BBRSO155226:Energy Efficiency and Cooling Expert


Location : Grenada, BARBADOS
Application Deadline :17-Oct-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
25-Oct-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :3 Months
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 Months

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.


Background

ADMINISTRATION

To apply, interested persons should upload the combined* Technical Proposal/Methodology (if applicable), CV and Offeror’s Letter to “UNDP Jobs” by navigating to the link below and clicking “APPLY NOW”, no later than the date indicated on the “UNDP Jobs” website. Applications submitted via email will not be accepted**: -

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BACKGROUND

Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, countries unanimously agreed to work toward global goals that would limit global average temperature rise. Specifically, the Agreement seeks to limit the rise in the world’s average surface temperatures to “well below” 2°C above pre-industrial times this century, while “pursuing efforts” for 1.5°C. It also sets a target of eliminating global GHG emissions by the second half of the century – or at least compensating any residual emissions through, for example, forest growth.

A key principle in the Paris Agreement is that no country should backslide on its intentions, which were put forward in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which describe each country’s self-determined strategy for curbing GHG emissions, typically in five- or ten-year periods and can also include plans to increase resilience. Individually, NDCs represent each country’s climate priorities and vision for achieving sustainable development. Aggregated, they represent the world’s collective efforts to fight climate change. However current NDCs are estimated to collectively result in a temperature rise of 2.9 to 3.4 °C by 2100.

All countries are expected to submit increasingly ambitious NDCs every five years; a first opportunity to do so is in 2020. Achieving the Paris Agreement’s goals will require an emissions peak as soon as possible, followed by sharp reductions in GHG emissions. Therefore, many see high ambition in 2020 as fundamental to get on track to 1.5°C and counter a worrying trend of rising emissions. The transformative climate action required needs a global commitment to raising ambition, articulated in the next generation of NDCs, to create economic drivers that shift investments away from fossil fuel use and carbon-intensive practices.

The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol is also a critical factor in providing guidance to countries in their efforts to decrease their GHG emissions and ultimately reducing global temperatures. Under the Amendment, countries are expected to reduce Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions by over 80% over a 30-year period through a gradual phase-down process. HFCs themselves are extremely potent GHGs and therefore their reduction is critical realizing the 1.5°C target. The Montreal Protocol outlines that the phased-down use of HFCs is expected to reduce global atmospheric temperatures by 0.4°C by the end of the century.

In response, to these global agreements and goals, UNDP is leveraging its extensive climate portfolio and scale up urgently needed support for NDC enhancement in 100 countries, working in close collaboration with UN system partners (e.g., UNEP, FAO, UNICEF), IRENA, the NDC Partnership, the Green Climate Fund, and other strategic partners. An integrated approach will be used that harnesses the wide-ranging expertise of UNDP’s Global Policy Network to strengthen climate solutions with perspectives from governance, health, water, gender equality, women’s and youth empowerment, disaster risk reduction, and inclusive growth, among others.

The UNDP through its Climate Promise initiative supported Grenada in activities related to the updating of its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and is currently supporting activities related to NDC implementation.  UNDP will assist activities that will contribute to raised mitigation and adaptation ambition in the revised NDC. It is expected that the implementation of the NDCs will be closely linked to global and local goals and agreements such Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other national sectoral policies.

As such the UNDP is seeking to hire a consultant to review and develop financial incentives for low carbon energy and energy efficiency (such as a carbon tax and feebates), including an analysis of socioeconomic and environmental impacts, including the RAC sector (HCFCs, HFCs). The consultant will also support the drafting of a financial plan for the implementation of the National Cooling Action Plan.


Duties and Responsibilities

The main objectives of this assignment are to develop financial incentives for the Government of Grenada geared toward the transition to a low carbon energy and energy efficient state. The consultant is expected to analyse the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of this transition, particularly in the RAC sector (with particular focus on CO2, HCFC, and HFC emissions). The consultant is also expected to analyse the National Cooling Action Plan (NCAP) and support the Government by quantifying the activities delineated in the plan and develop a financial plan for the implementation of the NCAP.

The consultant is therefore expected to conduct/provide the following:

The work will be conducted in alignment with the National Cooling Action Plan and as such the consultant is expected to:

  • Analyse all relevant national energy, environment, and climate change documents to ensure that the national context is effectively incorporated into the assignment.
  • Analyse the NCAP and develop a financial plan for the implementation of the NCAP and its targets.
  •  This should be an assessment of the anticipated cost of the activities outlined in the NCAP.
    • These costs should be disaggregated by the respective components and where possible activities to identify each component’s contribution to the overall cost for the implementation of the activities to the NCAP.
  • The financial plan should also include incentives for investment in energy efficient technology particularly those aligned with activities outlined in the NCAP.

The consultant is expected to conduct consultations (workshops and meetings) with the national ozone Unit and national stakeholders as part of the data collection process and for the review of any prepared documents. A record of all consultations and/or meeting (including participants and their agencies/organisations) should be maintained an included as an annex to the final report.

 


Competencies

Functional

  • Strong analytical, negotiation and communication skills, including ability to produce high quality practical advisory reports and knowledge products;
  • Professional and/or academic experience in one or more of the areas of sustainable development
  • Ability to produce high quality outputs in a timely manner while understanding and anticipating the evolving client needs;
  • Strong organisational skills.
  • Ability to work independently

Communication

  • Strong ability to write clearly and convincingly, adapting style and content to different audiences and speak clearly and convincingly;
  •  Excellent command of the English language with the ability to communicate fluently (speaking, writing, and comprehension); 
  • Strong inter-personal, negotiation and liaison skills.


Required Skills and Experience

  • Master’s Degree (or higher) Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Science & Technology, or in a relevant field.
  • Working experience of at least 7 years at a senior level with policy planning in the environmental and/or RAC sector;
  • Experience in research, data collection, assessment and/or surveys, preferably in the RAC sector.
  • Knowledge of Montreal Protocol and Kigali Amendment related issues and its associated Policies and Agreements [is desirable];
  • Experience in developing, reviewing, expanding climate change and sustainable development related reports, strategies or similar.

Demonstrated experience working with governments and international organizations in a developing country context, experience in countries in the Caribbean will be viewed as an asset



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