Job Opening

Posting Title: Local Administrative Assistant - Argentina’s Transparency Framework on GHG Inventories and Mitigation
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BUENOS AIRES
Posting Period: 11 October 2019 - 22 November 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-United Nations Environment Programme-124592-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Ultimate Result of the Service:
¿ The project meets its objectives and achieves expected outcomes in the project document, with the required quality standard, within the specified time and cost limits, via day-to-day project operations. The PSC and UN Environment are periodically updated on the progress of the project via progress reports.
¿ UN Environment and the PSC are periodically updated for allocation of the GEF grant according to the quarterly and annual work plans and budgets in coordination with UN Environment and PMU.
¿ Via monitoring the risk management plan, UN Environment and the PSC are notified in writing if there is need for modification to the agreed implementation plan and budget, as a means to seek approval. Any inconsistencies made by the Executing Agencies will be addressed and rectified.
¿ Annual workplans are prepared in consultations with project partners.
¿ TORs for consultants are published and candidates to the positions are interviewed according to the work plan.
¿ Inception workshops and Project Steering Committees are held according to the approved workplan.
¿ The Chief Technical Advisor is assisted by the Local Administrative with the operative aspects of contracting professional services and everything necessary for the execution of any activity are periodically made, taking into account any mechanism necessary to monitor compliance with external contracts and subcontracts.

Work Location

Argentina

Expected duration

6 months, renewable for another period of 6 months.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Purpose.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) 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 Argentine Republic ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1994 (Law No. 24,295); the Kyoto Protocol in September 2001 (Law No. 25,438) and the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol in May 2015 (Law No. 27,137). As signatory of the UNFCCC, the country undertook obligations including the report of the national greenhouse gases inventories, national programs with mitigation and adaptation actions against climate change and any other relevant information regarding to the fulfilment of the objective of the UNFCCC. As part of the country’s undertaken obligations, Argentina submitted its First National Communication in July 1997, and a revised communication in October 1999. The Second National Communication was submitted in December 2007 and the Third National Communication and the First BUR were both submitted in December 2015. The Second BUR was submitted in August of 2017 and currently, the Third BUR is being finalized. It is expected that the Third BUR will be presented to the UNFCCC in the second half of 2019.

In December 2015 during COP 21, the Paris Agreement (PA) was adopted and in it was established in the article No. 2 the objective of “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1,5°C. above pre-industrial levels”. In September 2016, Argentina ratified the Paris Agreement (Law No. 27,270), thereby submitting its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) which reflects its commitment to combat climate change and its effects. Argentina´s NDC outlines an absolute economy-wide reduction target of limiting its GHG emissions to 483 MtCO2e by 2030.

One of the most relevant challenges the implementation of the Paris Agreement poses to countries is to count with strong Transparency Frameworks. Article No.13 of the PA establishes the need of Parties to implement national robust and transparent reporting and accounting systems to give clarity on action and support while providing clear information to stakeholders. As a part of building and enhancing their Transparency Frameworks, Parties of the UNFCCC Convention will progressively implement better tools and institutional practices, many of them not sufficiently developed in the countries. This is especially true for developing countries.

The UNFCCC enhanced transparency framework demands substantial and immediate progress in the countries’ domestic Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems and strategic de-carbonization 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 building mutual trust and confidence amongst Parties.

Overall Activities-CBIT Argentina

The Global Environment Facility - Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (GEF-CBIT) will support the Argentinian government, during four years, mainly in strengthening its Enhanced Transparency Framework by means of improving the accuracy, completeness and consistency of its GHG inventories, and increasing its capacities to domestically track and evaluate mitigation measures and related finance support received, as well as generating the technical inputs needed for a medium and long-term planning contributing to improve climate related decision-making in the country. In order to achieve this objective, the Argentina’s GEF-CBIT project, which was approved in July of 2019, is organized in three components:
1. National and subnational GHG inventory System;
2. Domestic tracking of mitigation actions and support received;
3. Medium and long-term projections.

The Administrative Assistant will report to Chief Technical Advisor and to the National Directorate of Climate Change (NDCC)/Government Secretariat of Environment and Sustainable Development of Argentina.

2. Objective.

CBIT’s most important contribution will occur by strengthening Argentina’s reporting capacities so as to adequately comply with the requirements of the transparency framework through the new reporting format under the Paris Agreement: the Biennial Transparency Reports (BTR). In order to carry out the activities of Argentina’s CBIT project it requires the hiring of a Local Administrative Assistant to support the administrative, financial and procurement activities of the project, ensuring alignment with the activities and other projects of the National Directorate of Change Climate (NDCC).

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:
• An University degree in financial administration or equivalent.

Experience:
• A minimum of 5 years professional experience with financial administration of projects with international financing;
• Experience working with UN Environment procurements procedures is desired;
• Experience using UMOJA system is desired;
• Verifiable professional experience in administrative task and inter-sectorial arrangements;
• Experience working with environmental topics or global climate change issues in particular is desired;
• Experience working with, and building partnerships with public sector; private or civil society organizations.

Language:
• The candidate must be native in Spanish and have excellent writing, reading and editing skills in English.

Competency:
PROFESSIONALISM:
• Verifiable knowledge of IT tools such as Microsoft Office;
• Relationship skills with public and private sector officials;
• Capacity to work within an interdisciplinary team;
• Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to climate change mitigation and adaptation planning, and intergovernmental climate change negotiations is desirable;
• 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:
• Experience in teamwork, with recognition in the field of their specialty to cooperate with consultants of other specialties;
• 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.

Skills:
• Consultant must be based in Buenos Aires (required);
• Consultant with Argentine nationality will have priority - parity of experience and knowledge;
• Consultant must have availability to travel within Argentina and abroad as needed.

No Fee

THE 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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