UPDATED WITH Q&A – Request for Proposals: Landscape Analysis of Cookstove Sector in Nepal
The Clean Cooking Alliance (the “Alliance”) works with a global network of partners to build an inclusive industry that makes clean cooking accessible to families around the world. Established in 2010, the Alliance supports the development, sale, distribution, and consistent use of clean cooking solutions that transform lives by improving health, protecting the climate and environment, and helping families save time and money. In alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals, the Alliance is working to achieve universal access to clean cooking by 2030.
In Nepal, approximately three-quarters of the household energy need is met by burning solid fuels, making the residential sector a significant emitter of health and climate-damaging pollutants.1 Moreover, this dependence on traditional solid fuel practices has resulted in household air pollution (HAP) as one of the leading risk factors for respiratory illness and premature deaths in Nepal.2 To achieve maximum health benefits; HAP should be reduced through demonstrably clean household energy solutions, as defined by the World Health Organization Indoor Air Quality Guidelines, consistent with the International Organization for Standardization’s3 voluntary performance targets as Tier 5 for emissions. There is an urgent need in Nepal to address the continued dependence on polluting stoves and fuels for heating and/or cooking.
In Nepal, the Alliance recently completed a two-year demonstration project titled, “Maximizing the Health Benefits of Clean Household Energy in Peri-Urban Nepal” with support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This project was designed to support the Government of Nepal’s objective to establish smoke-free kitchen communities and to improve health outcomes through clean cooking. This project involved working with local partners – incorporating supply strengthening and demand generation components, and robust monitoring and evaluation – to increase the use of clean energy for cooking, including biogas and electricity. Within the project period, the Alliance also facilitated the process for developing standards for electric cooktops and implementation strategy by the Nepal Bureau of Standards and Meteorology (NBSM). On 30 April 2019, the Government of Nepal formally announced the endorsement of the standards.
The Alliance is now issuing this Request for Proposals (RfPs) to launch a comprehensive landscape analysis to understand the nationwide status of the cooking sector in Nepal. This work will help the Alliance to create a strategic and evidence-based plan towards building a strong clean cookstove and fuel market in Nepal
This RfP is the first in a series of clean cooking assessments planned to support the development of the country action plan for Nepal. In the first quarter of 2020, two additional RfPs are planned; an evaluation of Nepal’s electricity status and its implication for clean cooking, and a deeper dive market assessment for clean cooking in Nepal, details of which will be informed by preliminary results from this landscape analysis. Applicants are eligible to apply to more than one RfP in this series.
The landscape analysis aims to provide an overall overview of the cooking sector in Nepal based on the following suggested activities listed below. For all the activities performed, the consultant will also evaluate the role of gender. This assessment is planned to begin around mid-February 2020 and take about 3.5 months to complete.
Suggested activities for the landscape analysis include but are not limited to the following:
Mapping of stakeholders:
- Identification of stakeholders active in the cookstove sector in Nepal (e.g., government, private sector, civil society, international and domestic development organizations, funders) and related key sectors (e.g., climate, gender, hydropower)
- Mapping the coordination among identified stakeholders/sectors
- Evaluation of key challenges and limitations faced by stakeholders/sectors
Mapping of past and existing household energy programs:
- Identification and review of past and existing household energy programs
- Evaluation of lessons-learned, key challenges, reasons for success or failure, and recommendations related to scale-up, distribution, and use of clean cooking solutions in Nepal
Mapping of community-based programs which can be leveraged for clean cooking:
- Identification of programs working effectively in communities which can be leveraged towards providing complementary clean cooking-related activities (e.g., livelihood, nutrition, community forestry)
Mapping of cooking technologies and fuels:
- Identification of cooking technologies and fuel companies present in Nepal, by region
- Identification of cooking technologies and fuels available in the market and used in homes and/or institutions, by region
- Assessment of why specific cooking technologies and fuels are dominantly available and used in a particular region in Nepal
- Assessment of which clean cooking technologies and fuels have the potential for expansion within and across different regions in Nepal
Assessing relevant policies and regulations:
- Assessment of relevant policies and regulations in Nepal in the context of the established federal government with three orders of government – federal, provincial, and local
- Identification of trade barriers and import duties that currently exist for specific cooking technologies and fuels
- Assessment of relevant clean cooking-related plans and strategies introduced by the Government of Nepal
- Evaluation of the effect of the established new federal structure with the vision of a strong local government on the cookstove sector
- Provision of updates on any changes in the status of the clean cooking sector related to the three-tier government system
Understanding the financing ecosystem:
- Identification and evaluation of available and potential investment and grant capital, including for consumer financing, and critical constraints in accessing financing
Leveraging available data and reports:
- Identification of data and reports that contribute to understanding the cookstove sector in Nepal
- Performance of a gap analysis of data collection and assessment required to support the development of a strong clean cooking solutions market in Nepal
The consultant will:
- Conduct desk research to gather country information
- Identify organizations and individuals to interview, in coordination with the Alliance
- Conduct in-depth interviews with relevant international and local partners, enterprises, and other key stakeholders in Nepal
The following deliverables are expected at the end of the research period. All deliverables will be in English.
- Detailed workplan along with methodologies, clear timeline of activities, and budget detailing, per activity to be delivered within ten business days of the start of the contract
- Development of a database on stakeholders, clean cooking programs, data, and reports identified
- Executive summary of the landscape analysis in PowerPoint format
- Landscape analysis report including all components detailed in the activity description and recommended steps towards the development of a successful clean cookstove initiative focusing on building a strong clean cooking market in Nepal
Application Process and Deadline
The application should be submitted to the Alliance by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Monday, January 13th, 2020, at 11:59 pm EDT.
Please submit a proposal and draft workplan describing the following (maximum ten pages, 12-point font, single-spaced):
- Proposed timeline and approach for completing the work, including a description of the overall process. The timeline should include dates for the activities as outlined above and specific deliverables
- Budget detailing, per activity, (1) the expected level of effort, (2) daily rates, (3) anticipated direct expenses. Applicants not based in Kathmandu should explicitly include travel in the proposal
- Unique qualifications and relevant experiences of the consultant team in the clean cooking sector in Nepal
- Biographical summaries of the consultant team conducting the work. The designated key staff must be able to speak, read, and write fluently in English and Nepali
- A brief description of up to three examples of relevant past experiences in conducting a nationwide landscape analysis
- Contact information for two references from past funders for whom the consultant has completed similar work
Appendices may be provided for supplementary materials as relevant, but review will be based mainly on the information provided in the main proposal.
Application selection will be based on the following criteria:
- Quality of the proposal
- Experience in the clean cooking sector in Nepal, including working with key Nepalese stakeholders
- Relevant past experiences in conducting a nationwide landscape analysis
- Appropriateness of proposed work plan and budget
- Demonstrated ability to complete deliverables within a specified timeframe
Detailed due diligence will be conducted by Alliance staff as part of the evaluation process. The due diligence may comprise of legal, financial, commercial, and gender due diligence.
Selected recipients must comply with the United Nations Foundation and funder compliance requirements.
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1 World Health Organization (2014) Burden of disease from Household Air Pollution 2012.
2 Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). GBD Compare Data Visualization. Seattle, WA: IHME, University of
Washington, 2016. Available from http:// vizhub.healthdata.org/gbd-compare. Accessed on December 10, 2019.
3 ISO/TR 19867-3:2018. Clean cookstoves and clean cooking solutions — Harmonized laboratory test protocols — Part 3:
Voluntary performance targets for cookstoves based on laboratory testing. Available from