The Gambia

Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP)

Loan No./Credit No./ Grant No.: IDA-D6530

Assignment Title: CONSULTANCY SERVICES for the Review and Update of National Energy Policy, Strategies and Action Plan

Reference No. (as per Procurement Plan): GM-NAWEC-243443-CS-QCBS


The Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP) additional financing, in the amount of USD 43 million, was approved by the World Bank Board of Directors on 29 June 2020.


In The Gambia, the electricity access rate is estimated around 60 % and more than 85% of households in The Gambia depend on traditional biomass to meet their basic energy needs. Therefore, increasing access to modern clean and affordable energy services for the population could have enormous multiplier effects such as reducing poverty, empowering women, generating opportunities as well as improving standard of living for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Currently, The Gambia energy sector is characterized by heavy dependence on traditional biomass fuels mainly for household consumption, and imported petroleum products for electricity generation and transport. Cognizant of the afore-mentioned situation, the Government of The Gambia is committed to improving the energy situation in order to spur economic growth. In 2005, the Ministry of Energy developed the National Energy Policy, Strategies and Action plan which was revised in 2014 with the overall objective of re-defining the sector strategic objectives. Since then, a number of developments have taken in the energy sector including the development of an electricity roadmap in 2015, which was updated in 2017 and recently in 2021 to reflect new market opportunities and guide the development of the electricity sub-sector in the short-,  medium- and long-term (2021 to 2040). There is strong need for the National Energy Policy to be consistent with the roadmap objectives.


The objective of the assignment is to support the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy to:

  1. Review the effectiveness of the existing energy sector policies, strategies, programs, and projects implemented since 2014.
  2. Develop smart policy measures for the electricity, petroleum, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and domestic energy sub-sectors as well as cross-cutting issues.
  • Update the energy policy and recommend key policy measures, strategies, and actions for effective implementation.


Scope of work of the consulting firm

The scope of work covers the whole energy sector and will be conducted in phases. Phase one will conduct a thorough desk review of existing policies, plans, and programmes at both national and regional levels. Phase two will entail consultation with stakeholders, SWOT analysis of the energy sector. While phase three will focus on updating the National Energy Policy (2014), Strategy and Action Plan for the various sub-sectors.


Phase One:  Detailed Desk Review of Policies, Plan and Programmes

Phase Two: Stakeholder Consultation, SWOT Analysis of the Energy Sector

Phase Three: Update of the National Energy Policy (2014) and re-define Strategy and Action Plan (2021-2030)

The timeframe for the consultancy service shall be for a maximum period of 4 calendar months.


National Water and Electricity Company Limited (NAWEC) now invites eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services.


Required qualifications and experience:


The consulting firm must be incorporated in the Gambia (proof of business registration). The firm must have been in existence for at least five (5) years and have:

  • Proven experience in policy and strategy development in the Gambia and/or in the sub-region
  • Experience in the energy sector, locally and internationally
  • Experience conducting similar assignments for public sector institutions in the Gambia

The team should comprise of the following three (3)  experienced key experts:

  • Team Leader/Lead Expert
  • Energy Economist
  • Public Policy Expert

The Qualifications and Experience of Key Experts shall not be included in the shortlisting criteria. Key Experts will not be evaluated at the shortlisting stage.


The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to Section III, paragraphs, 3.14, 3.16, and 3.17 of the World Bank’s “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers” July 2016 and revised November 2017 and August 2018 (“Procurement Regulations”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.


Consultants may associate with other firms to enhance their qualifications, but should indicate clearly whether the association is in the form of a joint venture and/or a sub-consultancy. In the case of a joint venture, all the partners in the joint venture shall be jointly and severally liable for the entire contract, if selected.


A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Quality and Cost-Based Selection (QCBS) method set out in the Procurement Regulations.


The TOR and further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours:


Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by October 5th, 2021.


The Managing Director

National Water and Electricity Company

Attn: Haddy Njie – Project Coordinator

53 Mamadi Maniyang  Highway

Kanifing, K.M.C.

P.O. Box 609, Banjul

The Gambia

Tel: +220 4376607 / 4376608

Fax: +220  4375990