Green hydrogen economy capacity-building specialist, Panama City, Panama At United Nations Environment Programme


Closing date: Thursday, 22 June 2023
Result of ServiceObjective This consultancy aims to support the implementation of the GCF Readiness project “Advancing a Regional Approach to the Green Hydrogen Economy in Latin America and the Caribbean” in supporting the national strategies preparation, coordinating the hydrogen economy goals of all participating countries and strengthening the regional dialogue in more concrete and practical aspects and the development of policy briefs. Responsibilities and Activities: 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 Develop the capacity gap analysis and based on the study’s results, deliver virtual courses. Each course will contain, at least, six (6) lessons, two (2) hours each lesson, it may have synchronous and asynchronous classes and it must include exercises and analysis of case studies in its programmatic content. In addition, complementary bibliography must be provided so that attendees may be able to review and explore the different elements of the course in more detail. After the completion of each course, an evaluation will be carried out so that the certification of the course may be obtained. The evaluation will consider attendance to all sessions and the completion of exercises and/or case study analysis. Stakeholders coordination 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. Perform other relevant duties as required. The consultant will be responsible for the following: • Collecting and processing the data necessary to develop the aforementioned studies. • Conduct interviews or generate the necessary information for the development of the aforementioned studies. • Actively seek feedback from all sectors on the proposals to be created. • Observe national interests and priorities in formulating proposals, studies and conclusions. • Attend meetings, calls, and guidelines provided by the UN Environment Project Manager, and the Regional Support Consultant • Comply with the deadlines stipulated by the UN Environment Project Manager. • Actively participate in the H2LAC community of practice by generating the content in coordination with the other national consultants and the regional coordinators. • Encourage the participation and exchange of experiences and knowledge of government authorities, civil society and the private sector, promoting leadership on issues in which they have progress.

Work LocationUNEP LAC Office, in Panama City, Panama.

Expected duration12 MONTHS

Duties andResponsibilities

Purpose The United Nations 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). 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. In this sense, it is required to hire a Green hydrogen economy capacity-building specialist to develop the results, explained below. The consultant will work 40 hours per week at the at UNEP LAC Office, in Panama City, Panama and will be supervised by the UNEP Programme Management Officer for Energy Efficiency for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Qualifications/special skillsQualifications Required: ACADEMIC: – A Master’s degree in a relevant field in energy, finance, economy, public policy or another relevant field is required. A Bachelor’s degree in energy, finance, economy, public policy or another relevant field is required. PROFESSIONAL: – A minimum of five (5) years of relevant work experience supporting the region’s energy, transport and/or infrastructure projects or policies is required. – Proven experience or knowledge in hydrogen policy development would be an asset. – Proven experience in capacity-building on climate change topics would be an asset. LANGUAGE: – Fluency in English is required. – Fluency in Spanish is required. SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: – Demonstrates integrity and ethical standards. – Mature judgment and initiative. – Absolute commitment to confidentiality. – Ability to work independently; take the initiative to judge priorities and organize work accordingly. – Intermediate knowledge and ability to use the set of standard applications (MS Office). – Strong interpersonal skills and highly developed cultural sensitivity to communicate with all levels of staff and external clients, both orally and in writing. – Excellent organizational skills, ability to perform multiple tasks and attention to detail, initiative and independence. – Ability to innovate, combining methodological approaches and data from various levels and disciplines, including economics, finance, development, and mitigation.

No FeeTHE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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