Sectorial Mitigation Senior Associate
Global Green Growth Institute
10 days ago
GGGI is seeking a Sectoral Mitigation Senior Associate to support the implementation of the SPAR6C Project in Colombia. S/he will be part of the GGGI Colombia Team and report to the Senior Officer -Policy Coordinator and Colombia SPAR6C Program Manager.
Based in Seoul, The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is an intergovernmental organization founded to support and promote a model of economic growth known as "green growth", which targets key aspects of economic performance such a poverty reduction, job creation, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. GGGI works with countries around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies that can impact the lives of millions. The organization partners with countries, multilateral institutions, government bodies, and private sector to help build economies that grow strongly and are more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources, less carbon intensive, and more resilient to climate change.
GGGI has a diverse portfolio of programs in developing countries around the world. These in-country programs, together with global products and services, focus on delivering results through an integrated approach of evidence based green growth planning and implementation aligned to countries’ development priorities. The organization also focuses on knowledge development and management activities which build a strong theoretical and empirical basis for green growth, while providing concrete options and guidance for policymakers; as well as building the conditions for public and private green infrastructure investments.
Since 2013, GGGI has been working with the Government of Colombia to advance Green Growth policies and green investments, through strategic partnerships with the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Finance and Public Credit the National Planning Department, and the Ministry of Mines and Energy, among others. GGGI Colombia has grown significantly over the past few years and has transformed into a portfolio-based country program, with programs and projects of varied size covering various GGGI Programmatic Solutions including Sustainable Forests, Solar PV, Climate Resilient Agriculture, Climate Action, and Green Investments. GGGI’s comparative advantage is shown by its 10–year track record and presence in-country, working with GGGI staff embedded in various Colombian ministries and subnational-level government entities, to provide context-specific, tailored, green growth solutions, as well as bringing green projects to bankability.
Colombia’s green growth framework is marked by the renewed NDC commitment, the Green Growth Policy and the Deforestation Control Policy. The renewed NDC is highly ambitious, with a target set at 51% GHG emissions reductions by 2030. Specifically in regard to Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, Colombia stated in its updated NDC is intention to participate in Article 6 cooperative approaches according to the decisions of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA) and with the environmental integrity focus as indicated in the San José Principles, of which Colombia is a signatory.
Colombia has made several important advances in carbon markets which position the country well on the journey to readiness towards Article 6 transactions. The country established a carbon neutrality tax offset mechanism with Decree 926 of 2017, as well as the National Registry of Emission Reductions (RENARE) by Law 1753 of 2015. Furthermore, the National Climate Change Law 1931 of 2018 created the National Emission Allowances Trading Program, currently in the design phase. In addition, Colombia is building experience in bilateral and multilateral partnerships involving carbon markets.
The Paris Agreement provides a comprehensive framework for signatory Parties to reach an ambitious commitment to limit the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C and to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C in a cooperative manner. This framework covers several instruments including cooperative approaches under Article 6 which allows for the potential development of international carbon transactions.
The Carbon Pricing Unit (CPU) of GGGI is implementing several programs related to scaling up international carbon trading, now covered by the Paris Agreement Rulebook finalized in Glasgow at COP26. By opening these markets and increasing the flow of transactions, a robust and reliable global price for carbon can be established, which can motivate the transformational change needed to achieve the ambitious goals of Paris. GGGI’s Article 6 programs provide technical assistance and capacity building to government counterparts to improve their readiness for Article 6 engagement through the design of projects and policies for pilot transactions and the strengthening of institutional frameworks required for their implementation. GGGI's Carbon Pricing Global Practice is a leading actor in global piloting of international carbon transactions under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, working with both potential buyer and seller countries to facilitate transactions.
The Supporting Preparedness for Article 6 Cooperation (SPAR6C) Program, funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Government, is a five year, 20M EUR program that started in Q2 2022. Its objective is to promote Article 6 (A6) cooperative approaches, engaging the private sector and enabling cost-efficient, flexible, high-integrity carbon markets with positive sustainability impacts. Transformative design of A6 pilots for real transactions of internationally transferred mitigation outcomes (ITMOs) will be enabled by research-based capacity building in four partner countries: Colombia, Pakistan, Thailand and Zambia.
