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Mitigation Economist Technical Specialist
|Location :||New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA|
|Application Deadline :||22-May-13 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-4|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||1 year|
UNDP Environment and Energy Group (EEG) is based in UNDP’s Bureau of Development Policy and is responsible for providing leadership and technical support for delivery of the Environment and Sustainable Development pillar of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. Its main focus is to help countries develop the capacity to fully incorporate environmental sustainability into development at national and local, but also global and regional, levels. The principal areas of work are in environmental mainstreaming, environmental finance, adaptation to climate change, and local governance of resources, including energy.
With its technical focus, the Environment and Energy Group (EEG) is organized into substantive technical teams to provide support to countries in the area of climate change through different initiatives. One such initiative is the Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Programme funded by the European Commission, the German Government and the Australian Government. The programme is be carried out in 25 countries, following a country-driven, multi-stakeholder approach, and has two overall objectives: 1. to build public sector capacity on developing greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory systems, nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs), low-emissions development strategies (LEDS), and monitoring, verification, and reporting (MRV) procedures; and 2. to build private sector capacity for mitigation actions in selected sectors (e.g. cement, iron and steel, petrochemicals, fertilizers).
Additionally, UNDP will seek to assist other countries not included in the LECB Programme that are interested in developing green low-emissions, climate resilience development strategies (Green LECRDS), upon request by national governments. This assistance will be provided to countries that are planning to initiate a discussion process on how climate change actions can be developed and implemented in the context of national priorities. Seed funding will be provided to prepare these initiatives that will serve as the basis to initiate discussions on low-emission policies to assist national or sub-national government put forward a climate change agenda that can more effectively contribute to their sustainable economic development goals.
In this context, UNDP is looking for a Mitigation Economist Technical Specialist who will report to the Principal Policy and Technical Advisor for Green LECRDS, as the Primary Supervisor and to the LECB Programme Manager, as the Secondary Supervisor. The Technical Specialist will have substantive knowledge on the areas of mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and economic assessment of mitigation options. The Technical Specialist will work closely with UNDP Country Offices (COs) and national teams by providing substantive guidance on methodological issues and technical implementation of project activities in the area of mitigation analysis. He/she will also work with respective government and private sector counterparts, as appropriate, and with other experts at both global and regional levels. He/she will provide on-line technical support to countries and carry out site visits, as required, to facilitate/lead substantive discussions, guiding projects’ teams in the formulation and implementation phases of the projects.
The Technical Specialist will be responsible for providing methodological guidance, technical advice, and regular backstopping to country teams, ensuring that the studies carried out by countries meet the necessary quality standard and deliver the expected technical outputs. The Technical Specialist will be based in UNDP Headquarters, in New York.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Technical Specialist will be primarily responsible for providing high quality technical and policy support, and knowledge and capacity development services to national teams and UNDP COs. He/she will work with other UN agencies, governments, inter-governmental organizations, NGOs, donors, the private sector, and other key stakeholders. He/she will keep the Programme Manager informed of technical and policy concerns and needs in the countries, and propose measures to address such items. Specific functions expected are indicated below:
Support national teams and UNDP Country Offices in carrying out their mitigations analysis under the LECB Programme
Key result: Targeted technical backstopping activities in all countries for their mitigation analysis. Countries produce sound mitigation analysis that can be used to identify financial opportunities. UNDP has a trusted leadership role in the technical area of expertise of mitigation work.
Technical backstopping and training to carry out the mitigation analysis/NAMA and LEDS design and other related components of LECB Programme
Key result: Technical assistance to national teams provided efficiently and effectively. UNDP recognized as providing outstanding support to countries in the areas of mitigation analysis/NAMA and LEDS design.
Support to integrated low-emission, or energy efficient solutions in line with broader Green LECRDS
Key result: Support and technical guidance provided in the identification priority mitigation solutions in the context of Green LECRDS.
Guidance to international consultants and Centers of Excellence supporting the LECB Programme.
Key result: Expert networks are providing high-quality and timely technical backstopping for the implementation of the LECB Programme at the national level.
Learning, Knowledge Management and Self Development
Key result: UNDP recognized as a learning and knowledge management organization in the areas of mitigation analysis.
Impact of Results:
The results of the work of the Technical Specialist impact the standing and reputation of UNDP in all participating countries. Overall, the decisions taken by the Technical Specialist also impact: the relations and credibility of UNDP with governments, civil societies, and donors; programme success or failure; the efficiency and effectiveness of resource allocations within UNDP. The Technical Specialist has regular contact with Country Offices and national teams in monitoring the technical quality of the studies carried out. The Technical Specialist makes recommendations to the LECB Programme Manager and Principal Technical and Policy Adviser on necessary actions in response to changes in the country context and new programme and resource mobilization opportunities. When requested, the Technical Specialist represents UNDP in international and national fora, liaises with external clients and a broad range of constituencies and UNDP counterparts in the Government, local and international media, and civil society, as well as counterparts from other international organizations. The Technical Specialist promotes good cooperation and coordination among programme and operations staff and between the Country Offices and Government counterparts.
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Knowledge Management and Learning
Management and Leadership
Required Skills and Experience
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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.