The Regional Collaboration Center (RCC) in Lomé, Togo, a partnership between the West African Development Bank (BOAD) and the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat UNFCCC is recruiting a Nationnally-Determined Contribution, Long-Term Emission Development Strategies (LT-LEDS) expert and coordinator.
Job offer acceptance deadline 10/30/2022 October 30th 2022 at 5:30 PM(UTC).
Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), Long-Term Low Emission Development Strategies (LT-LEDS) Expert and Coordinator – Supporting Climate Action Implementation in ECOWAS and Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa Region.
Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Long-Term Low Emission Development Strategies (LT-LEDS)
The implementation of countries’ NDCs and LT-LEDS constitutes the bulk of climate action which will reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, as well as enhance resilience. Facilitating NDC and LT-LEDS development and implementation is undertaken by the RCCs as part of their global work plan.
At the twenty-first session of the Conference of Parties (COP) in 2015, in accordance with Article 4.9 of the Paris Agreement, Parties were asked to communicate an NDC every five years in accordance with decision 1/CP.21, and other relevant decisions of the CMA, as well as be informed by the outcomes of the Global Stocktake (GST).
Furthermore, Decision 1/CMA.3 from COP26 urges Parties that have not yet communicated new or updated NDCs to do so as soon as possible in advance of the fourth session of the CMA (Decision 1/CMA.3, para 28). The decision requests Parties to revisit and strengthen the 2030 targets in their NDCs as necessary to align with the Paris Agreement temperature goal by the end of 2022, taking into account different national circumstances and recalling Article 3 and Article 4, paras 3, 4, 5 and 11 (Decision 1/CMA.3, para 29).
Furthermore, in accordance with Article 4, paragraph 19 of the Paris Agreement, all Parties should strive to formulate and communicate long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies (LT-LEDS), mindful of Article 2 taking into account their common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, in the light of different national circumstances.
CMA 3 urged Parties that have not yet done so to communicate, by CMA 4, an LT-LEDS towards just transitions to net zero emissions by or around mid-century. The CMA also invited Parties to update their LT-LEDS regularly, as appropriate, in line with the best available science and noted the importance of aligning NDCs with LT-LEDS.
In this context, the UN Climate Change Regional Collaboration Centre Lomé is seeking an NDC, LT-LEDS Expert and Coordinator to support this work on climate action implementation in the region.
The UN Climate Change Regional Collaboration Centres
The UN Climate Change Regional Collaboration Centers (RCCs) support national climate action through capacity-building, technical assistance, and strategic networking – sourcing know-how and resources to help developing countries cope with climate change. The Regional Collaboration Centres provide facilitative support to Parties and Non-Party stakeholders in the regions towards the fulfilment of the mandates under the Kyoto Protocol, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement. Since the adoption of the Paris Climate Change Agreement in December 2015, this also includes facilitative support towards the preparation and implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and long-term low GHG emission development strategies (LT-LEDS).
The UN Climate Change Secretariat partners with organizations to operate six RCCs globally:
Purpose of the Position
The regional expert will be based at the RCC and will coordinate the regional activities of the “NLS Unit” to facilitate the elaboration and implementation of NDCs and LT-LEDs in countries in the region. A focus of the role will be placed on establishing and sustaining good working relationships between the national focal points, implementing partner’s focal points and the RCC. The work will be conducted in accordance with the NLS Unit Workplan 2022, RCC Workplan 2022 and its M&E Framework and in close collaboration with NDC Partnership and other partners.
The purpose of the work of this expert is to facilitate support to Parties in terms of the formulation and implementation of their NDCs and LT-LEDS. The work will entail coordination with stakeholders to support the alignment of Parties’ development plans with climate targets; identification of capacity-building needs to scale-up mitigation action and mapping of the preparation status of NDCs and LT-LEDS. Support Parties as needed in the harmonization/streamlining of activities related to other international processes, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with climate action at the national and regional levels. Coordination with regional partners and organizations will also be required to ensure coherence and synergies.
The incumbent will mainly facilitate the implementation of NDC, LT-LEDS and Sectorial Support unit’s work plan in the context of ECOWAS and Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa Region. This requires the following key functions to be undertaken :