Job Opening

Posting Title: Technical Specialist - Climate Change
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 21 December 2021 - 13 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-171304-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Two multi-country, methane mitigation focused GCF concept notes ready for final submission to the GCF, responding to global methane pledge and aligned with outcomes of global methane assessment, incorporating consultations with UNEP, CCAC partners, participating countries, GCF, and considering respective strengths and interlinkages of IMEO, UNEP and CCAC

Work Location


Expected duration

2 months of work over a 4-month period, starting in January 2022 and ending April 2022.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Global Methane Assessment launched by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) shows that human-caused methane emissions can be reduced by up to 45 per cent this decade. Reaching all cost-effective reductions in the three key sectors responsible for anthropogenic emissions could avoid almost 0.3°C of warming by 2050 and would be consistent with keeping the Paris Climate Agreement’s goal to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius (1.5˚C) within reach. The energy sector (oil, gas, and coal) has the highest reduction potential (both technical and cost-effective), followed by waste and agriculture.

The assessment, for the first time, integrates the climate and air pollution costs and benefits from methane mitigation. Because methane is a key ingredient in the formation of ground-level ozone (smog), a powerful climate forcer and dangerous air pollutant, a 45 per cent reduction would prevent 260 000 premature deaths, 775 000 asthma-related hospital visits, 73 billion hours of lost labour from extreme heat, and 25 million tonnes of crop losses annually.

At COP26, over 100 countries agreed to collectively reduce methane emissions by 30% by 2030, thereby acknowledging at highest levels of government the importance of mitigating methane. The GMP explicitly acknowledges the role of both UNEP hosted/convened initiatives, International Methane Emissions Observatory (IMEO) and Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), in supporting countries reaching this objective, and was informed by the Global Methane Assessment.

IMEO is a data-driven, action focused UNEP initiative that catalyzes reductions in anthropogenic methane emissions consistent with 1.5 °C by providing accurate data on the location, scale, and sources of emissions globally, engaging with the fossil fuel sector at the asset level. The initial focus is on the energy sector (given its higher reduction potential), with waste and agriculture to follow.

The CCAC is a voluntary multi-stakeholder partnership working at the Nexus of climate and clean air. It supports and catalyzes methane emissions reductions by fostering and strengthening high-level commitments, mobilizing partners (incl. UNEP), raising awareness, supporting sectoral and national planning, policy and implementation, advancing policy-relevant methane analysis and tools, strengthening institutions, and scaling up finance – guided by the potential for global reductions of at least 40% of methane by 2030 compared to 2010 (as per CCAC 2030 Strategy). The CCAC sector hubs on Fossil Fuels, Agriculture, Waste and the national planning Hub are vehicles to accelerate methane mitigation.
At COP26, ministers approved the implementation of the CCAC Methane Flagship, which, starting in 2022, will foster and strengthen high level commitments to reduce methane, amplify and raise awareness, support planning and delivery of strategies and plans, provide analysis and tools to support action, and scale up financing.

UNEP hosts the IMEO and the CCAC Secretariat including its Trust Fund in its Economy Division in Paris. UNEP is also a Partner in the CCAC and an implementer of various CCAC projects.
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Under the direct supervision of the head of the CCAC secretariat, and in collaboration with the IMEO and CCAC teams, the consultant is expected to develop a briefing note for senior management at GCF and, following feedback on the briefing note from GCF, two complete concept notes for programmatic technical assistance and investment schemes in participating countries to reduce methane emissions, integrating results of the parallel and complementary “Technical Specialist – Climate Finance” consultancy.

The consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

1. Assess how the GCF can support the methane mitigation opportunities outlined in the global methane assessment across three different sectors: fossil fuel, waste and agriculture sectors and for multiple countries. In light of the difference between the sectors, both in structure, target groups, actions, it is foreseen that one concept note is to be developed for each sector. The consultant will develop two concept notes for the most promising sector and mitigation measures and make recommendations on support for the other sectors/measures. On the target sectors the consultancy will also assess what the potential GCF engagement on fossil fuels is, given past practices NOT to engage in fossil fuel related workstreams. Here, abandoned sites could be a primary entry point, alongside a strong narrative of ‘no new fossil development’ and safeguards as to not create a loophole for more sites to become abandoned instead of managed and safe closure.
2. Identify and propose countries for implementation based on assessment of methane emissions across the main methane emitting sectors, high impact methane mitigation potential, reflection of methane in NDCs and other relevant strategies, endorsement of the global methane pledge etc. - in consultation with UNEP and CCAC. Before proceeding with the further assessments, provide recommendations to UNEP/CCAC on which countries to reach out to, to participate in the initiative and to be agreed upon.
3. For the participating countries develop two concept notes with a theory of change, proposed outcomes, activities and outputs including:
o Identification of priority high impact methane mitigation measures including quantified emission reductions and co-benefits from implementation
o Description of implementation pathways for identified priority mitigation measures and identification of the main sector issues and barriers (social, gender, regulatory, technological, ecological, institutional, etc.) that would need to be addressed through the concept notes.
o Description of how proposed activities/mitigation measures are consistent with national plans, strategies, laws and regulations.
o Development of a tentative budget providing an estimate of the cost per activity/output.
o Assessment of the alignment of the concept notes with the GCF investment criteria: impact potential, paradigm shift, sustainable development, needs of recipients, country ownership, and efficiency and effectiveness.
o Provision of the rationale on why the Programme requires GCF funding, i.e. explaining why this is not financed by the public and/ or private sector(s) of the country.
o Assessing how the project/programme sustainability will be ensured in the long run and how this will be monitored, after the project/programme is implemented with support from the GCF and other sources.

Qualifications/special skills

● Ability to work effectively with multiple stakeholder groups including funding mechanisms and national governments.
● Excellent communication skills (written and oral presentations).
Academic Qualifications:
● Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in a field related to natural resources, environment, climate, and/or air quality is required. OR
● A bachelor’s degree plus two additional years of relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of the master’s degree.
● At least 7 years’ experience, in an area related to environment, climate, and air quality policies and processes is required;
● Experience with climate funding mechanisms such as the GCF, is required.
● Fluency in oral and written English is required.
● Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset

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