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Carbon Law Specialist
|Location :||New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA|
|Application Deadline :||10-Jun-12 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-3|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 year|
The UNDP Environment and Energy Group (EEG) is based in UNDP’s Bureau of Development Policy and is responsible for providing leadership and technical support to engineer delivery of the Environment and Sustainable Development pillar of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. Its main focus is on helping 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 management of natural resources.
With its technical focus, EEG is organized into substantive technical teams. One such team is Energy, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology (EITT), which focuses on energy use and supply, climate resilient infrastructure and low carbon transport and mobility. The EITT team assists developing countries to attract and direct public and private investment towards these areas. Currently EITT advises on a number of sources of public and private funds including: the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UNFCCC Adaptation Fund, carbon finance, and various bilateral, multilateral, and sub-national funds, donors and partners. Increasingly EITT’s work is oriented to utilizing scarce public funds to catalyze greater flows of private capital.
Carbon finance holds the potential of incentivizing large-scale private sector investment in low-carbon development. In developing countries, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), a project-based mechanism, has been the key forerunner in terms of carbon finance instruments. Now a new generation of instruments based on scaled-up approaches and sector-wide mechanisms are being developed, with the aim of bringing about transformative change at scale across an entire sector.
Under the CDM, the Programme of Activities (PoA) modality has gained recent momentum as one such scaled-up approach, and looks to have particular applicability in Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Looking ahead, discussions on sector-wide approaches are also progressing under the UNFCCC under both Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and New Market Mechanisms (NMMs). As these new scaled-up approaches are developed, UNDP can assist developing countries to design, pilot and implement these mechanisms.
In this context, MDG Carbon serves as UNDP’s corporate framework for carbon finance activities. MDG Carbon has 3 core objectives: first, to expand access to carbon finance to currently underrepresented countries and sub-national regions; second, to promote carbon finance activities with sustainable development outcomes, supporting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); and, third, to promote carbon finance solutions with high replicability and scale.
On the ground, MDG Carbon operates through two complementary arms, a Market-Enabling arm and a Project Development arm. The Market-Enabling arm works on public goods: policy dialogue, capacity building and new instruments. Here UNDP, providing capacity development assistance, uses a donor-funded business model. The Project Development arm provides assistance to develop viable carbon activities to the stage of credit issuance or monetization, including working with financial partners and other actors who purchase the credits issued by projects. Here, given the more commercial nature of this arm, UNDP uses a cost-recovery model.
MDG Carbon’s team is made up of UNDP staff at the central, regional and country office level. At the central level, a team of Technical Advisors, forming the MDG Carbon Facility, provide specialized support to the UNDP staff at the regional and country office level.
In order to best structure its activities, MDG Carbon applies its business model in three thematic areas: (i) project-based carbon finance (CDM/JI), (increasingly focused on the CDM POA modality) (ii) sectoral approaches and trading mechanisms, and (iii) unaddressed sources and sinks of emissions. There are multiple linkages and synergies between these three areas. The post of Carbon Law Specialist will fall primarily under the first two thematic areas, project-based carbon finance (CDM/JI) and sectoral approaches.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Carbon Law Specialist (hereafter ‘the Specialist’) will be responsible for the legal aspects of MDG Carbon’s activities related to carbon markets law. The Specialist’s work will focus on providing support on (i) the origination, due diligence and development of carbon projects, (ii) the legal policy considerations for sectoral approaches and trading mechanisms, and (iii) the overall strategic direction of MDG Carbon and UNDP’s corporate interests. Clear targets for MDG Carbon’s activities will be set, to which the Specialist will be expected to contribute.
Under the direction of the Principal Technical Advisor, the main tasks of the position are set out below:
Project Based Carbon Finance
Sectoral Approaches and Trading Mechanisms
Partnerships and teamwork:
Knowledge Management and Learning
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.
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.