Call for submission of CVs : Demand Side Subsides for Productive Use of Energy Consultancy

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation

Company Description

SNV is a mission-driven global development partner working in more than 20 countries across Africa and Asia.

Building on 60 years of experience and grounded in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we work on the core themes of gender equality and social inclusion, climate adaptation and mitigation, and strong institutions and effective governance.

Together with our team of over 1,600 people, our mission is to strengthen capacities and catalyse partnerships that transform the agri-food, energy, and water systems, which enable sustainable and more equitable lives for all.

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Job Description

Brief background of the assignment

While many parts of the ecosystem are essential, access to finance remains a critical lever to design and deployment. Catalyzing financing for energy access includes a range of stakeholders all the way from informal community savings-credit channels, Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs), Cooperatives, to commercial banks, development banks, bilateral and multilateral agencies, impact investors and private philanthropies at the national and international level.

Demand side subsidies have been used as a common tool to lessen the credit risk burden in the roll out of solutions. However typically these subsidies are limited to reducing the cost of the system. Given the complexity of productive use of energy applications it is important to broaden up the scope of demand side subsidies to explore a range of options beyond simply reducing the price of the system.

This assignment seeks to focus on increasing energy access by tackling end user affordability as one of the broad set of interventions required in the ecosystem.

The assignment

For this assignment, SNV is looking for an individual consultant or an assigned consultant from a firm to support action research on Demand Side Subsides for Productive Use of Energy Consultancy which entails unpacking a suite of demand-side subsidies that support the uptake and adoption of productive use of energy (PUE) solutions from the end user perspective. If you believe that you as an individual consultant or as an assigned individual within a firm and have the required credentials as in the outlined Terms of Reference, SNV invites you to respond to the Instruction to Consultant, link below.

The work is anticipated to commence on 01 May 2023.


The Consultant Profile

  • Experienced professional, 05 – 10 years of work experience in the development sector, holding a Masters’ degree in a relevant discipline or any relevant experience;
  • In-depth understanding and overview of the current dialogue in end user financing and demand side subsidies in multi-country contexts.
  • Experience of working in roles related to the topic;
  • Proven experience with knowledge development;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Focus on quality, result-oriented;
  • Excellent communication skills, orally as well as in writing;
  • Fluency in English

Curriculum Vitae(s)

CVs need to be well written and demonstrate the basis of the relevant qualifications, expertise, and skills of the individual to carry out the assignment, highlighting the most relevant experience in the context of the TOR. The CV of the consultant must show essential characteristics of the knowledge, relevant professional experience in similar works and skills. The references provide the contact details of 2 selected relevant and recent assignments. SNV may ask for copies of certifications, diplomas, contracts, or other documents described in the CV(s) of the shortlisted Consultants.

Methodological Approach Presentation

Limit the application to 5 pages (excluding CV). The application should demonstrate an understanding of the challenge, outline a brief methodology or approach to the action research and submission of deliverables timeline. Where possible please include limitations of scope of study and if available, a maximum of 2 past relevant projects undertaken.

Level of efforts and conditions

  • The total level of effort has a maximum of 60 consultancy days.
  • The consultant listed must be available for the assignment 4 months between the first week of May to August 2023 (latest beginning of September 2023).
  • The application submitted must be valid for 3 months during which the consultants shall undertake to maintain, without change, and shall hold to both the proposed rates.
  • The consultant may not subcontract any portion of the work.

CLICK HERE for the complete process selection refer to this attached document and specifically the part 3 Instructions to consultants and part 2 to Terms of Reference (TOR) for further explanation and information about this relevant assignment.

Additional Information

IMPORTANT – By clicking on the “I’m interested” button, you can apply to this consultancy service, uploading your CV(s) and Methodological Approach presentation. Consultants can include additional information, files, links, offers or any other documentation related to this service on the platform.

Deadline for submission of the CV(s) and Methodological Approach presentation/paper: 23:59 CET Thursday 30 March 2023

Questions Arising from Documents

Additional questions that may arise from this specific assignment which answers were not found on the PDF document linked above should be directed to SNV Global Contracting & Procurement Team, [email protected], no later than the last day of submission of CV and Methodological Approach presentation.

Data protection

The review and scoring are closed processes and are not open to the public. The data received shall be validated by SNV through remote and/or physical checks and processed following SNV’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) framework (which complies with the European Union’s GDPR 2018), the hardcopy and electronic data you provide will be kept secure and will only be processed by SNV for procurement and project execution purposes. The data will be kept for 7 years, after which they will be destroyed by SNV. By submitting your signed self-declaration and participating in the SNV process, you agree with this data use, storage, and processing of the data provided.

How to apply


Deadline: 30 Mar 2023