Mapping Clean Technology Products and Businesses for the Jordan Valley
The Jordan valley Links project, funded by the government of Canada and implemented by MEDA Jordan, is a 5-year project (2016-2021) that aims to increase the contribution by women and youth entrepreneurs to Jordan’s economic growth. The project will directly assist 25,000 women and youth in the Jordan Valley to seize new opportunities through the food processing, community-based tourism and clean technology sectors to become stronger market actors.
MEDA Jordan’s methodology is to work through the private sector to create sustainable solutions for economic growth. This includes private sector players who extend supply chains to include women and youth, or who provide products and services to them, or support service providers, for example banks or micro-finance institutions, market information providers, or even telecommunications providers who could be leveraged to increase their support and products offered to women and youth.
Clean technology (CT) is the term used to describe any process, product or service that minimizes harm to the environment. Therefore, its purpose is to make households and businesses more energy efficient and less wasteful while simultaneously supporting increased production capacity through improved technology. In Jordan, the energy sector is making progress toward increasing renewable energy use through developing the needed legal framework and increasing the share of renewable energy by 10% and energy efficiency by 20% in 2020. MEDA Jordan is promoting CT solutions by building the capacity of women and youth entrepreneurs to use clean technologies both at the household and business level. The project works with a consortium of partners (National Energy Research Center, Green Tech, and Future Pioneers), who are building the capacity of women and youth to create businesses in maintaining and installing PV systems and creating businesses in composting. However, the project would like to explore other CT business solutions (other than PV systems) for the women and youth working with the JVL consortium. The project would also like to explore a technology fund whereby selected applicable and relevant CT products or services could be made available to all project clients on a match/subsidized basis to benefit their individual businesses.
Scope of work:
The aim of this consultancy is to map clean technology (CT) products and/or services relevant and applicable to the Jordan Valley, for both households and small businesses. The consultancy shall map and identify relevant and applicable CT products and services currently available in the Jordanian market and other than those currently available through GreenTech Company. The consultancy shall work with the JVL team to determine criteria for assessing the appropriateness of the CT to the project’s programming areas and sectors. MEDA’s existing tool to assess ‘gender and environmental appropriate technology’ will inform this exercise. This should include availability, affordability, need, ease of use, cost savings, income generation, gender responsiveness, etc. Furthermore, the consultancy shall also look beyond Jordan to identify CT solutions, as well as government policies, regulation, incentives and programs that have a proven track record and that are suitable for adoption within Jordan and appropriate for the clients and entrepreneurs supported through JVL.
Review project relevant documents and studies to gain a background to JVL and its CT mandate
Review available documents on clean technology in Jordan, policies, regulatory framework, government support as well as financial incentives for CT adoption available for the CT sector
Adapt and/or develop criteria to determine “appropriateness” of the CT for the Jordan Valley and the project’s target (learning from MEDA’s gender responsive assessment tool)
Identify, categorize (solar, wind, biomass, efficiency, etc.) and map all clean technology products and services applicable and relevant to the Jordan Valley (however, suppliers/providers of the technologies could be based outside of the Jordan Valley)
Develop a shortlist that identifies: 1) clean technology solutions (products and services) to be supported/promoted through JVL, and 2) potential businesses in clean technology for adoption by women and youth in the Jordan Valley
Visit shortlisted businesses to identify their products, services, pricing, availability and their outreach
Conduct gap analysis to identify the weaknesses and challenges faces clean technology businesses and their outreach
Survey successful policies, regulations, government schemes, incentives and other interventions that support a positive uptake in CT adoption
Survey successful and/or emerging CT that has been adopted in other countries that is suitable for JVL project clients
Work with JVL CT specialist to develop and agree upon a reporting format that best captures and communicates the information acquired during the scoping mission
Write a report that include all findings and recommendations
Conduct a workshop to introduce the findings to relevant stakeholders and JVL management
Developed list of criteria for selection of appropriateness of technology, which would be agreed upon before the detailed mapping/assessment phase
Complete detailed report including on CT, CT providers, relevant polices and regulations support CT adoption in JV, CT, policy and regulatory lessons learned from outside Jordan.
Workshop on findings
Level of Effort and Timelines:
The assignment is expected to start by mid-May 2019 and be concluded by June 30, 2019. The level of effort expected for this consultancy is 20 days. Timelines and deliverables will be negotiated and confirmed during contract negotiations.
Suggested allocation of tasks and timeline:
Workplan: First week (1 day)
Document, policy, regulation etc. review summary: First week (4 days)
Clean technology services and products list and potential businesses list: Second week (5 days)
Gap analysis: Third week (3 days)
Full report: Fourth week (3 days)
Workshop: Fifth week (2 days)
The Consultant must have strong capacity, knowledge of, and experience in the clean technology sector. The consultant should have the following minimum qualification criteria:
At least B.Sc. Degree in environment and/or social-economic sciences, or any related degree, with at least 5 years of experience in the field of clean technology
Deep knowledge of the clean technology sector, at both business and household levels
Familiarity with the companies and other market actors in this sector, and of communities in the Jordan Valley
Familiarity with market systems development principles
Strong analytical and reporting skills
Fluent in English and Arabic
To apply for this consultancy vacancy, please send the following documents by email with "Mapping clean technology products and businesses for the Jordan Valley" on the subject line to
وظائف شاغرة لدى منظمة دولية للتنمية الاقتصادية - MEDA
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