Consultancy: Research on Kajiado County energy context

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.


This research aims to understand the status of renewable energy in the county of Kajiado. The research will focus on household energy use, and on energy policy.

Energy use: The research will investigate energy situation with regard to the type of power produced and distribution of energy in rural/urban/peri urban area, the number of people who have /don’t have access to electricity and to clean cooking, what type of energy they use and what they pay, level of on/off-grid energy and reasons for energy choice

Energy policy: the study will investigate the policy environment with regard to energy and in particular renewable energy, including but not limited to the county energy framework, the implications of the Energy Act (2019), the county integrated development plan and the county budgets, as well as interviewing key informants including from the ministries in which the energy and environment dockets are held.

The researcher will be expected to handle all aspects of the research including survey design, data collection, finalisation of research text, and policy briefs.


  • Publishable text of the research on energy status of Kajiado County.
  • Text, figures and data for infographics for two policy briefs – one on household energy use and one on energy policy in Kajiado county.
  • Accompanying PowerPoint Presentation.


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

Please send a research proposal with the subject “RP: Kajiado Research: in which your cost for the assignment is included to by Friday 28 June, 2019. Include in your proposal:

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

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.