The program consists of six work packages, two centrally managed and four countries driven. In the first two, best practice tools and approaches to implement cooperative mechanisms will be developed underpinned by an international forum – a community of practice of A6 implementing countries - that brings together countries and practitioners, who share the common objective of raising ambition through markets. In-country package implementation will focus on three areas of work in each of the four countries: 1) Long-term planning, 2) Institutional readiness to transact and 3) Pilot design and transactions. More than eight A6 pilot programs will be implemented in Colombia, Pakistan, Thailand and Zambia based on a toolbox of innovative guidance and approaches for transformative A6 design. The project is implemented through a consortium consisting of GGGI, UNEP Copenhagen Climate Centre, Carbon Limits AS, GFA Consulting Group GmbH, and Kommunalkredit Public Consulting GmbH. GGGI leads the overall consortium from its Headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, and is also the primary implementer in Colombia.
The Directorate of Climate Change of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development is the political partner for in-country implementation in Colombia. The program will support additional institutions in the Government of Colombia as required by the project and agreed to with the Ministry.
Within this context, the SPAR6C Program will support Colombia in developing its institutional, regulatory, technical framework and capacities and specific projects and programs to embark on Article 6 transactions of ITMOs during the NDC implementation period 2020-2030. The program's first stage will be the Readiness and Needs Assessment for implementing Article 6.
GGGI is seeking a Sectoral Mitigation Senior Associate to support the implementation of the SPAR6C Project in Colombia. S/he will be part of the GGGI Colombia Team and report to the Senior Officer -Policy Coordinator and Colombia SPAR6C Program Manager. Main responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Provide operational support to the Senior Officer- Policy Coordinator and Colombia SPAR6C Program Manager and team to ensure successful delivery of the SPAR6C in Colombia
- Contribute to the completion of and follow-up activities to the readiness and needs assessment of A6 in Colombia
- Support the Senior Officer- Policy Coordinator and Colombia SPAR6C Program Manager for technical inputs, seamless information gathering and compilation on Governance Arrangements for Article 6, Article 6 Strategy , A6 Guidebooks and the Community of Practice of A6 Implementing Countries (CoP-ASIC).
- Provide technical advisory and capacity building support to the Government of Colombia around mitigation activities, carbon markets, and issues related to measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) and carbon accounting.
- Support the Senior Officer- Policy Coordinator and Colombia SPAR6C Program Manager to the preparation and compilation of periodic SPAR6C reports to global program manager and the government as needed.
- Contribute to the design, preparation, and implementation of trainings, workshops, focus group discussions, and consultation meetings related to the SPAR6C objectives in Colombia.
- Supervise technical consultants to be hired for the implementation of the IKI SPAR6C Program in Colombia.
- Keep abreast with new developments in climate change mitigation and carbon markets globally and in Colombia.
- Lead the prioritization, longlisting and shortlisting of potential mitigation activities for Article 6 implementation in Colombia, and support the structuring of selected activities.
- Works closely (potentially embedded) with national counterparts to acquire information/knowledge and to develop cooperative relationships as an effective partner for policy delivery, particularly with the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, and other relevant environment-related institutions.
- Articulate GGGI´s engagement with Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development and other relevant related institutions under the orientation of the project manager.
- Engage in stakeholder mapping and participate in and facilitate discussions between government and various stakeholders across the Program.
- Develop strong technical networks among other institutional, private sector partners and stakeholders that could support and facilitate GGGI´s delivery, scalability and impact.
- Participate in GGGI’s CPU and SPAR6C consortium meetings and events and represent the Colombia project team as necessary.
- Participate in GGGI-wide events to create awareness about the GGGI Carbon Pricing Unit and Colombia Program and their activities.
- Advise the Senior Officer- Policy Coordinator and Colombia SPAR6C Program Manager about opportunities and risks identified during the project implementation.
- Provide technical advisory support to government counterparts on climate change mitigation and carbon markets,
- Develop and compile recommendations for the update of various government policies and regulations related to carbon markets in Colombia.
- Provide targeted input on carbon markets and sectoral mitigation actions on the energy, transportation, industry, buildings and waste sectors to GGGI’s SPAR6C team and the GGGI Colombia program.
- Support the preparation of periodic reporting to GGGI HQ and the donor.
