Job Opening

Posting Title: National SLCP strategy support consultant (Colombia)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 04 November 2021 - 13 November 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-167869-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

- Formulate technical and economic policy recommendations for a territorial deployment of efficient cookstoves in coordination with national initiatives for the encouragement of alternative cooking fuels and technologies.

- Support the operationalization and monitoring of Colombia’s black carbon reduction target in the updated NDC and the formulation of projects framed in key sectors to achieve this goal, focusing on the reduction of agricultural burning.




The expected outputs are:
- A report presenting technical and economic policy recommendations for the territorial promotion of efficient cookstoves in coordination with national initiatives for the encouragement of alternative cooking technologies. This plan should include elements on:
- A governance proposal for the territorial deployment of efficient stoves.
- Conceptualization and execution of projects to install up to 10,000 efficient cookstoves under a scheme led and implemented by the Ministry of Environment;
- A roadmap for the implementation and funding of the remaining efficient cookstoves required to reach the NDC target of 1 million efficient cookstoves;
- At least one proposal to a donor or financial institution containing the implementation plan including the activities, stakeholders and timeframes for the NDC target, schemes and agreements elaborated jointly with territorial counterparts for the implementation of the NDC efficient cookstoves target.
- Prepare a report presenting the development of implementation plans for the reduction of agricultural burning mitigation action, including the information required, methodology and analysis needed to set a quantitative target for reducing the occurrence of agricultural burning in the NDC. This report should include:

- Coordination process established between the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development and the Ministry of Finance
- Basic mapping of burning patterns and identification of main burned crops and sectors, as well as alternatives to burning specific to that crop and environment.
- Estimates of investment required for alternatives to burning
- Identification of policy elements to encourage more rapid transition
- Identification of funding mechanisms that are highly flexible, allowing funding of any proven alternative technology, including identification of implementing agencies.
- Develop documents, training materials and templates to provide methods, approaches and guidance for the inclusion of SLCPs in GHG and air pollutants monitoring and evaluation frameworks, action plans, and communication materials at national and subnational level.

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

6 months of work over a period of 7 months, starting December 2021 and ending June 2022.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition, hereafter referred to as the Coalition was launched in February 2012. The Coalition is a partnership of governments, intergovernmental organizations, and representatives of the private sector, the environmental community, and other members of civil society, that are committed to accelerating and incentivizing action to address key short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs). The Secretariat of the Coalition is hosted by UN Environment.

The Coalition’s SNAP Initiative (Supporting National Action & Planning on Short-lived climate pollutants), set up in 2013, assists partners in resolving the multiple challenges involved in scaling-up action on short-lived climate pollutants at national scale, such as the lack of data, coordinating capacity, and policy and strategic awareness.

Colombia, with the support of the SNAP initiative developed a National Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP) Strategy, which was finalized in 2019. This strategy provides goals, targets and actions as to how SLCP emissions could be reduced in Colombia, and integrated in planning and policy-making. The Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia (Minambiente) is now moving toward the implementation of this strategy and seeks to further increase the integration of SLCP mitigation into national planning processes, specifically the update of Colombia’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and National Strategy on Air Quality (Estrategia Nacional de Calidad del Aire – ENCA) and CONPES 3943 “Policy for the improvement of air quality”.

The Coalition’s SNAP Initiative is seeking a Consultant to support the coordination of the implementation of Colombia’s National SLCP Strategy and the inclusion of SLCPs in relevant planning processes, such as Colombia’s Nationally Determined Contribution and National Strategy on Air Quality.

Working under the supervision of the Directorate of Climate Change and Risk Management and the Directorate of Sectorial and Urban Environmental Affairs of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia (Minambiente) and the CCAC Secretariat, the consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

1) Formulate technical and economic policy recommendations for a territorial deployment of efficient cookstoves in coordination with national initiatives for the encouragement of alternative cooking fuels and technologies.
a. Conceptualization and execution of projects resulting in the replacement of up to 10,000 efficient cookstoves under a scheme led and implemented by the Ministry of Environment.
b. Support the roadmap definition for the implementation and funding of the remaining efficient cookstoves required to reach the NDC target of 1 million efficient cookstoves measure.
c. Develop a proposal containing the implementation plan including the activities, stakeholders and timeframes for the NDC target, schemes and agreements elaborated jointly with territorial counterparts for the implementation of the NDC efficient cookstoves target.
d. Manage, promote, advise and monitor the implementation of the NDC targets associated with efficient cookstoves with territorial entities, private sector representatives and other relevant stakeholders.
e. Provide the technical inputs for the design of the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification System of the Implementation Strategy in synergy with national initiatives for the promotion of alternative cooking technologies.
f. Monitor the distribution and installation of efficient cookstoves in rural households and prepare technical inputs on the level of adoption and impact of related initiatives.
g. Conceptualize and lead engagement and communication activities on issues associated with the NDC target on efficient cookstoves.
h. Support to Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia in the implementation of Colombia’s National Strategy on short-lived climate pollutants and aspects related to SLCPs and climate in the implementation of the National Strategy on Air Quality and CONPES 3943

2) Support the operationalization and monitoring of Colombia’s black carbon reduction target in the updated NDC and the formulation of projects framed in key sectors to achieve this goal, focusing on the reduction of agricultural burning.
a. Coordinate processes between the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development and the Ministry of Finance
b. Identify main burned crops and sectors in Colombia, as well as alternatives to burning specific to that crop and environment, and develop basic mapping of burning patterns.
c. Identify the information required, methodology and analysis needed to set a quantitative target for reducing the occurrence of agricultural burning in the NDC
d. Estimate the required investment for alternatives to burning
e. Describe policy elements to encourage more rapid transition
f. Identify funding mechanisms that are highly flexible, allowing funding of any proven alternative technology, including identification of implementing agencies.
g. Develop implementation plans for the reduction of agricultural burning mitigation action.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills:
- Excellent written and spoken communication skills, and the capacity to work with colleagues and partners is required.
- Experience in fundraising, multi-stakeholder dialogues, knowledge with local environmental authorities.
- Knowledge of financial mechanisms and instruments.
- Experience in project identification, formulation, implementation and management especially in formulation of strategies to reduce SCLP focuses on black carbon.
- Knowledge of the national policies in climate change mitigation and air pollution.
- A good understanding of short-lived climate pollutants, climate change and air pollution issues in Colombia is desirable

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental, or industrial engineering, public policy, economics, public administration, environmental administration, or a related field is required. A first university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted instead of the advanced degree.

Experience: Five years or more of professional experience in a field relevant to climate change, air pollution or environmental public policy is required.

Language: Fluency in oral and written Spanish and English is required.

Additional Information

No international travel is required for this consultancy.

No Fee

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