Job Opening

Posting Title: Electric public transport specialist
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PANAMA CITY
Posting Period: 26 October 2021 - 04 November 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-167032-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 a regional approach to electric mobility in Latin America" by giving advice to the 14 participating countries and the MOVE team to create investment project concept notes.

Under the supervision of UNEP’s Programme Management Officer and the Climate Change Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, the consultant will support the MOVE team in the prioritization, and development of the concept notes.

Responsibilities and Activities

The consultant shall perform the following activities:
Technical assistance
• Support the development of all national electric mobility studies.
• Support the GCF project deliverables review.
• Lead, advice and support the public transportation projects clinic sessions, including analyzing technical, economic and financial feasibility of proposed projects.
• 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.

Project coordination and administrative support
• Coordination and assistance to national consultation workshops organized by national consultants with representatives of the private sector (for example, automotive industry, electric utilities, businessmen) and financial institutions to consult and validate the most appropriate business models for the adoption of electric mobility.
• Advise country officials on private sector engagement, including banking and financial sector, and present the most feasible projects in private sector project roadshows
• Design and implement the technical experience exchange workshop focused on strategic fields of regional priority work collaboration.
• Support the project clinic session preparation, including scheduling, invitation, agenda preparation, translation services (if needed) and experts contact.
• Lease with Mexican federal government to support the public transport public transport project pipeline.

Capacity building and knowledge creation
• Foster the usage of an online regional community of practice to promote capacity development and knowledge sharing on electric mobility within the MOVE website.
• Develop and guide various monthly MOVE webinars
• Develop two study cases, IUSA electric buses and BEAT-Tesla ride-hailing services.
• Review and publication of two electric public transport evaluation tools.

Work Location


Expected duration

5 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 UNEP 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).

The Electric mobility is a priority measure for Latin American and Caribbean countries as a means to decarbonize 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 transportation are expected to increase by nearly 20 percent by 2030 and by nearly 50 percent by 2050, unless significant action is taken. Limiting global temperature rise to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius requires changing this trajectory of transport emissions, which implies the development of an integrated electric mobility ecosystem.

The Latin American and Caribbean region has favorable 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 prioritize the transport sector in their National 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 recognized by the countries of the region and evidenced in the discussions and decisions adopted at specialized 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, Nicaragua. 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 (GCF) results framework, the NDAs (National Designated Authorities) of 10 Latin American countries expressed interest in exploring Green Climate Fund (GCF) 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 region's ministers during COP (Conference of Parties) 25 in Madrid. The United Nations Climate Change Sub-Programme is acting 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.

In this sense, it is required to hire an Electric public transport specialist to develop the results, explained below. This consultancy will be supervised by the UNEP’s Climate Change Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean. The consultant will work from home and is expected to work 40 hours per week, from Monday to Friday, full time.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:
• Master’s in engineering in transport, urban mobility, environmental or civil, economics, administration, related studies is required.

• At least five (5) years of experience in transportation, urban mobility and / or climate change projects is required
• At least three (3) years of specific relevant work experience in the transport sector, from the public and / or private sector and / or in the generation of public policies is required.
• It is required experience in the development of technical studies of electric mobility.
• It is desirable experience supporting planning of electric public transport projects.
• The knowledge of Mexican transport, energy and / or environment sector is an asset.
• Working experience in international organization is an asset.
• Project management certification (type PMP) or similar will be valued.

• Fluent Spanish is required.
• Fluent English is desirable.

• 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, ability to multitask 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
• Capacity for strategic relationship, communication skills, and planning and organization disciplines including economics, finance, development, and mitigation.

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