Job Opening

Posting Title: Technical advisor in climate change, NDC Action Colombia
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BOGOTA
Posting Period: 24 January 2022 - 01 February 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-173064-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

2. Objective.

The purpose of this consultancy is to support the Climate Change Unit to deliver technical support to the NDC action project in Colombia the consultancy will seek to support Colombia in the implementation of its Nationally Determinate Contribution NDC.

NDC Action technical advisor consultant will support the development of the NDC Action work plan in Colombia. The NDC Action work plan is elaborated by the National Project Coordinator with the consensus of key professionals within the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development and the National Planning Department.

The consultant will work under the supervision of the UNEP’s Climate Ambition and Transparency Coordinator of the Climate Change Unit for Latin America and the Caribbean Office and will develop the following activities independently and in accordance with the guidelines and work guidance provided by the UNEP Regional Climate Change Unit.

The consultant is expected to have relevant knowledge about climate change processes, public financing and NDC implementation in Colombia so that he or she can offer advice to the relevant national authorities and can fully lead the development of the expected deliverables.

Ultimate Result of the Service

The NDC Action technical advisor consultant will contribute to the achievement of the expected Outcomes and Outputs of the NDC Action Project in Colombia. Duties include supporting the Directorate of Climate Change and Risk management (DCCGR) of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development in Colombia in coordinating the NDC implementation through strategic meetings, overall planning, and implementation of the NDC Action Project in the country in close cooperation with the National Coordinator and the National Technical Institution. Some of the main responsibilities include:

• Assist in achieving project outcomes, outputs, and activities according to commitments made with the donor and country focal points.
• From the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, support the development of the NDC Implementation Plan.
• Support the discussions and development of the NDC Action Project annual work plan in close cooperation with the National Coordinator.
• Assist in day-to-day project activities in close cooperation with the National Technical Institution to ensure that the project meets its objectives and achieves expected outcomes
• Contribute to the engagement of stakeholders with the project, including the National Planning Department, ministries of the two priority sectors, private and financial sector actors, and others including but not limited to: IKI NDC Programme, The IKI Regional LEDS Support Project, LTS Expertise France Project, and the UNDP LEDS Programme.


Output 1.1. NDC implementation multi-stakeholder engagement mechanism
Product No. 1. Reports on multi-stakeholder consultation meetings and training workshops that aim at strengthening institutional capacity (training workshops will be performed by the NTI). Reports on technical support provided to project focal points on NDC Action priorities (NTI’s work plan, NDC implementation plan, programs or/and policies for the two priority sectors, and others agreed with project focal points).

Output 1.2. NDC Action high- level event . As required by the NDC Action working the Minister of Environment and the Sustainable Development National Planning Director must take part of the high-level launching event where main outcomes and 2022 deliverables will be presented to relevant stake-holders.
Product No. 2. A document containing the inputs and recommendations for UNEP’s regarding the coordination of a high-level event. This product must contain an agenda, possible venues, main contacts of key stake-holder, a previous confirmation of availability of speakers, a save-the-date communication and a preliminary confirmation of participants must be presented.

Output 2. NDC priority sectors . NDC Action project in coordination with the government of Colombian had prioritized key economic sector for project implementation. These sectors are Energy and AFOLU (Agriculture, Forest and Land Use).
Product No. 3. document containing: i) inputs and support for Climate action coordination comities and/or commissions activities when required, ii) a report on up-to-date technical support, inputs, and guidance on issues related to the implementation of the project activities (NTI’s work plan, NDC implementation plan, programs or/and policies for the two priority sectors, and others agreed with project focal points).

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Duties and Responsibilities

1. Purpose.

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 project entitled “NDC Action – Facilitating implementation of climate-resilient and low-carbon development aligned with national and global goals” will be implemented in Colombia by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP) in close collaboration with identified national institutions.

To achieve the adaptation and mitigation goals of the Nationally-Determined Contributions (NDCs), countries need to translate their broad NDCs into specific actions. NDCs typically list these actions, but the descriptions often lack specificity and details and are generally weak on institutional arrangements and transparency. By translating each NDC into sectoral portfolios of policies and programmes, the project will bridge the gap between the content of the NDCs and the information and capacity required for their implementation.

NDC Action Project supports countries to accelerate NDC implementation in the following ways:
• Build on partner countries’ existing NDC coordination mechanisms and reinforce them where needed;
• Support partner countries translate their NDCs into sectoral strategies and actions, including climate- friendly investment plans, ready for financing and implementation;
• Build institutional capacity among the ministries and multi-stakeholders through training programmes to lead to concrete investments in two priority sectors selected by each partner country;
• Facilitate peer-learning at the regional level among partner countries and beyond to foster the uptake of proven policies, programmes, and financing schemes for accelerated NDC implementation.

In Colombia, the NDC Action project supports the Ministry of Environment and the National Planning Department and focuses on actions in the agricultural sector (adaptation) and energy efficiency in the commercial and industrial sector (mitigation). Fedesarrollo, a research and advisory think tank with expertise in economic and policy analysis, is the National Technical Institution (NTI) of the NDC Action project in Colombia. Fedesarrollo is currently conducting financial analysis to build a road map that will enable public and private investments in the two priority sectors. For the 2022-2023 annual work plan, the NDC Action project in Colombia with the technical support of Fedesarrollo will focus on: i) designing financial instruments, ii) providing a portfolio of policies and training programs for the two priority sectors, iii) execute a high-level event, and iv) other country priorities that will be determined with the project focal points during the first trimester of 2022.

In this sense, the NDC Action team is looking for a part-time consultant who will support the NDC Action Coordinator on the achievement of the expected outcomes and outputs of the NDC Action Project in Colombia from February to April 2022, mainly the preparation of the high-level event.

The incumbent will work under the supervision of the head of the UNEP’s Climate Ambition and Transparency Coordinator of the Climate Change Unit for Latin America and the Caribbean and will be working home-based.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:
• University degree (Bachelor´s Degree) in environmental sciences, natural sciences, public policy economics, public administration, economy or engineering is required.
• First level Post Graduate Degree (Specialization) in engineering, public administration, development, economy, finance, natural resource management, environment or earth sciences, or socio-economic related field is required. A Master's degree or equivalent in these areas is desirable.

• At least 4 years of experience in areas of work related to climate change policy development and analysis and institutional assessment and capacity building in relation to climate change mitigation, adaptation or climate finance is required.
• Experience in participation in the processes of development and implementation of public policies regarding compliance with the NDCs in Colombia will be an asset.
• Experience in climate finance with a focus on the public sector is desirable.
• Experience with AFOLU-related activities, such as: agricultural production, decentralized energy supply, energy efficiency, among others, is desirable.
• The professional is expected to hold technical, public policy, and stakeholder engagement skills.

• The person is required to be fluent in written and spoken Spanish.
• Confident level in English is desirable.

• Excellent understanding of global and national climate change issues in particular related to the evaluation, validation, and verification of GHG, climate knowledge management, and climate finance.
• Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to climate change mitigation and adaptation planning.
• Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities.
• Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations.
• Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
• Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and
• adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

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