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Energy and Transport Consultant

Home Based (Home Based)

Background Information - Job-specific

Background information - Job specific

This Vacancy Announcement is being published by UNOPS - ECR Geneva on behalf of the SEforALL Initiative

Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) is an International Non-Governmental Organization operating a world-wide multi-stakeholder platform focused on the delivery of Sustainable Development Goal #7.  Launched as a UN initiative in 2011 by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, SEforALL is widely acknowledged for its achievement in raising global awareness of the world's sustainable energy challenges, ensuring they were included in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. SEforALL is directed by its CEO and supports the work of the CEO as she carries out her duties as the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General (SRSG) for Sustainable Energy for All, as well as her role as the co-chair of UN-Energy.  These roles include advising the UN Secretary General and his staff on issues relating to sustainable energy and the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) and supporting the coordination of sustainable energy issues in the United Nations system.  The Secretary General’s advisory committee on Sustainable Energy for All will be supported by the SRSG and SEforALL.

The ambitions of SDG7 on ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services by 2030 are extraordinary.  Aiming to achieve them in the context of the Paris agreements involves transformation at a scale never undertaken by humanity before. Swift action needs to be taken by leaders in governments, companies, institutions, financiers, development banks, unions and communities, entrepreneurs and civil society.  As a global team, SEforALL crafts interventions that support these leaders in accelerating the delivery of actions.  All interventions comprise one or more of SEforALL’s competencies: (i) to marshal the evidence, (ii) to benchmark progress towards SEforALL objectives, (iii) to amplify the voices of the energy poor; (iv) to tell stories of success, and (v) to connect stakeholders to each other and to solutions. All interventions systematically draw on strategic insight, build on compelling communications, and are delivered through and include action-oriented partnerships. http://www.seforall.org

Functional Responsibilities

Scope of Assignment: 

A key component of SDG 7 is the target of doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030. The transport sector was responsible for 28% of global final energy consumption in 2016, but has been notably lagging in energy efficiency investment and coverage for energy efficiency policies and regulations. With sustainable urban mobility also becoming increasingly important for human health, productivity, and economic development in fast-growing cities in developing countries, there is an opportunity to distill best practices, integrate planning systems, and strengthen policy and regulatory coverage to design more efficient and sustainable mobility systems, for people and goods, and help deliver multiple SDG benefits. 

Against this backdrop, SEforALL is in search of a consultant to conduct market and policy research that contributes to the design and implementation of an intervention that demonstrates how the efficient use of energy and technology, coupled with strong regulations and policy, can enable faster, safer, cleaner and more affordable urban mobility systems for people and goods. 

1. Market Research

  • Conduct a detailed assessment of current sustainable urban mobility initiatives undertaken by MDB’s, national and sub-national governments, private companies and philanthropic organizations to determine best practices and lessons learned in interventions that that enhance access to affordable and sustainable mobility for people and goods in urban settings.
  • Undertake a stakeholder assessment for those engaged in these activities listing key organisations and contacts. Include a assessment of strengths and weaknesses of organisations.
  • Conduct an overall policy assessment of personal, commercial, and industrial sustainable mobility policies to identify gaps and best practices at the municipal, sub-national, and national levels as they apply to urban areas. This assessment shall include an assessment of policy and regulatory synergies between different levels of government, and conversely where gaps in one jurisdiction undermine the intended outcomes of another. The assessment shall also focus on policies and regulatory frameworks specific to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and technology deployment, as they enable faster, safer, cleaner and more affordable urban mobility systems for people and goods.
  • Conduct a technology assessment that identifies those transportation and mobility systems and technologies that create enhanced access to affordable and sustainable urban mobility when accompanied by strong energy efficiency and regulatory measures put in place by municipal, sub-national and national governments.
  • Based on metrics established in the global goals, assess the SDG benefits that are derived from faster, safer, cleaner and more affordable urban mobility systems for people and goods, and provide examples where they can be quantified.
  • Identify possible partners and organizations (including governments, MDB’s, public institutions and private organizations) funding investment in urban sustainable mobility.

