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Climate ChangeTerms of Reference- Technical Officer

ANNOUNCEMENT FOR JOB OPENING

Technical Officer

Duration of contract: 1 year (with possibility of extension)

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

Host:  EADB/Regional Collaboration Centre Kampala

BACKGROUND

The Regional Collaboration Centre (RCC) Kampala was established in 2013 by the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat and the East Africa Development Bank (EADB) to provide hands-on climate change support to stakeholders and governments in Eastern and Southern Africa in collaboration with partners such as NGOs and the private sector.

The first goal of the RCC is to support the implementation of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol. This includes communication, capacity building, stakeholder engagement, technical support, regional coordination and any other activity performed that are necessary to keep the CDM active in the RCC regions and ensure geographical distribution.

Secondly the RCC Kampala facilitates the implementation of the Paris Agreement in the areas of Adaptation, Transparency, Finance, Technology and Capacity-building, as well as, supporting the development and effective implementation of innovative market-based approaches building on the lessons learnt from the CDM to broaden the engagement in and effectiveness of action to mitigate climate change and drive sustainable development. This goal also aims at facilitating the operationalization of the cooperative approaches established by Article 6 of the Paris Agreement and broader efforts to engage non-Party stakeholders in climate action.

Lastly, the RCC Kampala mobilizes and coordinates Climate Action in the region and puts measures in place to ensure continued engagement with the host partner, UN Regional teams, international agencies and other partners. Communication of RCC activities and highlights via different platforms are an important aspect of this goal to ensure visibility and engagement with Party and non-Party stakeholders in climate action, as an extended arm of the secretariat.

Role

In this context, RCC Kampala is seeking a Technical Officer for the work in the two regions (Southern and East Africa). The Technical Officer will be guided by both the Regional Lead RCC Kampala (at EADB) and the responsible Officers of the various workstreams located at the UN Climate Change secretariat (UNFCCC) in Bonn.

Functions

The functions include:

  1. PROJECT SUPPORT
    1. Direct technical and procedural support to CDM projects and PoAs, with the guidance of the UNFCCC Mitigation Division, where needed.
    2. Collect updates on project statuses including on the implementation of projects, need for financing (CDM or otherwise) and desire to expand;
    3. Map out sources of CER demand in the region covering compliance, voluntary and results-based finance;
    4. Support relevant project data collection exercises of the Mitigation Division, on request;
    5. Explore ways in which the RCC Kampala database can be utilized to facilitate matchmaking between buyers/investors and sellers/developers;
    6. Promote the use of the Voluntary Cancellation Platform among CDM project developers and state and non-state CER buyers.

 

  1. SUPPORT STAKEHOLDERS AND the MITIGATION DIVISION IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF STANDARDIZED BASELINES
    1. Provide direct technical support to top down and bottom up development of standardized baselines (SBs) in power, energy efficiency, waste and biomass;
    2. Identify key potential sectors and stakeholders (including funding partners) for the development of new standardized baselines in the region within the context of secretariat’s ongoing work;

 

  1. ENHANCE REGIONAL CAPACITY AND ENGAGEMENT IN CLIMATE ACTION
    1. Contribute to maintaining proper records of interventions – events/webinars on the RCC central platform and with significant stakeholders;
    2. Co-organize and support participation in priority events/workshops through preparing presentations and relevant reports;
    3. Facilitate/participate in events/workshops (e.g. Africa Climate Week, national and regional workshops);
    4. Carry out and deliver webinars on specified priority topics for RCC stakeholders;
    5. Identify new and enhance existing partnership (e.g. GIZ, AfDB, UNEP, UNDP);
    6. Support the workplan and country engagement on carbon markets and carbon pricing activities under the Eastern Africa Alliance on Carbon Markets and Climate Finance, and the Collaborative Instruments for Ambitious Climate Action (CIACA) initiative.

 

  1. SUPPORT IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PARIS AGREEMENT
    1. Provide support for the transition to the enhanced transparency framework;
    2. Provide direct technical support to Parties in defining and implementing their NDCs;
    3. Support adaptation activities in the region as and when requested by Parties in collaboration with UNFCCC and regional partners
    4. Support the adoption and use of CDM approaches, methodologies and tools in the broader Paris framework such as under Article 6, and regional and national climate change policies, strategies and actions
    5. Support countries enhance their climate technology, e.g. Technology Action Plans, Technology needs assessments, through capacity building and engagement with support of the team at the Secretariat.

