Consultancy: Research on Financing for Decentralised Renewable Energy

Region: East Africa
Office: Nairobi
Hours: To be discussed
Application deadline: June 28, 2019

About Hivos

Hivos is an international organization that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. Counterbalance alone, however, is not enough. Our primary focus is achieving structural change. This is why we cooperate with innovative businesses, citizens and their organizations. We share a dream with them of sustainable economies and inclusive societies.


More than a billion people do not have access to reliable, affordable and clean energy. The Green and Inclusive Energy program is Hivos’ five-year strategic partnership with the Dutch government and together with ENERGIA and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), launched at the beginning of 2016 to help remedy this situation. The program focuses on lobby and advocacy that will influence the debate on energy, with the ultimate aim of making energy systems more green and inclusive (of women, children and the marginalized). The program, similarly, mobilizes local civil society to execute their own effective lobby strategies.

The overall objective of the program is to help transition the energy system in East Africa to one that is green and inclusive and which meets the energy needs of women and men in their daily lives. It envisions a green and inclusive energy system that creates economic opportunities and growth whilst mitigating climate change.

Additionally, the program aims to effect long-term changes in energy policy in East Africa (EA) that result in greener and more inclusive policies. In EA the program is active nationally in Kenya and Tanzania.


Program objectives

  • Increased investment by East African national and regional governments in off-grid renewable energy
  • Establishment of policies at sub-national, national and regional levels that put energy access for women, children and the marginalised as a priority
  • Governments providing a supportive investment climate for private sector development in renewable energy


One of the key issues the program focuses on and is trying to influence in all regions is financing for decentralized renewable energy. In Kenya, one of the observable challenges has been the lack of ability of domestic private sector to access financing for many Decentralised Renewable Energy (DRE) projects. Large funds, such as the Green Climate Fund, are typically inaccessible to the domestic private sector. Simultaneously, financing by domestic commercial banks for DRE projects also remains a challenge.

This research therefore proposes to understand what financing challenges exist for DRE companies, identify blocking factors for financiers in mobilizing financing and funds, and recommendations for companies, financiers and the sector more widely to help unlock financing DREs. In particular, this research will focus on mini-grid systems and solar home systems, which the Energy Program believes has particular potential to help support equitable and inclusive energy systems.


  • Publish-ready research text on financing for DRE.
  • Text, figures and data for infographics for three policy briefs – final format to be agreed with researcher.
  • Data compiled for infographics.



This assignment is expected to take a maximum of 35 days.


Please send an Expression of Interest with the subject “EOI: DRE Research” to by  28 June, 2019. Include in your EOI:

  • Researcher/s CV(s).
  • Links to previous research works (in particular, include links to previous research on renewable energy).
  • Demonstration of networks within the renewable energy sector in Kenya.
  • Referees.
  • Costed activity plan.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted