Job Opening

Posting Title: Asia Pacific Mitigation Consutant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: COPENHAGEN
Posting Period: 19 April 2018 - 03 May 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-United Nations Environment Programme-96402-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The main objective of the consultant is to support coordination of the Asia-Pacific portfolio of Technical Assistance on mitigation through the CTCN. To achieve this, the selected consultant will:
• Draft materials needed for NDE regional fora to be conducted throughout 2018-2020;
• Draft materials needed for the request incubator programme, to be used by consortium partners and NDEs;
• Develop recommendations on potential mitigation requests discussed with country stakeholders and partners;
• Analyse and provide recommendations on requests officially submitted by countries;
• Conduct the technical review and recommendations on the design of CTCN response plans (project documents);
• Provide recommendations on trends and opportunities to strengthen CTCN technical assistance including through regional partnerships;
• Review and assure the quality of CTCN proposals for the Green Climate Fund and other funding mechanisms;
• Review and assure the quality of deliverable reports provided by CTCN implementers;
• Review and assure the quality of Monitoring & Evaluation reports;
• Draft communication and outreach materials related to technical assistance.

The performance will be measured through analyzing the quality of documents produced, the respect of deadlines and the success of activities supported by the consultant.

Specific tasks and responsibilities

Objective 1: Strengthen capacities of National Designated Entities of the CTCN in Asia-Pacific and other stakeholders on climate technologies.
Outputs:
- Draft concept notes and materials for NDE regional trainings and events
- Draft materials and guidance documents for the request incubator programme for least developed countries
- Review e-learning materials developed by Consortium Partners

Objective 2: Ensure effective implementation of regional collaborative activities and additional partnership opportunities.
Outputs:
- Identify potential partners with experience in Asia-Pacific and support partnerships with donors in the region;
- Contribute to the database of partners and their mitigation-related activities in those countries in Asia-Pacific with active mitigation-related Technical Assistance
- Contribute to strengthen the relationship of CTCN with key partners: focal point (NDE), consortium partners and network members.

Objective 3: Ensure sound coordination and high quality of responses delivered by the CTCN.
Outputs:
- Review requests submitted by countries to the CTCN and provide recommendations on request eligibility, refinement and response development
- Coordinate and review work of Response Expert Team in charge of developing response plan

Objective 4: Track and demonstrate the results and impacts of CTCN services.
Outputs:
- Draft, review and test M&E materials and tools for mitigation-related technical assistance

Objective 5: Introduce the CTCN to various audiences and to demonstrate its impacts
Outputs:
- Draft and review communication materials on the CTCN (brochure, power point, brief, etc.)
- Draft outreach and promotional materials on the request-response process

Objective 6: Support other regions on the provision of Technical Assistance on Mitigation
Outputs:
- Provide input and review into global mitigation products including within the scope of the UNFCCC processes

Work Location

Copenhagen

Expected duration

Twelve (12) months, starting asap.

Duties and Responsibilities

UN Environment, as the lead of a consortium of 13 partner organizations, has been selected as the host for the operational arm of the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism: the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN).

The mission of the CTCN is to stimulate technology cooperation and to enhance the development and transfer of climate technologies to developing countries. The CTCN assists developing country Parties at their request, building or strengthening their capacity to prepare and implement climate technology projects that span the technology transfer continuum. The CTCN supports public and private sector action on mitigation and adaptation, enhancing low-carbon and climate-resilient development in a manner consistent with the capabilities and priorities of recipient countries.

The Asia-Pacific Region is, from a climate change perspective, categorized by: diverse exposure to vulnerability - particularly with regards to natural disasters; a high number of densely populated urban areas with associated adaptation and mitigation challenges and opportunities; strong interest in energy efficiency and renewable energy; and a robust demand for climate technologies.

Other relevant features that define the Asia-Pacific region include: increasing political interest in innovative finance and business models for climate change mitigation and adaptation; emerging sub-regional coherence on the monitoring, reporting and verification of greenhouse gas emissions and disaster risk reduction; strong regional prioritization for energy efficiency and renewable energy, and a high level of urgency in reducing losses associated with climate-induced natural disasters.

In order to implement climate change mitigation and adaptation actions, 79% of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) from Asia-Pacific identify technology transfer and specific technology needs as a priority.

CTCNs current portfolio in Asia Pacific consists of 49 Technical Assistance projects, one incubator project (Timor Leste), and one vision to concept project (Nepal). Based on the annual work plan for the CTCN, as adopted by the Advisory Board, the portfolio is expected to deliver USD 1.5 million worth of Technical Assistance per year while enhancing regional capacity and strengthening partnerships.

To support this expanded portfolio, the CTCN is seeking a consultant to support:
• CTCN capacity development for mitigation technologies;
• CTCN technical assistance requests preparation and refinement;
• Development of CTCN Response Plans (project documents) in collaboration with receiving countries and sectoral experts;
• Implementation of the CTCN technical assistance, including monitoring and evaluation;
• CTCN technical assistance guidance and communication materials.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: - Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent), preferably in environmental sciences, engineering, international development or related studies.
Experience: - At least 4 years of experience in the field of climate/environment/energy and/or technology transfer for developing countries;
- Experience in project management;

Desirable qualifications
- Understanding and experience with UN programmes, their development and implementation activities;
- Experience working in Asia-Pacific.
- Proficiency/familiarity with local language.
Language: - Proficiency in English language.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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