Senior Off-Grid Expert

1.    Background Information

Introduction to ESMAP

The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) is a global knowledge and technical assistance program administered by the World Bank and supported by 18 bilateral donors. Its mission is to assist low- and middle-income countries to develop the policies, strategies and institutions necessary for sustainable solutions to energy challenges. Since its inception in 1983, ESMAP has supported more than 800 energy sector activities that promote poverty reduction, economic growth and low carbon development in over 100 countries.

Project Background

Lighting Global is the World Bank Group’s initiative to rapidly increase access to off-grid solar energy for the 733 million people living without electricity world-wide. Managed by the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), we work with governments, the private sector, development partners, and end-users, continually innovating to unlock key market barriers and enable access and affordability to those that would otherwise be left behind. Our support has expanded to technologies that go far beyond lighting, including systems to power the needs of households, businesses, schools, and health centers. We operate with funding gratefully acknowledged from ESMAP and their donors.

The ESMAP/ Lighting Global project works in close collaboration with the WBG Distributed Access to Renewable Energy Scale-up (DARES) platform across which World Bank, IFC, and MIGA will jointly work towards tripling the pace at which electricity access is delivered.  The program that was just recently launched at COP25 will work with governments and the private sector to scale up private financing and deliver clean energy services through decentralized renewable energy solutions, such as mini-grids, off-grid solar markets, and systems for schools and health facilities, solar irrigation and cold chain for farmers, and innovative business models to displace diesel generation and improve access reliability.


2.    Assignment Objectives

ESMAP seeks to recruit a senior off-grid solar expert with experience in prompting electricity access, in particular off-grid solar standalone for public institutions for the scaling up of the programs, mainly through integrating the programs outputs and results into World Bank-financed projects. The senior off-grid expert will support with global tasks delivered under ESMAP, support the implementation of DARES, and help to inform World Bank lending operations with a focus on the electrification of public institutions.


3.    Scope of the Work

A major area of focus of the consultant would be to help client governments mainstream modern off-grid solar technology into their energy access programs. The consultant is expected to work in close collaboration with World Bank operations teams, client government officials and industry stakeholders to support the design and roll out of operational solutions to major market barriers of access to finance, market spoilage, consumer awareness, and policy and regulatory considerations.

Specifically, the Consultant will help World Bank task team with engaging and building capacity of Governments for development of innovative private sector-driven business models and catalytic use of World Bank funding to attract more private investment towards the sustainable electrification of public institutions. This will be done through close cooperation across the WBG through DARES, individual World Bank project engagements, as well as through global knowledge and advocacy work of ESMAP with a special focus on innovative guarantee and insurance mechanisms in collaboration with MIGA. Within the WB, the consultant will work in cooperation with the Education and Health Practices. Moreover, the consultant will closely follow and exchange with other stakeholders that seek to develop sustainable business models for the electrification of public institutions. The assignment will entail significant outreach to the off-grid solar industry in Africa and other regions of interest.

In close coordination with MIGA, Health and Education GP, the main tasks and responsibilities of the consultant include:

  1. support and technical expertise to Task Team Leaders who are currently designing or implementing energy access operations with the ambition to electrify public institutions. The consultant will actively support the Task Team Leads in the project preparation cycle as well as during the initial stages of implementation, ensuring a smart design of the component as well as a smooth trajectory towards project effectiveness.
  2. Support the implementation of DARES, including the coordination of the electrification of public institutions workstream. This includes coordination with task teams of DARES focus countries, colleagues from the Health and Education Practices, MIGA, and the IFC, and leading on development, testing and implementation of a private sector-based service model for electrification of public institutions
  3. support the implementation of global knowledge products as they relate to innovative and sustainable business model for the electrification of public institutions, including research, events, and exchanges, that help to inform relevant internal and external stakeholders.


Tasks of the consultant are not limited to the above. He/ She will provide support to other Lighting Global/ ESMAP activities and the implementation of the broader ESMAP business plan when and where needed.


4.    Key Qualifications & Selection Criteria

  • Master’s degree in finance, economics, business administration, engineering or other related field
  • At least 12 years of experience working in rural development of which a minimum of three years of prior experience in the distributed renewable energy markets, with private sector actors (manufacturers, distributors, investors, service providers, etc.), as well as business models (consumers finance, PAYG business models, etc.). Previous experience with the electrification of public institutions is considered a strong plus.
  • Good understanding of development partner and/ or DFI operations and experience in conceptualizing innovative public-private partnerships and business models.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and French. Additional language skills desirable.
  • A track record of teamwork and ability to produce high-quality results and outputs with minimal supervision
  • High level of energy, initiative, and flexibility in quickly adjusting to changing work program requirements


5.    Working arrangements

Location & Travel

The preferred working location shall be Washington D.C., Europe, or Sub-Saharan Africa. Travel is expected in relation to this assignment.

Level of effort and Daily rate

The total level of effort is expected to be 100 days between January 1, 2023, and June 30, 2023. The consultant will be remunerated on a time only basis as per the normal procedures of the World Bank, under B.3 category.


The consultant will report to Raihan Elahi (Lead Energy Specialist and Lighting Global Team Leader). Johanna Galan (Energy Specialist) will be the day-to-day point of contact.

Application Process

Interested candidates should send their CV and a short motivational statement to Johanna Galan, by December 15th, 2022.