Regional Hydrogen Consultant

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Result of Service Objective

The purpose of this consultancy is to support the implementation of GCF Readiness project " Advancing a Regional Approach to the Green Hydrogen Economy in Latin America and the Caribbean " for B countries (Bolivia, Chile, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay). The consultant will review and edit the technical reports prepared and submitted by local consultants focused on the energy sector, guide local and international consultants on the project delivery, and collaborate with the development of technical materials for capacity and advisory sessions with the countries’ public counterparts and non-government partners.

Responsibilities and Activities

Project management support The consultant will collaborate with the administrative and planning tasks related to the projects, both internal to UNEP, such as contracting, bidding, preparation of workshops, preparation of strategic partnerships, travel and publications, and external, such as reporting to the funder (activities and budget).

Technical assistance Assess in the policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends on hydrogen economy development, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies to the related areas of work. Specifically, the consultant will coordinate the GCF Readiness implementation in Bolivia, Chile, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay.

Capacity building and knowledge creation Contribute to the implementation of H2LAC platform capacity building and knowledge platform through research on electric mobility, organization and delivery of online and face-to-face training activities.

Collect relevant information on hydrogen and sustainable energy innovations, financing and policy and transform it into recommendations for countries, cities and decision makers in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Perform other relevant duties as required.

Work Location UNEP LAC Office located in Panama City, Panama

Expected duration 12 MONTHS

Duties and Responsibilities 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 Latin America and the Caribbean Office (LACO), located in Panama City, Panama, 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 green hydrogen generation technical potential in Latin America and the Caribbean is significant, estimated at 1,114 EJ of green hydrogen produced at a cost under USD 1.5/kg by 205015. Therefore, green hydrogen can be produced using the clean and renewable energy sources available in the region.

Beyond the potential for its production, using hydrogen as an energy source can also result in a myriad of benefits for the region. The transport sector is the highest consumer of fossil fuels and the leading source of fossil-fuel-related GHG emissions (15% of all regional GHG emissions in 2018). Diesel and gasoline are the main fuels used in transport, accounting for 83% of the total energy use. Hydrogen can be used for all transportation electrification, fuel cell electric cars, trucks, buses, forklifts, ferries and ships, and aircraft. Globally, some 8,000 fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) were sold in 2020.

The project, " Advancing a Regional Approach to the Green Hydrogen Economy in Latin America and the Caribbean " aims to create the right conditions to promote the hydrogen economy through the exchange of experiences at a regional level, ending with the preparation of i) national strategic planning and ii= funding proposals that could be submitted to the GCF and other international financial sources This project is being implemented in 7 countries in parallel.

In this sense, it is required to hire a Regional hydrogen consultant to develop the results, explained below. The consultant will work at the UNEP LAC Office located in Panama City, Panama, 40 hours per week and will be supervised by the UNEP Deputy Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Qualifications/special skills Qualifications Required:

ACADEMIC: - Master’s degree in engineering, public policy, economics, energy systems, natural resources management, or any other related field is required.

PROFESSIONAL: - A minimum of five (5) years of relevant work experience in the energy sector supporting technical strengthening efforts, policy development or project implementation by the public or private sector is required. - At least two (2) years with experience working on projects in developing countries or multilateral organizations is desirable. - Proven track record working with energy, transport and/or electric mobility in Latin America and the Caribbean is an asset. - Knowledge and/or experience in hydrogen is an asset. - Experience on public sector experience is an asset. - Experience on energy and /or hydrogen policy development is an asset.

LANGUAGE: - Fluency in Spanish is required. - Fluency in English is required.

SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: - Experience in working and collaborating as an international consultant in relevant field is an asset. - Demonstrates integrity and ethical standards. - Mature judgment and initiative. - Absolute commitment to confidentiality. - Ability to work independently and under pressure; take the initiative to judge priorities and organize work accordingly. - Intermediate knowledge and ability to use the set of standard applications (MS Office). - Strong interpersonal skills and highly developed cultural sensitivity to communicate with all levels of staff and external clients, both orally and in writing. - Excellent organizational skills, ability to perform multiple tasks and attention to detail, initiative and independence. - Ability to innovate, combining methodological approaches and data from various levels and disciplines including economics, finance, development, and mitigation.

Functional competencies: - Oversee and manage grant implementation, monitor work progress, and ensure timely delivery of outputs results per the grant document and agreed work plans. . - Plan the annual budget and procurement activities and monitor the advances and completion of the defined activities.

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.

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