Job Opening

Posting Title: Local coordination support for the development of electric mobility projects consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PANAMA CITY
Posting Period: 14 October 2021 - 28 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-166216-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The purpose of this consultancy is to support the implementation of the GCF Readiness project "Advancing with a regional approach to electric mobility in Latin America" in Argentina.

The consultant will work under the supervision of the UNEP Climate Change Mitigation Coordinator and must develop the following activities independently and in accordance with the guidelines and work guide provided by the Project leader of the UNEP Program, the Regional Expert in electric mobility, in consultation and collaboration with the Designated National Authority of Argentina before the Green Climate Fund and the team of national advisers of the project.

The hired person is expected to i) support the coordination of activities, deliverables, schedule, meetings, and interaction with the consultants who are developing the National Electric Mobility Strategy in Argentina and ii) support in the creation of a portfolio of electric mobility projects at the regional and national level, in coordination with the UNEP regional team.

The consultant is expected to have relevant knowledge of transportation and / or energy sectors, as well as experience and proven ability on team management. Likewise, it is expected that the consultant will attend and coordinate with the various initiatives underway in the country related to sustainable and electric mobility, and incorporate the results of said processes, especially with the National Adaptation Plan under development by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and that it takes as a reference the advances and impulses carried out by all institutions.

Objective 1.- Coordinate the initiatives, consultants, and results for the creation of a National Electric Mobility Strategy. The consultant will review documentation to ensure that the vision prepared and presented by the different consultants is the same, he/she will seek feedback and definitions from the public institutions in charge of each sector and will achieve an articulated, coherent, and joint vision on electric mobility. Specifically, the consultant must:
.1. Develop and implement a progress monitoring methodology with the consultants who are developing the Strategy to achieve a joint vision.
.2. Technically review the documents to ensure that they follow the determined joint vision, including, at a minimum, the following documents.
.2.1. Two (2) regulatory analysis documents, one from the energy sector and the other from the transportation sector
.2.2. Two (2) business model documents, one from the energy sector and the other from the transport sector
.2.3. Proposal of lines of action of the strategy in industrial terms
.2.4. Document of the National Electric Mobility Strategy
.3. Manage and validate the definition needs of the consulting team with the different government entities.

Objective 2.- A portfolio of electric mobility projects is created at a regional and national level. The consultant will collect, process, and analyze the requested project information and will achieve an agreed prioritization. Specifically, the consultant must:
.1. Develop a list of possible nationally prioritized electrification projects; as well as supporting the identification of possible prioritized electrification projects at the regional level, together with the other project countries and the UNEP regional team;
.1.1. Compile information on electrification projects nationwide.
.1.2. Establish the prioritization criteria, in conjunction with the government and the UNEP team.
.1.3. Advise the comparative analysis, receiving and managing the contributions of the different actors and participants.
.1.4. Advisor on the incorporation of social and environmental safeguards to projects.
.1.5. Provide data, information and analysis that are necessary for the development of the concept notes, including, at a minimum, the information related to the proposed project, such as the following elements (of the GCF concept note model):
.1.5.1.Context and baseline;
.1.5.2.Project / Program description;
.1.5.3.Expected Project results aligned with the GCF investment criteria;
.1.5.4.Engagement among NDA, AE, and / or other relevant stakeholders in the country.
.2. Carry out at least one workshop for consultation and presentation of results.

Objective 3: The execution of the national work plan prepared in conjunction with the inter-institutional committee is supported and the capacities generated by the MOVE community of practice are evaluated. The consultant will be responsible of promoting the activities of the inter-institutional committee, following up on the agreed national work plan as well as evaluating the capacities generated through the MOVE community of practice (closed sessions and project clinics). Specifically, the consultant must:
.1. Support the organization of the sessions and the execution of the work activities contemplated in the national work plan agreed with the inter-institutional committee.
.2. Report their collaboration in this process as well as the attendance, topics discussed, and agreements signed as a result of each activity and / or work meeting.
.3. Support the organization, monitor, and report the attendance of the participants of Argentinian government in the sessions and capacity building promoted by the MOVE community of practice.
.4. Report their collaboration in this process as well as evaluate the capacities generated by the community of practice, through a survey and directed to all the officials invited to the capacity-building sessions promoted by the MOVE community of practice.

The consultant will be responsible for:
• Collect and process the data necessary for the development of the above-mentioned studies.
• Carry out the interviews or generation of information necessary for the development of the above-mentioned studies.
• Create, promote, and maintain relationships with national, private and civil society public actors for their involvement in the project. Actively seek feedback from all sectors on the proposals to be created.
• Organize the logistics and content of the national workshops, with special attention to the ideal involvement of all participants, taking into account the final objective of the workshop.
• Address the needs of national authorities and provide technical advice when required, ensuring their active involvement in the proposals presented.
• Observe national interests and priorities in the formulation of proposals, studies and conclusions developed.
• Attend the meetings, calls, as well as guidelines and guides provided by the UNEP Project Leader, the regional electric mobility expert and the Designated National Authority of Argentina before the Green Climate Fund, as well as the technical advisory team of the project
• Comply with the deadlines stipulated by the regional coordinator.
• Attend and support the coordination process for the strengthening of initiatives of civil society and the private sector that promote an acceleration towards the transition to electric mobility
• Actively participate in the community of practice generating content, in coordination with the other national consultants and the regional coordinator.
• Encourage participation and exchange of experiences and knowledge of government authorities, promoting leadership on issues in which they have progress.
• Act as a central point for interaction between MOVE and governments, as well as to receive suggestions, comments and promote intra and inter-institutional dialogue (also interacting with neighboring countries). 
• Act together with governments to reinforce the continuity of projects, supporting technicians and decision makers with knowledge regarding electric mobility and its elements.
• Do not disclose information derived from or related to this consultancy, unless expressly authorized by UNEP

