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CCAC Methane Planning Expert (Bogota, Colombia)

Paris

  • Organization: UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme
  • Location: Paris
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Climate Change
  • Closing Date: Closed

Result of Service

The national Methane Planning consultant will be responsible for:
¿ Supporting the definition of a cross-sectoral methane roadmap, including the formulation of the methane budget, based on the inputs provided by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.

¿ Supporting the formulation of a short-term national carbon budget which is consistent with a long-term climate stabilization strategy, including the disaggregation of the methane budget.

¿ Supporting the conceptualisation of a GHG and PM2.5 emissions mitigation planning tool that includes CO2, methane, N2O, HFCs, and PM2.5 (including ratio of black carbon and organic carbon).

The expected outputs of the consultancy are:
¿ A draft methane roadmap following the methodology agreed with the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development and the CCAC Secretariat.

¿ Final document describing the level of Colombia's total carbon budget (all GHGs) and methane budget at national level for the period 2020 - 2030 and indicative for the period 2031 - 2035, including the methodology carried out for its formulation and validation.

¿ Draft conceptualisation of a GHG and PM2.5 emissions mitigation planning tool including CO2, methane, N2O, HFCs, and PM2.5 (including ratio of black carbon and organic carbon) covering modelling planning and sectoral results.

¿ A report presenting the possibilities for improvement of information, updating and optimisation of the national emissions model generated under the NDC including the methane emissions component.

Work Location

Bogota, Colombia

Expected duration

12 months

Duties and Responsibilities

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition, hereafter referred to as the Coalition, was launched in February 2012. The Coalition is a partnership of governments, intergovernmental organisations and representatives of the private sector, the environmental community, and other members of civil society, who are committed to accelerating and incentivising action to address the major short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs). The Secretariat of the Coalition is hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme.

Colombia joined the Climate and Clean Air Coalition in 2012, and in recent years has played an active role as a member of the Board, driving major advances in the mitigation of short-lived climate pollutants and air pollutants.

Colombia developed a National Strategy for the Mitigation of Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) in 2018 to implement reduction strategies while developing a mechanism to evaluate their impact on air quality in tandem with climate change. The strategy identifies measures to reduce SLCPs in three key sources: oil and gas production, open agricultural burning, and coke production. This strategy helped inform Colombia's Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), submitted in 2020.

In 2020, through its NDC, the Government of Colombia has established adaptation targets and mitigation measures that will guide its actions in the period 2020-2030. This NDC has identified a portfolio of measures that support the achievement of the mitigation target. This portfolio includes 32 national measures, and 89 subnational measures led by ministerial and territorial entities. Furthermore, it includes 24 measures led by companies and 3 specific measures to reduce black carbon. It is important to highlight that this portfolio has been consolidated with the stakeholders responsible for its implementation.

In 2021, Colombia reaffirmed its commitment to taking climate action through its Law 2169 that seeks to promote low carbon development with the establishment of goals and minimum mitigation measures. These measures are intrinsically related with the NDC targets and portfolio of measures. The Law 2169/2021 recognizes the implementation and follow-up plan as an instrument to monitor and meet the goals and measures established in the NDC. The law also highlights the role of the Ministries and entities that are responsible for the measures and goals in formulating the plan.

Despite the Colombian government's efforts, gaps remain to reach the emissions reduction target set out in the NDC. It is necessary to identify additional national measures to build a more exhaustive portfolio that helps reach the national emission reduction targets, exploring new potential for example, in the AFOLU sector with greenhouse gases not included in the current portfolio and in line with international commitments Colombia made during COP26 regarding the Global Methane Pledge.

The CCAC is therefore seeking a national methane planning consultant to fill the following gaps/needs:
- The need for cross-sectoral definition and establishment of the methane roadmap including the formulation of the methane budget.
- The absence of technical inputs for the definition of a methane budget for the implementation of the methane mitigation roadmap.
- The need to support the formulation of the national carbon budget, including the disaggregation of the methane budget.
- The need to support the conceptualisation of a GHG and PM2.5 emissions mitigation planning tool that includes CO2, methane, N2O, HFCs and PM2.5 (including ratio of black carbon and organic carbon).

The CCAC National Methane Planning Consultant will work in close collaboration with the CCAC Secretariat and MADES to develop a methane roadmap and to support the formulation of a national carbon budget, including the disaggregation of the methane budget.

Outputs:

• Work plan concerted with ministries to develop the draft methane roadmap
• A draft methane roadmap following the methodology agreed with the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development and the CCAC Secretariat.
• Final document describing the level of Colombia's total carbon budget (all GHGs) and methane budget at national level for the period 2020 - 2030 and indicative for the period 2031 - 2035, the methodology carried out for its formulation and validation
• Draft conceptualisation of a GHG emissions planning tool including CO2, methane, N2O, HFCs and PM2.5 (including black carbon) covering modelling planning and sectoral results.
• A report presenting the possibilities for improvement of information, updating and optimisation of the national emissions model generated under the NDC including the methane emissions component
• Periodic progress reports

Qualifications/special skills

- Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental sciences, environmental engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, or a related field is required. A first university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted instead of the advanced degree.
- Eight years or more of professional experience in a field relevant to climate change, climate change modelling, energy modelling, GHG emissions inventory and air pollution. Experience in environmental public policy is desirable.
- Excellent written and spoken communication skills, and the capacity to work with colleagues and partners is required.
- Experience in multi-stakeholder dialogues, knowledge with sectoral authorities.
- Knowledge in modelling of GHG and air pollution mitigation measures with different software including LEAP IBC.
- Knowledge of, or experience implementing, methodologies and resources for developing GHG and air pollution emissions inventories
- Knowledge of the national policies in climate change mitigation and air pollution.
- A good understanding of GHG dynamics, short-lived climate pollutants, climate change and air pollution issues in Colombia is desirable

Languages

- Fluency in oral and written Spanish and English is required.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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