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Regional Technical Coordinator - Consultant

Regional Technical Coordinator - Consultant

Organization : Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Bangkok Regional Centre (BRC)

Vacancy Announcement

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

Regional Collaboration Centre for Asia and the Pacifica in Bangkok (RCC Bangkok)

 

 

Position title:              Regional Technical Coordinator (Consultant) - Collaborative Instruments for Ambitious Climate Action (CI-ACA)

Responsible to:           Under the direct supervision of the UNFCCC secretariat (at Bonn HQ and RCC Bangkok)  

Salary:                           Depending on experience

Contract:                      The work will initially be of a 6-month duration (Jan. – June 2021)

Work hours/days:      The international consultant will be allocated 120 working days.

Place of work:             The consultant shall be based at their place of residence and work remotely in close collaboration with the UNFCCC teams in Bonn and in the RCC Bangkok.

 

 

  1. About IGES, IGES Regional Centre, and UNFCCC-IGES Regional Collaboration Center

Established in 1998, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) is an independent, non-profit environmental policy think-tank, headquartered in Japan. IGES aims to achieve a new paradigm for civilization, conduct innovative policy development and strategic research for environmental measures, and reflect research results into political decisions for realising sustainable development both in the Asia-Pacific region and globally.

 

IGES Regional Centre in Bangkok, Thailand (BRC) works on critical environmental and sustainable development issues and is IGES’ main arm for collaborating with local and international partners in Asia and the Pacific. BRC works closely with partners and governments to deliver real change on the ground by facilitating dialogue, conducting research and sharing replicable practices that are useful for policymakers. BRC’s activities focus on four key areas: climate change adaptation; climate change mitigation; environmental safeguards; and local and city initiatives.


In September 2015, IGES and the UN Climate Change secretariat jointly launched a Regional Collaboration Center (RCC) for Asia and the Pacific. The RCC, hosted by IGES Regional Center, is dedicated to the objectives of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Climate Change Agreement. It helps channel local, regional and global resources into climate action, to facilitate the implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement, National Adaptation Plans, roadmaps for implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and other relevant policies and strategies of countries in the region.  For more about RCC Bangkok activities, please visit our webpage (https://unfccc.int/about-us/regional-collaboration-centres/rcc-bangkok).

 

  1. Background

 

When launched in 2016 during COP22 in Marrakesh, the Collaborative Instruments for Ambitious Climate Action (from now on CI-ACA) project came as response to the growing need by parties for support to achieve their National Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement through the adoption of domestic and collaborative carbon pricing instruments.  Two years later, the implementation of the work has successfully exceeded expectations with 19 jurisdictions engaged, four jurisdictions supported at the domestic level, support raised across regions and an ever-increased relevance of the topic of carbon pricing and collaborative action. In Asia, the CI-ACA project supported the consideration of carbon pricing in Pakistan and assessed the MRV foundation for a potential regional carbon market at the level of ASEAN. Further needs for support have already been identified.

It is against this background and following consultation with CI-ACA contributors that it was agreed to develop a proposal that will build on the achievements of the first project phase and respond to the new challenges. These new challenges include among others: (i) the implementation of the Katowice package (and in particular the Enhanced Transparency Framework); (ii) new decisions which may arise from COP25 decision (and in particular regarding Article 6); (iii) the integration of the topic of “just transition”.

In its second phase, Ci-ACA aims to consolidate the basis laid in its first phase; strengthen the synergies for regional collaboration; expand its approach to new countries globally.

  1. Objectives / Purpose of the Assignment

Carbon pricing instruments can help guide economies towards a sustainable low carbon future and, therefore, support the achievement of NDC targets. However, such economic instruments for climate action do not exist in isolation, but are part of a much wider context which includes among others the international climate regime, domestic climate action and policies, and other national circumstances.

