1.General Background of Assignment
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 Latin America and the Caribbean Office (LACO), 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 Greenhouse gas (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 an ( Regional PA consultant hereafter).
The Regional PA consultant will support the countries within the GCF Readiness project to frame their proposals for key e-mobility projects according to the criteria of eligibility of regional and global multilateral banks that are working with the GCF to co-finance projects in the region.
He / She will be supervised by the Climate Change Coordinator for Latin America & the Caribbean and will 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 for each nation.
The Regional PA 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 adoption of key e-mobility projects into the pipeline of co-financers of GCF program s.
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