Hivos Southeast Asia is an International non-governmental organization guided by humanist values. It aims at structural poverty alleviation with a strong focus on civil society building and sustainable economic development. Hivos Southeast Asia provides financial support for local NGOs, is active in networking, lobbying and exchanging knowledge and expertise. For its Hivos Southeast Asia (Hivos SEA) seeks qualified Indonesian candidates for the position of:
Title : Consultant for assessment towards sustainable decentralized renewable energy through RESCO (renewable energy service company) model in Indonesia
Duty Station : Jakarta, Indonesia
Report to : PDM Green Energy
Duration : April to May 2019 for maximum 20 (twenty) days.
In order to speed up the shift to Renewable Energy, Hivos has undertaken several projects to increase renewable energy use and adoption in Indonesia by working with government, partners and other stakeholders. Hivos has the ambition to play a more prominent role in supporting frontrunners, developing multi-actor initiatives and influence policies. One of Hivos’ projects, the Sumba Iconic Island (SII) initiative is a well-known example of a multi-actor collaboration to accelerate energy access in small rural remote island in East Nusa Tenggara province.
It is widely known that renewables are difficult to maintain in remote areas. Some of the key reasons are: low affordability and willingness to pay; poor institutional setup; insufficient technical skill; knowledge and support to the communities; poor payment systems and no investments or savings anticipated for future replacement or renewal of equipment. Under the Sumba Iconic Island initiative, Hivos, in collaboration with Winrock International jointly developed the idea and provided support to the establishment of RESCO (Renewable Energy Service Company) in Sumba to avoid all these potholes in the road to sustained decentralised small-scale renewable energy. The RESCO concept is developed and applied to ensure proper operation and maintenance of renewable energy facilities, especially in remote areas. In many locations similar concepts are not working well for various reasons. Hence, the development of the RESCO concept in Sumba is based on the international experience of successes and failures in various countries. The RESCO is a Small Enterprise which is established, trained and groomed to become a healthy commercial enterprise to ensure that remote communities can make sustainable use of renewable energy facilities. We believe that RESCO is one of alternative business model potential that would be able to address sustainability of small-scale renewable energy facility in remote areas.
Hivos wants to promote the further development of the RESCO as we believe that the concept should be replicated and upscaled to other areas in Indonesia and, if possible in the future, also outside Indonesia
2. Scope of Work
Referring to the very specific decentralised renewable agenda, it is envisaged that this assignment will be done by an expert consultant who is specialised or experienced in small-scale RE business model operation and excellent knowledge on off-grid rural electrification both technology, social economic and political situation. Overall, the scope of work as follows:
a. Desk research and internal interviews. The Consultant review DRE context in Indonesia from existing literatures, studies and reports done by Hivos and other actors and development partners. Interview key Hivos, Winrock and RESCO staff regarding Sumba and RESCO operations in order to understand the practice of its renewable energy development, and the role RESCO is playing and can potentially play in facilitating other parties in renewable energy development in Indonesia.
b. Stakeholder interviews. The Consultant will interview, either in-person or via Skype, the key resource persons in rural electrification. These stakeholders include:
• relevant government agencies
• private sector and/or renewable energy development partners
• rural electrification players (cooperative, SPV etc)
• civil society actors.
c. Desk research on comparative RESCO model in other country. The Consultant will review how RESCO model done in the Pacific and Africa and how it undertakes its business. The Consultant will develop comparative analysis with Indonesia situation.
d. Indonesia Market Assessment. The Consultant will assess the potential market size in Indonesia for the RESCO services regardless different renewable technologies. The assessment should also include the prospect of RESCO business model, and identify any gaps that need to be improved by RESCO in Sumba as the pioneer exampleas recommendation.
e. RESCO platform. The Consultant will assess the option of a platform establishment as a space to advocate its replicability, proof its sustainable model, knowledge exchange, networking and can attract (impact) investors and donors. Moreover to create a coalition which will jointly work on promoting leading to stronger and sustainable dissamination of renewable to remote communities.
The Consultant assignment will submit the following deliverables:
a. Presentation and submission of draft final report. The Consultant will submit a Draft Final Report and lead the presentation of its findings. This Draft Final Report will be presented during a meeting with Hivos staff and (possibly) other stakeholders two weeks prior to the submission of the Final Report. The comments and suggestions from this meeting will be incorporated in the Final Report.
b. Inputs into Final Report. This includes but is not limited to:
a. Assessment of existing RESCO model and recommendation of how it can be one of potential business model for decentralised renewable energy particularly in Indonesia contextt.
b. Analysis on how could a RESCO platform can be meaningful and potentially grow to advocate an evidence-based of sustainable business that serve small-scale renewable in remote areas. A space to joinly-influence political and development agenda by multi-actors..
4. Duration of Assignment
Up to 20 days’ level of effort (LOE) over the course of seven weeks, from on/around April to May 2019. Tentative schedule below.
Week 1 : Desk research/preparation 4 days
Weeks 2-4 : Visits/stakeholder meetings 10 days
Weeks 5-6 : Write Draft Report and present to Hivos. 3 days
Week 7 : Provide inputs into the Final Report. 2 days
Public discussion/workshop 1 day
To apply for this position please submit your expression of interest with CV explaining the relevant knowledge and experience to this research and information of last billing rate to email@example.com no later than 27 March 2019.
Please specify the position name you are applying for Consultant for Assessment Sustainable Decentralized Renewable Energy in the ‘subject’ line of your email.
Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.
For more information about Hivos Southeast Asia, visit https://www.hivos.org/
Opened position for national level / Indonesian nationality.**