Job Opening

Posting Title: CCAC Agriculture Expert
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 19 December 2022 - 01 February 2023
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-198029-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The “CCAC Agriculture Expert” will provide full-time support to help drive action in the agriculture sector and ensure a well-functioning and strategic CCAC Agriculture Hub. S/he will provide direct support to national governments and CCAC National Consultants; provide technical reviews of funding proposals related to the sector; provide support for technology assessments and advise on new business models; provide support for policy and regulatory development; engage key organizations to expand the sectoral network; deliver various activities as set out in the Work Plan and Budget; and contribute to internal coordination within the CCAC Secretariat.

Work Location

Paris, France (or remote, with monthly/frequent travel to Paris at consultant’s own cost)

Expected duration

12 months

Duties and Responsibilities

The UNEP-convened Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) is a partnership of governments, intergovernmental organizations, and representatives of the private sector, the environmental community, and other members of civil society.

The CCAC is the only international initiative working on integrated climate and clean air solutions to reduce the rate of near-term warming. It focuses on fast action to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) including methane, black carbon, HFCs and tropospheric ozone.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) hosts the Secretariat at the Economy Division in Paris.

More information about the CCAC is here: www.ccacoalition.org

The CCAC’s Agriculture Engagement Strategy aims to spur substantive SLCP reductions from the agricultural sector by 2030 by focusing on the locally most appropriate and technically feasible measures. Many of these measures can be implemented with relatively low-cost financing and substantive policy support.

SLCP measures to reduce these pollutants in the sector:
- have been identified in various publications by the CCAC Scientific Advisory Panel, including the 2021 Global Methane Assessment and pervious regional integrated assessments on climate and clean air;
- target livestock, manure management, open burning and paddy rice sub-sectors;
- emphasize multiple benefits from actions, including productivity gains and position the agricultural sector to make a significant contribution to midcentury net-zero climate mitigation and sequestration strategies through cross linkages with other climate forcers, as for example, fertilizer use (N2O).

The CCAC Agriculture Engagement Strategy is available here: www.ccacoalition.org/en/resources/ccac-engagement-strategies

The CCAC’s Agriculture Hub convenes a network of experts from governments, NGOs, IGOs and the private sector. Together the Hub defines and drives a common vision, enabling peer-to-peer exchanges, exploring case studies and best practice, facilitating matchmaking between projects, programmes and funding from various partners, and aiming at creating a project pipeline. The Hubs also advise governments on ways to define and implement mitigation measures based on sector-specific requests, and play a key role in identifying and sharing SLCP mitigation measures and strategies for implementation at scale, and opportunities for transformative change in their sectors.

Objectives:

1. Engage with countries and key partners/organisations on CCAC sectoral work – especially to:
- Encourage and, as appropriate, provide support for “targeted expert assistance”
- Advise countries and CCAC National Consultants on ad hoc questions related to the sector related to policy and implementation
- Support and assess requests for proposals to drive national action and transformation of the sector

2. Monitor and suggest ways to drive action in the sector, in line with the approved CCAC Engagement Strategy for the sector – for example:
- Through CCAC-funded projects
- By engaging CCAC partners and other relevant organisations
- By expanding the CCAC Agriculture Hub’s network of implementing partner organisations
- By engaging relevant private sector partners
- By providing support for technology assessments and advising on new business models
- By providing support for policy and regulatory development
- Monitoring related and complementary activities
- Building consortia for proposals for non-CCAC funding
- Leveraging CCAC communications or political mobilisation

3. Closely liaise with, engage and support co-leads of sectoral Hub, especially to:
- Strategize ways to mobilise partners and funds for projects
- Support sectoral Hub country co-leads in advancing the Engagement Strategy
- Support high-level political engagement, such as through Ministerial roundtables
- Strategize and leverage CCAC assets such as political leverage via the CCAC Ministerial, the Work Plan & Budget and/or communication channels/strategies
- Review CCAC Engagement Strategy for sector and propose updates as needed

4. Engage with National Planning Hub Manager and Hub Manager to:
- Strategize opportunities to encourage cross-sectoral cooperation
- Strategize cooperation opportunities for regional, subregional or other groupings
- Advise countries and CCAC National Consultants on ways to engage multiple Ministries in project development

5. Convene interested CCAC partners in close coordination with Hub Manager:
- Specifically: (i) Regular Hub Leadership Groups, especially proposing strategic discussions on financing, technology, success stories and challenges, etc; (ii) 2-3 Full Hub meetings per year
- Advise Hubs members and potential implementers on CCAC and other funding opportunities
- Actively facilitate match-making between countries and/or organisations to develop projects, including for non-CCAC funding – using the CCAC Country Needs Database to inform this, and tracking any matches made and informing the CCAC Board

6. Support development of CCAC stories and op-eds. Advise and participate in communication activities, meetings and events related to the sector and/or organized by the CCAC

7. Prepare sector specific discussion papers (background documents, think pieces) and provide expert inputs to CCAC governance and decision-making including technical reviews of funding proposals, as requested

Qualifications/special skills

- Advanced university degree in agriculture or a related field, is required
- Another degree combined with extensive professional experience in the agriculture sector may be accepted
- A minimum of 7 years of professional experience related to sustainability in the agriculture sector is required
- Project management experience is required
- Knowledge of air quality, climate change science/policy and sustainable development issues and how they relate to the sector is required
- Experience with partnership approaches is required
- Experience in the UN system organizations and/or a developing country is desirable

Languages

- Excellent command of English (written and oral) is required
- Additional knowledge of other UN official languages is an asset

Additional Information

International travel may be required for this consultancy. If the consultant is not based in Paris, a different location may be acceptable, subject to discussion, but regular travel to Paris would be required at the consultant’s own cost.

No Fee

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