The overall objective of the project is to promote sustainable production and utilization of upgraded biomass fuels in Georgia, encouraging the stakeholders to establish the pilot production projects through grant investments; start and develop biomass fuel utilization in the municipal sector.
The project was approved by the Global Environment Facility in November 2011, and started in mid-2013. The project will end in 2017.
During the past period, several research programs were undertaken, including research into biomass raw material availability in Georgia and a feasibility study on the production and utilization of biomass fuel in Tbilisi, promotional and study materials were developed, a biomass fuel production and utilization business plan competition was conducted, and the first tranches of investment grants were awarded to support the successful businesses. These grants should lead to the completion of several demonstration projects on biomass energy in 2016.
Several activities are planned for the remaining period of the project. These include : awarding final portions of investment grants to producers and consumers of biomass fuels; completing procurement processes and establishing production and utilization; support for producers and consumers in technical, business and energy efficiency matters; development of a national bioenergy strategy and action plan; developing standards for fuels and equipment; establishing a bioenergy association; formulating a proposal for establishing a dedicated funding window for biomass projects; stakeholders meetings; and a range of other activities related to the promotion and popularization of biomass fuel in Georgia.
The objective of this consultancy commission is to facilitate the due process for developing the strategy and lead drafting of the strategy and the Action Plan documents and validate them with key stakeholders. During the preparation of the document, the consultant should facilitate stakeholder consultations and eventual government endorsement on all stages of work.
List of stakeholders includes, but is not limited to, the following organizations:
The project has prepared and supported the production of several reports, research studies and other documents. All of them should be used to support and strengthen the Bioenergy Strategy development process and production of the action plan, and they will be made available to the appointed consultant.
The reports include a detailed inventory of biomass resources in Georgia; research into available funding sources for bioenergy projects, legal review, etc.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Expert will work under overall guidance from the Environment and Energy Team Leader at UNDP and under direct supervision of the Project Manager. S/he will also work closely with the project International Biomass Expert.
More specifically, tasks will include following:
Workload and duration
Total number of working days during 11 month period July 2016 – May 2017 shall not exceed 40 work days.
Required Skills and Experience
Offerors will be evaluated against a combination of technical and financial criteria provided in the below table. Technical criteria consist of a desk review and an interview.Offerors not meeting any of the minimum qualification requirements will be disqualified and not considered for further review. Offerors passing 70% threshold of maximum obtainable scores 50 points as a result of the desk review, i.e. obtaining minimum 35 points, will be short listed and invited for an interview. Those offerors passing 70% threshold of maximum obtainable scores as a result of the technical evaluation (desk review and interview) will be shortlisted and requested to provide financial proposal.
IMPORTANT: Document, reflecting vision in regard to biomass energy strategy in Georgia (not exceeding 2 pages), submitted separately to the following e-mail address: [email protected] (please kindly consider to indicate applicant’s name in submitted document. Applicants will be assessed per submitted document and please consider that its submission is obligatory for each interested individual.
The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon installments, i.e. upon delivery of the services/deliverables specified in the TOR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount.
The consultant shall be paid lump sum in four (4) installments (according to deliverables stated in TOR) after the satisfactory completion of each task/deliverable as certified by UNDP.