Job Opening

Posting Title: CCAC Consultant on developing an Air Quality Framework for Africa (Addis Ababa)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 27 August 2021 - 09 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-162743-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The expert assistance provided by CCAC to AUC will deliver a pathway to implementation of Assessment findings in Africa, including to air quality programs under the future continental Air Quality Framework.

The activities will build air quality coordination capacity at and with AUC and also facilitate creating and consolidating the links between air quality and climate change stakeholders in Africa, including the regional commissions and economic communities, government institutions, civil society, donors and CCAC.

Work Location

Addis Ababa

Expected duration

Six months actual work in 6 months contract time – tentatively October 2021 to April 2022

Duties and Responsibilities

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) is a partnership of governments, intergovernmental organizations, and representatives of the private sector, the environmental community, and other members of civil society.

The CCAC is the only international body working on integrated climate and clean air solutions to reduce the rate of near-term warming. It focuses on fast action to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) including methane, black carbon, HFCs and tropospheric ozone.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) hosts the Secretariat at the Economy Division in Paris.

In December 2020, the CCAC adopted a 2030 Strategy, redoubling its efforts to deliver concrete, public health, food security, environmental, and economic benefits, while simultaneously slowing the rate of near-term temperature change.

The development of an African Union Air Quality Framework is a priority action in Africa, identified as part of strengthening the continent’s and member states’ capacities in air quality management, specifically as they relate to the implementation of actions to realize the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and achieve the Paris Agreement targets and the Sustainable Development Goals under Agenda 2030.

As part of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) Decision 17/2 of 2019, African Ministers decided to support mitigation of short-lived climate pollutants by emphasizing “the benefits of improving air quality, including through managing, and as nationally appropriate, reducing short-lived climate pollutants in the environment, agriculture, health and forest conservation sectors, while responding to the aspirations of Agenda 2063 of the African Union and the Sustainable Development Goals”. The region aims to set up a policy framework entitled “Air Quality Framework” that will also improve integration and implementation to address air pollution and climate change in a more integrated manner and in line with existing agreements by the regional economic communities in Africa.

The development of the African Union’s Air Quality Framework can build in timely fashion upon the ongoing “Africa Integrated Assessment of Air Pollution and Climate Change”, regional strategies like the Africa Climate Change Strategy and other relevant sector- strategies especially related to energy, agriculture, water, environment, forests, and industry.

The African Union Commission (AUC) has requested support from the CCAC’s Expert Assistance Service to enable the continent to implement the findings of the “Africa Integrated Assessment of Air Pollution and Climate Change”, as a first step (phase 1) in developing the African Union Air Quality Framework. The AUC is a Partner to CCAC, as well as a strategic partner in the Assessment. This consultancy is relating to the Expert Assistance Service provided by CCAC.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Demonstrated ability to work effectively with multiple stakeholders including national and sub-national government entities.
Project proposal design and development.
Excellent communication skills (written and oral presentations).
Academic Qualifications: Master's degree in environmental science/engineering/economics/law/policy or related field.
Experience: Minimum of five-year Post Master's professional experience in the field of environment and climate change.
A solid understanding of air pollution and climate related emissions reduction policies, air quality data, air quality standards and regulations.
Environmental assessment experience from Africa.
Experience dealing with developing countries and international institutions is an asset.
Experience working with the African Union Commission or Regional Economic Commissions in Africa is desirable.
Familiarity with project management tools and reporting cycles.
Experience in the usage of analytical tools and software packages, good knowledge, and experience in handling of web-based management systems.
Language: For the post advertised fluency in oral and written English is required. Additional knowledge of French or Portuguese would be an advantage.

Additional Information

International travel will not be required for this consultancy

No Fee

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