The Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to which Trinidad and Tobago is a signatory highlights the urgent need for improved transparency to monitor the progress and assess the impacts of all climate actions to regularly increase efforts over time. The Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT) works with countries including Trinidad and Tobago to build capacities on understanding and applying tools and approaches to measure, report and verify (MRV) greenhouse gas emissions reductions and sustainable development impacts, as well as to strengthen existing institutional arrangements and processes for MRV of policies and actions. During the first part of ICAT implementation in Trinidad and Tobago (2018-2019), the project sought to support the development of Trinidad and Tobago’s MRV systems by developing a Knowledge Management System (KMS) and piloting the KMS for the power generation sector.
The Transformational Change assessment guide developed by ICAT provides guidance for assessing the transformational impacts of climate policies and actions. Transformational change is hereby defined as:
‘A fundamental, sustained change of a system that disrupts established high-carbon practices and contributes to a zero-carbon society, in line with the Paris Agreement goal to limit global warming to 1.5–2°C and the United Nations SDGs’.
The methodology guides users to assess the transformational impact of policies and actions, by analysing their effects on processes and outcomes of transformations. Processes of transformation represent the main drivers that can lead to system change, while outcomes concern GHG emission reductions and sustainable development.
Adopting a transformational change thinking is necessary to develop policies that are aligned with the IPCC recommendations for keeping global warming below 1.5°C, and reach the Paris Agreement objectives while also meeting the vision defined by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Transparently assessing and documenting the transformational change potential of a policy is a fundamental step to support the development of policies aligned with the global goals on climate and sustainable development, and can be helpful for seeking financial support, as donors get more and more concerned about the transformative impact of the actions they finance.
To continue supporting Trinidad & Tobago with operationalising its MRV system and equipping its governmental bodies with tools to support transparent policy-making, ICAT is now seeking to hire a local consultant to analyse the transformational change potential of the mitigation activities of the transport sector, identified by Trinidad & Tobago, and generate insights for the development of an e-mobility policy.
The Project Consultant, with guidance and support from the Ministry of Planning and Development and UNEP DTU Partnership, will contribute to the following deliverables, by supporting the activities described below as well as other related tasks that may be identified as necessary to the success of the Project in attaining its objectives.
- Deliverable 1: Organise a final workshop to present the results of the studies.
- Deliverable 2: Integrating the feedback from the workshop, produce a report summarising the analysis and recommendations of the transformational change study for the transport sector, and the analysis and recommendations for the development of an e-mobility policy.
Role and responsibilities
To deliver on these activities the consultant will count on the support of the transformational change and e-mobility experts from UNEP DTU, with the consultant supporting the assessment with in-country knowledge, data collection, interviews with stakeholders, and preparation of the deliverables. More specifically the consultant will be expected to:
- Support the assessment of relevance of processes and outcomes of transformation of the transport and e-mobility actions with in-country knowledge, data collection, and interviews with stakeholders;
- Support the assessment of barriers of transformation of the transport and e-mobility actions with in-country knowledge, data collection, and interviews with stakeholders;
- Support the qualitative assessment of transformational change of the transport and e-mobility actions with in-country knowledge, data collection, and interviews with stakeholders;
- Support the background review of e-mobility actions by gathering insights from national stakeholders;
- Support the development of recommendations and findings;
- Prepare, with support and inputs from UNEP DTU Deliverable 1 and 2.
Qualifications and Experience
- The candidate should be highly motivated and capable of working independently. The ability to work with a wide variety of stakeholders from government, agencies, private companies and research institutions is essential. A good understanding of the legal and policy framework relating to climate change initiatives in Trinidad and Tobago is highly desirable. In addition, the Project Consultant should possess:
- An advanced degree or higher (Master’s or higher) in areas relevant to engineering, traffic management, climate change and/or environmental management, or equivalent mix of qualifications and work experience;
- Minimum of ten years of relevant work experience in climate change domain;
- Extensive experience with policy analysis, particularly those related to transportation issues, national development issues, mitigation assessments and measures within the framework of national communications/biennial update reports/NDCs;
- Knowledge of the transport sector and other related issues, particularly in Trinidad & Tobago;
- Eagerness to learn about transformational change and e-mobility;
- Good organizational skills, especially for facilitating meetings, workshops and writing reports;
- Good interpersonal/communication skills;
- Fluency in written and oral English is required.
- A CV with a motivation letter detailing why the consultant considers him/herself suitable for the assignment.
- A description of a) the approach that the consultant would take to cover the tasks mentioned above and b) the way the consultant would engage with the national counterparts.
- A financial offer.
Deadline for applications: 22th October 2020
Application deadline: 22/10/2020