Local Technical Expert, Panama City, San Jose

Organization: UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme

Country: Panama

City: Panama City, Panama

Office: UNEP Panama

Closing date: Friday, 19 March 2021

Job Opening

Posting Title: Local technical expert E-buses in Costa Rica

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme

Duty Station: PANAMA CITY; SAN JOSE;
Posting Period: 11 March 2021 - 19 March 2021

Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-151686-Consultant

Staffing Exercise

N/A

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

Result of Service

The consultant will work under the supervision of the Climate Change Mitigation Coordinator of UNEP in the Office for Latin America and the Caribbean to provide local technical assistance to the implementation of the

Leapfrogging to e- buses in Costa Rica

project, led by UNEP and supported by CRUSA Foundation. In particular, he/she will:

Act as a local technical liaison between UNEP and the Costa Rican Initiative for the Electrification of Public Transport (IETP-Bus) to ensure that products and deliverables meet the requirements of the governmental institutions and ensure proper coordination among them.

Participate and organize meetings with relevant stakeholders and organizations.

Analyze barriers for e-bus deployment in Costa Rica (legal, regulatory, commercial, operational, capacities, political, etc.) and propose means to mitigate such barriers.

Contribute to the evaluation of commercial operating conditions of e-buses in Costa Rica by compiling relevant data, assisting technical partners, providing technical advice, identifying and engaging with relevant stakeholders, and organizing meetings.

Contribute to the organization and conduction of capacity building and awareness-raising activities.

Contribute to the empowerment of an electric mobility innovation platform by compiling relevant data, assisting technical partners, providing technical advice, identifying and engaging with relevant stakeholders, and organizing meetings.

Contribute to the development of a financial instrument to promote e-bus deployment by compiling relevant data, assisting technical partners, providing technical advice, identifying and engaging with relevant stakeholders, and organizing meetings.

Interact with technical partners of the project, upon request of UNEP.

Perform other relevant duties as required.

Ultimate Result of the Service

Leapfrogging to e-buses in Costa Rica project is successfully implemented and after completion, fulfills outputs it originally established Deliverables: Product No. 1: Report including: (1) the development of a practical guideline for public sector procurement officers on electric vehicle acquisition and operation, and (2) the extension of the assessment of electric bus performance in the Metropolitan Area of San Jose.

Work Location

Home-Based

Expected duration

3 months

Duties and Responsibilities

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). The transport sector entails the highest growth of Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in Latin America.

These will increase significantly unless technological transformation is accelerated, and innovative policies are set in place. Furthermore, emissions linked to transport are the main causes of air pollution and health in the cities of the region. Considering that car fleet could triple in Latin America in the following twenty-five years, with over 200 million units by 2050 (IEA), a transformational change within the transport sector becomes imperative. The UNEPs Office for Latin America and the Caribbean has been requested by the Climate Change Directorate of Costa Rica, to jointly formulate a technical assistance project to support the Costa Rican Initiative for the Electrification of Public Transport (IETP-Bus), with a focus on battery-electric buses (e-buses).

The project Leapfrogging to e/buses in Costa Rica is financed by CRUSA Foundation, a private non-governmental and not-for-profit organization based in Costa Rica. The project aims to contribute to a transformation of public transport in Costa Rica by creating pre-conditions and developing a full climate financing proposal to accelerate the massive deployment of zero-emission battery-electric buses. The incumbent will be supervised by the Climate Change Mitigation Coordinator of UNEP in the Office for Latin America and the Caribbean and will work from Home.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications

Master degree related to transport planning and/or electric mobility, is required.

Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of relevant work experience, including at least five (5) years working in transport planning, energy efficiency in the transport sector and/or electric mobility.

Proven track record working with the transport sector in Costa Rica.

Language

Fluent oral and written skills in English and Spanish.

Skills

Proven experience in working and collaborating with international and multilateral environmental donors/funds.

Experience on programme management or international cooperation projects.

Solid network of contacts and collaborators related to mass transit in Costa Rica, is an asset.

Demonstrated record in working autonomously and as part of a team.

Applicant must be based in Costa Rica.

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.

Link to the job offer of the organization: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1615523716381