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Terms of Reference for Sector Specialist: Green Technology

This Terms of Reference (TOR) details the obligations and responsibilities to support interventions in the Green Technology Sector for Trade Forward Southern Africa (TFSA) Programme Value Chains Initiative.

Period of Performance: August 2021 – July 2022

Level of Effort: 35 days

Level of Expertise: Mid-Level

Supervision: Report to Senior Value Chain Advisor

Sector: Green Technology

Countries & Products: South Africa – light manufacturing of renewable energy related products

1.1 Background and the objective of the TFSA programme

DAI provides management and technical support services to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) to support the TFSA programme. This programme will give both capacity building and technical assistance to help grow trade and find targeted solutions to improve gender equality in trade to alleviate povertyacross the SACU+M region (Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa).

The main activities included in the programme are:

  1. Increased access to information and trade promotion;
  2. Support in compliance with market standards and integration in supply chain/value chains;
  3. Trade and customs training and improving access; and
  4. Equality for women in trade.

This programme expects to: increase opportunities to trade; overcome non-technical barriers (NTBs) to trade ingoods; improve export performance, and in doing so contribute to poverty reduction and have a gender positiveimpact on trade in SACU+M, as well as to help facilitate trade continuity between SACU+M countries and the UK post-EU exit.

1.2 Scope of work

The Sector Specialist will support the implementation of interventions designed to increase access to regional markets for renewable energy-related products from South Africa and address barriers to sourcing inputs from suppliers outside of South Africa. The Specialist will examine the interventions and apply the best approach in implementing the activities. The Specialist will ensure that the activities lead to the intended impact and that success stories and Monitoring, Research, Evaluation and Learning (MREL) results are captured by the TFSA Communications Adviser and MREL Manager, respectively, according to TFSA requirements. Additionally, The Specialist will consider best practices on integrating Gender and Inclusion within the sector interventions.

The Specialist will undertake the following interventions;

  • Assist the Green Cape, South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC), and Department Trade Industry and Competition (DTIC) to develop and deliver industry guidelines with procedural sequencing of the process and key role players involved in local content designation and duty exemptions for companies needing to import critical components.
  • Support Green Cape, SAEEC and Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ) to develop and deliver a supply-side opportunity and risk matrix of the renewable project landscape. The focus will centre in areas with the greatest concentration of renewable projects and reachable markets in sub-Saharan Africa. The aim is to showcase and enhance the regional export competitiveness of the sector.
  • Work with Africa House (AH) to support business-to-business events promoting regional market development.
  • Support the interventions responding and addressing requests from Busines Support Organisations (BSOs) through the TFSA Draw Down Facility (DDF) Calls for proposals.
  • Provide sector-specific information for uploading onto the Trade Forward Southern Africa Information Hub and sharing through the TFSA Digest.


  • Industry guidelines on local content designations and duty exemptions developed, adopted, delivered, and or disseminated by Green Cape, SAEEC and DTIC and other relevant bodies.
  • Supply-side opportunity and risk matrix developed and disseminated to Green Cape, SAEEC and Atlantis SEZ and other relevant bodies.
  • Sector-specific information disseminated using TFSA Access to Information tools and resources
  • Validated MREL data at quarterly intervals for the duration of the assignment
  • Validated and approved case studies and success stories for TFSA documentation for the duration of the assignment at three-month intervals

At the end of the interventions, Green Cape, SAEEC, Atlantis SEZ and other relevant sector bodies should have industry guidelines. We also expect Green Cape, SAEEC, Atlantis SEZ to understand Africa sub-Sahara market opportunities and risks to support businesses in the sector to improve their production processes. As a result of the intervention, companies can better target, strategise and increase their access to readily available regional export markets. Additionally, the representative bodies and the relevant stakeholders have a common and shared understanding of processes and procedures for local content designation and duty exemptions.

1.3 Requirements

  • Relevant experience of the SACU+M region, working in the Green technology sector, especially on renewable energy product manufacturing and deep sector knowledge and expertise to implement interventions
  • Understanding of the renewable energy market landscape in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Understanding of the developments of the Green Technology sector in South Africa
  • Previous experience working in support of the Green Technology sector in any of the following capacities: market analysis and marketing plan; corporate planning; as well as product development
  • Decision-making ability and judgment based on significant technical and management experience
  • Experience in writing reports for corporations, donor agencies, and other audiences
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills and results-oriented delivery on similar assignments
  • Effective interpersonal communications and professional integrity

Interested candidates, please submit your applications to Applications close on Friday, 27 August 2021.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

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