LINK: Contributors to a manual on local energy security action planning

Background

The REC is implementing the project "Local Initiatives for a Sustainable Ukraine" (LINK), with funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment. The REC is inviting expressions of interest from individuals or companies to contribute to the writing of a manual on local energy security action planning, to be developed under the Local Energy Security Action Planning (LESP) component of the LINK project.

Objective of the assignment

The objective of the assignment is to write specific chapters of the manual on local energy security action planning. The manual will be drafted in the English language. Applicants should state clearly in a cover letter which of the chapters/subchapters (listed below under Tasks) they are interested in writing.

The rational use of energy resources at local level depends heavily on a number of policies in various sectors. In order to create sustainable energy systems, apart from tailoring energy efficiency, energy generation and energy distribution policies, it is therefore necessary to incorporate sustainable development principles into city planning; transport policies; waste management; and water management.

The LESP LINK component builds on the results of a U.S.-funded project implemented by the REC to develop local environmental action plans (LEAPs). In a participatory process, three beneficiary municipalities identified priority energy-related environmental issues, choosing in common waste management, water management, urban planning and transport. In all these areas there is potential to make significant improvements in resource management that can result in energy savings.

Local energy security (LES) action plans need to address energy-related problems in each of these areas in order to create a comprehensive approach to reducing energy dependence. For each of the areas, a set of actions and concrete projects will be developed under the LES action plan. A participatory mechanism will be built into the LES action plan, allowing civil society, experts, and interested members of the public to take part in the development, implementation and monitoring of the process. This will contribute to better solutions, leading to the overall sustainability of energy systems in their communities.

The LES action plans will address energy-related issues in several sectors. Each community will focus on priority sectors with the greatest potential to contribute to stable energy systems.

Tasks

The selected contractor will provide input in English to the following chapters/subchapters of the manual, which will be developed building on previous REC experience in local planning. The contractor may contribute to specific chapters/subchapters or to all of them.

0.            DEFINING ENERGY SECURITY        

0.1          What is energy security?              

0.2          Key dimensions of energy security          

0.3          Elements of energy security       

0.4          Main challenges of energy security in the 21st century                 

0.5          Threats to energy security          

0.6          Energy security in Ukraine           

0.7          Addressing energy security at local level                 

0.8          Local energy security action planning       

0.8.1       Overview of the LES action planning process     

0.8.1       Organisation of the LES action planning team   

1             ACTIVITY 1: DEFINING SCALE AND SCOPE                

1.1         STEP 1: INITIAL ASSESSMENT       

1.2         STEP 2: SCOPING AND SCALING 

1.2.1      Spatial definition             

1.2.2      Topics of substantive focus        

2            ACTIVITY 2: SETTING UP THE LOCAL PLANNING TEAM      

2.1        STEP 3: STAKEHOLDER ANALYSIS                

2.1.1     Why analyse stakeholders?       

2.1.2     Methodology for stakeholder analysis 

2.2        STEP 4: FORMAL ESTABLISHMENT OF THE LOCAL PLANNING TEAM             

3           ACTIVITY 3: ASSESSING THE CURRENT STATUS OF ENERGY SECURITY           

3.1        STEP 5: PUBLIC OPINION ASSESSMENT    

3.1.1    Why undertake a public opinion assessment?

3.1.2    Stages in the public opinion assessment

3.1.2.1  Identification of issues to be researched

3.1.2.2  Review of literature and theories relating to the topic    

3.1.2.3  Formulation of research aims and objectives      

3.1.2.4  Identification of population and location of study            

3.1.2.5  Identification of sample design, sampling frame and sample size                

3.1.2.6  Identification of method of administering the survey instrument

3.1.2.7  Development of questionnaire  

3.1.2.8  Conducting of pilot study and revision of the questionnaire         

3.1.2.9  Conducting of main study on the sample using revised questionnaire      

3.1.2.10 Creation of databases for statistical analysis    

3.1.2.11 Analysis of data and interpretation of findings

3.1.2.12 Consideration of implications for the research aim and objectives          

3.2       STEP 6: LOCAL ENERGY SECURITY ASSESSMENT   

3.2.1    Definition of scope and data availability for the assessment process

3.2.1.1  Identification of key energy-related indicators for LES

3.2.1.2  Identification of prior energy-related studies and access to information

3.2.1.3  Identification of data availability and accessibility and collection of information and data

3.2.2     Indicator-based assessment    

3.2.2.1  Identification of existing indicators and calculation of their values and final index score

3.2.3     Final LES assessment    

4          ACTIVITY 4: ANALYSING AND PRIORITISING PROBLEMS  

4.1       STEP 7: CONSTRUCTION OF PROBLEM STATEMENT              

4.2       STEP 8: DEFINITION OF PROBLEM STATEMENT      

4.3       STEP 9: PRIORITISATION OF PROBLEMS

5          ACTIVITY 5: DESIGNING AN ACTION PLAN              

5.1       STEP 10: DEVELOPMENT OF A VISION

5.2       STEP 11: DEFINITION OF GOALS AND OBJECTIVES                 

5.3       STEP 12: IDENTIFICATION OF ACTIONS     

5.4       STEP 13: SPECIFICATION OF ACTIONS       

5.5       STEP 14: PRIORITISATION OF ACTIONS     

5.5.1    Selection of criteria for prioritisation   

5.5.2    Ranking of actions

5.6       STEP 15: FORMULATION OF THE FRAMEWORK ACTION PLAN        

6          ACTIVITY 6: IMPLEMENTATION 

6.1       STEP 16: DEFINITION/SETTING UP OF STRUCTURE(S) FOR IMPLEMENTATION            

6.2       STEP 17: DEVELOPMENT OF AN IMPLEMENTATION PLAN                 

6.3       STEP 18: DOCUMENTATION OF IMPLEMENTATION             

7          ACTIVITY 7: MONITORING AND EVALUATION      

7.1       STEP 19: PERFORMANCE MONITORING  

7.2       STEP 20: EVALUATION AND IMPACT ASSESSMENT              

 

Requirements

  • A master’s or equivalent degree relevant to the chosen chapter(s). A PhD or higher level of education will be considered an advantage.
  • Proven expertise in a field related to the chosen chapter(s).
  • Previous experience in writing similar content (please submit a list of publications as proof).
  • Excellent English-language writing skills.
  • Relevant experience in Ukraine will be considered an advantage.

Contract duration

The assignment is expected to start in March 2016. The consultant will be directly accountable to the REC. The contract will be managed by the REC, and in this regard the REC will appoint a focal person(s) to whom the consultant must report directly.

How to apply

Interested individuals or companies should send an expression of interest in English to: linkproject@rec.org. The offer should include:

  • The CVs of individuals or a company profile in English (including the CVs of relevant members of staff with relevant references).
  • A list of publications.
  • A price quote using the REC template. The price quote should indicate the work-day fee, as well as the estimated number of working days.

 

Please state clearly in a cover letter the number and title of the chapters/subchapters that you are interested in writing.

The closing date for the receipt of offers has been extended from March 2, 2016, to March 7, 2016, at 17:00 (UTC+1 Budapest time)

Pricing

The proposed price for this assignment must be fixed, must include VAT, and must be quoted in euros, using the price quotation template provided.

Evaluation criteria

The following criteria will be used for the evaluation of applications:

Relevant education  and expertise

35%

List of relevant publications

20%

Command of written English

5%

Relevant experience in Ukraine

10%

Financial offer

30%

 

Proposals will be rejected at the evaluation stage if they do not respond to important aspects of the terms of reference.