Zanzibar seeks advisor for renewables programme

May 30th, 2023

Zanzibar has invited expressions of interest (EOIs) from consultants to design a renewable energy tender programme.

The contract falls under the Zanzibar Energy Sector Transformation and Access Project, which has received funding from the World Bank.

The consultant will be expected to

  • Conduct a gap analysis mapping out the legal, regulatory, institutional and financing framework necessary to ensure the feasibility of deploying private projects in the renewable energy space in Zanzibar, building on the IFC’s 2019 Phase 0 IPP legal due diligence and market sounding results;
  • Investigate key requirements to implement successful renewable energy and power storage independent power producer (IPP) projects in Zanzibar and identify the constraints for private sector participation;
  • Identifying material legal, regulatory, and policy issues that might impact the implementation of a competitive procurement process for IPPs in the energy sector in Zanzibar
  • Review the ability of the local private sector to participate in the renewable energy IPP projects;
  • Investigate the technical and regulatory capacity of the Zanzibar power sector institutions to handle the renewable energy investment and IPP projects
  • Investigate solutions and make recommendations to address issues identified in tasks above.

The consultant will also provide transaction advisory services including:

  • Propose and formulate the legal, institutional and regulatory framework for designing and implementing a successful renewable energy tendering programme including developing a renewable tender documents and procurement strategy for consideration and endorsement by government;
  • Provide transaction advisory expertise to launch renewable energy auction selection.

Scope of assignment

The consultant will be required to perform the following tasks under Phase I and, upon successful completion of Phase I tasks, continue with Phase II:

Phase I

Task 1: Review of the legal, institutional, regulatory and contractual framework, and gap analysis 
Task 2: Risk assessment and allocation
Task 3: Develop tender strategy and framework
Task 4. Preparation of tender documents, contractual agreements and financial analysis
Task 5: Capacity building
Task 6: Communication strategy

Phase 2: Transaction Advisory Support

Following successful completion of the Phase 1 activities, the consultant shall provide support to the government of Zanzibar to develop and successfully implement the first round competitive tender for renewable energy projects (substation based). The consultant shall provide timely and expert support from request for proposals to commercial close, including technical, financial, as well as environmental and social (E&S) and procurement expertise.

Under Phase 2, the selected consultant will take the lead transaction advisory role to ensure overall coordination and quality of the bidding documents, technical site studies, E&S scoping documents and is expected to work closely with other consultants who will be performing the ESIA and site studies (among others) to ensure the above criteria are fulfilled.

The scope detailed below aims at covering international best practices in renewable energy tenders by combining technical, legal and financial advice.
Task 1: Launch of the Bidding Process
Task 2: Request for Pre-Qualification (RFQ) of IPPs
Task 3: Request for Proposals (RFP)

The consultant will remain part of the process until Financial Close is achieved.

Consultants must have been in business for 15 years and have experience of at least two of similar assignments in the past 10 years.

Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture (JV) or a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications. For firms participating in JV, each member should independently meet the EOI criteria. For firms participating as lead and subconsultant, only the experience and qualification of lead firm will be assessed as per EOI criteria.

The detailed Terms of Reference for the assignment can be obtained from and copy to

Interested consultants should deliver EOIs in written form to the address below in person (hard copy along with USB drive), or by e-mail on or before 16 June 2023 at 14h00 hours East Africa Time.

Ministry of Water Energy and Minerals
ZURA building 5th floor,
Procurement Unit, Room No. 502.
Attn: Saleh Said Suleiman (Project Coordinator)
P.O. Box 1569 Zanzibar
Maisara, Zanzibar
Tel: +255 776 858555
E-mail: and copy to

The call for EOIs can be viewed here.