Technical advisor - Transparency and NDCs, Panama City, Panama, Panama City, Panama
United Nations Environment Programme
Panama City, Panama, Panama
hace 2 días
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Posting Title : Technical advisor - Transparency and NDCs

Department / Office : United Nations Environment Programme

Duty Station : PANAMA CITY

Posting Period : 12 March 2021 - 22 March 2021

Job Opening Number : 21-United Nations Environment Programme-151805-Consultant

United Nations Core Values : Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

The purpose of this consultancy is to support the Climate Change Unit to develop the expected outcomes and outputs of the CAEP Project in Panama.

This will include supporting the Directorate of Climate Change of the Ministry of Environment in Panama in NDC financing.

The consultant will work under the supervision of the UNEP Regional Coordinator for Climate Change and will develop the following activities independently and in accordance with the guidelines and work guidance provided by the UNEP Regional Climate Change Unit.

The consultant is expected to have relevant knowledge about green House Gases (GHG) inventories and mitigation actions for AFOLU sector, so that he or she can offer advice to the relevant national authorities and can fully lead the development of the expected deliverables.

The consultant will be responsible for : 1. Inform public officers, private companies, universities and other relevant stakeholders about opportunities, challenges and technical barriers to put in place a robust accounting approach for blue carbon.

2. Planning and conduct workshops and awareness-raising events to introduce national stakeholders to blue carbon science and its application in Panama context including :

  • Present general concepts about challenges and opportunities for blue Carbon in the Paris Agreement.
  • Present a general view of methods to assess carbon stocks (factor emissions and activity data) in coastal ecosystems (Mangroves, seagrasses, and marshes) and international methodological developments with emphasis in the steps to guaranty quality of monitoring.
  • Present experiences and lessons learned from AFOLU sector regarding, accounting, tracking, and reporting of emissions reductions and emissions avoidance in countries with comparable ecosystems.
  • Present the state and trends of carbon markets and global mitigation mechanisms and the carbon markets perspective for Panama.
  • Explain relevant example of voluntary carbon markets for blue carbon projects, and blue carbon in the REDD + context and how can Panama move forward in order to implement similar experiences in the Panama context.
  • Introduction to the use of the Supplement 2013 IPCC, Chapter 4 Coastal Wetland, Net flow of greenhouse gases between blue carbon ecosystems and the atmosphere.
  • Analyse and present most relevant International Methodologies for carbon measurement in mangroves, marshes and sea grasses.
  • Identification of gaps and shortcomings in Panama efforts, recognizing the needs and next steps that must be evaluated, in order to take decisions in the national blue carbon agenda.
  • Provide relevant information to the government of Panama to inform decisions about blue carbon based on IPCC guidelines and blue carbon accounting.

    3. Analyse blue Carbon Policy Framework, the integration of Blue Carbon activities within international carbon finance and policies.

    4. Produce a portfolio of management actions that could maintain and promote better carbon sequestration (Preservation, restoration and creation).

    5. Analyse opportunities and challenges and provide guidance for Panama in blue carbon, MRV / accounting, corresponding adjustments.

    6. Analyse models and / or systems used for analysing long-term goals or strategies and other countries and examine their viability and feasibility in the Panamanian context.

    7. Support the government reviewing and validating the carbon markets approach in the AFOLU and blue carbon areas in Panamá.

    8. Support the government setting sectorial needs under the Nationally Determined Contribution of Panama and for the preparation of the new Forest References Emission Levels (FREL) under REDD+ National

    9. Support the government by building national capacities in blue carbon and related technical needs for the application of IPCC Supplement 2013 (Chapter 4 - coastal wetlands) into the new GHG Inventory cycle.

    10. Support the government approach, governance guidance, and institutional arrangements required for the compliance of the recently updated NDC commitments regarding the coastal and marine sector.

    11. Not divulging information derived from or linked to this consultancy, unless expressly authorized by UNEP.

    Deliverables : Product No. 1.1 : Workplan, including activities and deliverables in a timeline according with the development of the project.

    Product No. 1.2 : A review of the status of FREL of Panama.

    Product No. 2. A report describing the interaction with national stakeholders and description of current information collected, shared and stored by and between institutions.

    Product No. 3. A report about the workshops and awareness-raising events about blue carbon and AFOLU guidance.

    Product No. 4. A comparing report of the models and / or systems used for analysing long-term goals or strategies and other countries and examine their viability and feasibility in the Panamanian context.


    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 Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (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).

    The project entitled "Climate Enhancement Package (CAEP) from Nationally Determined Contributions-NDC Partnership" will be implemented in Panama by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP) in close collaboration with the Ministry of Environment.

    To achieve the adaptation and mitigation goals of the Nationally-Determined Contributions (NDCs), countries need to translate their broad NDCs into specific actions.

    NDCs typically list these actions, but the descriptions often lack detail, especially with regard to implementation approaches and the associated institutional arrangements.

    By translating each NDC into sectoral portfolios of policies and programmes, the CAEP project will bridge the gap between the content of the NDCs and the information and capacity required for their implementation.

    On December 2020, Panama updated its national determined contribution (NDC) to the United Nations Frame Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC), following submission of its previous submission.

    In the updated NDC Panama commits to increase the ambition to reach the Paris Agreement goal towards low carbon economies in 2050.

    In particular, Panama commits to reduce its emissions in energy and AFOLU (Agriculture, Forestry and Lan Use) sector.

    Key elements of the project include the strengthening of key institutions in the context to NDC implementation, the provision of AFOLU and blue carbon guidance, the preparation of the institutional arrangements, the preparation of investment plans based on individual NDC priorities as well as sharing of lessons learnt across sectors, countries, and regions in carbon markets and just transition.

    This consultancy will be supervised by the UNEP Regional Coordinator for Climate Change. The consultant will work home-based.

    Qualifications / special skills

    Academic Qualifications : University degree (Bachelor's) in biology, ecology, environmental engineering, forestry engineering, sanitation and environment, environmental sciences, or other natural sciences.

    Postgraduate : a master's degree in engineering, environment, science, economics or development is required.

    Experience :

  • At least 10 years of experience in environment and / or climate change is required.
  • At least three (3) years of specific work experience in development of climate policy and / or carbon markets, AFOLU sector, specifically mangroves forest and climate action through ecosystem services, knowledge on mangroves forest science and marine ecosystems is desirable.
  • Language :

  • The person is required to be fluent in written and spoken Spanish
  • Confident level in English is desirable.
  • Skills :

  • Excellent understanding of global and national climate change issues in particular related to the evaluation, validation, and verification of GHG, climate knowledge management, and climate finance.
  • Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to climate change mitigation and adaptation planning.
  • Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to climate change mitigation and AFOLU category, especially in mangroves forest.
  • Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to national climate change reports like National Inventories, Biennial Update Reports and Forest Reference Emissions Levels.
  • Ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues / problems. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities.
  • Shows pride in work and in achievements.

  • Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges;
  • Remains calm in stressful situations.

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