 

  1. CONTRIBUTE TO THE EFFICIENT MANAGEMENT OF THE RCC
    1. Support outreach activities including the research of relevant material for articles, newsletters and other means of communication, and contribute to preparation of the RCC’s newsletter;
    2. Completion of monthly executive performance reports and other monthly reporting templates;
    3. Maintain and use online operational tools including SharePoint, customer relationship management tool (CRM) and MS Teams;
    4. Ensure that secretariat’s communication tools (such as website and newsletters) regularly feature the work of the RCCs;

 

Qualifications

  1. University degree, preferably at master’s level, in environmental management/, climate change science, sustainable development or related discipline;
  2. At least five years of relevant professional experience working in the field of climate change. Especially experience in implementing mitigation actions such as CDM projects;
  3. Experience in climate policy (particularly related to UNFCCC processes) and knowledge of climate change mitigation issues and sustainable development (i.e SDGs) is desired;
  4. Knowledge of information exchange and interaction with various stakeholders including governments, international organizations, research institutions, private sector and NGOs is also an important asset;
  5. Research and analytical skills, written and oral communication skills; innovative conceptual and operational thinking;
  6. Track record in designing emission reduction projects would be a significant advantage;
  7. Excellent computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel;
  8. Excellent knowledge of English, fluency or a good knowledge in other languages would be an advantage

Competencies

  1. Achievement Drive: continually keeps an eye on performance, focusing on improving it, showing drive and determination to meet short and long-term goals;
  2. Change Orientation: Adapts to changes in the environment; takes a flexible approach to reach outcomes;
  3. Collaboration: Works cooperatively as part of a team; works collaboratively with peers across organizational boundaries based on a genuine interest in and an accurate understanding of others and their individual perspectives and concerns;
  4. Organizational Commitment: Is willing to commit to an organization whose mission is to support implementation of the Paris Agreement and is open to diversity, and to align their behavior with the organization’s needs and intrinsic values, acting with integrity in ways that promote the organization’s mission, policies and rules.

How to apply

Candidates, whose qualifications and experience match what we are looking for, please send your resume, a letter of motivation (1 page) and cover letter to RCC Kampala (rcckampala@unfccc.int) by 09 November 2020. Please indicate “Technical Officer” in your email subject.

 

Only successful candidates will be contacted


 

Climate ChangeANNOUNCEMENT FOR SHORT-TERM JOB OPENING

Terms of Reference

Climate Finance Specialist

Duration of contract: 1 year (with possibility of extension)

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

Host:  EADB/Regional Collaboration Centre Kampala

 

Background

The Regional Collaboration Centre (RCC) Kampala was established in 2013 by the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat and the East Africa Development Bank (EADB) to provide hands-on climate change support to stakeholders and governments in Eastern and Southern Africa in collaboration with partners such as NGOs and the private sector.

On climate finance, the RCC facilitates efforts to scale up climate finance and investment in contributing to the objectives of the Convention, Protocol and Paris Agreement and support activities at the country level.

Specifically at the twenty-third session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) in 2017 in its decision pertaining to long-term climate finance, the UNFCCC secretariat was requested in collaboration with the operating entities of the Financial Mechanism, United Nations agencies and bilateral, regional or multilateral channels to explore ways and means to assist developing country Parties in assessing their climate finance needs and priorities, in a country-driven manner, including technological and capacity-building needs, and to translate these climate finance needs into action (6/CP.23, para 10). The secretariat was also requested in previous CMP decisions, to support the CDM Executive Board in the facilitation of financing of projects. Collectively these mandates form a secretariat-wide initiative called the Needs-Based-Finance project, which aims to facilitate the access and mobilization of climate finance and investment, in supporting the needs identified by developing countries for the implementation of their priority projects and programmes as outlined in their nationally determined contributions (NDCs), national adaptation plans (NAPs) and other relevant national policies and/or strategies.

Role

In this context, RCC Kampala is seeking a Climate Finance Expert for the work on climate finance in the two regions (southern and east Africa). The expert will be guided by both the Regional Lead RCC Kampala (at EADB) and responsible Officer(s)/Manager of the Climate Finance sub-division of the UN Climate Change secretariat (UNFCCC).

Functions

The functions include:

  1. Provide support to the Needs Based Finance project in Eastern and Southern Africa, in collaboration with partners of the UNFCCC secretariat.
  2. Maintain a database of climate finance counterparts in the region to include:
    1. Ministry of Environment or equivalent e.g. Climate Finance UNFCCC focal points;
    2. Ministry of Finance or equivalent e.g. National Designated Authorities to the GCF, AF, GEF, CIFs etc;
    3. Economic and regional commissions etc;
    4. Development Banks;
    5. Development Financial Institutions such as MDBs and EXIM banks;
    6. Commercial Financial Institutions, insurance, foundations, donors, institutional investors;
    7. Private sector climate finance experts and consultants;
    8. Project financiers, domestic and international;
    9. Initiatives and programmes on climate finance capacity building, technology etc.;
    10. Investment promotion agencies etc.;
    11. Local savings and sources of potential climate finance;
    12. CDM and cooperative mechanism projects and developers;
  3. Follow developments and monitor target markets, develop and maintain a network of private promoters, borrowers and financial institutions;
  4. Prepare presentation materials, draft reports and developed proposals and press releases;
  5. Develop partnerships and prepare engagements with agreed outcomes and deliverables;
  6. Contribute to sourcing of climate finance and development of suitable financing structures and or screening funding proposals;
  7. Support data collection of finance sources and needs;
  8. Proactively contribute to the development of the support on finance; propose and implement deliverables with other service providers and partners where appropriate.

