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DECARBONIZATION EXPERT FOR CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION ACTIVITIES IN NIGERIA
|Location :||Abuja, NIGERIA|
|Application Deadline :||23-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Climate & Disaster Resilience|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||60 working days spread over 1 year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||60 working days spread over 1 year|
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.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
Climate change is an adverse environmental phenomenon that is causing enormous concern all over the world. It refers to some anomalies in the climate system that is a result of human activities. These anomalies include increase in the concentration of GHGs, HFCs and the already phased out CFCs in earth's atmosphere, which will ultimately led to global warming. Behind all of the change is one clear driver: atmospheric carbon dioxide. In 2009, atmospheric CO2 concentrations hovered around 390 parts per million. By 2014, the number blew past 400 parts per million. Today, we hover around 410 ppm.
Nigeria is one of the world's most densely populated countries with a population of 180 million people, half of which are considered to be in abject poverty. Nigeria is recognized as being vulnerable to climate change. Climate change and global warming if left unchecked will cause adverse effects on livelihoods in the country especially in the agricultural sector where activities such as crop production, livestock production, fisheries, forestry and post-harvest activities, because the rainfall regimes and patterns will be altered, floods which devastate farmlands would occur, increase in temperature and humidity which increases pest and disease would occur and other natural disasters like floods, ocean and storm surges, which not only damage Nigerians' livelihood but also cause harm to life and property, would occur.
Responding to climate change from both mitigation and adaptation angles require strategic approaches from policy, regulatory and institutional frameworks and capacities. In general, the effectiveness of environmental and other policies in Nigeria, as well as their potentials to support adaptation and mitigation measures is yet to be fully realized. The country’s annual greenhouse gas emissions were 506 metric tonnes of CO2 equivalent (MtCO2e) in 2015, according to data compiled by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Change research (PIK). The figure includes emissions from land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF). This is roughly the same as the UK’s total 2015 emissions. Its per capita emissions in 2015 were around 2.8 tonnes of CO2e, far below the global average of 7 tonnes but around equal to the 2015 per-capita emissions of India (2.7 tonnes).
The country is signed up to the Paris Agreement the international deal aimed at tackling climate change. It ratified the agreement in 2017. Through this, it has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2030, when compared to “business-as-usual” levels. This pledge rises to 45% on the condition of international support. It has also recently submitted a revised NDC with additional sectors, enhancement and new target of 47% under the conditional target with plans towards a net zero carbon emission economic growth trajectory contained the National Decarbonization Programme (NDP) of the country. .
Objectives of the Assignment
The overall aim of the assignment is to formulate two National Decarbonization Program (NDP) projects proposals on (a) Urban clean energy scheme - highlighting the MDAs that have been taken off the grid, and the potential to extend the program to other public institutionsand (b) Clean energy transport focussing on policy analysis and design, communications and outreach, stakeholder mapping and engagement, economic feasibility analyses. He / She will also define a low-carbon roadmap for the transport and energy sector in Nigeria through the modelling of the country’s highest emission sectors vis a vis energy and transport systems and its evolution scenarios until 2050. Up to three scenarios could be considered each reflecting an increased level of ambition in terms of the two sector’s GHG emissions. It is anticipated that one scenario will capture the current and planned policies in the country and model the possible evolution of the sector under a “business as usual” (“BAU”) type of technological development and penetration of low carbon generation sources (new build renewables or high efficiency thermal plants to displace older/less efficient existing assets). The other scenarios will progressively try to explore the possible evolution of the sector under more aggressive growth of renewables, high efficiency thermal plants, improved grid flexibility and storage. One scenario should aim at reaching carbon neutrality by 2050 (with estimation of the major bottlenecks for its viability). Each scenario will outline the optimal power generation-mix in order to achieve a sustainable energy system by 2050. The assignment will include the evaluation of the regulatory, economic, and financial conditions associated with each of the scenarios, as well as any incremental policy recommendations considered crucial for ensuring the viability of the scenario.
The assignment, by critically analysing the above different scenarios, will result in the development of a set of policy and technology recommendations to help understand the possible contribution of the sector towards the country’s NDC targets, help to identify the possible contribution of the sector for new targets post-2030 and provide clear indications about the priorities of investment and sustainable development for the sector towards a substantial decarbonisation in the mid to long- term future.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
This assignment will support the implementation of the new intervention in Climate Change Mitigation Programmes through technical support to and liaison with the national implementing partners to design relevant documentations, such as, concept notes, terms of references, etc., that will facilitate timely implementation and contribute towards the ‘decarbonization’ of the identified sectors in Nigeria.
Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Resident Representative, the incumbent will work with the Nature, Climate Change and Energy unit colleagues for the overall management of the intervention and will be expected to deliver some specific deliverables in addition to the ones outlined in the objectives above.
Develop a road map for the low-carbon and climate-resilient development with respect to the two sectors of interest.
Strengthen disaster risk preparedness and emergency response capacities,
identify entry points within regional and national planning and formulate a process to incorporate energy efficiency and renewable energy interventions; and
Road Map for the low-carbon and climate-resilient development for the country-office
Facilitate timely implementation and contribute towards the ‘decarbonization’ of the identified sectors
Provide emissions scenarios until 2050 using a notable model or any other acceptable models suited to the sectors under consideration for decision support to policy makers
Assist in strengthening the linkages between disaster preparedness and response with climate resilient development with the DRR institution in the country.
Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN values and ethical standards
Functional Competencies: Knowledge Management and Learning
Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office
Management and Leadership
Focuses on impact and results for the clients and responds positively to feedback
Required Skills and Experience
Qualifications and Experience:
The desired candidate for this assignment shall possess an advanced degree (PhD would be an advantage) in Geography, Climate Modelling, Environmental Engineering or other relevant fields. The candidate must have sound technical report writing skill and proven ability to engage with multiple stakeholders to achieve desired results. He/she must be fluent in written and spoken English. Previous working experience with UN agencies is an asset.
Other qualifications include:
Experience in climate change sectors’ policy assessment, design, monitoring and evaluation for all the concerned sectors.