United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Junior Assistant (Agriculture for Argentina 2019s Transparency Framework on GHG Inventories and Mitigation Project)

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Job Description

Posting Title: Junior Assistant in Agriculture for Argentina's Transparency Framework on GHG Inventories and Mitigation Project Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme Duty Station: PANAMA CITY Posting Period: 20 January 2021 - 01 February 2021 Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-148503-Consultant United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity Result of Service Objective.

CBIT's most important contribution will occur by strengthening Argentina's reporting capacities so as to adequately comply with the requirements of the Enhance Transparency Framework through the new reporting format under the Paris Agreement: the Biennial Transparency Reports (BTR). In order to carry out the activities of Argentina's CBIT project it requires the hiring of a Junior Assistant in Agriculture.

Ultimate Result of the Service:
  • The technical quality of products linked with the Agriculture sector of the project are ensured.
  • Technical assistance is provided to the project team on issues related to the Agriculture sector.
  • Support of the technical workshops, trainings and stakeholders' meetings for technical teams and public servants of the government agencies involved related to the Agriculture sector is provided.
  • The agriculture GHG emissions estimations are improved.
  • The National Agriculture and Climate Change Action Plan is updated.
The consultant will carry out the following activities: 1. Hold periodical meetings (at least once a week) with the NCCD and the SPD for the follow up of tasks, and deliver meeting minutes; 2. Plan and attend periodic meetings with relevant stakeholders (bilaterally or with more than one actor as required) within the Agriculture sector in order to come up with an agreed structure of work for their further development in parallel; 3. Assist and collaborate with the NCCD and the SPD in the review of information and documents related to categories 3A and 3C; 4. Collaborate with relevant area in charge of livestock production providing technical assessment for the improvement of livestock models used on the National GHG Inventory; 5. Analyze available information on synthetic fertilizers and evaluate improvement possibilities related to GHG emissions and mitigation actions; 6. Engage with relevant stakeholders linked with categories 3A and 3C; 7. Compile and assess related mitigation and adaptation actions for Agriculture sector within NCCC framework; 8. Assist and collaborate in the update of the National Agriculture and Climate Change Action Plan; 9. Provide technical advice to the NCCD and the SPD related to categories 3A and 3C; 10. Elaborate emissions estimations related with categories 3A and 3C and corresponding sections from the BUR and NIR, according to the IPCC guidelines and NCCD directions; 11. Assist in the recalculation and evaluation of mitigation measures related with categories 3A and 3C; 12. Carry out quality assurance Analysis of category 3D1 and elaborate a report with the results obtained; 13. Update the NGHGI procedures related to categories 3A and 3C; 14. Elaborate an improvement plan for a continuous and adequate estimation of categories 3A and 3C; 15. Collaborate with the preparation of communication and dissemination materials linked with the GHG Inventory and mitigation measures of the Agriculture sector.

It is expected that following documents are delivered as a result of the consultancy: 1. Analysis report including identification of barriers, gaps and possible improvements on existing and potential mitigation measures of categories 3A and 3C; 2. Mid-term report with initial calculations for categories 3A and 3C including analysis of possible impacts of the improvement for categories 3A and 3C the overall GHG inventory; 3. Mid-term report on the interaction with the agriculture enforcement authority including analysis of incorporation of potential improvements; 4. Preliminary recalculation of mitigation measures of categories 3A and 3C (spread sheets and assumptions); 5. Workshop reports on high-level launching events and multi-stakeholder consultation meetings related to Agriculture sector; 6. Final report including updated procedures and spread sheets with categories 3A and 3C calculated and ready to be added to the National GHG inventory including the time series 1990-2018; 7. Spread sheets with the recalculation of mitigation measures of categories 3A and 3C; 8. Final report on the interaction with the agriculture enforcement authority including future agreed interactions; 9. A detailed plan/strategy for the improvement of Agriculture sector of the NGHGI in the short and long-term including identification of relevant stakeholders, gaps and barriers; 10. Communication and information materials; Power Point presentations (or other formats), and communication pieces related to the Agriculture sector.

Work Location Buenos Aires, Argentina Expected duration 12 months Duties and Responsibilities 1. Purpose The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

The UNEP Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC), located in Panama City, works closely with the 33 countries of the region and its activities are integrated into the Medium-term Strategy and the Programme of Work approved by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).

