Global LEAP Awards - Off-Grid BoP Consumer Advisory Services


CLASP is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to serve as the primary resource and voice for appliance, lighting, and equipment energy efficiency worldwide.

CLASP serves as the Awards Operating Agent for the Global Lighting & Energy Access Partnership’s (“Global LEAP”) Outstanding Off-Grid Products Awards competition program (the “competition”), an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM). The primary objective of the competition is to advance global energy access goals through transformation of the off-grid appliance market.

Approximately 1.3 billion people live without access to electricity and another billion only have access to unreliable electricity. Energy poverty results in unmet basic needs and depressed economic and educational opportunities that are particularly pervasive among women, children, and cultural or ethnic minorities. Electricity catalyzes rural economic activity and increases the quality of services available to meet basic business and domestic needs through improved lighting, labor-saving devices, and access to information through communications technologies. A key challenge to the off-grid appliance products market, and thus to related energy access goals, is the damage to the market caused by low-quality, energy-inefficient, cost-ineffective products. Such products spoil the end-user experience, creating another barrier to market development.

The Global LEAP Awards competition seeks to transform the worldwide market for off-grid energy products by recognizing, rewarding, and promoting the most efficient, highest quality low-voltage DC appliances. Trusted, cost-effective products can help foster robust, efficient off-grid appliance markets. Super-efficient off-grid products can lower end-users’ energy requirements and costs, thereby freeing up energy and capital for other uses and delivering significant economic development and social benefits.

The Global LEAP Awards has two categories of competition:  low-voltage DC power system compatible LED room lights and flat panel color televisions. The nominations for the room lighting competition will close on October 11, 2013, and nominations for the television competition will close December 31, 2013. Winners will be announced at the 5th Clean Energy Ministerial in Seoul, South Korea in May, 2014.

CLASP seeks to contract a qualified expert or team of experts to advise on the Global LEAP Awards’ consideration of nominated products’ qualitative factors, particularly those factors most relevant to base of the economic pyramid (BoP) consumers. The advisor will provide recommendations on how Global LEAP Awards judges might evaluate qualitative product characteristics that impact BoP consumers (such as usability, innovative features and functions, design, usability, and ease of use) and how to best factor that evaluation into their judgment of Awards contestants.

Information on the background, objectives, scope of work, reporting, and timeframe for implementation of the project is provided below, along with instructions for proposal submission and evaluation.

Project Background

Global LEAP works to transform the global market for affordable, clean, high-quality off-grid appliances by addressing fundamental barriers to market development. Launched in 2012, Global LEAP continues the work of the CEM’s original energy access initiative (the Solar and LED Energy Access initiative) while working to achieve greater impact within the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Energy for All campaign.

Global LEAP’s program includes activities in five main areas: product quality assurance, finance across the supply chain, market intelligence, consumer education, and policy. The Global LEAP Awards competition intersects with each area, directly or indirectly.

Scope of Work

The contracted expert will be responsible for the following activities:

  • A kick-off call with CLASP
  • Writing a brief memo providing recommendations on the off-grid appliances’ qualitative factors relevant to BoP consumers

The memo’s audience will be the Global LEAP Awards expert judges, and it should at a minimum lay out (1) what qualitative factors are to be considered for each product category and (2) suggestions for how to balance and/or prioritize those factors. Wherever possible, the memo should include data to back up its recommendations, along with citations.

CLASP will be available for consultation throughout the process.

Reporting and Deliverables

The contracted expert will be required to provide the following outputs over the course of the project:

  • The call
  • The memo

Contractor will deliver the final memo to CLASP no later than October 4, 2013. 

All deliverables will be provided in unlocked, accessible electronic file formats (preferably Microsoft Office files).


The timeline for the development and implementation of specific deliverables will be coordinated with the selected Contractor for this project. The final memo must be delivered to CLASP no later than October 4, 2013.

Information for Potential Applicants

A committee will evaluate project and budget proposals received from respondents. Selection of qualified experts will be based upon the following criteria:

  • Qualifications, including:
    - Familiarity with BoP off-grid consumers across diverse regions and cultures
    - Understanding of off-grid energy product technologies
    - Expertise in off-grid energy access issues
    - A thorough grasp of the Global LEAP Awards’ goals and methods
  • Cost proposal

Proposals will be evaluated using a Quality and Cost-Based Selection (QCBS) method, with weights of 40 percent towards team and organization experience and qualifications, and 60 percent towards proposed costs. Additional information about CLASP’s selection process is available here.

All questions may be directed to Matt Jordan at mjordan@clasponline.org. We request all inquiries be made via e-mail and not by phone. Proposals submitted directly to anyone at CLASP will not be considered.


Companies and organizations that wish to bid on this project must first register as a CLASP Implementing Partner. Registration is easy, and must be completed via the CLASP website before final submittal.

Applicants are required to submit two separate proposals: a Project Proposal and a Financial Proposal. The file should be named as per the following example: “[Contractor Name]: RFP08-13"

The Project Proposal must include the following elements:

  • Biography or organizational profile
  • Examples of relevant, related work
  • CVs and related summaries of experience and qualifications of applicable staff
  • Detailed proposed timeline of deliverables and milestones

The Financial Proposal must include the following elements:

  • Detailed budget that includes a breakdown of costs for staff time and expense

If necessary for the selection process, CLASP may request additional information from any applicant.

All proposals must be submitted electronically by August 30th 2013 via the CLASP website using the “Submit Bid” button above and filling out all the requested information. Any proposal not addressing each of the previously mentioned requirements can be considered non-responsive and rejected without further review. Late proposals will be rejected without being considered. Revisions or additions to the proposal will not be accepted after the due date unless specifically invited by CLASP.

Additional Information

Applicants interested in learning more about the work of CLASP, the Global LEAP program, and the Clean Energy Ministerial are encouraged to visit the following websites:

Applicants who would like to participate in a bidders call to discuss this RFP and ask questions related to their proposal should notify Matt Jordan via email at mjordan@clasponline.org by August 26th, 2013.

Funding for this project is provided by the United States Department of Energy and ClimateWorks.

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