Ã‚Â AFOLU – TERMS OF REFERENCE
TECHNICAL CONSULTANCY FOR AN EXPERT ON CARBON FINANCE FOR THE INTERAMERICANÃ‚Â DEVELOPMENT BANK (IDB) SUSTAINABLE ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGEÃ‚Â INITIATIVE (SECCI) TRUST FUND APPOINTEE PROGRAM
The Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Unit of IDB supports IDB efforts in promotingÃ‚Â sustainable energy and activities addressing climate change in the Latin American region. TheÃ‚Â Unit provides both technical cooperation support as well as financial support through variousÃ‚Â activities: design of financing of climate change adaptation and mitigation projects, includingÃ‚Â enhancement of use of carbon markets, guarantees, debt and equity products; analytical advisoryÃ‚Â support services; project preparation support; risk management instruments; mainstreamingÃ‚Â climate change across its portfolio, and capacity building.
Emissions from land-use change constitute over 46% of the overall GHG emissions of the LatinÃ‚Â America and Caribbean (LAC) region, this makes emissions mitigation in the Agriculture,Ã‚Â Forestry, and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sector a priority in the region. One of the main aims ofÃ‚Â the Unit is to support LAC countries in developing and implementing national climate changeÃ‚Â mitigation policies, planning and initiatives. It is internationally recognized that national efforts ofÃ‚Â countries to mitigate climate change will have to be significantly scaled up and that for thisÃ‚Â investment and financial flows plans and the capacity of developing countries will need to beÃ‚Â enhanced to shift development paths to a lower GHG emissions and climate resilient economy toÃ‚Â achieve sustainable development.
Carbon finance is already playing an important role in stimulating shifts in investment andÃ‚Â finance in key economic sectors towards climate friendly activities. International negotiations onÃ‚Â climate change and a number of recent initiatives have been promoting financing mechanisms forÃ‚Â the reduction of deforestation and land degradation (REDD) and other mitigation options in theÃ‚Â AFOLU sector such as sustainable forestry and agriculture management (REDD+). LatinÃ‚Â America has a large potential for mitigation particularly in the AFOLU sector. Although theÃ‚Â region has been very active in the carbon markets, its participation in it is relatively smallÃ‚Â compared to regions such as Asia.
In order to effectively participate and benefit from opportunities from this changing, new andÃ‚Â complex process, public and private sector in developing countries will require increased capacityÃ‚Â development and support. The IDB is committed in supporting mitigation actions and theÃ‚Â expansion of carbon markets for AFOLU in the Latin America and Caribbean region and in itsÃ‚Â operations and is planning to enhance its carbon finance team in INE/ECC for this purpose.
INE/ECC is expanding its programme of technical support in carbon finance and climate changeÃ‚Â mitigation to private and public clients of the bank, in particular to promote access to carbonÃ‚Â finance to support AFOLU activities. A Carbon Finance Officer with particular expertise onÃ‚Â forestry is required to manage many activities related to this enhanced support. In addition toÃ‚Â technical skills, it will be critical that the officer has good understanding of mitigation policyÃ‚Â related issues and project management tools, including capacity in assisting in design andÃ‚Â approval of technical cooperation with countries.
III. FUNCTIONS, ACTIVITIES AND PRODUCTS
In keeping with the principles and the objectives set for the Program, the staff will support theÃ‚Â INE/ECC Climate Change Specialist in the following actions, but will not be limited to:
- Take actions and designing initiatives that will contribute to the mainstreaming of carbonÃ‚Â finance for AFOLU activities within national/sectoral policy and planning processes,Ã‚Â integrating lessons learned from the best and most recent, experiences in the field;
- Collaborate in the formulation of the IDB strategy on carbon finance for AFOLU jointly withÃ‚Â INE/ECC staff;
- Contribute to the identification and preparation of projects that mitigate GHG from AFOLUÃ‚Â for Bank financing;
- Design, manage, execute and supervise technical co-operations related to carbon credits forÃ‚Â AFOLU with resources from the SECCI Multi-donor Fund as well as other types of fundsÃ‚Â from the Bank.
- Strengthen linkages between the Bank’s related work and the initiatives of other MDBsÃ‚Â aimed to develop a global carbon finance investment framework for AFOLU (such as forÃ‚Â REDD and REDD+ activities) to assist LAC countries in preparing for their futureÃ‚Â participation in the international carbon markets.
- Take action to identify and develop near-term opportunities to incorporate carbon finance forÃ‚Â AFOLU in the Bank’s projects and activities.
- Support the preparation of individual Project Idea Notes (PINs), batches of PINs, ProjectÃ‚Â Design Documents and monitoring protocols to take carbon finance components into accountÃ‚Â in the Bank’s existing and proposed projects.
IV. CONSULTANCY CHARACTERISTICS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
- Starting date and duration: The TFA will be contracted for a period of one (1) year, fromÃ‚Â March 2011 until February 2011. Depending on performance, needs and available budget, theÃ‚Â contract could be renewed.
- Place of work: Washington,
- Qualifications: The person must have:
- University and Post graduate degrees in economics, engineering, environmental orÃ‚Â physical sciences or a related discipline.
- At least five years relevant working experience with mitigation of climate change inÃ‚Â AFOLU sector, of which one year should have been in an international environment.
- Excellent knowledge and relevant work experience in project development andÃ‚Â management.
- Excellent knowledge and work experience with inventories of GHG emissions and withÃ‚Â carbon finance (including CDM and voluntary mechanisms) for AFOLU in the region.
- Excellent knowledge and work experience on climate change negotiations and financialÃ‚Â mechanisms and instruments developed under the Climate Change Convention forÃ‚Â AFOLU.
- Excellent drafting ability and communication skills, both written and oral; proven abilityÃ‚Â to communicate complex concepts and prepare reports that are clear, concise andÃ‚Â meaningful.
- Ability to apply theory to the specific policy context to identify creative, practicalÃ‚Â approaches to overcome challenging situations.
- Good written communication skills, with analytic capacity and ability to synthesizeÃ‚Â project outputs and relevant findings for the preparation of quality project reports. .
- Good team player, self starter, has ability to work under minimum supervision andÃ‚Â maintain good relationships.
- Fluency in English and Spanish. Working knowledge of other IADB languages highlyÃ‚Â desirable.
- Schedule of Payment: The consultant will be paid on a bi-weekly basis. Payment will beÃ‚Â based on amount of months worked.
Overall responsibility for the supervision of the consultant’s work and the approval of paymentsÃ‚Â would be taken by Maria Netto, Climate Change Specialist (firstname.lastname@example.org – Ext. 2009) fromÃ‚Â the Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Unit (ECC) of the Infrastructure and EnvironmentÃ‚Â Department (INE) of IDB.