GCF projects Management Support Specialist Consultant, Panama City, Panama At United Nations Environment Programme

Closing date: Friday, 7 July 2023
Result of ServiceThe purpose of this consultancy is to support the implementation of GCF Readiness project “Capacity Building in Carbon Markets and Article 6†in Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and El Salvador and the ” Advancing a Regional Approach to the Green Hydrogen Economy in Latin America and the Caribbean ” for B countries (Bolivia, Chile, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay). Project management support The consultant will collaborate with the administrative and planning tasks related to the projects, both internal to UNEP, such as contracting, bidding, preparation of workshops, preparation of strategic partnerships, travel and publications, and external, such as reporting to the funder (activities and budget). Technical assistance

  •  Conduct the policy development, including reviewing and analysing issues and trends on hydrogen economy development, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies to the related work areas. Specifically, the consultant will coordinate the GCF Readiness implementation in Bolivia, Chile, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay. Capacity building and knowledge creation. Contribute to the implementation of H2LAC platform capacity building and knowledge platform through research on electric mobility, organization and delivery of online and face-to-face training activities. Collect relevant information on hydrogen and sustainable energy innovations, financing and policy and transform it into recommendations for countries, cities and decision-makers in Latin America and the Caribbean. Responsibilities and Activities Under the direct of UNEP’s Programme Management Officer of the
  •  Climate Change Unit for Latin America and the Caribbean Office, the consultant shall perform the following activities:
  •  Provide strategic advice for the bidding and contracting processes necessary for the hiring of the consulting firms, country leaders and international senior consultants required.
  •  Develop and review terms of reference and provide guidance in the identification, selection and hiring of the team.
  •  Ensure good management of technical, financial and project team resources.
  •  Plan, manage and coordinate the daily activities of the project, such as workshops, consulting missions and technical reports.
  •  Advise the Capacity Building in Carbon Markets and Article 6 Readiness Project Coordinator in the revision of all technical deliverables.
  •  Provide guidance to the Capacity Building in Carbon Markets and Article 6 Readiness Project Coordinator in the preparation of meetings of the Project Steering Committee (PSC).
  •  Ensure timely preparation and submission of reports, as well as other management and financial reports, required by the GCF,UNEP, and relevant stakeholders.
  •  Prepare progress reports for the Green Climate Fund and coordinate their delivery with the NDAs.
  •  Notify UNEP and the PSC in writing if there is a need to modify the agreed implementation plan and budget and seek approval.

Work LocationUNEP LACO Office, Panama City Panama

Expected duration12 MONTHS

Duties andResponsibilities

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. The UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office (LACO), located in Panama City, Panama works closely with the 33 countries of the region and its activities are integrated into the Medium-Term Strategy and the Programme of Work approved by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA). One of the most relevant challenges the implementation of the Paris Agreement poses to countries is to count with strong Transparency Frameworks. Article 13 of the Paris Agreement establishes the need of Parties to implement national robust and transparent monitoring, reporting, verification and accounting systems to give clarity on action and support while providing clear information to stakeholders to be available to assess if the necessary is being done in relation to compliance with the commitments assumed to face climate change. As part of building and enhancing their Transparency Frameworks, Parties of the United Nations Frame Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) -will progressively implement better tools and institutional arrangements, many of them not sufficiently developed in the countries. Especially for developing countries. The UNFCCC enhanced transparency framework demands substantial and immediate progress in the countries´ domestic Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems and strategic de-carbonization and adaptation planning. This entails moving from often disintegrated and often different methodological approaches in data management to an integrated and robust system. The success of the Paris Agreement hinges on enhanced transparency of action and support, as a critical foundation to making its bottom-up country-led approach work, as well as mutual trust and confidence amongst Parties. In this line, the Transparency and Climate Ambition Team (UNEP) has developed, together with eight (8) countries of the region, a Regional Readiness “Capacity Building in Carbon Markets and Article 6â€. This proposal seeks to collectively improve: i) the overall knowledge of the scope and functioning of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement in Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and El Salvador through a regional approach and, ii) support the relevant stakeholders from these participating countries to comply with the institutional, technical and operational requirements to establish or participate in new or existing carbon markets. This will not only support the participating countries to comply with the goals established in their NDCs but it also allow the national governments to increase their ambition, transparency and cooperation among parties in their commitments under the Paris Agreement. The green hydrogen generation technical potential in Latin America and the Caribbean is significant, estimated at 1,114 EJ of green hydrogen produced at a cost under USD 1.5/kg by 205015. Therefore, green hydrogen can be produced using the clean and renewable energy sources available in the region. Beyond the potential for its production, using hydrogen as an energy source can also result in a myriad of benefits for the region. The transport sector is the highest consumer of fossil fuels and the leading source of fossil-fuel-related GHG emissions (15% of all regional GHG emissions in 2018). Diesel and gasoline are the main fuels used in transport, accounting for 83% of the total energy use. Hydrogen can be used for all transportation electrification, fuel cell electric cars, trucks, buses, forklifts, ferries and ships, and aircraft. Globally, some 8,000 fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) were sold in 2020. The project, ” Advancing a Regional Approach to the Green Hydrogen Economy in Latin America and the Caribbean ” aims to create the right conditions to promote the hydrogen economy through the exchange of experiences at a regional level, ending with the preparation of i) national strategic planning and ii= funding proposals that could be submitted to the GCF and other international financial sources This project is being implemented in 7 countries in parallel. Therefore, the Climate Change Unit is looking for a GCF projects Management Support Specialist Consultant to support two GCF readiness project implementation “Capacity Building in Carbon Markets and Article 6†and ” Advancing a Regional Approach to the Green Hydrogen Economy in Latin America and the Caribbean” as explained below. The GCF projects Management Support Specialist Consultant will be supervised by UNEP’s Programme Management Officer of the Climate Change Unit for Latin America and the Caribbean Office. The incumbent will be based at UNEP LACO Office, Panama City, Panama and will be expected to comply with 40 working hours per week, from Monday to Friday, full time.

Qualifications/special skillsACADEMIC:

  •  Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences, renewable energy engineering, economics, finance, administration, political science, international relations, or related studies is required.
  •  Master’s degree in engineering, public policy, economics, energy systems, natural resources management, or any other related field is required. PROFESSIONAL:
  •  General Experience: At least five (5) years of experience in climate change projects, engineering, environmental sciences, environmental economics, energy, sustainable finance, climate policy, economic research, or related fields is required.
  •  Specific Experience: At least three (3) years of specific work experience in climate change project development and implementation in developing countries or multilateral organizations is desirable, which can be part of the years of general experience is desirable.
  •  Proven track record working with energy, transport and/or electric mobility in Latin America and the Caribbean is an asset.
  •  Knowledge and/or experience in hydrogen is an asset.
  •  Experience on public sector experience is an asset.
  •  Experience on energy and /or hydrogen policy development is an asset LANGUAGE:
  •  Fluent Spanish is required.
  •  Excellent understanding of global and national climate change issues.
  •  Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to climate change mitigation and adaptation planning, and intergovernmental climate change negotiations.
  •  Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations TEAMWORK:
  •  Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings. PLANNING AND ORGANIZING:
  •  Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.



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