2. Lead development of a work program in Sustainable Urban Mobility in line with overall SEforALL objectives 

  • Lead in the design of an intervention that demonstrates how the efficient use of energy and technology, coupled with strong regulations and policy, can enable faster, safer, cleaner and more affordable urban mobility systems for people and goods.  This shall include:

-  Identification of jurisdictions where enhanced policy and regulatory frameworks have enabled more energy efficient urban mobility systems that utilize renewable energy and innovative technologies

-  Identification of jurisdictions where the presence of stronger policy and regulatory frameworks could enable more efficient urban mobility systems with stronger reliance on renewable energy and technologies that enhance energy productivity.

-  Based on available and quantifiable data, develop of a framework to measure the outcomes of the intervention as they contribute to the realization of the SDGs.

3. Design of a Panel Discussion to be held at COP24, Katowice, December 2018

Design a 90 minute panel discussion to discuss the findings of the assignment including identifying potential key note speakers and writing speaker briefs.

Outputs:

Reporting to the Energy Efficiency Policy Advisor, the Energy and Transport Consultant will:

  • Provide a detailed market, policy and technology assessment on sustainable mobility for people and goods.  This assessment will include a review of sustainable mobility initiatives, a policy review of gaps and best practices for efficient urban mobility systems, technologies at scale that enable less reliance on fossil fuels, an assessment of SDG benefits, and possible partners for an SEforALL-led intervention. This should be summarized in a main report not exceeding 100 pages and an Executive Summary not exceeding 20 pages.
  • Design of intervention. The consultant will lead the design of an intervention on Sustainable Urban Mobility. The intervention concept shall include a preliminary Theory of Change, scope of work, list of potential partnerships that could be formed to deliver the intervention.
  • Design of a Panel Discussion to be held at COP24, Katowice, December 2018. Design a 90 minute panel discussion to discuss the findings of the assignment including identifying potential key note speakers and writing speaker briefs.



Education/Experience/Language requirements

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Advanced university degree in a relevant displace e.g. Energy and Environment, Economics, Transport Economics, Urban Planning, Environmental Science etc
  • 10-15 years of relevant work experience, including demonstrated experience in clean energy, energy efficiency and sustainable urban mobility systems
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Needs to be both flexible, responsive and accurate

Languages:

High-level English proficiency is essential. The knowledge of one or more additional languages will be considered an asset.

Additional Considerations

  • SEforALL offers exciting high-impact assignments, a collegial and creative work environment, and the opportunity for committed professionals to thrive and grow within flat hierarchies and in the pursuit of an inspiring mission.
  • SEforALL provides competitive compensation packages at its locations in Vienna and Washington and modern workplace arrangements in terms of flexibility and results orientation.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only short-listed candidates for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • SEforALL reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level below the advertised level of the post.

Competencies

SEforALL Values



Partnership. SEforALL’s global team operates within and across partner driven networks, building on its strong relationship with the UN. SEforALL’s global team catalyzes connections, coordinates activities with others, collaborates on common objectives and leverages opportunities to deliver more as a platform than it can do individually.

Agility. SEforALL’s global team is adaptive in its approach so it can stay focused on its goal in an evolving economic and political environment. It brings people together that don’t normally talk to each other and frames the questions differently so it can help leaders unlock action and finance.

Diversity. SEforALL’s global team recognizes the diversity of needs across countries and communities and commits to working with all actors in delivering solutions that respond to these differentiated needs.

Equity. SEforALL’s goal is for “all.” SEforALL’s global team strives for a sustainable energy transition that is just and equitable and leaves no one behind.

Results. SEforALL global team focuses on helping leaders make the most progress, fastest in areas that make a meaningful contribution to SEforALL’s objectives. It is solutions-oriented. It values evidence and data. It understands the scale and urgency of the sustainable energy challenge and the need for a holistic systems-based approach.

Trust. SEforALL’s global team treats information carefully and respects what it is entrusted with as it serves partners and their success.


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  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Home Based (Home Based)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Energy sector
    • Infrastructure and Urban-Rural development
    • Logistics
    • Supply Chain
    • Transport and Distribution
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-26

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