JUNIOR ASSOCIATE ECONOMIST
UNDP and the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning (MoEPP) are implementing the project “Strengthening institutional and technical Macedonian capacities to enhance transparency in the framework of the Paris Agreement” (CBIT Project). As the project title indicates, the immediate objective of the project is to meet enhanced transparency requirements as defined in Article 13 of the Paris Agreement by strengthening institutional and technical capacity for measuring and reporting on emissions, mitigation and adaptation activities, and support received. It will use three means of strengthening capacity in this area: 1) Strengthening national institutions for Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) and aligning transparency activities with country priorities; 2) Ensuring that organizations and individuals have the necessary training and tools to conduct MRV activities; and 3) Transitioning arrangements for data collection, analysis, and reporting from a project-based cycle to a continuous process.
The project supports the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning – MOEPP (as climate change focal point institution) to increase its capacity for transparency activities by providing resources for a designated MRV Unit, training and equipping the Unit and other agencies that provide data inputs for MRV, and establishing a system for continuous data collection, analysis, and reporting. Five young professionals shall be engaged in order to assure continuous, regular update of the national GHG inventories and establishment of a Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system.
Given the above, UNDP would like to engage a Junior Associate - Economist to support implementation of the CBIT project within the planned MRV Unit.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objective of the Assignment
The Junior Associate - Economist is expected to provide support in transposition of the relevant climate change provisions arising from the UNFCCC and EU policies into the national legislation.
Scope of Work
Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager the Junior Associate - Economist shall be responsible for the following tasks:
Acquaint with the country’s requirements arising from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Paris Agreement and the EU accession process relevant to climate change, as well as with the latest climate change reports and activities in the country;
Support the transparent reporting to the UNFCCC and the EU in the area of ??climate;
Improve her/his knowledge and capacities for regular fulfillment of national and international commitments related to climate change;
Improve her/his knowledge and capacities for identifying and monitoring climate change projects and finances;
Support the preparation of analyzes and monitoring of the economic aspect of the implementation of action plans within the framework of the international strategic documents related to climate change;
Regular communication with the finance department of MoEPP;
Regular communication with the relevant ministries regarding mainstreaming climate change into sectoral policies;
Support transposing the recommendations from the strategic documents into sectoral policies from an economic point of view;
Support strengthening of institutional capacities for regular fulfillment of national and international commitments related to climate change;
Assist in development of methodology and monitoring of climate change related expenditures spent from national and local budgets, in coordination with appropriate departments in MoEPP/municipalities;
Assist in carrying out government budget analysis (harmonized with the EU methodology) for identifying the costs associated with climate change in the government budget, in coordination with sector ministries and other government units;
Assist in the preparation of various climate change recommendations / questions / reports;
Support gender mainstreaming in climate policies at national and local level;
Assist in creating a list of national networks of experts in the field (relevant MRV in key relevant government organizations, as well as national experts);
Prepare briefings for relevant committees, key sectoral ministries, Government, Parliament, municipalities and civil society on transparency activities and NDC in close cooperation with the rest of the MRV team in the MoEPP;
Assist in identifying economic tools for mitigation, adaptation and reporting;
Support co-operation with the education sector with an aim to introduce climate change in the educational curriculums at all levels.
EXPECTED OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES:
The Junior Associate - Economist is expected to deliver monthly reports to the Project Manager. The payments shall be done monthly.
Total 12 monthly progress reports to be prepared and delivered.
The Junior Associate - Economist will work under direct supervision of the Project Manager and will closely collaborate with the UNFCCC Focal Point. The required reports shall be submitted in English and Macedonian language.
Duration of the Work
The initial duration of the work is estimated to in the period of 1 October 2019 – 30 September 2020.
Duty station and travel
The duty station will be in Skopje. Travel is not expected. If unforeseen travel is requested by UNDP it will be covered by UNDP in line with applicable rules and regulations and upon prior written approval of the Project Manager.
- Excellent communications and facilitation skills;
- Excellent analytical and negotiation skills;
- Excellent research and writing skills
- Excellent public speaking and presentation skills.
Required Skills and Experience
The selected candidate shall possess:
- University degree or equivalent in the thematic areas relevant to the assignment (e.g. Economy, Business Administration, Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management);
- Minimum 1 year of experience in the fields relevant of the assignment;
- Previous relevant experience in development and implementation of projects, participation at economic research studies, analyses, assessments, reports in areas relevant for the project shall be considered as an asset.
- Ability to conduct, compile and draft reports based on field and desk-based research;
- Excellent writing and oral communication skills in English.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF BEST OFFER
The candidates shall be evaluated against the mandatory criteria. Shortlisted candidates shall be invited for testing and interview. The financial offer shall be requested only from the shortlisted candidates that will be invited for an interview.
DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED
Interested offerors are invited submit the following documents/information to be considered:
Most updated CV with focus on required qualification as well as the contact details of at least three (3) professional references;
Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment,