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Lead Energy Finance Expert - Climate Investment Platform Start-up Phase
|Location :||Home-based with possible travel mission|
|Application Deadline :||30-Nov-20 (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)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||220 working days over a period of one year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||440 working days over 2 years|
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.
Nature, Climate and Energy at UNDP
UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels, forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.
Within the GPN, the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. BPPS’s staff provides technical advice to Country Offices, advocates for UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogues, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas. BPPS works closely with UNDP’s Crisis Bureau (CB) to support emergency and crisis response. BPPS ensures that issues of risk are fully integrated into UNDP’s development programmes. BPPS assists UNDP and partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results-based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working. BPPS supports UNDP and partners to be more innovative, knowledge and data-driven including in its programme support efforts.
UNDP’s 2018-2021 Strategic Plan emphasizes the critical links between environmental sustainability, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and broader efforts to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement. As part of the Global Policy Network in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP’s Nature, Climate Change, and Energy (NCE) Team promotes and scales up integrated whole-of-governance approaches and nature-based solutions that reduce poverty and inequalities, strengthen livelihoods and inclusive growth, mitigate conflict, forced migration and displacement, and promote more resilient governance systems that advance linked peace and security agendas.
The NCE Team works with governments, civil society, and private sector partners to integrate natural capital, environment and climate concerns into national and sector planning and inclusive growth policies; support country obligations under Multilateral Environmental Agreements; and implement the UN’s largest portfolio of in-country programming on environment, climate change, and energy. This multi-billion dollar portfolio encompasses: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services including forests; Sustainable Land Management and Desertification including food and commodity systems; Water and Ocean Governance including SIDS; Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation; Renewable and Modern Energy; Extractive Industries; Chemicals and Waste Management; Environmental Governance and Green/Circular Economy and SCP approaches. This work advances crosscutting themes on innovative finance, digital transformation, capacity development, human rights, gender equality, health, technology, and South-South learning.
In addition to UNDP’s bilateral partnerships on natural capital, environment and climate, UNDP is an accredited multilateral implementing agency of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Multilateral Fund (MLF), the Adaptation Fund (AF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) which includes the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund (GEF Trust Fund); the Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund (NPIF); the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF); and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF)). As part of UNDP’s partnership with these vertical funds, UNDP provides countries specialized integrated technical services for eligibility assessment, programme formulation, capacity development, policy advice, technical assistance, training and technology transfer, mobilization of co-financing, implementation oversight, results management and evaluation, performance-based payments and knowledge management services.
UNDP’s approach to energy aligns with the SDG 7 targets (renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy access), and is formulated around a Signature Solution on energy as set out in UNDP’s 2018-2021 Strategic Plan. Clean, reliable, and affordable energy is a key driver of sustainable development. UNDP’s signature solution on energy has three main areas of focus: in low-income countries, on energy access (electrification, clean cooking), with a UNDP commitment to electrify 100 million individuals by 2030; in middle-income countries, helping achieve transformational change and accelerate a just energy transition, including a focus on smart cities (energy efficiency, e-mobility, rooftop PV, battery storage); and in crisis settings, providing sustainable energy solutions in situations of displacement, around energy as a means to build resilience.
The Climate Investment Platform (CIP)
Reinforced by the urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated economic recovery, the importance of delivering financial resources to assist developing countries in tackling climate change is paramount. As UN SG Guterres noted on April 28 2020, there is “a profound opportunity” to steer the world on “a path that tackles climate change, protects the environment, reverses biodiversity loss and ensures the long-term health and security of humankind”.
Given the global call to raise ambition on climate action, the UN SG’s Climate Action Summit in September 2019 resulted in the announcement of a new initiative, the Climate Investment Platform (CIP), spearheaded by UNDP, SEforALL and IRENA, in coordination with the GCF. The four announcing partners have now advanced the CIP, with many additional institutions, initiatives and countries having since expressed interest in partnering.
The CIP’s problem statement recognizes that the climate finance ecosystem today is cluttered and fragmented. The ‘supply side’ in climate finance– development banks, funds, UN system actors and others – have put in place significant resources to help developing countries scale-up climate investment. However, developing countries governments and private sector – the ‘demand side’ – often struggle to navigate these options and access support. There can many similar ‘supply side’ initiatives addressing a particular issue, creating clutter and fragmentation. Each has their own criteria, requirements and process. The result is an inefficient, and often ineffective, climate finance ecosystem.
