Posting Title : Expert in Projections and mitigation actions for Argentina's Transparency Framework on GHG Inventories and Mitigation Project
Department / Office : United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station : PANAMA CITY
Posting Period : 16 March 2021 - 23 March 2021
Job Opening Number : 21-United Nations Environment Programme-151966-Consultant
United Nations Core Values : Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Result of Service
CBIT's most important contribution will be to strengthen Argentina's reporting capacities so as to adequately comply with the requirements of the Enhanced Transparency Framework through the new reporting format under the Paris Agreement : the Biennial Transparency Reports (BTR).
In order to carry out the activities of Argentina's CBIT project, it requires the hiring of an Expert in Projections and mitigation actions.
Ultimate Result of the Service :
The consultant will carry out the following activities :
It is expected that following documents are delivered as a result of the consultancy :
Communication and information materials; Power Point presentations (or other formats), and communication pieces related to the GHG Emission Projection System. Work Location
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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 Argentine Republic ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1994 (Law No. 24,295), the Kyoto Protocol in September 2001 (Law No.
25,438) and the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol in May 2015 (Law No. 27,137). As a signatory of the UNFCCC, the country undertook obligations including the report of the national greenhouse gases inventories, national programs with mitigation and adaptation actions against climate change and any other relevant information regarding to the fulfilment of the objective of the UNFCCC.
As part of the country's undertaken obligations, Argentina submitted its First National Communication in July 1997, and a revised communication in October 1999.
The Second National Communication was submitted in December 2007 and the Third National Communication and the First Biennial Updated Report (BUR) were both submitted in December 2015.
The Second BUR was submitted in August of 2017 and the Third BUR was presented to the UNFCCC in November 2019.
In December 2015 during the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21), the Paris Agreement (PA) was adopted; its article No. 2 established the objective of "holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.
5 C above pre-industrial levels". In September 2016, Argentina ratified the Paris Agreement (Law No. 27,270), then in December 2019, the National Congress approved the National Law No.
27,520 on Global Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. Finally, in December 2020, the country submitted its 2nd Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) which reflects its enhanced commitment to combat climate change and its effects.
Argentina s 2nd NDC outlines an absolute economy-wide reduction target of limiting its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 359 MtCO2e by 2030.
One of the most relevant challenges that the implementation of the Paris Agreement poses on countries is to count with strong Transparency Frameworks.
Article No.13 of the PA establishes the need for Parties to implement national robust and transparent reporting and accounting systems to give clarity on action and support while providing clear information to stakeholders.
As part of building and enhancing their Transparency Frameworks, Parties of the UNFCCC will progressively implement better tools and institutional practices, many of them not sufficiently developed in the countries.
This is especially true for developing countries.
The UNFCCC Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF) demands substantial and immediate progress in the countries' domestic Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems and strategic de-carbonization planning.
This entails moving from often disintegrated and often different-methodological approaches in data management to an integrated and robust system.
The success of the Paris Agreement hinges on enhanced transparency of action and support, as a critical foundation to making its bottom-up, country-led approach work, as well as building mutual trust and confidence amongst Parties.
The Global Environment Facility - Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (GEF-CBIT) will support the Argentinian government for four years, mainly in strengthening its ETF.
This will happen by improving the accuracy, completeness and consistency of its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission inventories, and increasing its capacities to domestically track and evaluate mitigation measures and related finance support received and provided, as well as generating the technical inputs needed for medium and long-term planning contributing to the improvement of climate-related decision-making in the country.
In order to achieve this objective, Argentina's GEF-CBIT project, which was approved in July of 2019, is organized into three components :
In this sense, the Climate Change Unit of UNEP is recruiting an Expert in Projections and mitigation actions to strengthen Argentina's reporting capacities so as to adequately comply with the requirements of the Enhanced Transparency Framework-ETF through the new reporting format under the Paris Agreement : the Biennial Transparency Reports (BTR).
The incumbent will work from Monday to Friday, 40 hours per week, full-time in the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Buenos Aires city, Argentina, and he or she will be supervised by UNEP's Climate Change Coordinator of the Latin America and The Caribbean Office.
He or she will work in close collaboration with the National Climate Change Directorate (NDCC) within the Secretariat of Environment, Sustainable Development and Innovation of Argentina's Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MAyDS).
Qualifications / special skills
Academic Qualifications : - Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Engineering, Environmental sciences, Biology, or other university degree relevant to climate change, environment and national development. (required)
Language : - The candidate must be native in Spanish and have a good level of writing, reading, and editing skills in English.
shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently
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