Expert in Environmental Economics
Application deadline 5 months ago: Wednesday 31 Aug 2022 at 23:59 UTCOpen application form
Result of Service The objective of this consultancy is to support the work of the MEF Environment team in the inclusion of climate and environmental policy objectives in the design of economic policy. This includes tasks such as:
1. Analysis of greenhouse gases abatement costs in Uruguay; 2. Review of information on emissions of greenhouse gases inventory at the national level; 3. Synthetic review of alternatives and design of carbon pricing schemes; 4. Analysis of developments regarding the incorporation of border carbon adjustment mechanisms in the trade agenda and other measures at the intersection of trade and environment.
A. Greenhouse gases abatement costs in Uruguay Product No. 1:
Report containing: - list of possible measures to abate emissions of greenhouse gases in Uruguay, by sector and economic activity, - estimate of the abatement capacity of each measure - an estimate of the costs of possible abatement measures of greenhouse gases in the different sectors of the Uruguayan economy, with particular emphasis on the agricultural sector.
B. Information on emissions of greenhouse gases inventory at the national level
Product No. 2:
Report containing: - Synthesis of the frequency, coverage, openness, and methodology of emissions of greenhouse gases in national inventories - Description of constructed data base for calibration of models of the economy and the environment.
C. Review of alternatives and design of carbon pricing schemes
Product No. 3:
Report containing: - Synthetic review of alternatives to carbon pricing schemes based on international best practices.
D. Analysis of developments regarding the incorporation of border carbon adjustment mechanisms in the trade agenda and other measures at the intersection of trade and environment
Product No. 4:
Report containing - description and analysis of developments regarding the incorporation of border carbon adjustment mechanisms and other international measures at the intersection of trade and environment.
Work Location Home-based
Expected duration 7 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 Latin America and the Caribbean Office (LACO), 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). UNEP´s mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. The Resource Efficiency (RE) Unit at Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) develops and strengthens green economy and sustainable consumption and production patterns and practices, through its portfolio, which currently includes projects on consumer information, sustainable public procurement, Eco innovation, sustainable tourism and circular economy. As part of its portfolio, the RE Unit is contributing to the implementation of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) portfolio in the Region. The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), an interagency initiative involving the International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) supports nations and regions in reframing economic policies and practices around sustainability to foster economic growth, create income and jobs, reduce poverty and inequality, and strengthen the ecological foundations of their economies. Since 2017, Uruguay has been part of PAGE. Uruguay seeks to contribute to national planning for development by promoting the incorporation of the green economy into public policies in key sectors. The Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining (MIEM) is PAGE Uruguay's focal point. The MIEM is responsible for designing and implementing government policies to promote the transformation and strengthening of the productive sector for sustainable and inclusive development. The Minister of Economy and Finance (MEF) is working on mainstreaming climate change and biodiversity in the design and implementation economic, fiscal and public finance policies. Among other lines of work, the Ministry is advancing in the development of a macro economic model to inform Uruguay´s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) process about the macroeconomic impacts of alternative mitigation strategies and a tax/subsidy structure consistent with national environmental policy objectives. In addition, this year the Minister is chairing the Development Committee of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the MEF is participating actively in the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action (with a special commitment in the Carbon Pricing working group (Helsinki Principle 3). The purpose of this consultancy is to promote and strengthen the green economy line of work within the Ministry of Economy and Finance and its articulation with other ministries and organizations. The RE Unit in UNEP LACO is looking for a mid-level, home-based, consultant to support the work of the MEF Environment team in the inclusion of climate and environmental policy objectives in the design of economic policies. The consultancy will be supervised by the Programme Management Officer in RE Unit, who will work in close coordination with the Ministry of Economics and Finance´s Environment team. The consultant will work home-based from where she/he will implement the tasks mentioned below.
He/She is expected to hold weekly meetings with the government counterparts and supervisor.
Qualifications/special skills Skills: Competence in a statistical computer package (like Stata) or a programming language used in data analysis. Competence in a word processor and spreadsheet software program for data visualization and analysis. Academic Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in economics, statistics, social science. Postgraduate degree in economics, statistics, environmental economics, sustainable development will be an asset. Experience: 3 years of demonstrated professional competence in the areas of economics, statistics or climate change economics. Knowledge in the economics and policies of Climate Change, biodiversity conservation and environmental policy in less developed countries is an advantage. Demonstrated experience in data analysis and policy reports will be an asset. Language: Fluency in Spanish, as well as Confident level of English are 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.