Preparation For The Implementation Of Mechanisms Of Article

Global Green Growth Institute

Quito, Ecuador

  • Ecuador became a Member of GGGI in 2019. Since 2021, GGGI has been engaging with Ecuador’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Ecological Transition (MAATE) and the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) on climate and sustainable finance to support Ecuador´s efforts to achieve the country’s climate change mitigation and adaptation objectives, as well as its Sustainable Development Goals and Nationally Determined Contributions. To date, GGGI is supporting the following initiatives in the country:
Developing a pipeline of adaptation projects.
  • Designing one large-scale adaptation project to be submitted for funding to providers of international climate finance (e.g. GCF, Adaptation Fund, etc).
  • Mobilizing long-term concessional resources towards nature-based solutions, climate- smart infrastructure and wider climate goals through innovative instruments, such as thematic bonds, debt for climate swaps, green credit programs, and tools, such as a national green taxonomy, environmental and social risk management systems, among others.
  • Supporting the implementation of Ecuador’s National Programme “Zero Carbon”, which allows private sector to measure and reduce its carbon footprint.
Supporting the readiness of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement:
  • Supporting the implementation of mitigation actions on sustainable mobility.
As a signatory to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement, Ecuador presents itself to the world as a country committed to the global fight against climate change. Despite contributing only 0.16% of global greenhouse gases (GHG), the country recognizes its shared responsibility to protect the climate as a common Good of humanity, but not uniformly, based on the Principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities.

In this context, Ecuador submitted its first Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) in 2019, voluntarily setting ambitious mitigation targets in accordance with its capabilities. In turn, as a priority for the country's development, strategic adaptation measures were established, considering crosscutting aspects such as intergenerational, interculturality and gender equality, ensuring respect for human rights and nature.

The decisions adopted at COP26 related to Article 6 of the Paris Agreement established conditions for its application by each country that participates under the approved mechanisms. This implies that countries must prepare institutional arrangements to participate through these mechanisms to obtain benefits from the application of Article 6 as well as efficiently accounting and reporting for their contribution to their NDCs.

For Ecuador, it is important to develop and implement clear participation requirements and institutional arrangements needed for the approval and authorization of projects and emissions credits. Furthermore, Ecuador has to analyze legal and technical terms and conditions in order to identify opportunities and benefits of the enforcement of Article 6 (paragraph 2, 4 and 8).

GGGI is seeking an experienced consultant in cooperative approaches under Article 6 of Paris Agreement (PA) Expert for the preparation of a ministerial agreement proposal that responds to the twelfth transitory provision of Ministerial Agreement No. 53 of the Technical Standard for Compensation, which establishes the implementation of the mechanisms under Article 6.2, 6.4 and 6.8 of the PA. The consultant will work closely with the technical team of the Undersecretariat of Climate Change of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Ecological Transition (MAATE), as well as the GGGI, as appropriate.

The consultant will report to the Adaptation Finance Officer (Ecuador) and to the technician designated by the Undersecretariat of Climate Change of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Ecological Transition (MAATE).

Objectives Of The Assignment:
 
The consultant is expected to build the institutional capacities to develop a framework that can support the implementation of cooperative approaches under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

Specific Objectives:
  • Operationalize the process for requesting the transition of eligible clean development mechanism activities to the mechanism established by Article 6, paragraph 4, of the Paris Agreement.
  • Analyze the legal, technical and financial institutional arrangements required for the enforcement of Article 6, paragraphs 2, 4 and 8, of the Partis Agreement in Ecuador.
  • Systematize in a proposal ministerial agreement the information collected about the activities described above to comply the twelfth transitory provision of Ministerial Agreement No. 53 of the Technical Standard for Compensation, and carry out a workshop for enhancing capacity building for the personnel of the Undersecretariat of Climate Change. 
Expertise Required:

The description of required expert may be split into following parts:

Education:
  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Sustainable Development, Climate Change, Management, Political Science or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
Experiences/ Skill:
  • General professional experience of a minimum of 10 years since obtaining a bachelor's degree.
  • At least 5 years of specific experience in some of the following areas: sustainable development, public policy formulation, climate change, environmental project evaluation.
  • Verifiable experience in the design and implementation of carbon markets schemes and non-market approach.
  • Knowledge of the international context of climate change and carbon market initiatives (voluntary and regulated schemes) and the Ecuadorian context.
  • Verifiable experience in the management of participatory spaces, multi-actor, and multilevel.
  • Verifiable experience in generating public policy.
  • Will be highly valued for having one of the following knowledge/experiences:
  • International context and/or negotiations among Parties regarding the fight against climate change.
  • Knowledge of carbon market strategies and carbon print initiatives from other countries.