TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION OFFICER
Strengthening the Resilience of the IGAD region to the adverse Impacts of Climate Change through effective Adaptation and Mitigation Actions (RICCAMA), project supported under the Intra-ACP Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+) Programme of the EU.
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is the regional organization for economic and political cooperation in the horn of Africa. IGAD was created in 1996 to supersede the intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development (IGADD) which was founded in 1986. It is one of the regional economic communities (RECs) of the African Union and is mandated to promote regional economic integration and other political, security and socio-economic issues of importance to member states through the implementation of common policies and programmes. IGAD brings together the states of Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.
IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC) is a specialized institution of IGAD mandated to perform climate monitoring and prediction to provide timely climate early warning information and supporting specific sector applications to enable the region cope with various risks associated with climate variability and change.
Impacts of human induced climate change are becoming evident around the world and the most recent scientific consensus - including the works of the IPCC – indicate that they are coming faster in some cases than had earlier been predicted. More impacts are projected, particularly if heat-trapping gas emissions continue unabated.
The international community has recognized the climate change challenge and adopted the UNFCCC, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement to combat it. IGAD Member States are all parties to the UNFCCC, the Kyoto protocol and the Paris Agreement and they are making efforts to address climate change through the formulation and implementation of national strategies and plans.
IGAD recognizes the threat posed by climate change for the region and the world at large including the need to take urgent action on the implementation of climate agreements at all levels. To this effect ICPAC on behalf of IGAD formulated the IGAD Regional Climate Change Strategy (IRCCS) in consultation with the Member States. The strategy aims to support the implementations of member states climate mitigation and adaption policies and plans including NAPAs, NAPs, NDCs and NAMAs. ICPAC on behalf of IGAD is mandated to lead and coordinate climate change activities in the region. ICPAC representing IGAD has an observer status with the UNFCCC and organizes side events, make statements and exhibitions at COPs.
2. Project Background
The Intra-ACP Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+) Programme is an initiative of the European Union (EU) to support the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States efforts in addressing the challenges of climate change. The regional component of the GCCA+ program is funded by the 11th European Development Fund (EDF 11)..
The GCCA+ Programme specifically targets ACP Member States, helping them to better tackle climate change as a challenge to their development and implement appropriate adaptation and mitigation responses.
10 Regional organizations are partners in implementing the Intra-ACP GCCA+ Programme are:
• African Union Commission (AUC)
• Indian Ocean Commission (IOC)
• Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
• Southern African Development Community (SADC)
• Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
• East African Community (EAC)
• Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
• Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
• University of the South Pacific (USP)
• Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC)
The GCCA+ projects primarily aim at facilitating the transition to a climate-resilient, low-carbon future in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change (2o C target) by emphasizing on mainstreaming climate change into national development and identifying win-win approaches, developing coherent national strategies and ensuring their proper implementation in line with NDC commitments.
3. Project development goal
The overall objective of the RICCAMA project is to increase the resilience of the IGAD region to the adverse impacts of climate change and contribute to the achievement of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals in particular its Goal 13 "Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts" in order to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development. RICCAMA is a three year project funded by the 11th European Development Fund (EDF 11) with a budget of € 1.6 million.
The specific objectives of the project are to:
I. Enhance the capacity of IGAD, through the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), to address regional and national climate change challenges and support IGAD Member States.
II. Support IGAD Member States to mainstream climate change adaptation and mitigation into their strategies and policies and align them to the Paris Agreement and other UNFCCC aspirations.
III. Promote engagement and strategic dialogue across relevant stakeholders to manage and share information, knowledge and capacity in support of climate initiatives and actions across the region.
IV. Strengthen the capacity of other regional and national institutions for improved service delivery within the IGAD region for addressing climate change-related challenges.
IGAD would like to fill the position of Climate Change Mitigation Officer for the RICCAMA project.
1. Overall Purpose
To undertake monitoring and analysis of GHG emissions and scenarios, provide technical support to ministries and agencies involved in climate change mitigation, analysis and policy recommendations on mitigation options for implementing Paris Agreement at regional and national levels.
2. Core Duties and Responsibilities
1. Monitoring and analysis of GHG emissions
• Provide support to the National Climate Change Departments and concerned line ministries to identify their detailed needs related to the monitoring and analysis of GHG emissions;
• Participate in the design, testing, dissemination and review of the proposed approach for GHG inventory, in cooperation with Monitoring and Evaluation staff;
• Support concerned Government staff to produce analysis of GHG inventory and identify implications for mitigation planning.
• Provide support to the member countries to enable them take advantage of opportunities arising from climate change including carbon trading.
• Technical support to ministries and agencies of Member States involved in climate change mitigation
• Support the development Climate Change Mitigation Action Plans in ministries where these plans do not yet exist;
• Support the operationalization of existing Climate Change Action Plans, through provision of technical support on institutional/management arrangements, mainstreaming of climate change mitigation in their policies, plans, budgets and procedures, resource mobilization and project/programme development and capacity development.
• Contribute to the design and delivery of trainings and other capacity development interventions on climate change mitigation;
• Together with Government counterparts, act as focal point for any mitigation-related queries from ministries, agencies, and private sector and non-Government partners.
• Analysis and policy recommendations on mitigation options
• As part of the national knowledge management system on climate change, support Government counterparts in concerned ministries and agencies to analyse results of mitigation pilots, compare various approaches, and formulate evidence-based technical and policy recommendations for policy-makers and practitioners;
• Contribute to the organization of learning events on climate change mitigation options and in the implementation of follow-up actions;
• Contribute to the quality assurance of knowledge products related to mitigation.
• Solid knowledge of climate change mitigation technologies and practices
• Perform other related tasks as requested by the Project Team Leader
3. Minimum Qualifications and Experience
• Master’s degree in climate change mitigation or related fields in areas of energy, forestry or land use
• Five (5) years of practical working experience in areas related to climate change mitigation assessments including familiarity with the IPCC greenhouse gas inventory methodology.
4. Key Skills and Competencies
• Good knowledge of GHG baseline determination, GHG inventory and MRV systems.
• Good knowledge of use of computer tools and methods required for mitigation assessments and relevant applications
• Familiarity with INDCs, NAMAs and IRCCS
• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
• Ability to prepare written reports in a clear, concise and meaningful manner
• Ability to work with minimum supervision
• Good inter-personal skills
• Good knowledge of the IGAD region
• Fluency in English
• Knowledge of French is an advantage
The Selected candidate will report to the Project Manager.
Negotiable within the IGAD salary Scale and policy which is attractive based on the applicant qualifications and Experience.
7. Contract Duration
The position will be tenable for One year renewable upto three years subject to availability of funds and performance.
8. Work Station
The Climate Change Mitigation Officer will be based in ICPAC Head Office within Nairobi Metropolitan Area.
9. How to Apply
Send your Cover Letter, Detailed Curriculum Vitae and Scanned Copies of Certificates by email to the following Address by 21st August 2019 with the title of position as subject:
The Director, Administration & Finance, IGAD,
Avenue Georges Clemenceau,
P. O. Box 2653
Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti