Job Opening

Posting Title: Technical coordination and organization of matchmaking actions and business rounds in the area of sustainable agriculture
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Duty Station: BRASILIA
Posting Period: 18 January 2023 - 02 February 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean-199889-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

Final report containing contributions to enable the organization of future actions in the mentioned technological area (sustainable agriculture), with a view to expanding the understanding and use of green, clean and marketable technologies, subsidizing decision-making processes and public policies to promote the commercialization of green technologies.

Work Location

Brasília

Expected duration

120 Days

Duties and Responsibilities

Prioritized Action 9 – Green Patents within the scope of the Dialogue between the EUROCLIMA+ Program and Brazil, seeks to fill knowledge gaps related to the use of patents as a mechanism for the diffusion of green technologies, especially those that reduce climate impact. In particular, the project aims, on the one hand, to promote and increase visibility of the INPI's Green Patent Program, in view of its pioneering character, its results (for example, in terms of reducing the time taken to decide on patent requests for these technologies) and associated lessons learned along its implementation path. On the other hand, the project also seeks to deepen the relations between the Patent Offices of Latin American countries, strengthen the peer exchanges in the region in the area of green technological development as well as to promote of business involving green technologies.
This consultancy is part of Objective 4 of the project, which consists of promoting matchmaking and business rounds in the so-called green technologies between the European and Latin American continents.

The consultancy aims to technically coordinate the organization of matchmaking actions and business rounds in green technologies, particularly in the field of sustainable agriculture, between companies, associations and entities responsible for national and foreign R&D activities, whether public or private, with a view to promoting potential new business.
The consultancy work may be carried out remotely. In close coordination with INPI, ECLAC and other partners that organize matchmaking and business rounds, the consultancy shall:
a) Develop and agree on a detailed work plan, which considers the effective technical needs for the organization of matchmaking activities and business rounds;
b) Map possible interested parties to participate in matchmaking activities and business rounds, identifying relevant actors and their interests, in addition to facilitating and intermediating contact and dialogue with them.
c) The consultant shall concentrate efforts on the list, provided by the organizers, of Latin American countries engaged in participating in the project, as well as a preliminary list of suggested institutions.
d) The mapping exercise shall include the definition of the scope of action (European countries and European institutions, both public and private) that are more adherent to the project.
e) The consultancy shall contact the identified institutions to invite them to showcase technological development projects or technologies already patented, as well as assist them to participate in a webinar promoted by the project partners.
f) It should be recognized that the webinar serves as a matchmaking event for co-development and future collaboration. In addition, it will be up to the consultant to assist in the organization of business rounds.
g) Participate in meetings to discuss and prepare match-making activities and business rounds, offering technical support for their effective execution.
h) Technically guide the conception, formatting, preparation and execution of match-making activities and business rounds, including the identification and delimitation of the ambition of the expected results.
i) Prepare partial and final reports detailing the progress of the work.

The consultant's technological areas of expertise are (with the corresponding indication of the International Patent Classification – IPC):
Sustainable agriculture
1 Zero till (A01B49/04)
2 Fertilizers (C05D e C05F)
3 Forestry (forest cultivation : A01G 23/...)
4 Alternative pesticides (A01N 25/00 - 65/00)

The consultant will receive from the organizers a list of Latin American countries engaged in participating in the project in the technological fields described above, as well as a list of suggested institutions.

Qualifications/special skills

- Degree in social sciences, economics and/or related areas.
-Desirable - Master's or Doctorate in in social sciences, economics and/or related areas.
At least 5 years in the field of sustainable agriculture.
Desirable requirements:
• Specific experience of innovation and technological development.
• Publications on the topics covered by the consultancy
• The consultant must have extensive knowledge of public and private institutions in the technological areas of their activity, both in Latin America and Europe.

Languages

- Fluency Portuguese
- Intermediary English

Additional Information

Outputs/ Works Assignment:
The consultancy will present evaluations and contributions to enable the organization of future actions in the mentioned technological area (sustainable agriculture), with a view to expanding the understanding and use of green, clean and marketable technologies, subsidizing decision-making processes and public policies to promote the commercialization of green technologies, in 3 reports (products). The consultant should deliver the completed plans in the following order and dates:

Product 1 – Work plan presenting how the consultancy will be conducted to achieve the proposed objective. To be submitted 30 days after start date.
Product 2 - Preliminary report containing mapping of possible Latin American and European countries and institutions and relevant inputs to the process of organizing the matchmaking activities and business rounds. To be submitted 75 days after start date.
Product 3 Final report containing the mapping of Latin American and European institutions as well as the scale of organization of the webinar and possible business rounds. To be submitted 120 days after start date.
Reports must be delivered in Word and PDF format in English or in Portuguese if so agreed with ECLAC and INPI.
Bibliographic references must follow the ECLAC standard.

No Fee

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