 

 

Qualifications

  1. University degree, preferably at master’s level, in finance/business, environmental or climate change sciences, environmental economics, economics or related discipline.
  2. At least seven years of relevant experience in the financial sector, preferably in corporate banking/finance and/or high yield/sub-investment grade debt and/or mezzanine financing as well as venture capital and/or private equity funds and/or philanthropic funds, development-, climate- and/or carbon finance and funds;
  3. Strong technical expertise in financial analysis/modelling as well as experience in assessment and design of financial structures and lending facilities, including credit enhancement;
  4. Proven business development and or investment promotion achievements;
  5. Experience in responding to and processing proposals from potential clients and converting them into meaningful work proposals or action plans;
  6. Experience in climate policy, including with representatives of government and non-government;
  7. Excellent computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel;
  8. Excellent knowledge of English, fluency or a good knowledge in other languages would be an advantage;
  9. A finance qualification or proven finance, business development or transaction and investment banking or promotion experience and achievements would be a significant advantage.

Competencies

  1. Achievement Drive: continually keeps an eye on performance, focusing on improving it, showing drive and determination to meet short and long-term goals.
  2. Change Orientation: Adapts to changes in the environment; takes a flexible approach to reach outcomes.
  3. Collaboration: Works cooperatively as part of a team; works collaboratively with peers across organizational boundaries based on a genuine interest in and an accurate understanding of others and their individual perspectives and concerns.
  4. Organizational Commitment: Is willing to commit to an organization whose mission is to support implementation of the Paris Agreement and is open to diversity, and to align their behavior with the organization’s needs and intrinsic values, acting with integrity in ways that promote the organization’s mission, policies and rules.

How to apply

Candidates, whose qualifications and experience match what we are looking for, please send your resume, a letter of motivation(1 page) and cover letter to RCC Kampala (rcckampala@unfccc.int ) by 2 November 2020. Please indicate “Climate Finance Expert” in your email subject.

Only successful candidates will be contacted.


 

Climate ChangeTerms of Reference

Information and data gathering to inform the capacity-building mapping study of the private sector in regard to climate change (Eastern and Southern Africa)

Consultant (capacity building)

Background

Since 2018, the International Development Research Centre of Canada (IDRC), and the capacity -building team at the UNFCCC Secretariat have been collaborating on activities to strengthen local, national and international stakeholder capacities to engage in climate action.  Along with other committed partners, UNFCCC and IDRC co-organized the Capacity-Building Knowledge to Action Days during the regional Latin America Climate Week in August 2019 (LACCW) and COP 25 in December 2019. Jointly with IDRC, the UNFCCC secretariat supported a mapping study of private sector actors’ capacity-building needs and gaps regarding climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean, presented at COP 25.[1]

This study identified several gaps, including:

 

  • The need to better use available technical knowledge to develop capacity-building actions to help the private sector understand patterns and trends related to reductions in crop yields and increased water scarcity;
  • The need of targeted training to enhance the private sector’s understanding of adaptation and resilience practices, among medium sized enterprises;
  • Enhancement of knowledge on ways and means for reducing economic losses that will impact farmers and small businesses, including the development of crop and livestock insurance and water conservation funds, is required.

Objectives

The study in the LAC region and the discussions during the Capacity Building Knowledge to Action Days confirmed that the private sector has great potential to support climate-related capacity-building activities and can also benefit from enhanced capacities to better contribute to higher climate ambition.

[1]https://newsroom.unfccc.int/sites/default/files/resource/Private%20sector%20CB%20mapping%20LAC%2014%20May%20WUG.pdf

Based on this, and on the lessons learned with the LAC mapping study, the UNFCCC and IDRC agreed to collaborate in developing a working paper mapping out what type of capacity-building is required by the private sector and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to help address the needs and gaps on climate action faced by Eastern and Southern African countries.[1] The findings and recommendations from this paper will allow for greater understanding of actions already taken in those countries and provide an evidence-based grounding for the development of actionable strategies and approaches to enhance private sector participation in climate related capacity-building actions towards decarbonization and enhanced resilience. Further, it will promote greater engagement by the private sector in national climate plans, such as National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and increase collaboration with research organizations and academia to support capacity-building efforts supporting low carbon and resilient development.

