Duties and ResponsibilitiesThe 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 the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UNEP DTU (Technological University of Denmark) Partnership in close collaboration with the Ministry of Environment of Panama.
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.
In December 2020, Panama updated its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC , following 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) sectors.Key elements of the project include the strengthening of key institutions in the context to NDC implementation, the provision of climate finance 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 climate finance and just transition.
CAEP Project and CAEP Climate Finance Assistant will support the Government of Panama to accelerate NDC implementation in the following ways : Identify stakeholders (brief description about their role in NDC implementation, financing and energy transitioning).
Conduct a validation process with the government and other relevant stakeholders to establishing the institutional arrangements and governance structure of a national climate finance body and / or taskforce, committee.
coordinate climate expenditures in the national budget and strategically apply for international climate finance.Study relevant countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region for a comparison of their capacity and systems for long term planning for low carbon development.
This analysis should highlight relevant experiences for Panama and possible ways for international cooperation within the region based on the needs and priorities of the country.
The Climate Finance Assistant will work under the supervision of UNEP Climate Change Coordinator of the Latin America and The Caribbean Office.
The consultant will work 40 hours per week, form Monday to Friday, (full-time) at The Climate Change Directorate in the Ministry of Environment in Panama City, Panama.
Qualifications / special skillsAcademic Qualifications : A First-level University degree (Bachelor s Degree) in Environmental Engineering, Sanitation and Environment, Environmental Sciences, Natural Sciences, or related areas is required.
Engineering Technician Degree with a focus on Sanitation and Environment is desirable.Language : Fluency in Spanish and English is required.
Experience : A minimum of two years of experience in project assistance and development is required.Experience in projects related to climate financing, sustainable development and / renewable energy in Panama is desirable.