Forest Carbon Finance Consultant

United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, Kenya

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsPolicy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
2nd August, 2021

Job Description

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 United Nations Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, or UN-REDD Programme, is an interagency UN flagship partnership that supports nationally led REDD+ processes and promotes the informed and meaningful involvement of all stakeholders, including indigenous peoples and other forest-dependent communities, in national and international REDD+ implementation.

With support from the UN-REDD Programme, UNEP will facilitate a global discussion on forest carbon pricing. The channels through which forest countries can receive payments for their REDD+ results are quickly changing and increasing. Governments are now faced with multiple options ranging from traditional results-based payment schemes to market-like transactions with corporate buyers. While the ton of jurisdictional forest carbon had been valued at 5 USD for years, it may start responding to supply and demand dynamics. At the same time, the need to ensure high levels of social and environmental integrity of emission reductions has also increased.

This position is home-based, under the overall guidance of the UN-REDD Global Team Leader and the day to day supervision of the UN-REDD Regional Coordinator for Asia Pacific.

The consultant will provide technical assistance on forest carbon pricing, highlighting the costs of generating forest emission reductions and analyzing factors which may impact prices in the future, including the growing corporate demand for carbon credits and the quality of emissions reductions.

The consultant will perform the following tasks:

  • Draft a 5-10 pages brief outlining the key elements of a global discussion on forest carbon pricing, with the aim to collect views and facilitate a common understanding around the need for higher prices;
  • Draft a comprehensive report reflecting knowledge to date on forest carbon transactions, including the cost of generating emission reductions from forests as well as an analysis of factors impacting prices;
  • Provide technical inputs to inform the discussion on forest carbon pricing with government officials and practitioners from forest countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as potential buyers from the private sector.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: The ideal candidate should demonstrate strong analytical skills and an understanding of REDD+ and voluntary carbon markets. A proven track record of communicating complex environmental issues to non-technical audiences is an advantage.

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in natural resources management, environmental/social sciences, environmental law or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: Minimum of ten years of progressively responsible working experience in REDD+, forestry and climate mitigation/adaptation or related fields is required. Familiarity with forest carbon offsets, voluntary carbon markets and carbon standards like ART TREES, VERRA, JNR, GCF etc. is desirable. Experience delivering advisory services in the form of policy briefs, short technical papers, in-depth studies and detailed technical analyses is an advantage.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this
consultancy, fluency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of any other official UN languages would be an asset.


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