The working paper should inform the development of future strategies to:

(1) Improve private sector, particularly SME’s, capacity to contribute to higher climate ambition and collective actions: enhancing resilience in collaboration with academic and research organizations, particularly through NDCs and NAPs and in close coordination and alignment with government-led climate actions and policies supporting decarbonization and enhanced climate resilience.

(2) Harness potential platforms and other means to engage the private sector in capacity-building initiatives for climate action at different levels.

(3) Develop specialist leaders to engage the private sector in climate actions, with an emphasis on SME representatives.

(4) Provide recommendations for enabling private sector engagement in the implementation of NDCs and NAPs.

To prepare this working paper, two consultants will be identified who will be performing their tasks under the joint guidance of IDRC, the UNFCCC’s Capacity-Building sub-division and the RCC Kampala.

To inform the drafting of the working paper, the lead consultant will design a survey to gather information on private sector capacity gaps and of capacity-building offers available from academic institutions and research organisations.

[1] Angola, Botswana, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Tasks

The second consultant (this TOR) will support the application of the above-mentioned survey and undertake research on academic and research organizations working on climate change issues, with a special focus on capacity-building.

The consultant under the direct supervision of the UNFCCC secretariat (at Bonn HQ and RCC Kampala) and under the guidance of the lead consultant will perform the following tasks:

 

  • Prepare and maintain a survey target list with contact information of private sector stakeholders;
  • Send out the survey designed to asses the capacity needs and gaps to private sector stakeholders and communicate regularly with survey recipients to ensure answers are received with the established deadlines;
  • When required, facilitate communication between private sector survey recipients and the lead consultant;
  • Compile information obtained by the survey and produce charts or summaries as required by the lead consultant;
  • Create and maintain electronic folders on individual survey replies and compiled information and graphs/charts;
  • Compile up to date information on climate change programmes and activities of academic institutions and research organization in the region that could address the capacity-building needs of the private sector.
  • As required, produce summaries and/or charts on the information compiled on climate change programmes and activities of academic institutions and research organizations in Eastern and Southern African countries.
  • Create and maintain electronic folders on the information compiled as regards climate change programmes and activities of academic institutions and research organization in Eastern and Southern African countries.

Outputs for the consultant

Primary output

 

  • Compilation of private sector survey results, including summaries and graphs/charts to inform the analysis of the lead consultant.
  • Compilation of climate change programmes and activities of academic institutions and research organizations in the subregion.

 

Secondary output

  • An electronic record of survey results and of the compilation of climate change programmes and activities of academic institutions and research organizations in the subregion.

 

Indicative Time frame

November 2020 – February 2021 (30 working days)

Output/Task Date Indicators
Finalising list of survey recipients in coordination with UNFCCC and lead consultant 1st week of December List of survey recipients finalised
Sending out survey to list of recipients 2nd week of December Survey sent to all recipients as per agreed deadline
Follow up with survey recipients as required 2nd week of December to 1st week of February Follow up in obtaining an adequate number of responses in accordance to agreed sample size.
Gather and organize survey responses 2nd week of December until 2nd week of February Meeting the required number of entries and organise them in a manner that facilitates analysis
Gather and organize information on and activities of academic institutions and research organizations in the subregion.

 

2nd week of December until 2nd week of February Collected information is organised in a manner that facilitate analysis
Preparation of summaries and graphs/charts for working papers based on information and data gathered. Last week of January until mid February Comprehensiveness and clarity of the materials produced.
Electronic repository of materials, including database with survey results, summaries, graphs and compilation of information of climate change prorammes and activities of academic institutions and research organizations End February Completeness and accesibility of the information.

 

The suggested dates are subject to change, depending on the hiring of the lead consultant.

Duty station and places of travel

The consultant shall be based at their place of residence and work remotely in close collaboration with the UNFCCC team in Bonn and at the RCC Kampala.

Requirements

The consultant shall have the following competencies and qualifications:

  • At least two years of relevant work experience at the national and/or international level on the collection and analysis of data and information preferably on climate change and/or sustainable development related issues;
  • Experience of working on international projects in Eastern and Southern Africa;
  • Excellent knowledge of English;
  • Knowledge and skills on the development of databases.

 

How to apply

Candidates, whose qualifications and experience match what we are looking for, please send your resume and cover letter to RCC Kampala (rcckampala@unfccc.int) by 13 November 2020. Ensure to include “Capacity-Building Consultant” in your email subject. Given the high volume of Emails received, your application may be missed if the subject line differs to this.