Consultancy: Access to Energy Assessments in Refugee Camps and Surrounding Host Communities - Jijiga, Ethiopia
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|| Consultancy: Access to Energy Assessments in Refugee Camps and Surrounding Host Communities - Jijiga, Ethiopia
|| Mercy Corps
|| Sub-Saharan Africa
|Type of job
|| consultancy contract
|| 3 (Sep. 30 - Dec. 31)months
|| Energy Access
|Language of description
|| Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, they partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now and for the future.
Mercy Corps Ethiopia exists to alleviate suffering and poverty by helping people build secure, productive, and sustainable livelihoods. Since 2004, they have worked in rural, peri-urban and urban areas in five regional states - Somali, Oromia, Afar, Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples, Amahara, and the capital city of Addis Ababa. Their mission is to foster populations that are financially stable, healthy and nourished, and educated and informed, within a context where natural resources are accessed, shared and utilized sustainably, so people can lead productive livelihoods. Driven by local needs, their programs provide individuals, agencies, and businesses with the tools and support they need to transform their lives, businesses, and communities. Their partners include government, academic institutions, development and private sector actors, civil societies and participating public. They strive to strengthen all of these institutions in the hopes that one day they become self-reliant.
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. The 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.
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