Legal Electric Mobility Support, Panama City, Panama

Organization: United Nations Environment Programme

Country: Panama

City: Panama City, Panama

Office: UNEP Panama

Closing date: Sunday, 21 February 2021

Posting Title: Legal electric mobility support

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme

Duty Station: PANAMA CITY

Posting Period: 03 February 2021 - 21 February 2021

Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-149317-Consultant

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

2. Objective.

The purpose of this consultancy is to support the implementation of the project for the development of an electric mobility project "Rapid implementation of the NDC (Nationally Determined Contribution) of Mexico". The objective of the project is the structuring of one to three pilot projects of electric mobility in public transport aligned with the objectives established in the National Electric Mobility Strategy of Mexico (yet to be published).

The consultant must develop the following activities in cooperation with the technical consultant and in accordance with the guidelines and work guide provided by the Project Manager of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), in consultation and collaboration with the General Directorate of Climate Change Policies in SEMARNAT (Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources).

It is expected that the consultant has relevant knowledge and experience in the transport sector, so that he or she can offer advice to the corresponding national authorities; as well as developing and guiding the development of legal documents for the implementation of electric buses fleets.

1 Operating rules of Metrobus BRT system updating. The consultant will be responsible for collecting, processing and analyzing the requested information and making recommendations. The consultant will support the project coordinator on workshop delivery and special meetings including presentation of the benchmark analysis and the new Metrobus BRT operating rules. Specifically, the consultant will: 1.1 Develop a comprehensive assessment of operational rules in Metrobus: 1.1.1 The regulatory environment (laws, codes, statutes, manuals, decrees, contracts (including the trust fund (fideiciomiso) etc.) regarding a change on the Metrobus operating rules, including:

Operating Rules of the Public Passenger Transport Corridors System of the Federal District Metrobús

Regulation of the Procurement Law for the Federal District.

Regulation of the Law of Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change and Sustainable Development for the Federal District.

Regulation of the Environmental Law of the Federal District.

Regulation of the General Law of Ecological Balance and Protection of the Environment for the prevention and control of pollution generated by motor vehicles that circulate in the Federal District and the municipalities of its Greater Zone.

Regulation of Environmental Impact and Risk.

1.1.2 Key stakeholder and elements identification regarding all operational aspects including current public and private actors and elements (Operational control center, operating companies, depots, vehicles, etc.) and the ones that may be incorporating due to the electrification (utility companies, batteries, energy infrastructure).

1.2 Develop a benchmark study of operational rules in three (3) Latin-American public transport system, focused on success and failure, for the improvement of service quality and transition from conventional combustion fleet to electric buses. Likewise, identify the main points that can be replicated and adaptable to achieve a safer, faster, more reliable and comfortable system.

1.3 Develop the Metrobus BRT operating rules, including the following sections: bus registration and substitution, maintenance of buses, service operation, committee of operating companies, service hours, service scheduling and interruption, training, including regular feedback presentations with Metrobus personnel. This document will include the modifications needed for electric buses and the sections added to achieve a safer, faster, more reliable and comfortable system.

2 Electric buses implementation contract development in two public transport systems in Mexico. The consultant will be responsible for collecting, processing and analyzing the requested information and making recommendations. Specifically, the consultant will: 2.1 Asses the current contract within the PROTRAM program transport project contractual arrangement and documents including operating concession, trust fund (fideicomiso), fuel or energy provision, fleet acquisition or lease, vehicle imports.

2.2 Development of contracts for the implementation of electric fleets including operating concession, trust fund (fideicomiso), fuel or energy provision, fleet acquisition or lease, vehicle imports

The consultant will be responsible for:

To collect and process the data necessary for the development of the above-mentioned studies.

Develop and/or adapt methodologies for the collection of qualitative or quantitative data, as appropriate

To carry out the interviews or generation of information necessary for the development of the mentioned studies.

Create, promote and maintain the relationship with national public, private and civil society actors for their involvement in the project. Actively seek the feedback of all sectors to the proposals to be created.

Organize the logistics and content of the national workshops, with special attention to the appropriate involvement of all participants, taking into account the final objective of the workshop.

Product 1: Report of the comprehensive assessment of operational rules in Metrobus

Product 2: Report the benchmark study

Product 3: Report of the Metrobus BRT operating rules, including workshop development.

Product 4: Report of the current contractual arrangements for PROTRAM projects.

Product 5: Report of the new contracts including workshop development.

Work Location

Mexico

Expected duration

8 months.

Duties and

Responsibilities

1. 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 Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC), 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).

Electric mobility is a priority measure for the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean as a means to decarbonize the transport subsector and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. The transportation sector is responsible for nearly a quarter (23 percent) of the world’s energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and is growing faster than any other end-use energy sector. GHG emissions from transportation are expected to increase by almost 20% by 2030 and close to 50% by 2050 , unless significant action is taken. Limiting the increase in global temperature to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius requires changing this trend of transport emissions, which implies the development of an integrated ecosystem of electric mobility, encompassing several modes of transport, accompanied by a low carbon production of electricity and hydrogen, implemented with the broader principles of sustainable transportation. In Latin America, transportation accounted for 67 million tons of CO2e in 2015 .

The Latin America and Caribbean region has favorable conditions to advance in the deployment of electric mobility technology; the high installed capacity based on renewables, the intensive use of public transport buses and the importance of the transport subsector in the generation of greenhouse gases, which has led many countries to prioritize the transport sector in their Nationally Determined Contributions.

Mexico established the unconditional Nationally Determined Contributions of reducing greenhouse gases by 18% and black carbon by 83% by 2030 based on 2013 emissions in the transportation sector. The achievement of this goal is widely supported by the deployment of electric mobility nationwide. This year 2020, this goal is being revised and expanded.

In order to support the implementation of electric pilots in the country, it is necessary to contract a consultant in electric mobility to develop the results explained below. The incumbent will work under the supervision of UNEP Regional Coordinator for Climate Change, Gustavo Mañez, and in collaboration Mexico Offices.

The project is developed in accordance with the guidelines and work guide provided by the Project Manager of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), in consultation and collaboration with the General Directorate of Climate Change Policies in SEMARNAT (Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales) and FONADIN/BANOBRAS (Fondo Nacional de Infraestructura) as an allied entity, through PROTRAM (Programa de apoyo federal al Transporte Masivo).

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:

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University degree in law, public politics, public administration, engineering in transport, urban mobility, and environmental or civil, related studies, or corresponding experience.

Master’s degree or some specialization in administrative law, labor law, territorial and urban environmental law, economic and market law would be an asset.

Experience:

At least five (5) years of experience in law reforms in transport sector.

At least three (3) years of specific relevant work experience with operating Rules and transport regulation

It is required knowledge of transport, energy and/or environment sector and the related legislation at the national level in Mexico

Experience in two (2) in electric transportation projects would be an asset.

Language:

Fluent Spanish is required, both in written and oral skills.

Fluent English is desirable, both in written and oral skills.

Skills:

Mature judgment and absolute commitment to confidentiality; ability to work independently and under pressure; take the initiative to judge priorities and organize work accordingly; excellent organizational skills, ability to multitask and attention to detail.

Strong interpersonal skills and highly developed cultural sensitivity to communicate with all levels of staff and external clients, both orally and in writing;
Knowledge of the national institutional political reality in relation to mobility

Capacity for strategic relationship, communication skills, and planning and organization;
Intermediate knowledge and ability to use the standard suite of applications (MS Office);