Mercy Corps is hiring a
*Note: This role is pending confirmation of funding. Budget maximum for the project is €40,000 including VAT*
Energy drives development. Access to clean and sustainable energy can transform lives and entire communities, whilst also contributing to self-reliance and social cohesion. Millions of lives are transformed when women can venture out in the evenings without fear, when children can study or read after nightfall, when health centres are better equipped to save lives, and when families have access to income-generating activities and information from radio, television and the internet.
To speed up the energy transition in developing countries and fight climate change and poverty, more than 25 organisations in the Netherlands have teamed up. Participants of the NL Energy Compact include companies, financiers, knowledge institutes, development and humanitarian organisations, and government organisations. The Compact aims to tackle SDG7 challenges by bringing together the expertise, innovation, networks, investment and implementing power of stakeholders from the Netherlands. Together and individually, we will support a just and inclusive energy transition that is gender sensitive, locally led and globally connected.
**With one of the lowest per capita electricity consumption rates in the world and over 90% of households relying on charcoal for cooking, Uganda has an acute need for improved energy access - particularly in displacement contexts. Currently, Uganda hosts more than 1 million refugees, mostly from South Sudan and the DRC. Approximately 97% of displaced populations in Uganda burn biomass for cooking, which has broad repercussions for individuals (e.g. health and safety) and the environment at large.
As part of the NL Energy Compact, CARE Nederland, Mercy Corps Netherlands and Oxfam Novib want to collectively bridge the gap where business traditionally stops and humanitarian aid begins by increasing access to, and use of, quality, reliable, affordable and clean energy sources. Building upon extensive knowledge on, and experience in, working in displacement settings, conflict-sensitivity, community engagement and advocacy, CARE Nederland, Mercy Corps Netherlands and Oxfam Novib are working on a joint program (SUSTAINED) focusing on refugee settlements in Uganda, but designed with scale in mind, potentially to be replicated in other similar contexts outside of Uganda.
SUSTAINED focuses on facilitating safe entry of quality private sector actors in displacement settings to create viable energy markets for access to clean cooking and electricity, whilst providing quality control functions to ensure vulnerable populations can equitably and informed access quality products and services, built on reliable and sustainable infrastructure. See more detailed 3-pager here.
Purpose / Project Description:
In collaboration with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), CARE Nederland, Mercy Corps Netherlands and Oxfam Novib are looking to contract a business consultant to support the country teams to conduct some landscaping analysis and in-depth research and information gathering. This will help to further define the strategic direction and support strategies development to take SUSTAINED to the next level. The work will have overall oversight and management by CARE Nederland, Mercy Corps Netherlands and Oxfam Novib country teams in Uganda, and Netherlands-based teams. The key focal point will be Mercy Corps/E4I representative. The consultant will refine the research questions and approach in collaboration with the entire team and will actively support areas led by these team members.
The consultant will work with the CARE Nederland, Mercy Corps Netherlands and Oxfam Novib and country teams to:
The Consultant will deliver:
Timeframe / Schedule:
The total LoE is estimated in max 50 days
The Consultant will report to: Energy TSU - MCNL
The Consultant will work closely with: CARE Nederland, Mercy Corps Netherlands and Oxfam Novib country teams in Uganda, and Netherlands-based teams.
Required Experience & Skills:
**Application requirements and deadline
**Interested candidates are expected to provide their expression of interest by November 17, 2022, including the following documentation:
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