Consultancy: Access to Energy Assessments in Refugee Camps and Surrounding Host Communities

Organization: Mercy Corps
Location: Jijiga, Ethiopia

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Powering infrastructure in relief settings, where clinics, offices, communications towers, water pumping stations and other necessary services are commonly fueled by diesel generators, represents a substantial economic burden for humanitarian agencies & for the businesses and households located in refugee settlements and host communities.  The expansion of off-grid electricity services above household scale in humanitarian settings is limited by a lack of reliable ‘anchor’ customers upon which bankable business models can be based.  The application of renewable energy in the humanitarian sector is hampered by the initial higher upfront cost of solar and other renewable installations compared with diesel generators, and the perception that any investments must be short-term due to the outdated nature of humanitarian response funding cycles. Our study will inform the development of a new scalable, replicable model for integrated electrification that would improve operational sustainability for humanitarian organizations in Jijiga (Somali Region) while enabling better service delivery for people living in refugee settlements and host communities.

Mercy Corps is commissioning two assessments, individuals and organizations can submit a bid for

  1. Assessment 1
  2. Assessment 2
  3. Assessment 1 + Assessment 2. If choosing to submit a bid for both assessment, their proposal will clearly demonstrate how the proposed timeline will be maintained - including subcontracting options.

Assessment 1: Load analysis and regulatory framework on electrification, including microgrids and independent power producers:

Considering the current regulatory framework around electrification, conduct a detailed technical assessment in Aw-barre, Sheder, Kebribeyah Refugee Camps, and the surrounding host communities.

Assessment 2: High-level scan of national energy situation in camps with a focus on household energy survey (inclusive of energy use and cooking practices) in Jijiga

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