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Source: Government of Denmark
The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) is seeking a consultant team for the appraisal of the proposed third phase of the Danish Energy Partnership Programme (DEPP III). The programme is expected to be implemented in Vietnam, China, Mexico and South Africa and have a duration of five years from July 2020 to June 2025 and a total budget of up to DKK 250 million.

The envisioned impact of DEPP III will be created by supporting the countries’ development of strategies and policies for reaching their Nationally Determined Contribution to the Paris Agreement. It is expected that Denmark by demonstrating the opportunities from investing in sustainable low carbon solutions will be able to inform and influence decision making in partner countries. It is important that the country in question is committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and that there is a real demand for technical assistance from Denmark.
The country programmes will be based on a government-to-government approach through partnerships between the Danish Energy Agency (DEA) and the central governmental institutions in the partner countries responsible for the national energy and climate policy. The ambition of the programme is to contribute to better and more stable framework conditions for renewable energy and energy efficiency investments. The DEPP III will to the extent possible build upon existing partnerships and will serve as a long-term continuation of the partnership with strategic partner countries. This will strengthen the impact of the programme, as it is considered to be long-term and long-lasting.

The DEPP III will build on lessons learned from DEPP I and II, including a consolidation and focus to ensure an optimal impact. The programme will focus on the four main areas of expertise from the Danish energy model defined in DEPP II, because these are areas where Denmark has built up a unique capacity and can contribute to additionality compared to other donors. Based on the project focus from the current phase of DEPP it is expected that the third phase of the programme will include the following four overall thematic areas: 1. Long-term energy modelling and planning; 2. Enhanced framework conditions for renewable energy; 3. Integration of renewable energy and flexibility of the power sector; and 4. Energy efficiency and district heating.

The programme will be further streamlined based on lessons learned from the previous and existing Danish Energy Agency (DEA) bilateral programmes (mainly DEPP) and Strategic Sector Cooperation. Potential areas of streamlining the programme could materialize via: i) matching the DEAs core competencies within scenario development and energy system modelling; variable renewable energy integration; energy efficiency; district heating and wind power development with country needs ii) larger focus on Danish key competences in policy development and planning meeting the countries’ needs in their development towards compliance with the Paris agreement; iii) streamlined administrative and management set-up, and; iv) strengthened focus on synergy and cross-fertilization between the DEA portfolio of programmes and projects.

The overall objective of the consultancy will be to undertake quality assurance of the draft Programme Document (PD) and the approximately 10 draft Development Engagement Documents (DEDs) for DEPP III.

More specifically objectives include to:
      – Assess if the programme design/documentation is relevant and adequate to produce the expected results in an effective, efficient and sustainable manner that is relevant to the key national partners and stakeholders and has the potential to achieve the intended impact and long-term goals.

      – Assess the overall administrative setup, structure and reporting procedures of DEPP III and make recommendations on how these can be further streamlined across the DEA international portfolio including programmes financed under the Strategic Sector Cooperation.

      – Ensure that the proposed programme is within the objectives of the Strategy for Denmark’s development cooperation (“The World 2030”) and the guiding principles for the Danish Climate Envelope.

      – Make recommendations for necessary adjustments or improvements, as relevant, prior to submission to the grant authorities.

The appraisal will be carried out partly based on a desk-top study of draft Programme Document, Development Engagement Documents and relevant background documentation work. Moreover, the appraisal will include ongoing consultations with the Danish Energy Agency during the prepration of these documents as well as two missions with a duration of one week each to Mexico and South Africa.

The consultant team is expected to include two international consultants: 1) one international process consultant with extensive experience in development cooperation through a government-to-government approach in relation to sustainable energy and expert within institutional, management and capacity development issues; and 2) one international energy consultant with extensive technical insight into energy planning and scenario modelling, integration of variable renewable energy and flexibility in power systems. The estimated maximum budget of the contract is DKK 1.000.000 covering a period from 13 January to 15 May 2020.

Tentative production time-line: Desk study and assessment mid to late January 2020, mission to South Africa week 5 and to Mexico week 8 2020. Ongoing consultations around programme documents and development engagement documents with the Danish Energy Agency and the Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities February to March, appraisal of full program documentation mid March to early April and appraisal report with recommendations mid April.

Tentative procurement timeline:
12 December 2019 at 9:00, Danish time: Deadline for expressions of interest
13 December 2019: Shortlisted companies to receive Standard Request for Proposal
6 January 2020: Deadline for bid/Proposal
10 January 2020: Selection of successful company  
13 January 2020: Contract starts
15 May 2020: Contract ends

Deadline for applications: 12 December 2019, at 9:00, Danish time

The standard application form should be used. Applications not using the standard form may be rejected. Applications received after the deadline shall be rejected.

Download application form here.

Contact point: Department for Multilateral Cooperation and Climate Change, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affaris;
Name of Programme Officer: Tobias von Platen-Hallermund
E-mail address, Programme Officer:
Telephone of Programme Officer: +45 2026 6012

Criteria for selection:
A minimum of three and a maximum of five applicants with references best suited for this assignment will be invited to submit a tender

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