The CIP’s objective is to act as an inclusive partnership and a global public good that will provide integrated and streamlined support to developing countries and the private sector to accelerate climate investments, with the ultimate goal to contribute to the realization of ambitious NDCs.
The CIP is framed around four tracks, with each track bringing together a coalition of key partner institutions and initiatives to streamline the development of bankable projects by project proponents in developing countries and align the supply of climate finance to declutter the climate finance space:
Each track acts as a building block, addressing a key step in the climate investment value-chain, and together the four tracks propose a comprehensive framework to deliver system-wide transformation across major economic sectors, including energy, infrastructure, cities, among others, with the start-up phase focusing on the energy transition.
The CIP Start-up Phase Project
In order to support the development of the CIP, the government of Denmark has made seed funding available for an initial two-year ‘start-up phase’ of the CIP (the ‘CIP Start-Up Phase Project’). The start-up phase of the CIP will launch country-level activities; the establishment of the CIP network and brand; and the advancement of the CIP’s design in relation to its full-scale operation as an inclusive partnership. It is envisaged that this start-up phase will be oriented around learning-by-doing, real-time adjustments to the CIP model, and making informed recommendations on rapidly and effectively taking CIP to scale. The start-up phase will then be followed by the full scale-up of the CIP.
UNDP is creating a project team to execute on the CIP Start-up Phase Project.UNDP seeks to hire a CIP Lead Energy Finance Expert to lead the CIP project team during this two-year period, with an initial assignment of one year.
The key activities supporting this start-up phase, to be spearheaded within UNDP by the CIP Lead Energy Finance Expert, are as follows:
Identify and launch country-level activities to offer and deliver services along the four above Tracks. The CIP’s start-up phase will prioritize on-the-ground activities, albeit initially in a virtual manner (i.e. COVID19 contingency), aiming to achieve early results and impact. The CIP’s target clients are developing country governments, project proponents, and financial institutions. Country-level support will be country-driven and will be provided for along the service offerings of the CIP’s four tracks. It is anticipated that the project will support 5 countries in year 1 and 10 countries in year 2.
Partnerships and outreach
Establish CIP’s messaging and perform outreach activities with a view on broadening its support base and awareness. Capitalizing on the high-level support and visibility of the CIP deriving from its launch at the 2019 UNSG’s Climate Summit, the CIP will engage in outreach to and solicit inputs and feedback from stakeholders. These efforts to develop partnerships, secure resources, and establish relationships and operational modalities to respond meaningfully to inquiries for support will enable the CIP to perform its ‘platform’ function of linking demand for and supply of climate finance.
CIP design and scaling
Advance the CIP’s design as an inclusive partnership, taking a light, nimble and adaptative management approach. The start-up phase will advance the CIP’s design as an inclusive partnership, adopting an adaptive management approach to developing the CIP, informed by learning-by-doing. The start-up phase will focus on building relationships, operational modalities, and management and implementation capacity that deliver on the CIP’s potential and create a pathway to scale. The accumulated field experience and stakeholder engagement will inform the scale-up plan and readiness for full-scale rollout in 2022 and beyond.
UNDP seeks a dynamic and ambitious Energy Finance Specialist to champion the CIP, and to coordinate closely with current and future CIP partners. The CIP Lead Energy Finance Expert will work closely with the CIP project team, consisting of technical experts, a Partnership Specialist, a Communications Expert, and a Program Assistant. The CIP Lead Energy Finance Expert will work with other UNDP staff in the Nature, Climate, and Energy Team, UNDP Regional Bureaux, Regional Service Centres, and Country Offices. The CIP Lead Energy Finance Expert will report to UNDP’s Global CIP Lead based at UNDP Headquarters in New York.
Duties and Responsibilities
The CIP Lead Energy Finance Expert will support the CIP Lead in leading the overall development, implementation, and delivery of results under the Climate Investment Platform (CIP) Start-up Phase project, providing strong guidance on strategic, technical, and policy matters and project implementation.
In addition to managing the Start-up phase project itself, the CIP Lead Energy Finance Expert will liaise with UNDP staff and other announcing partners of the CIP to align ‘CIP-adjacent’ activities that are outside of the project scope but that reflect partner institutions’ support for the CIP and its activities.
Summary of key functions:
The CIP Lead Energy Finance Expert will have the following responsibilities:
Provision of support to the strategic leadership and positioning of the CIP for scale-up through its Start-up Phase activities
Support the CIP Lead in the management of the CIP Start-up Phase Project team
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