Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant (Evaluation of the demonstration projects for the low global warming-potential (GWP) alternatives to HCFCs)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 13 January 2022 - 31 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-172446-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

- The consultant will produce a draft evaluation report presenting the results of the desk study of demonstration projects for low GWP alternatives to HCFCs, responding to all the evaluation questions included in document UNEP/OzL.Pro/ExCom/86/12/Rev.1;
- The desk study will focus on issues related to the design and implementation of the projects, as well as their results, their influence/impact in a wider adoption of the demonstrated technologies in the relevant sectors, and their sustainability and replicability.
- The study will explore whether the project design and the technologies adopted in the projects could be applied to other projects with similar objectives, whether it requires a specific regulatory framework and what were the main challenges encountered in both implementation and replicability of such projects;
- The desk study will also highlight the main lessons learned that could be applied to future technology demonstration activities associated to HFC phase-down.

The final result of the service will consist of the following:
1. By 31st March 2022: The consultant will submit to the SMEO the desk study as a draft evaluation report, addressing all the evaluation questions included in the above mentioned TORs, together with the supportive data informing the draft report and its annexes;
2. By 22nd April 2022: The consultant will submit a revised desk study as a final draft report on the basis of comments provided by the SMEO and other relevant stakeholders, together with all the background material collected for the preparation of the report. The final text should be edited an proof-read.

Work Location

Work remotely

Expected duration

30 days within the period 7 February 2022 – 30 April 2022

Duties and Responsibilities

Background
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 MLF is dedicated to reversing the deterioration of the Earth's stratospheric ozone layer. It was established in 1991 as the financial mechanism of the Montreal Protocol to assist developing countries (Article 5 countries in the language of the Protocol) in complying with their obligations under the Montreal Protocol. The MLF is managed by the Executive Committee which is assisted by the Fund Secretariat, located in Montreal, Canada and administered by UNEP (www.multilateralfund.org).

Mandate
The Monitoring and Evaluation work programme for 2022 adopted at the 88th meeting of the Executive Committee (document UNEP/OzL.Pro/ExCom/88/11/Rev.1) includes the preparation of a desk study for the evaluation of the demonstration projects for low-global-warming-potential (GWP) alternatives to HCFCs.

A consultant is required to prepare the above-mentioned project. The scope of the study and the evaluation questions cover 5 manufacturing sectors and the refrigeration servicing sector (see TORs in document UNEP/OzL.Pro/ExCom/86/12/Rev.1 available at www.multilateralfund.org). The consultant will work under the direct supervision and guidance of the Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (SMEO) of the Independent Evaluation Office of the MLF Secretariat.

Thirty-six demonstration projects for low-GWP alternatives have been approved in the following manufacturing sectors: polyurethane foam (baseline technology: HCFC 141b); extruded polystyrene foam (baseline technology: HCFC 22/HCFC 142b); air conditioning (baseline technology: HCFC-22); industrial and commercial refrigeration (baseline technology: HCFC-22); solvent (baseline technology: HCFC 141b); and in the refrigeration servicing sector.

The desk study will focus on issues related to the design, implementation, results, and the impact of the demonstrated technologies in the relevant sectors, and their sustainability and replicability of the above-mentioned projects. It will inquire whether the project design and the technologies adopted in the demonstration projects could be applied to other projects with similar applications, whether it requires a specific regulatory framework and what were the main challenges encountered in both implementation and replicability of such projects. The desk study will also highlight the main lessons learned that could be applied to future technology demonstration activities associated to HFC phase-down.

Duties and responsibilities
The consultant will review the documents relevant to the demonstration projects, such as project proposals, progress and final reports, project completion reports, Executive Committee documents and verification reports. Particular attention will be given to document UNEP/OzL.Pro/ExCom/72/40 (http://www.multilateralfund.org/72/English/1/7240.pdf), with the aim of updating and/or revising the information contained therein including the observations and conclusions.

The consultant is requested to:
- Undertake a desk study for the evaluation of demonstration projects for low GWP alternatives to HCFCs;
- Collect and analyze both quantitative and qualitative data, as applicable;
- Consolidate supportive data, figures, tables and infographics, in annexes of the draft report;
- Draft an evaluation report, presenting the core analysis supported by factual evidence and relevant findings, addressing all evaluation questions contained in document UNEP/OzL.Pro/ExCom/86/12/Rev.1 (available at http://www.multilateralfund.org/86/English/1/8612Rev.1.pdf)
- Propose draft SMART recommendations, when applicable, based on the findings of the desk-study;
- Submit to the SMEO a draft evaluation report, including a succinct executive summary with the key findings and responses to evaluation questions, and technical annexes with all the supportive data;
- Other duties that may arise during the preparation of the desk-study.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in evaluation, environmental economics, sustainable development and/or engineering and related areas. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: A minimum of ten (10) years' experience in evaluation or implementation of the Montreal Protocol and its Multilateral Fund-related projects and programmes is required. Design, implementation and/or evaluation of projects with low-GWP alternative technologies to HCFCs is desirable; Evaluation with UN system organizations and familiar with DAC criteria and UNEG norms and standards is desirable.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this contract, fluency in written and oral English is required including excellent analytical and drafting skills.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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