programme Development Plan

WWF South Africa
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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 29 June, 2012
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WWF - the World Wide Fund is one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation and environmental organisations, with almost five million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries. The organisation’s mission is to stop the degradation of the earth's natural environment and to build a future in which we all live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

WWF South Africa wishes to commission an experienced project development specialist with a track record of successful projects to assist the internal Energy Access Team to develop a programme development plan and to assist in developing a funding strategy and or proposal(s). The specialist should have an excellent knowledge of energy issues - particularly energy and poverty issues - in South Africa.[1]
Many poor South Africans still do not have access to grid-powered electricity and do not have energy security to meet their basic energy needs - namely cooking, lighting and heating.
The Energy Access Initiative is a new programme located in the Living Planet Unit under the Climate and Energy Programme, which aims to develop a social infrastructure-led approach to addressing the lack of energy access among South Africa’s peri-urban and rural poor using renewable or clean energy technology. The programme consists of development of an Energy Access Team and an Energy Access pilot project.
Submissions should include:

  • CV or CVs if working in a team;
  • Proof of credentials – including proven track record of programme/project development plans/implementation within the energy access and or development field;
  • If working in a team, provide a description of the roles of individual team members and what parts of the plan they wil be working on, how their experience qualifies them, etc.;
  • An outline with some detail of how you would approach the project plan;
  • A rough costing of cost breakdown of programme plan development.

Note: This is an abbreviated version of the Terms of Reference. Should you wish to submit an Expression of Interest, contact Alexis Scholtz on for the full terms of reference.

About the Energy Access Initiative

Energy Access Initiative objective:
To establish an Energy Access Team within WWF South Africa which co-creates and supports rural and peri-urban community-based energy access projects through a programmatic approach which focuses on social infrastructure development, efficient renewable resource use, local economic development and working in synergy with government initiatives.
With a fourth of the population living in energy poverty, the issue of Energy Access is a critical developmental challenge in South Africa. Addressing this challenge presents many opportunities to promote sustainable solutions which address social development, sustainable resource management, renewable energy uptake and the issue of social ownership of energy services provision.
One of the major reasons for decentralised or micro energy interventions failing is a lack of regard for the significance of social infrastructure and the capacity requirements of engaging in sustainable energy projects. Most projects are technology-led, rather than community-led.
Developing social infrastructure is a lasting social investment which assists communities in self-upliftment. Positive results are increased active citizenship, local economic development, social cohesion and organisation – which lay the foundations for further development interventions.
There is much research and policy development on sustainable macro energy planning and implementation, but not much on energy access and the effects of not integrating micro and macro policy. Current macro energy policy has not resulted in universal energy access, nor has it succeeded in promoting alternative, renewable energy industries which are essential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promoting economic resilience through adaptation and reducing unemployment.
On a macro-energy policy level, energy access does not receive the attention it deserves, with current energy plans dominated by servicing corporate markets rather than delivering energy to poor citizens. The provision of basic energy services with the view to extending energy for productive capacity is proven as a major driver of local economic and social development. An estimated eight percent of energy comes from biomass which could impact significantly on land use and biodiversity. Little is known about the 8 percent percent of primary energy supply using biomass use, which is currently treated as insignificant in Integrated Energy Planning.
This initiative is a holistic approach to South Africa’s developmental, economic and environmental challenges and will provide a model which contributes towards a just transition to a low carbon economy.
Brief indication of outcomes of the brief:
Outcomes of Programme Development Plan:

  • Develop a comprehensive plan for three years (possibly five – to be discussed) project using a phased approach whereby each year can stand alone in terms of objective, outcome and finance;
  • Cost each phase and component;
  • Develop a financial plan for the overall project and each individual phase
  • Identify available or upcoming government funds which could be used to finance the plan;
  • Use the methodological approach as discussed and agreed with WWF  –  i.e. participatory, community driven, action research;
  • Deliver reasonable estimates of timelines of each stage and building in conservative estimates;
  • Be easy and simple to understand – both to WWF and to external stakeholders;
  • Have justifiable evidence for success potential;
  • Identify risks at each stage for contingency planning.

Methodological approach:

  • Main focus is on social infrastructure and capacity building needed to support technical infrastructure;
  • Predominantly community-led with technology designed around community needs and local resource base;
  • Participatory planning;
  • Participatory action research (WWF’s role in the process, and in feediing back to the government policy loop and planning processes at all spheres of government).

Billing process:
For discussion with suppliers.
Contract Amount:
For discussion with suppliers.
 Final Product due date:
15 August 2012
Submission deadline for Expression of Interest:
29 June 2012 at 12h00

For more information contact:

Alexis Scholtz
Energy Access Initiative Project Coordinator
World Wide Fund – South Africa
Mobile: 082 739 8687
Tel: 011 447 1213
[1] Due to the transdisciplinarity of the project, teams could be formulated to work on this project. Team members should all embrace the values of the end goal which is fundamentally in support of community empowerment. Thus we’d discourage any strategies which undercut community oriented approaches in favour of purely market-led approaches  and or which move any potential negative impacts downstream.

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