The AWGCC (ASEAN Working Group on Climate Change), guided by the NEA (National Environment Agency of Singapore) on this particular topic on carbon pricing has expressed interested to receive continuous support in the implementation of recommendations of CI-ACA phase 1 outcome “Study on cooperative MRV as a foundation for a potential regional carbon market within ASEAN”.

Recognizing that an effective carbon pricing instrument should be rooted in the national context, be aligned with national priorities, and take into account the views of key national stakeholders, from both the public and private sectors, the Ministry of Climate Change, Pakistan has expressed interest in continuous support through the CI-ACA initiative, on the design of carbon pricing instruments for the country.

  1. Position                                                                                                        

In this context, through RCC Bangkok the CI-ACA initiative of UNFCCC is seeking an expert for leading (catalysing, structuring and managing) and delivering work in the areas mentioned above.

 

The expert will be contracted by IGES and the consultant shall be based at their place of residence and work remotely in close collaboration with the UNFCCC teams in Bonn and in the RCC Bangkok. The assignment also includes missions to project countries, as required and possible.

 

  1. Duties and responsibilities

 

Support the implementation of the recommendation of the ASEAN study

The UNFCCC RCC conducted a study on opportunities for collaboration among ASEAN Member States on systems for the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of greenhouse gas emissions, which could be the foundation for the establishment of a regional carbon market. This study was finalized in early 2019 and, as part of its outcomes; it provides a set of recommendations for follow-up activities. Set in this context, this draft concept note develops some of the ideas laid on the study, which could subsequently be framed in the form of “actionable” work packages or project proposals to the consideration of the ASEAN Working Group on Climate Change. Therefore, activities may be related to the following items:

  • Opportunity 1 – Establishment of a knowledge center on MRV for the ASEAN region
  • Opportunity 2 – Analysis of facility-level MRV guidelines developed in ASEAN Member States and assessment of the potential for harmonization
  • Opportunity 3 – Support selected ASEAN Member States in the development of MRV guidelines for specific sectors/sub-sectors
  • Opportunity 4 – Development of common verification guidelines among ASEAN Member States to support facility-level MRV
  • Opportunity 5 – Assessing the potential for establishing a regional Emissions Trading System (ETS) among countries of ASEAN
  • Opportunity 6 – Piloting of market-based instruments in countries of the region
  • Additional complementary work – as subsequently identified and defined, to support the potential emergence of a regional carbon market within ASEAN

Finalizing the work package with the AWGCC is one of the first outcomes of the assignment under this contract with regard to the work in ASEAN. Details on the workplan and deliverables will be determined. 

 

Support the work of the national committee for the establishment of carbon markets in Pakistan

The Ministry of Climate Change of Pakistan (MoCC), in collaboration with the UNFCCC, finalized in July 2019 a study on opportunities for the introduction of carbon pricing instruments in Pakistan. This study was carried out in the context of a global project of the UNFCCC Secretariat named Collaborative Instruments for Ambitious Climate Action (CI-ACA). The findings and recommendations of the study were fully endorsed by a National Steering Committee established by the MoCC to provide guidance to the project and oversee the overall preparation of the study. A National Review Committee (NRC) set up to assess the technical soundness of the study also endorsed its findings and recommendations.

One of the most significant outcomes of this process was the recommendation to the setup of a National Committee on the Establishment of Carbon Markets (NCECM) to carry out some of the opportunities identified by the study. The overarching aim of this Committee is to provide recommendations to the government of Pakistan for the effective establishment of a national carbon market.  

In light of the above, the MoCC and the UNFCCC have agreed to the launch of a new phase of the CI-ACA project which could support Pakistan implementing some of the recommendations of the study, having in perspective the adoption of a carbon pricing instrument in the future. Set against this background, this document proposes a set of initiatives and activities that could be developed in Pakistan as part of a second phase of the CI-ACA project.

