Job Opening

Posting Title: Junior Consultant on National Planning for Reducing Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Emissions
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BOGOTA
Posting Period: 05 September 2017 - 13 September 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-United Nations Environment Programme-84256-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
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Result of Service

- A communication strategy for awareness raising on the benefits of SLCP mitigation is available
- SLCPs mitigation indicators are integrated into the existing MRV systems at thenational level
- Co-benefits analysis of GHG mitigation measures prioritized under the NDC is developed
- Strengthened participation of Colombia within the CCAC activities

Work Location

BOGOTA

Expected duration

7 months

Duties and Responsibilities

The objective of this consultancy is to enhance the ability of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia to further promote coordination and scaling-up of activities at the national level to reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP) emissions.

These pollutants that act as climate forcers in the atmosphere, such as black carbon, tropospheric ozone, methane and short-lived hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are responsible for a substantial fraction of current global warming. These substances are particularly harmful for human health and the environment and their impacts are significant in urban areas and sensitive regions. Addressing these short-lived climate pollutants has multiple benefits like: i) contribute to the protection of the human health, ii) reduce the crop losses and contribute to the local food security, iii) slow the rate of climate change within the first half of this century and iv) provide precious time for communities to adapt to the negative climate change effects.

With the aim of supporting the integration of the short-lived climate pollutants into existing national planning priorities and enhance capacity for national coordination, implementation and monitoring of progress, in coordination with other CCAC initiatives, the CCAC decided to support developing country partners to further promote coordination and the scaling-up of initiatives to reduce these pollutants at the national level. An institutional strengthening element was added to the already existing Supporting National Planning for Action on SLCPs crosscutting initiative of the Coalition, known as “SNAP inititative”.

Recognizing that mitigation of the impacts of the short-lived climate pollutants is critical in the near term for addressing climate change and that there are many cost-effective options available, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short Lived Climate Pollutants was launched in February 2012. The Coalition is a partnership of governments, intergovernmental organizations and representatives of the private sector, the environmental community, and other members of civil society, that are committed to accelerating and incentivizing action to address key SLCP. In 2013, Colombia as a CCAC partner and with support of the SEI and MCE2 developed their first phase of SNAP. Colombia started in 2016 the second phase of the SNAP project that is planned for 24 months with the CCAC support. A Short-Lived Climate Pollutants was established (SLCP Unit) with representatives of the Directorate of Environmental, Sectoral and Urban Affairs, the Directorate of Climate Change and the Office of International Affairs of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.

This consultancy will support the implementation of the second phase of the SNAP Project in Colombia. In specific, the consultancy will support the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development as Colombia´s CCAC focal point within the Climate Change Department, with day-to-day coordination, through the following tasks:

- Provide technical support and capacity building for project designing and implementation of activities to reduce SCLP emissions in the framework of the National Policy of Climate Change and other mitigation initiatives of the Climate Change Directorate.


- Contribute to the development of materials and contents as part of a communication strategy of SLCP issues in coordination with the SLCP Unit


- Support the financial analysis of the SLCP mitigation measures prioritized under the NDC

- Support the development of co-benefits analysis of GHG mitigation measures prioritized under the NDC

- Provide support to integrating SLCP into existing MRV systems at the national level.

- Provide support to the SLCP Unit to assure the participation of Colombia in the CCAC (Working Group meetings and other inititative meetings, SNAP workshops, reporting, etc.)

- Perform other relevant duties as required

Qualifications/special skills

Competency: Communication
Technical and analytical skills
Planning and Organizing
Teamwork
Skills: - Ability to work effectively with multiple stakeholder groups including national governments

- Excellent communication skills (written and oral presentations)
Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in environment, earth sciences or environmental economics or a similar discipline is preferable
Experience: - At least 2 years of professional experience working in a field relevant to climate change, air pollution or environment and health management

- Demonstrated ability to provide technical assistance to governments and other stake holders

- Relevant experience within govermental institutions will be an asset

- Previous experience in using tools for modelling energy, greenhouse gas or air pollution mitigation scenarios is highly desireable.

- Experience in the use of LEAP modeling software will be an asset
Language: - Fluency in Spanish (written and spoken) and Intermediate English (written and spoken)

No Fee

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