Transforming Energy Access (TEA) platform second independent mid-term review

January 2024

The Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) wishes to commission an independent mid-term review of the Transforming Energy Access (TEA) platform. Carbon Trust, acting as delivery lead for the Research Programme Delivery Consortium (RPDC) of the Transforming Energy Access (TEA) platform, will engage a consultant or consortium to conduct an impartial, external review of the platform. Although contracting will be conducted through Carbon Trust, the oversight of this review will be handled with a strong amount of impartiality, and regular review from the FCDO to ensure continued transparency and fairness in the review process. This review aims to provide insights and recommendations to enhance the platform’s delivery impact, including that of the RPDC. It will also involve a separate, comprehensive Value for Money (VfM) assessment of the platform, including of the four Tier 1 TEA delivery partners, building upon a previous assessment conducted in 2020, which will require specialist VfM skills.

The purpose of the mid-term review is to assess the extent to which and how well TEA is achieving its intended objectives and to identify areas for improvement. The knowledge generated will contribute to strengthening the TEA platform in its remaining delivery period to March 2027, and documenting key data on management and delivery that can be reviewed during the final review of the platform expected in 2027.

Project objectives: 

  • Assess the relevance of TEA platform design, theory of change and the validity of the assumptions in light of the results achieved to date. Focus will be on the TEA Theory of Change and approach, further to the 2021 scale-up, although the full arc of the platform from 2016 will be considered.
  • Identify supporting factors and constraints that have led to achievement or lack thereof. 
  • Assess the management and implementation of the TEA platform including approach to delivery, coordination, and partnerships. 
  • Assess the VfM of Tier 1 delivery partners, including their management of Tier 2 delivery partners (building on the 2020 assessment). 
  • Identify and document lessons learned and recommendations to enhance the TEA platform.

Preferred experience: 

The ideal applicant should possess:

  • Knowledge and experience in evaluation methods and conducting reviews of large-scale international development programmes. 
  • Knowledge and experience in the clean energy access and transition space.
  • Knowledge and experience in reviewing organisational and programme VfM.
  • Appropriate gender balance and southern perspective.

Timeline: 

  • Applications open: 26 January 2024 
  • Deadline for clarification questions: 20 February 2024 
  • Clarification document published: 23 February 2024 
  • Submission of full tender: 22 March 2024 (17:00 GMT)
  • Successful application announcement: 12 April 2024

All inquiries and submissions should be sent electronically to:

Tender Documents

Request for applications (pdf)

Grant price calculation sheet (xlsx)