- Monitor issues related to Article 6, carbon markets, mitigation actions, and related topics to support policy and technical advisory products.
- Monitor delivery issues and identify potential solutions in consultation with key national counterparts to build common understanding and implementation of project activities.
- Monitor project activities to ensure consistent/appropriate use of resources, delivery proceeding on schedule and operational demands are within SPAR6C and GGGI guidelines.
- Support and/or lead the organization of the trainings, workshops, consultations, and focus group discussions with key stakeholders related to the objectives of the position.
- Must be a Colombian citizen, or a foreigner holding a valid Work Visa in Colombia.
- A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Environmental sciences, Geography, Economics, basic sciences or related fields is required (REQUIRED)
- A Master’s degree in relevant fields such as environmental management, sustainable development, climate change mitigation, data sciences, engineering, project management or related fields is an advantage (DESIRABLE)
- At least 5 years of relevant experience in the design, structuring, promotion and/or implementation of mitigations policies or projects; preferably in the transportation, building, mining, energy, manufacturing and/or waste sectors is required (REQUIRED)
- At least 4 years of relevant professional experience in the design, structuring and implementation of projects and programs with public or private funding is required (REQUIRED)
- Experience in conducting literature research and report writing is required ((REQUIRED)
- Knowledge of climate change policy, carbon markets, NDCs, LEDS, greenhouse gas accounting methodologies and Greenhouse Gas inventories in the private and/or public sector is desirable (DESIRABLE)
- Experience in mitigation policies and/or projects in the Energy, Buildings, Transportation, Industry and/or Waste sectors.
- Fluency in English and Spanish (spoken and written). (REQUIRED)
- Solid skills using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams).
- Relevant work experience in the field of climate change mitigation programs and projects, MRV, CDM, REDD+, VCS/Gold Standard and/or GHG inventories, sectoral data and statistics is desirable (DESIRABLE)
- Experience designing and delivering capacity building trainings/workshops is desirable. (DESIRABLE)
- Exceptional analytical skills, alongside strong synthesis skills. Able to pick up and assimilate relevant information quickly and easily.
- Teamwork and creative problem-solving abilities.
- Ability to initiate, review, synthesize information and produce high quality written reports in Spanish and English.
- Independent, with ability to establish priorities in a time-sensitive environment and meet deadlines with strong attention to detail.
- Convincing written and oral communication and presentation skills in Spanish and English, to prepare material for the governments both in written format and in person.
- Seeks opportunities to improve outcomes. Constantly reviews performance to identify areas of improvement.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills and a proven ability to develop, maintain and enhance relationships with a variety of internal and external contacts, understanding the counterparts’ needs, limitations, and capacities.
- Understand and actively supports GGGI mission, vision and values.
- Promote the optimum use of public resources
- Promote an organizational culture of trust, transparency, respect and partnership.
- Process and share information easily.
- Manage emotions and stress positively, builds rapport and resolves conflict easily.
- Promote creativity and innovation among staff.
- Be able to lead where needed and provide solutions to project-level challenge.
- The Sectoral Mitigation Senior Associate is an X7 grade level in GGGI’s national salary scale. For the X7 Colombia national salary scale, the annual base salary starts from USD 32,121 Determination of base salary is subject to candidate's experience, academic background and internal equity.
- GGGI provides 15% of base salary towards retirement plan/long-term savings, 27 days of annual leave, and private health insurance that covers dental and vision.
- GGGI is committed to providing a work environment that is sufficiently flexible to accommodate diverse life-cycle challenges and assist Staff members to achieve a better balance between work and personal/family commitments, thus ensuring high performance, long-term productivity, and well-being of Staff members.
- The chosen candidate is expected to be based in Bogotá, Colombia and will report to the Senior Officer-Policy Coordinator and SPAR6C Colombia project manager.
- This is a national position and does not include relocation benefits.
Only CV's and applications in English will be reviewed.
Please notice that "Date to close" is in Korean Standard Time (KST) – not Colombia time -
GGGI evaluates applications based on eligibility requirements, relevance of academic study, work experience and the level of interest and motivation to contribute to GGGI's goals. If your application is successful, you will be asked to participate in a written assignment followed by a competency-based interview.
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