 

Scope of Work

Specific activities include:

  • Establishing an exchange platform for collecting and comparing facility-level MRV guidelines developed in ASEAN Member States;
  • Analysis of facility-level MRV guidelines developed in ASEAN Member States, assessment of the potential for harmonization and proposing a way forward for harmonized guidelines.  The focus of this assessment would be on the accounting, monitoring and reporting of GHG emissions (i.e. on the “M” and “R”), taking into account the work already implemented in the region and led by PASTI. The analysis should include and assessment of gaps and opportunities for coordination, alignment and harmonization of facility-level guidelines for the Monitoring and Reporting of emissions as well as benefits and potential hurdles of harmonizing these guidelines/regulations among the countries involved;
  • Support selected ASEAN Member States in the development of MRV guidelines for specific sectors/sub-sectors. In this context, the aim of this opportunity is to engage in the development of MRV guidelines at the facility level, for specific sectors, adopting an integrated approach at the regional level from the very beginning. These guidelines or procedures would be developed from scratch;
  • Preparation and organization of technical exchange workshops involving representatives of the ASEAN countries;
  • As required, preparation and organization of policy dialogues aimed at fostering discussions about collaboration on carbon pricing among ASEAN member States;
  • Development of common verification guidelines among ASEAN Member
  • Assessing the potential for establishing a regional Emissions Trading System;
  • As required, providing support to ASEAN member States and the ASEAN secretariat for ensuring progress in the adoption of carbon pricing policies and the establishment of related MRV systems while ensuring the greatest possible alignment in carbon pricing policies;
  • Coordinating with external partners engaged in supporting carbon pricing in the region.
  • Provide Support to any other activity related to Ci-ACA as required by the RCC-BKK, including outreach and fundraising activities.
  • Oversight of the ongoing CI-ACA work in Pakistan, including providing technical guidance to the locally hired consultants and monitoring of work progress
  • Provision of guidance and support regarding the use of domestic instruments in the context of the Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, related provisions and the related evolving framework of rules, modalities and procedures (i.e., Pakistan).
  • Any other task which may be required to support the further elaboration, adoption and implementation of carbon pricing approaches at the domestic level.

 

  1. Qualifications

The consultants shall have the following competencies and qualifications:

  • Advanced educational qualifications in a relevant field (environmental economics, public policy, or any relevant discipline) along with relevance of experience,)
  • At least 6 years of professional experience in climate change, particularly at institutional and policy level; including 1 or preferably 2 years of concrete experience in designing and/or analysing domestic carbon pricing and carbon market schemes such as carbon tax, emission trading systems and carbon funds.
  • Familiarity with the following subtopics related to carbon pricing is desirable: scope and coverage, oversight and institutional arrangements, flexibility provision, setting of cap/price, allocation or management of price impact, linking and Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.  
  • Strong technical expertise in market and pricing mechanisms.
  • Knowledge of international developments in the field of carbon pricing.
  • Experience in climate policy, including working with government and non-government stakeholders
  • Demonstrated knowledge of latest developments in the field of carbon pricing.
  • Experience working with and managing multicultural teams.
  • Working experience in the region, and preferred experience of working in Asian counties
  • Desired skills: Report writing, research and analysis, presentation, consulting and advisory.
  • Language skills: Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential.

 

  1. Term of Employment

The work will initially be of a 6-month duration (January to June 2021). The international consultant will be allocated 120 working days.

 

  1. Place of Work

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

 

  1. Compensation

Relevant work experience, research career, and relevant professional skills will be taken into account.

 

  1. How to Apply

Interested and qualified applicants are encouraged to submit the following the email contacts mentioned below by 30 November 2020.

  • Letter of Motivation explaining why you are interested in the position;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • References listing related functions, assignments and/or publications carried-out;

Send your application to:
Ms. Ariel Yu (yu@iges.or.jp), copy regionalcentre-HR@iges.or.jp

 

Please note that documents submitted as part of the application will not be returned. Do not submit original certificates. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

 

Contact : regionalcentre-HR@iges.or.jp


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