The Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus (REC Caucasus) announces a tender for GHG Emission Expert
within GEF funded project “Georgia`s Integrated Transparency Framework for Implementation for the Paris Agreement”
REC Caucasus is executing the project “Georgia`s integrated transparency framework for implementation for the Paris agreement”, which aims to meet the enhanced transparency framework (ETF) requirements under the Paris agreement.
Overall objective of the project is to propose actions that will allow the country to use more detailed level of emissions calculation to better track the trend of emissions changes in the sector and to check the level of measurement, reporting and confirmation.
REC Caucasus announces tender for GHG Emission Expert:
PROJECT PERSONNEL # 01011 – GHG Emission Expert
Project title: Georgia’s Integrated Transparency Framework for Implementation of the Paris Agreement
Post title: GHG Emission Expert
Duration: 8 months, (25 February, 2021 – 31 October, 2021)
Starting Date: 25 February, 2021
Duty station: Tbilisi, Georgia or Remote
Reporting structure: Reports to the REC Caucasus
The Paris Agreement, adopted at the 21st Conference of Parties (CoP) in December 2015, sets out a global action plan that puts the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C. The Agreement refers to ‘Nationally Determined Contributions’ (NDCs) that each individual country should make to achieve the worldwide goal set of reducing anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases. As part of this Agreement, all countries agreed to an enhanced transparency framework (ETF) for action and support (Article 13), with built-in flexibility which considers Parties’ different capacities and builds upon collective experience.
For Georgia there is a need to set up new transparency governance structures, develop and implement measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) procedures, and update, implement, and integrate new data and information flows with pre-defined periodicity. Two parallel ongoing climate activities at the central and local levels in the country need to be aligned under the Domestic Enhanced Transparency Framework. The clear, comparable, accountable and flexible MRV system should integrate mitigation strategies, measures and their effect into the national level. A key condition for successful implementation of the Paris Agreement’s transparency requirements is the provision requiring adequate and sustainable financial support and capacity building to enable developing countries to significantly strengthen their efforts to build robust domestic and regulatory processes. For the above purposes, the GEF Funded Project “Georgia’s Integrated Transparency Framework for Implementation of the Paris Agreement” is planned to be implemented in Georgia.
The overall objective of the project is to meet the enhanced transparency framework (ETF) requirements under the Paris Agreement.
1. Strengthening vertical integration in Georgia for transparency-related activities;
2. Georgia’s National greenhouse gas (GHG) Inventory system and HFC data management system are aligned to the enhanced transparency framework (ETF);
3. Climate Change Mitigation in Georgia’s transparency system.
Over the last ten years, some Georgian municipalities and cities have joined the Covenant of Mayors (CoM). Signatories who have signed up to the Covenant of Mayors between 2008 and 2015 have made the voluntary commitment to go beyond EU’s 2020 targets of 20% in terms of reduction in CO2 emissions. At a second phase, since October 2015, under the now called Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (CoMCE), local authorities commit to reduce their CO2 emissions (and possibly other GHG) by at least 40%, increase their resilience to the impacts of climate change and provide secured access to sustainable and affordable energy by 2030. Signatories who are working within the 2020 timeframe are invited to renew and extend their commitments.
When officially joining the Covenant of Mayors, signatories commit to developing a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP) within two years. Adopted by the local council, a signatory’s action plan describes the steps towards its 2030 targets. Hence, the municipalities and cities are expected to develop SECAPs with their targets for the period, including mitigation and adaptation strategies appropriate for the local communities and aligned with the NDC targets.
The poor alignment of municipal climate plans with the NDC, the limited coordination among the different government levels resulting in high institutional fragmentation, and the lack of a strong and well conceptualized MRV system, are gaps that need to be addressed in order to implement and enhance transparency framework working from the central government to municipalities and vice versa. There is a need, to enhance the role of municipalities and cities in the NDC implementation. This requires the development of capacities of cities and municipalities, considering that there is still a lack of capacity in preparing SECAPs requested under CoMCE.
OBJECTIVE AND SCOPE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:
RECC engages National Consultant for preparation of methodologies for mitigation measures under SECAP, as well as its monitoring and QC/QA of CoM related materials developed under the project.
Specific Objective of the Assignment
The consultant will be responsible for provision of methods for estimation of energy consumption for buildings (energy-efficiency measures, utilization of renewables), and public transport infrastructure development by considering the domestic circumstances:
• SO1 Elaborate methodologies for identification and estimation of climate change mitigation policies and measures and their effects (incl. components for preparation of SECAP and monitoring reports).
Planned activities are as follows:
The following work steps are needed within the assignment:
Step 1. Select at least 7 mitigation measures in energy sector for provision of methods estimating energy savings; This task includes review of SECAP methodologies and domestic practices in order to standardize elaborate methods adapted to Georgian practice.
Step 2. Desk review of the project elaborated materials related to the CoM signatory municipalities. This task includes desk review of the materials (e.g. methodologies and guidelines, appr. 90pp.) developed by the project for ensuring consistency with CoM requirements.
Recommended sources to be observed
Consultant will observe the following recommended sources when preparing advance methodologies:
• CoM guidelines;
EXPECTED OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES:
1. Report on the methodology and estimation assumptions including descriptions of algorithms for the mitigation actions (e.g. energy-efficiency measures in buildings, renewable energy, public transport infrastructure and networking).
2. Report on consistency and QC/QA on CoM related materials.
The person suitable for this position should have the following qualifications:
• Master’s degree in natural sciences and/or related fields;
• Five years of working experience in energy policy development at municipal level;
• Working on CoM related matters (SEAP Development) (will be an asset);
• Good analytical and managerial skills, ability to express ideas clearly and concisely both orally and in writing;
• Ability to plan and manage tasks independently;
• Good interpersonal and communication skills;
• Fully experienced with computer software and other office equipment;
• Fluency in English language.
WORKING AND REPORTING LANGUAGE(S):
• English and Georgian.
OTHER IMPORTANT DETAILS:
Interested applicants should submit a current CV meeting the required qualification and a filled in technical offer form (see Annex1.-Technical Offer Form) to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org with copy to Project Administrative Technician: email@example.com
Deadline for application is February 22, 2021, 15:00 (GMT+4). Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.