The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.
The UNEP’s Latin America and the Caribbean Office (ROLAC), located in Panama City, works closely with the 33 countries of the region and its activities are integrated into the Medium-Term Strategy and the Programme of Work approved by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).
According to UNEP (2019), transport has the highest fossil fuel-related emissions (15% of all regional GHG emissions in 2018) and, over the last decades, has grown faster than any other end-use energy sector.
Greenhouse gas emissions from transport are expected to increase by almost 20% by 2030 and close to 50% by 2050 unless major actions are taken.
According to the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), the transport sector was responsible for 22% of total reported short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) in Latin American countries which has a considerable negative impact on air quality.
Moreover, air pollution is the main environmental risk to health in Latin America.
According to UNEP (2018), electric mobility deployment in the region could reduce 1.4 Gigatons of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and has the potential to save nearly US$ 85 thousand million in the period 2016-2050.
Nonetheless, decarbonization of transport systems comes hand in hand with the development of sustainable and low-emission energy systems to maximize benefits and ensure large-scale deployment.
The transition to low-emission and resilient economic development is a global priority for the United Nations Environment Programme.
Since 2017, the Office for Latin America and the Caribbean of UNEP launched MOVE (movelatam.org), a regional platform with the aim to accelerate deployment of electric mobility in the region.
Since its inception, MOVE has provided capacity building, knowledge creation, technical assistance, and resource mobilization.
In 2019, UNEP has been appointed as delivery partner of the project Advancing a regional approach to e-mobility in Latin America ( GCF Readiness project hereafter), financed by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) under its Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme, with the participation of 14 Latin American and Caribbean countries, namely Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay.
The objective of the project is to create favorable conditions to generate an aggregate demand for electric mobility in Latin America and the Caribbean, allowing countries to generate a new value chain and take advantage of economies of scale, as well as access to the best available technology, through the preparation of financing proposals that could be submitted to the GCF and other international financial sources to implement electric mobility initiatives at sub-national, national, regional or global levels.
For these reasons, the Climate Change Unit of UNEP’s Latin America and the Caribbean Office is looking for a Regional E-mobility project design consultant ( Regional PDC consultant hereafter).
The Regional PDC consultant will deliver at least two regional concept notes of four prioritized projects by the countries within the GCF Readiness project to streamline with the Project Preparation Facility (PPF) of the GFC.
He / She will be supervised by the Climate Change Coordinator for Latin America & the Caribbean and work from home.
The project already has local consultants located in each country ( local consultant hereafter) that support the development of technical reports of E-mobility advances and recommendations for each nation.
The PDC consultant will also count with the support of local consultants to gather key information with their respective countries to achieve the main proposed outcome : the writing of the concept notes.
Qualifications / special skills
Academic Qualifications :
Product 1 : Workshop and / or meeting reports. This report will contain i) the project idea and proposal clearly defined including the methodology used for the determination of two REGIONAL concept notes, ii) the information baseline provided by both the actors, iii) key stakeholders map, iv) SWOT analysis, and v) concept note delivery project plan (including local consultant, government and private sector responsibilities).
Product 2 : Regional Concept note proposals of investment project 1 and 2. This document will contain the following sections for each project’s concept note : i) Context and baseline, ii)Project / Programme description and theory of change, iii) Expected project results aligned with the GCF investment criteria, iv) Engagement among the NDA, AE, and / or other relevant stakeholders in the country, v) Financing by components, vi) Justification of GCF funding request and vii) Sustainability and replicability of the project (exit strategy).
Product 3 : Feedback reports and Multi-Criteria Evaluation Matrix. This report will contain the feedback of relevant stakeholders and experts and a multi-criteria evaluation matrix highlighting how the proposals respond to each of the 6 GCF Criteria and their corresponding indicators and additional feasibility criteria defined by the consultant.
Product 4 : Final regional concept note documents of investment project 1 and 2. This document will contain the improved and adapted sections of the proposals as well as all the necessary annexes to be delivered to GCF Secretariat.
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