The African Island States (AIS) comprise Republic of Cabo Verde, Union of the Comoros, Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Republic of Guinea-Bissau, Republic of Mauritius, Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, Republic of Seychelles, Republic of Madagascar and the semi-autonomous Zanzibar, which is part of the United Republic of Tanzania. Island States face unique challenges in addressing energy needs due to their locations. Unlike mainland states, it is usually difficult for islands to benefit from the economies of scale gained by pooling of energy resources with neighbouring countries through physical interconnection of infrastructure linking different countries. They are, therefore, forced to strive to be 100% self-reliant using the resources available on the island or imported from elsewhere. Currently, the AIS are highly dependent on fossil fuels, and some spend in excess of 30% of their foreign exchange earnings annually on importing fossil fuels. Examples from developed countries have shown that renewable energy is a reliable source of energy supply for islands and can reduce the current scenario of heavy dependency on fossil fuels that has caused some of the islands to be heavily indebted. Fortunately, many AIS are endowed with huge renewable energy resources that can be sustainably developed for the benefit of their economies. Some of the resources that island states can develop include solar, wind, bioenergy, geothermal, small hydropower, and even tidal and wave energy
Consultancy Services: Designing a Programme for Renewable Energy Development in African Island States (REAIS)
The consultant’s team shall have the following competencies: 1) The Team Leader shall have a minimum of Master’s Degree in related disciplines such as engineering, energy economics, etc., and at least ten (10) years’ experience in strategy development in the energy sector. 2) Key Experts shall have a minimum of Master Degree or equivalent in relevant field with demonstrable experience of at least eight (8) years. 3) Expertise in development of energy legal and policy documents. 4) Experience in renewable energy and energy efficiency within the team. 5) Experience in Climate Change and Climate funding within the team. 6) Excellent analytical and reporting skills 7) Fluency in written and spoken English and French languages within the team. Knowledge of Portuguese would be advantageous for Cabo Verde and Equatorial Guinea.