The Argentine Republic ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1994 (Law No. 24,295), the Kyoto Protocol in September 2001 (Law No. 25,438) and the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol in May 2015 (Law No. 27,137). As a signatory of the UNFCCC, the country undertook obligations including the report of the national greenhouse gases inventories, national programs with mitigation and adaptation actions against climate change and any other relevant information regarding to the fulfilment of the objective of the UNFCCC. As part of the country's undertaken obligations, Argentina submitted its First National Communication in July 1997, and a revised communication in October 1999. The Second National Communication was submitted in December 2007 and the Third National Communication and the First Biennial Updated Report (BUR) were both submitted in December 2015. The Second BUR was submitted in August of 2017 and the Third BUR was presented to the UNFCCC in November 2019.

In December 2015 during the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21), the Paris Agreement (PA) was adopted, its article No. 2 established the objective of "holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels". In September 2016, Argentina ratified the Paris Agreement (Law No. 27,270), thereby submitting its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) which reflects its commitment to combat climate change and its effects. Argentina´s NDC outlines an absolute economy-wide reduction target of limiting its GHG emissions to 483 MtCO2e by 2030.

One of the most relevant challenges the implementation of the Paris Agreement poses to countries is to count with strong Transparency Frameworks. Article No.13 of the PA establishes the need for Parties to implement national robust and transparent reporting and accounting systems to give clarity on action and support while providing clear information to stakeholders. As part of building and enhancing their Transparency Frameworks, Parties of the UNFCCC Convention will progressively implement better tools and institutional practices, many of them not sufficiently developed in the countries. This is especially true for developing countries.

The UNFCCC Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF) demands substantial and immediate progress in the countries' domestic Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems and strategic de-carbonization planning. This entails moving from often disintegrated and often different-methodological approaches in Data Management to an integrated and robust system. The success of the Paris Agreement hinges on enhanced transparency of action and support, as a critical foundation to making its bottom-up, country-led approach work, as well as building mutual trust and confidence amongst Parties.

The Global Environment Facility - Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (GEF-CBIT) will support the Argentinian government for four years, mainly in strengthening its ETF. This will happen by improving the accuracy, completeness and consistency of its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories, and increasing its capacities to domestically track and evaluate mitigation measures and related finance support received and provided, as well as generating the technical inputs needed for medium and long-term planning contributing to the improvement of climate-related decision-making in the country. In order to achieve this objective, Argentina's GEF-CBIT project, which was approved in July of 2019, is organized into three components: 1. National and subnational GHG inventory System 2. Domestic tracking of mitigation actions and support received 3. Medium and long-term projections In this sense, the Climate Change Unit of UNEP is recruiting an Junior Assistant in Agriculture in the form of a consultant to strengthening Argentina's reporting capacities so as to adequately comply with the requirements of the Enhance Transparency Framework-ETF through the new reporting format under the Paris Agreement: the Biennial Transparency Reports (BTR), who will be supervised by the Head of the Climate Change Unit for Latin America and the Caribbean of UNEP (Gustavo Mañez), and will work in close collaboration with the National Climate Change Directorate (NCCD) within the Secretariat of Environment, Sustainable Development and Innovation of Argentina's Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MAyDS) and the Sustainable Productions Directorate (SPD) within the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Argentina's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MAGyP). The incumbent will work from Monday to Friday, 40 hours per week, full time.

Qualifications/special skills Academic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor´s degree in Agriculture Engineering, Environmental sciences, Biological sciences, or other university degree relevant to climate change, environment, and national development with special focus on Agriculture, Forest and Other Land Uses (AFOLU) issues (required).
  • A minimum of 2 years of professional experience in areas related to agriculture, forestry, and livestock (required);
  • Verifiable professional experience in areas related to environmental topics within the public sector (desirable);
  • Verifiable professional experience in teaching or teaching assistance on AFOLU sector related courses (desirable);
  • Demonstrates understanding of tools used for the estimation of GHG emissions and captures (desirable);
  • Demonstrates good understanding of Argentina's national policy related to climate change with particular focus on the AFOLU sector (required);
  • Demonstrates understanding of the national and international reporting regulatory framework on climate change such as UNFCCC (desirable);
Experience working with, and building partnerships with public sector national and subnational (desirable); Experience working with and building partnerships with national and/or international agencies (required).

  • The candidate must be native in Spanish and have a confident level of writing, reading and editing skills in English.
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to Climate Change Mitigation and adaptation planning in particular related to Agriculture (required);
  • Very good knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches on sustainable development; 2030 agenda and gender mainstreaming into climate policies (desirable);
  • Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to climate change mitigation and adaptation planning, and intergovernmental climate change negotiations (desirable);
  • Verifiable experience using of IT tools such as Microsoft Office and Georeference related apps. (desirable);
  • Relationship skills with public and private sector officials;
  • Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems;
  • Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements;
  • Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns;
  • Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations; Shows leadership capacities;
  • Experience in teamwork, with recognition in the field of their specialty to cooperate with consultants of other specialties;
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

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