Mexico: International Climate Negotiations Expert Consultant
Mexico: International Climate Negotiations Expert Consultant
Based in Seoul, The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is an intergovernmental organization founded to support and promote a model of economic growth known as "green growth", which targets key aspects of economic performance such a poverty reduction, job creation, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. GGGI works with countries around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies that can impact the lives of millions. The organization partners with countries, multilateral institutions, government bodies, and private sector to help build economies that grow strongly and are more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources, less carbon intensive, and more resilient to climate change.
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a financing mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and was established specifically to provide financial support so that countries like Mexico can reach its emission reduction targets. In 2017, GGGI and GCF signed a Strategic partnership, aimed to leverage GGGI’s embedded presence with partner governments to support countries access Readiness and Preparatory Support Grants. As Delivery Partner of the GCF, GGGI is committed to build local capacities in the country, including NDA and Direct Access Entities (DAEs), to access GCF resources.
GGGI has partnered with the Nationally Determined Authority (“NDA”) within the Mexican Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (“SHCP”) in Mexico to develop a work program (Readiness Program) to raise awareness and develop local capacities for the development and management of GCF eligible projects. Funding for the implementation of this Readiness Program will be provided by GCF through the Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme. The main aspects of the work program include 4 Outcomes with the following aims:
1) Update and raise awareness of the no-objection procedure;
2) Foster ownership and planning through the development of a Country Program;
3) Support the Direct Access Entity accreditation process of NAFIN and BANOBRAS, and
4) Support the development of a national climate finance strategy and foster private sector engagement
To support the delivery of specific Outcomes of the Readiness Programme and contribute to building capacities of the NDA on GCF procedures, a consultant will be hired. The consultant will work directly with the NDA, under the supervision of the GGGI Mexico Country Representative and in close coordination with GGGI’s GCF Readiness Implementation Team (the Team).
Objectives/Purpose of the Assignment:
Reporting directly to GGGI´s Mexico Country Representative, the International Climate Negotiations Expert Consultant will advise Mexico’s NDA on the implications of GCF Board’s decisions and their impact on the implementation of the GCF Readiness activities.
Scope of Work:
Based in Mexico, the consultant will carry out advisory activities to the NDA and relevant actors within the Ministry of Finance in relation to the GCF. The consultant will provide advise on Mexico’s climate change Negotiating Groups positions, government policies and interest, as well as the implications of GCF policies and decisions on the implementation of the GCF Readiness activities and the strengthening of Mexico’s climate finance ecosystem.
Specifically, the consultant is expected to lead and/or support the following activities:
- Coordinate closely with NDA office and convey Mexico’s position to GCF negotiations
- Support the NDA office in developing climate change position strategies in support of the implementation of the country´s National Determined Contributions (NDCs). This includes Mexico´s interactions with the GCF Secretariat, Board, the Board members and Working Groups.
- Ensure consistency of Mexico’s position to the GCF with Mexico’s position to other UNFCCC matters
- Provide training and advisory services to NDA office and other Ministries (as required) on international climate negotiations.
- Carry out research and provide advice to the NDA office and SHCP regarding Party Groupings’ positions and interests to appropriately conduct meetings
- Attend (virtually) all GCF board meetings and preparation meetings
- Support the NDA office and SHCP team participation on GCF meetings
- Support the coordination of the NDA with other relevant Ministries, i.e. Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Identify key information and documents to support the NDA’s office and SHCP during GCF board meetings during 2021
- Identify key negotiation issues and draft position papers to enhance Mexico’s national climate finance ecosystem
- Identify policy or procedures decisions which require to be considered in Mexico’s No Objection Procedure and Country Programme
- Derived from decisions and discussions on GCF sectoral guidelines, Integrated Results Management Framework, funding proposals approval GCF board insights, provide recommendation to DAEs to better align Entity Working Programmes, Concept Notes and Funding Proposals development.
The Consultant is required to assemble a workplan and match his/her outcomes, activities, and deliverables with those of the GCF Readiness workplan. Main deliverables the consultant is expected to contribute to are broadly summarized below:
- Elaborate position papers and other documents required for GCF meetings, in coordination with Mexico’s NDA
- Propose recommendations to strengthen Mexico’s national climate finance ecosystem and the implementation of Mexico’s Country Programme based on GCF policy or procedures decisions approved during 2021
- Provide ad-hoc advice to GT-FIN (Mexico’s Climate Finance Working Group) members on international mitigation pathways, technologies, and finance
- Provide advice to DAEs to better align Entity Working Programmes, Concept Notes and Funding Proposals development based on decisions and discussions on GCF sectoral guidelines, Integrated Results Management Framework, funding proposals approval GCF board insights
- Master’s degree in International Relations, Climate Change Policy, International Development, Economics, or other relevant discipline combined with at least 12 years of relevant professional experience, or a Ph.D., with 8 years of experience
- Excellent knowledge of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiation topics, its financial mechanisms, and the UNFCCC Party Groupings positions and interests
- Proven knowledge of the Environmental Integrity Group positions and interests, as well as proven experience as International Negotiator for the Government of Mexico or the Group in the UNFCCC Conferences of the Parties (COPs)
- Excellent knowledge of negotiation positions of States regarding CO2 reduction, financing mitigation and adaptation efforts
- Deep knowledge of Mexico’s Foreign Policy in environmental and climate change issues in previous and current Government Administration
- Good knowledge of the climate finance ecosystem in Mexico, financing needs and National funding mechanisms and instruments in place to channel international resources
- Knowledge on Green Climate Fund mandates and its operation, as well as developed, developing and least developed Countries’ Positions.
- Experience advising National Governments on climate change or climate finance issues.
- Excellent oral and written communication in English and Spanish.
- Contract duration: January 2021- June 2021 (part-time)
- Contract value: up to USD 384 per day, up to USD 17,265 in total (dependent on candidate's credentials)
- Date to close is Korean Standard Time (KST). Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
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