Call for consultants within RE-ACTIVATE Project: Implement the certification of sustainable energy trainings in Morocco and Tunisia based on international standards and design of a regional quality scheme “Credentialing Program”

1- Background

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) commissioned GIZ to implement the project “Promoting Development and Employment through Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RE/EE) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) (RE-ACTIVATE)”.

Within the framework of RE-ACTIVATE project and in cooperation with RCREEE, two studies were conducted to assess the current context and prospects at regional and international level entitled: RE & EE CD Market investigation study and Worldwide RE/EE Quality Assurance Schemes & Training Programmes/Market Assessment & Benchmarking.

In addition, RCREEE and RE-ACTIVATE create synergies between sectors and countries concerning establishing training offers and quality insurance mechanisms and work in close collaboration with bilateral projects. This include : Morocco with the Project “Support for the Moroccan Solar Plan” (commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)), that also supports the introduction of vocational training offers in the field of RE/EE; Tunisia with the project “Human Capacity and Resource Development for the development of the Tunisian solar market RCH-DMS; commissioned by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs (AA)” in order to ensure the qualifications for PV installers to respond to growing demand and RE-ACTIVATE project that aims to introduce training offers in EE field.

2- Objective

The Credentialing initiative goal is to ensure the efficiency and reliability of capacity development programs (CD) in the MENA Countries and to raise performance, coherence and quality of skills training provision.

In these regards, the present assignment aims to design a regional credentialing program based on quality and competency norms, standards and certification programs for clean energy educators, trainees, training centers and programs, and assist MENA countries to build a quality-trained sustainable energy workforce adapted to their local context.

The mission also includes the support and assistance of Morocco and Tunisia to develop and introduce certification processes for training offers.

3- Scope of Work

Under this assignment, the Expert(s) in cooperation with one (minimum) Tunisian and one (minimum) Moroccan expert will perform the following key activities (Work Packages 1 to 4 that will be conducted in parallel and are non-consecutive).

The assignment requires at least four missions to Tunis and Morocco and an effective coordination with national consultants that will ensure the regular meetings with national partners. The expert will be in charge of contracting and selecting the national consultant.

4- Qualifications of the Consultant

The consultants could be an independent expert, a consortium or consulting firm, they are expected to fulfil the following requirements:

  • Advanced university degree in energy, energy management, renewable engineering, or other energy relevant fields, as well as quality assurance and project management.
  • At least 10 years of experience in the design and implementation of capacity development strategies or action plans in renewable energy and energy efficiency field at international or regional level, preferably with further experience in the MENA region.
  • In-depth knowledge of training activities in the MENA region
  • Thorough knowledge of certification processes, quality assurance mechanisms and standards for capacity development activities.
  • Proven track record of delivering similar services at a regional or national level
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English and French.

The assignment must be conducted in close coordination with RE-ACTIVATE and all concerned partners (mainly ANME, the leader Tunisian partner and DFP and IFMEREE, the Moroccan partners). The consultants are responsible for the delivery of all contents based on the scope of work with respect to the reporting schedule.

5-Contracting Party and Beneficiary

The Consultant(s) will enter into a consultancy contract with RCREEE and GIZ/REACTIVATE according to their internal regulation and terms of contracting.

6-Submission of proposals

Applicants are requested to submit their proposals no later than 10 November 2016. Technical and financial offers should be sent by e-mail to [email protected] , [email protected]  and [email protected] . The application package must include:

  • The technical proposal detailing the work scope, outline and methodology to be adopted.
  • Introduction of the consultant including track record of relevant renewable energy and energy efficiency and capacity development experience at international or and regional level, and CVs of the experts to be involved.
  • Any other relevant documents to demonstrate competency of the applying institution for the required services
  • The financial offer will contain detailed, item-wise estimates, so that there will not be any confusion any time of tender evaluation as well as during execution and payment. Please indicate the total cost including all expenses in Euro. The consultant must quote his rates in figures as well as in words. The fees are fixed and not subject to any adjustment

7- Bidder Selection

RCREEE will only contact short-listed bidders based on RCREEE’s internal regulations and policies. RCREEE has the right to accept or refuse any offers without any justifications.

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