Product 1: Report with methodology and work plan, including list of relevant contacts.
Product 2: Report with the review of the documents delivered by the consultants.
Product 3: Report of the sessions and interactions carried out with government institutions
Product 4: Report on prioritized projects, including the information required in the GCF concept notes
Product 5: Report of the workshop with information on the projects presented.
Product 6: Report on the execution of the national work plan prepared in conjunction with the inter-institutional committee and evaluation of the capacities generated through the MOVE community of practice.

Work Location

Home based

Expected duration

7 months

Duties and Responsibilities

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 UN Latin America and the Caribbean Office (ROLAC), located in Panama City, 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)

Electric mobility is a priority measure for Latin American and Caribbean countries to decarbonise the transport subsector and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. The transport sector is responsible for nearly a quarter (23 percent) of global energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and is growing faster than any other end-use energy sector. GHG emissions from transport are expected to increase by almost 20 per cent by 2030 and nearly 50 per cent by 2050 unless significant action is taken. Limiting the global temperature increase to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius requires changing this transport emissions trajectory, which involves developing an integrated ecosystem of electric mobility, encompassing various transport modes, accompanied by low-carbon production of electricity and hydrogen, implemented in conjunction with the broader principles of sustainable transport. In Latin America, transportation accounted for 67 million tons of CO2e in 2015.

The Latin American and Caribbean region has favourable conditions to advance in the deployment of electric mobility technology, including the high installed capacity based on renewables to generate electricity, the intensive use of public transport buses and the specific weight of the transport subsector in the generation of greenhouse gases, which has led many countries to prioritise the transport sector in their Nationally Determined Contributions.

Despite national efforts to promote electric mobility, this technology is still at an early stage of adoption and has not been able to achieve large-scale deployment. The relevance of a regional approach has been recognised by the countries of the region and evidenced in the discussions and decisions adopted at specialised technical events and high-level ministerial forums. During the XXI Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of the Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean, held in October 2018, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. One of the decisions taken on climate change establishes the mandate of Governments to promote development, regional collaboration and the exchange of information on national and regional strategies, as well as the formulation of public policy instruments on innovation, clean technologies and sustainable urban transport and mobility.

Taking into account the common interest of the countries to advance the electric mobility agenda, both at the national and regional level, and the alignment of this initiative with the Green Climate Fund (GCCF) results framework, the NDAs of 10 Latin American countries expressed interest in exploring GCCF funding opportunities to support regional efforts and the exchange of experiences in electric mobility. In December 2019, the project "Advancing a Regional Approach to Electric Mobility in Latin America" was approved by the Green Climate Fund through the Preparatory and Support Program, and was officially presented by the Ministers of the region during COP (Conference Of Parties) 25 in Madrid. The Climate Change Unit of the United Nations Environment Programme acts as a partner in the implementation of this project.

The project, " Advancing a Regional Approach to Electric Mobility in Latin America " aims to create the right conditions to promote electric mobility through the exchange of experiences at a regional level and based on taking advantage of economies of scale, ending with the preparation of funding proposals that could be submitted to the GCF and other international financial sources to implement electric mobility initiatives at a sub-national, national, regional or global level. This project is being implemented in 14 countries in parallel.

It is necessary to hire local support coordination services to develop electric mobility projects to develop the results explained later. The Local coordination support for the development of electric mobility projects consultant will be supervised by the UNEP Climate Change Mitigation Coordinator and will work from home.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:
Higher university degree (master’s degree) electrical, mechanical, industrial engineering, or in economics, finance, administration, law, related studies, or corresponding experience is required.

• At least five (5) years of experience in climate change, transportation and / or energy projects or similar is required .
• At least three (3) years of specific work experience leading and managing multidisciplinary work team projects is required.
• Knowledge of the transport, energy and / or environment sector and the related legislation in force at the national level is required,
• Knowledge of the national institutional political reality in relation to mobility is desired.
• Specific experience in electric mobility is desired.
• Project management certification (type PMP) or similar is desired.

• Fluency in Spanish is required.
• Fluency in English is desired.

• Mature judgment and absolute commitment to confidentiality; ability to work independently and under pressure; take the initiative to judge priorities and organize work accordingly; excellent organizational skills, multitasking ability, and attention to detail.
• Intermediate knowledge and ability to use the standard suite of 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;
• Experience in electric mobility projects;
• Knowledge of the national institutional political reality in relation to mobility;
• Strategic relationship skills, communication skills, and planning and organization.

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