United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Local Coordinator of The Knowledge Platform- Costa Ricau2019s Integrated Reporting and Transparency System, San Jose, Costa Rica

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Job Description

CBIT’s most important contribution will be the creation of capacities at an inter-sectoral level to track and evaluate Costa Rica’s NDC implementation both for the mitigation and adaptation components. This cross-sectorial and sub-regional work is fundamental for Costa Rica due to the economy-wide nature of its NDC target, which seeks to drive deep, transformational de-carbonization which can only be achieved incorporating multi/inter-sectoral approaches.

The general objective for this consultancy is to coordinate in an integral way all the planned knowledge management platform activities to fulfill the project outcomes.

The specific objective of this service is to coordinate the implementation of the knowledge sharing platform for MRV related transparency and data methodologies, its population with key data sets and the creation of capacity for its use on key stakeholders.

Ultimate Result of the Service: • Key data Climate Change and transparency related data available in the knowledge sharing platform of SINAMECC with its correspondent updated QA/QC processes to match SINAMECC requirements • NDC Action Registry populated under SINAMECC • Key stakeholders trained on the use of the knowledge platform • Regional workshop to discuss best practices related to MRV in transport sectors in LAC implemented The consultant will carry out the following activities: • Design the data structure of the Knowledge Sharing Platform in order to enhance the National Climate Change Metrics System (SINAMECC) in the transition of Costa Rica to the Enhance Transparency Framework of the Paris Agreement.

• Identify key Costa Rica’s climate change related data to be integrated data to populate the • Organize and prioritize, along with the key stakeholders, the Costa Rica’s climate change related data to be integrated in the Knowledge Sharing Platform of SINAMECC • Populate the online platform with sectoral guidance documents, methodologies and data available.

• Coordinate the design of visualizations and for data to be integrated in the Knowledge Management Platform.

• Design user guide with step-by-step indications and ad hoc training of key stakeholder groups.

• Support the development and implementation of an NDC Action Registry under SINAMECC • Support the enhancement of instruments and procedures guaranteeing that the implementation of all NDC activities meets clear standards • Carry out a study of the progress made in the region and in other developing countries in order to achieve Big Data processing systems and Intelligent Transport Systems, for better and more precise data management in Costa Rica in the transport sector • Organize a regional workshop to discuss best practices related to MRV in the transport sector in the LAC region • Coordinate with the QA/QC Coordinator, member of the CBIT team of Costa Rica, the technical annexes for data that will be included in the Knowledge Sharing Platform of SINAMECC.

• Coordinate with the Legal expert, member of the CBIT team of Costa Rica, the prioritization of the data sets to be part of the formalization of the data sharing agreements and provide support on this process.

• Ensure Coordination with relevant national institutions and government ministries to ensure that project activities are distinct and fully complementary to other national initiatives • Prepare annual plans to meet the objectives and inform any identified risks for the implementation • Attend inception workshops and national steering committee meetings; • Provide accurate and up-to-date technical advice and guidance on issues related to the implementation of the project activities; • Engagement with local climate change involved entities It is expected that the following documents are delivered as a result of the consultancy: • A detailed work plan.

• List of Data sets prioritized to populate the Knowledge Management Platform of SINAMECC • Step-by-step user guidance of the Knowledge Management Platform • Study on big data processing systems and Intelligent Transport Systems, for better and more precise data management in Costa Rica in the transport sector

Work Location

San José, Costa Rica

Expected duration

12 months

Duties and Responsibilities

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 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) set an Enhanced Transparency Framework, which 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.

UNEP’S Regional Office for Latin America and The Caribbean based in Panamá is providing technical and administrative support to the Costa Rican government and will support the implementation of the CBIT in coordination with the UNEP-DTU (UNEP and Technological University of Denmark) Partnership.

The Capacity Building initiative for Transparency – CBIT Project in Costa Rica will support the implementation of the Enhanced Transparency Framework of the Paris Agreement and will provide relevant outcomes to the National Government with the enhancement of the Knowledge Management Platform of the National Climate Change Metrics System. This project will also support the engagement of the stakeholders in the data sharing process, populate the platform with sectoral guidance documents and methodologies available on the website, and will support implementing data management processes including Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) aspects.

CBIT will support Costa Rica in establishing an overarching structure across all sectors that will ensure high quality in its transparency instruments and create the capacities to respond to UNFCCC´s reporting requirements. CBIT´s most important contribution will occur through the creation of capacities at an intersectoral level. This cross-sectional work is fundamental to Costa Rica due to the economy-wide nature of its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) target, which seeks to drive deep, transformational de-carbonization, which in turn, can only be achieved incorporating multi/inter-sectoral approaches.

Costa Rica has worked on the design of the National Climate Change Metrics System (SINAMECC from its Spanish acronym), a system to facilitate the transition of Costa Rica to the Enhanced Transparency Framework reporting process and to improve the data-based decision making to meet the challenges of the climate crisis.

SINAMECC considers automatization and other improvements for Data Collection of the Greenhouse Gases (GHG) Inventory, calculation and publication considering open data standards, a registry for mitigation actions along with a national carbon asset registry designed to be used with block chain technology, a Climate Finance registry, among others such as modelling and scenarios building tools.

Currently, SINAMECC is in its first stages of implementation and Costa Rica requires support enhancing the Knowledge Management Platform, populating it with climate change data and creating capacity for its use on key stakeholders. It is important to mention that SINAMECC already has a first draft with the main data set groups of interest (related to climate change) to be integrated.

In this sense, the Climate Change Unit of UNEP is recruiting a Local Coordinator of the knowledge platform for the Costa Rica’s Integrated Reporting and Transparency System.

The incumbent will work from Monday to Friday, 40 hours per week, full-time at the Ministry of Environment and Energy, in San José, Costa Rica. He or she will be supervised by UNEP’s Climate Change Coordinator of the Latin America and The Caribbean Office. He or she will work in close collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: • A Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences, statistics, or its equivalent (required), • Specialization in areas related to environmental engineering or sustainable development is desirable.

• A master’s degree in areas related to climate change, data management, or governance is desirable.

Experience: • A minimum of 6 years of professional experience in climate action projects is required • Experience gathering and managing climate change data is desirable • Experience designing and implementing MRV systems in Costa Rica for the climate action level is desirable • Experience calculating GHG emission using the 2006 IPCC Guidelines is desirable • Experience designing and implementing capacity building programs for government stakeholders related to transparency tools is desirable Language: • Advanced mastery of Spanish and intermediate level of English is required; Skills: • Knowledge of Costa Rica climate action context, particularly related to the updated NDC • Excellent understanding of global and national climate change issues in particular related to transparency and MRV • Knowledge of the COP decisions related to the transparency framework and reporting mandates under the UNFCCC.

• Excellent understanding of Costa Rican advances in transparency PROFESSIONALISM: • Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to Climate Change Mitigation and adaptation planning, and intergovernmental climate change negotiations.

• 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 TEAMWORK: • 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.

PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: • 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.

No Fee

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