Job Opening

Posting Title: Expert in Green Hydrogen in Panama
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PANAMA CITY
Posting Period: 03 June 2022 - 15 June 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-183022-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

2. Objective.
The Expert in Green Hydrogen will work under the supervision of the Climate Change Coordinator of UNEP in the Office for Latin America and the Caribbean to provide technical assistance to promote the deployment of green hydrogen in specific transport segments in Panama. It is expected that the Hydrogen Transport Expert will convey with the UNEP regional Climate Change Mitigation team and the National Energy Secretariat in Panama.
All deliverables will be in Spanish. The consultant will convey with the National Energy Secretariat to identify and assess data, information, opportunities, and challenges by planning, organizing and delivering meetings and workshops as needed.
In particular, he/she will be in charge of the following activities with support from UNEP's Regional Climate Change Mitigation Team:
Activity 1: State-of-the-art analysis of hydrogen applications in the transport sector
Develop a state-of-the-art study of hydrogen applications in the transport sector that includes (1) A baseline of Panama's climate goals, the actions proposed in the transport sector, the role of green hydrogen in Panama's climate goals, and how opportunities arise for green hydrogen to decarbonize the transport sector; (2) minimum one cases study of FCEVs in each of the following transport categories: heavy-duty truck segment, fuel cell buses and pilot projects of garbage FCEV trucks; (3) two case studies of hydrogen refueling station (HRS) infrastructure deployment analyzing the regulations and incentives given for such developments; (4) and case studies for hydrogen applications for marine transportation.
Activity 2: A technical and economic feasibility study
Develop a technical and economic feasibility analysis of using FCEVs in the transport sector by performing a financial assessment, including i) a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) study comparing FVECs vs Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) vs Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) in the bus and heavy-duty truck segments, and ii) cost structure, drivers and estimation for the technologies compared.
Activity 3: Recommendations guideline document
Develop a final document of recommendations regarding the inclusion of hydrogen applications in the transport sector in Panama, based on the results of Activities 1 and 2. This report will contain an analysis of the most feasible hydrogen applications for different transport segments based on technological, business and economic alternatives based on the country's opportunities and the final recommendations for the national authorities to pursue transport hydrogen transformation based on rigorous analysis of the options.
Activity 4: Final workshop and results presentation
Organize and conduct a high-level workshop with key stakeholders (agreed with the National Energy Secretariat) including government, public sector, private sector and academia to engage in a national dialogue presenting the results of the document from Activity No. 3.
Activity 5: Final recommendations guideline for transport hydrogen applications in Panama
Produce the final document of recommendations to the Energy Secretariat of Panama, with the inputs given during the workshops and meetings of Activity No. 4, about the enabling conditions to implement green hydrogen as a decarbonization pathway in the transport sector. This recommendations document must include an analysis and proposal of different funding sources to deploy FCEV transport initiatives in Panama.
Ultimate Result of the Service:
• Develop data and relevant information for the Panamanian government to develop public policy towards the inclusion of green hydrogen applications to reach their climate goals associated to the transport sector and their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Activity 1
Product No. 1: One (1) State-of-the-art analysis report of hydrogen applications in the transport sector report (MS word) in Spanish, including i) baseline information on national climate goals, transportation (road and maritime) and energy sector, and ii) the six (6) case studies as described in activity 1.

Activity 2
Product No. 2: One (1) technical and economic feasibility study report (word) and the calculations (excel), including the TCO analysis and the cost structure and drivers for compared technologies.

Activity 3
Product No. 3: One (1) recommendations report including the technological, economic and business alternatives of each transport segment analyzed in the previous activities, including the final recommendation for the national authorities.

Activity 4
Product No. 4: One (1) report of the workshops and meetings held, including the assistants (with gender approach), presentations, primary outcomes and decisions.

Activity 5
Product No. 5: One (1) final recommendations report. This report will include the governmental view and decision on the transportation segments to transform (based on activity 5) and possible funding options for the selected options.

Work Location


Expected duration

6 months

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 (LACO), located in Panama City, works closely with the 33 countries of the region. Its activities are integrated into the Medium-Term Strategy and the Programme of Work approved by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).
The energy sector in Latin America is responsible for an estimate of 44% of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the region; with the transportation sector being responsible for 15% of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As well, the transportation sector is responsible for 22% of short-lived climate pollutant emissions. If no correcting measures are implemented, it is estimated that GHG emissions would increase by 50% by 2050. Likewise, transportation is the main source of air pollution in cities, strongly impacting public health. International studies have established a direct correlation between poor air quality and long-term pollution with the increase in deaths caused by the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.
On January 24, 2022, the Government of Panama, through Resolution No. MIPRE-2022-0002354, adopted the basis for the first phase of the Green Hydrogen Roadmap in Panama. Within these bases, it is analyzed that approximately 45% of Panama's total final energy consumption is destined for the transport sector.
The Panamanian government is already making efforts to promote sustainable transportation initiatives, such as the promotion of electric mobility, and it is considered that green hydrogen could complement these efforts in specific segments such as heavy-duty trucks and buses. Incentives have been proposed to promote fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in Panama. The roadmap states that "early demonstration and expanded use of hydrogen in buses and trucks is key to encourage the use of green hydrogen in the country". It is key to direct significant efforts towards the decarbonization of the transport sector in Panama and the use of FCEVs in the heavy-duty and bus segments may be an interesting application towards achieve climate goals in Panama. Also, ensuring better air quality by transitioning to sustainable transport options can significantly improve public health and mitigate climate change.
The Government of Panama has requested UNEP LACO to deliver a study to identify the enabling conditions that would allow the inclusion of green hydrogen within the decarbonization strategies. The study should contain the technical, economic and social feasibility analysis for promoting green hydrogen in the heavy-duty, trucks and bus transport segments and thus complement the efforts of the Republic of Panama to develop sustainable transport systems to achieve its zero-emissions goals.
The current job opening is for an Expert in Green Hydrogen
The incumbent will be supervised by the Climate Change Coordinator of UNEP in the Office for Latin America and the Caribbean and will work from home.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:

- Master's degree in engineering, economy, science, or related field is required.


- A minimum of five (5) years of relevant work experience in climate action required
- At least two (2) years working in hydrogen is desirable.
- Proven track record working with hydrogen roadmaps and strategies, sustainable transport policy, and/or hydrogen use in applications for decarbonization is desirable.


- Fluency in Spanish and English is required.


- Proven experience in working and collaborating as a consultant in transport, hydrogen, energy and/or infrastructure projects, or relevant fields.
- Proven experience working in Latin America & the Caribbean is an asset.
- Hands-on experience working with Fuel Cell Electric Heavy Duty Vehicle projects and services is an asset.
- Proven experience performing Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analyses within hydrogen and/or transport technologies is an asset.
- Demonstrated record in working autonomously and as part of a team.
- Applicant can be based remotely.

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