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Green Economy Consultant

Organisation: 
UN Environment Resources and Markets Branch

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 Result of Service

UN Environment country work on green economy aims at advancing policy development and action plans in partner countries through technical expertise in economic policy. In that sense, the Department of Economic Studies and Impact Evaluation from the Ministry of Production of Peru is ready to successfully develop a green extension of its CGE economic model for one manufacturing sector. Linkages with other relevant national government agencies, policy processes, private sector and international development partners have been established.

Work Location

Remote

Expected duration

The duration of the contract will be from 25 May 2018 – 30 November 2018.

Duties and Responsibilities

Background
The United Nations Environment Programme (hereinafter referred to as “UN ENVIRONMENT”) is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.

UN Environment's Economy Division works with International and non-governmental organizations, national and local governments, business and industry to develop and implement policies, strategies and practices that are cleaner and safer, incorporate environmental costs, use natural resources efficiently, reduce pollution and risks for humans and the environment, and enable the implementation of conventions and international agreements.

Located within UN Environment's Economy Division, the Resources and Markets Branch seeks to conserve the environment, reduce poverty, and promote sustainable development by enhancing the capacity of governments, businesses, and civil society to integrate environmental considerations into economic, trade, and financial policies and practices in accordance with the partnership and integrated policy-making approaches of sustainable development. Over the past five years, the Resources and Markets Branch’s work has focused on developing, theoretically underpinning, and promoting the Green Economy (GE) concept and enhancing its application at the country level through its Advisory Services. Within Resources and Markets Branch, the Economic and Fiscal Policy unit is responsible for generating and disseminating knowledge, raising awareness, facilitating discussions, and forging strategic partnerships to advance GE-related topics.

In this sense, UN Environment supported Peru in its efforts to move towards a green economy during the production of a green economy assessment where modelling capacity in the use of system dynamics model (T21) was highly strengthened as well as basic understanding of system dynamics model was acquired by relevant actors in the country. However, there is a need for a consultant who will support UN Environment engagement to Green Economy concerns and who will be able to complement modelling work in Peru in this regard. He or she will technically advise the upgrade and development of the green extensions of the Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model of the Ministry of Production of Peru (PRODUCE).

Purpose
This consultancy will support the EC funded project “Inclusive Green Economy Policy Making for SDGs”, which contains a component on IGEM application in a country. This component aims at the refinement and further adjustment of the IGEM to help the selected country to better understand the cross-sectoral impacts of inclusive green economy policies. The objective is to pilot-test and adjust the IGEM to the specific context and sectoral focus of the chosen manufacturing sector in Peru. The specific objective of this consultancy is to continue strengthening the capacity of the Resources and Markets Branch, notably the country delivery of UN Environment in supporting green economy transition in partner countries.

The Resources and Markets Branch does not possess this expertise in house and needs to seek for outside assistance.

Specific tasks and responsibilities per outputs:

Tasks to be undertaken:
1. Technically advise about the production of a green extension for the PRODUCE's CGE model. Based on the identification of “interface” variables with the purpose of refining PRODUCE’s CGE model as a green economic tool to be able to analyze green policies or investments in the country according to their needs.
• Based on the identification of “interface” variables, the consultant will suggest green economy variables to be integrated into the green extension of PRODUCE’s CGE model in accordance with the T21.
• Technically advise the adjustments to PRODUCE’s CGE model to address green economy concerns (e.g. disaggregating one sector relevant for analyzing one green economy policy). This includes a training session to local partners (preferable a training for a week in Peru) on how to green a GCE model as well as providing comments about the modifications made by PRODUCE.
• Technically advise about the construction of an interface between the Green extension of PRODUCE’s CGE and the other (non-economic) modules of T21. In order to have a consistent set of tools to respond to a broad array of economic, social, and environment-related questions, it is preferable to work on a solid economic model with an interface with the T21.
• Advice on the background information needed for consistency: Input variables to be used by the green extension of PRODUCE’s CGE and T21 model.
• Design of interface: information vectors between models and their iterations. The consultant may be requested to do direct coding to PRODUCE’s model if necessary, which will be considered an additional activity. The consultant will also provide input on ways to best communicate on the functioning of the PRODUCE’s CGE model and its interface with T21 model. A brief description about the experience of this work is needed.
• The consultant will provide a brief written report highlighting the main contributions made for greening PRODUCE’s CGE model, and in addition, a brief description about how the IGEM tool was implemented in the country (including the main results for its application to analyze at least one green economy policy).

Note: These tasks involve regular meetings with UN Environment and PRODUCE. The consultant is expected to handle relevant communications with facilitation from the UN Environment programme manager, as needed. In addition, the Consultant is expected to participate in at least two training sessions/workshops in Peru. A first training session will focus on how to make green extensions to a CGE model. In a second and final workshop, the consultant will present key results.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Doctorate’s degree or equivalent) in economics, statistics, econometrics, mathematics, social sciences, or related area with a specialization in the environment. A first degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.
Experience: A minimum of seven years of work experience with modelling and empirical matters at the international level. Extensive knowledge of GAMS . Experience in issues related to environmental economics and development policy is highly desirable. Experience working with governments and the UN system is an advantage.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in spoken English and excellent English writing skills are essential. Knowledge of Spanish is an advantage.

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