Dear colleagues,

 

We are excited to announce that places are still available on the next Global Challenges in Transport course Health, Wellbeing and Transport course, to be held Tuesday 5th- Friday 8th December 2017, at Kellogg College, University of Oxford.


The course is part of our Global Challenges in Transport programme, which provides researchers and practitioners with the necessary knowledge, skills and expertise, supported by the latest research evidence, to address the complexity associated with making transport sustainable.


This course considers health, wellbeing and social equity across spatial scales, geographical contexts and transport modes. It specifically concentrates on the relationships between urban form and design, mobility practices, and physical and mental well-being. Particular emphasis will be placed on the potential contribution of walking, cycling and public transport services to healthy cities.


Our speakers include: Dr Tim Schwanen (TSU), Prof Karen Lucas (ITS), Dr Jennie Middleton (TSU), Dr Christian Brand (TSU), Dr James Esson (Loughborough University), Dr Margaret Peden (The George Institute for Global Health), Dr Audrey de Nazelle (Imperial College London), Emma Aldrich (Marie Stopes Uganda), Dr Adrian Davis. 


The full programme is available at: http://www.tsu.ox.ac.uk/course/hwt2017.pdf


This is a 4-day residential course, with fees covering all materials, 21 contact hours, and 3 night's en-suite accommodation at Kellogg College, University of Oxford. All meals and refreshments are provided. The fee structure is as follows:

  • Private sector: £3,500
  • Public sector: £1,500
  • PhD: £500

 

We are able to offer partial scholarships to a limited number of participants, as well as discounts to those attending several Global Challenges in Transport courses.


Further details about all courses in the Global Challenges in Transport programme can be found at www.tsu.ox.ac.uk/course.

To enquire or apply, please email
exed@tsu.ox.ac.uk


Kind regards,
Ersilia

 

Dr Ersilia Verlinghieri

Research Associate

Programme Coordinator for Executive Education in the Transport Studies Unit

Transport Studies Unit

  1. www.tsu.ox.ac.uk/course

@OxfordTransport

 

School Of Geography and the Environment

University of Oxford

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Oxford OX1 3QY

Phone: +44 (0)1865 285117

We have an exciting news for you!

 

The City Climate Planner Program launched on October 19th, 2017 and the Urban GHG Inventory Specialist Credential exam is now publicly available. Link to press release: New Program Launched to Advance Local Climate Initiatives in Cities Worldwide.

 

The City Climate Planner Program is an initiative of the World Bank and global partners to train and certify local-level climate professionals in several key areas of climate planning. The program is now being led by the Green Business Certification Institute, ICLEI and World Resources Institute, and thus this Collaboration for Development site for the program will be closing soon - by end of this year.

 

The City Climate Planner Program’s first professional certification is the Urban GHG Inventory Specialist Credential, which focuses on GHG emission inventories and has a special emphasis on the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Emission Inventories (GPC) – a standard for city-scale inventories that is endorsed by major international bodies and city networks. The application to take this first credential is now available online.

 

To learn more about the City Climate Planner Program, eligibility requirement, in-person training, online resources, and to sign up to take the Urban GHG Inventory Specialist exam, please go to (http://cityclimateplanner.org/). Please feel free to contact the program here (http://cityclimateplanner.org/contact) with any further inquiries.

 

Best regards,

City Climate Planner Program

World Bank Group

 

https://inspira.un.org/psc/UNCAREERS/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/UN_CUSTOMIZATIONS.UN_JOB_DETAIL.GBL?Page=UN_JOB_DETAIL&Action=A&Sit…

 

Background

 

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future. Its mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. Cities are on the front-line of climate change. On the one hand, cities are responsible for roughly 70 percent of global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions[1]; on the other hand cities are vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change. The New Urban Agenda adopted at Habitat III highlights the role of cities in climate change mitigation and adaptation[2]. The New Urban Agenda commits to promote international, national, subnational, and local climate action, including climate change adaptation and mitigation. It further commits to support building resilience and reducing emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG).

UN-Habitat carries out several projects to support climate change adaptation and mitigation. For instance, UN-Habitat’s Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI) seeks to enhance the preparedness and mitigation activities of cities in developing countries. CCCI supports city activities in countries such as Ecuador, Philippines, Mozambique, Uganda, Indonesia, Namibia, Burkina Faso and others. It also develops a suite of tools to support city leaders and practitioners in addressing the impact of climate change (adaptation) and to help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation)[3].

Funded by the European Commission, UN-Habitat and Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) implemented the “Promoting Low Emission Urban Development Strategies in Emerging Economy Countries (Urban-LEDS)” project to enhance the transition to low emission urban development in emerging economy countries by offering selected local governments in Brazil, India, Indonesia and South Africa a comprehensive methodological framework (the GreenClimateCities methodology) to integrate low-carbon strategies into all sectors of urban planning and development[4].

Project Background

With the support from Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), UN-Habitat is implementing a global project “Developing and Financing City Climate Action Plans”, with some activities planned in Africa. One of the objectives of this project is to help cities in Least Developed Countries that have signed up to the Compact of Mayors to comply with the Compact. The Compact of Mayors cities (as of 21 June 2016) include twenty five cities from Least Developed Countries (twenty cities in Africa and five cities in Asia and the Pacific). At present Moroni and Mutsamudu in Comoros are the leading candidates for this assistance.

The Compact of Mayors, on whose Management Committee UN-Habitat sits, was launched at the 2014 Climate Summit. To commit to the Compact, a city must commit to (1) reduce GHG emissions and address climate change risks; (2) inventory and report their CO2 emissions from stationary energy and inboundary travel and report on current and future climate hazards within one year; (3) set reduction targets and assess vulnerability within two years; (4) inventory and report their GHG emissions (CO2, CH4, N2O) from stationary energy, inboundary travel and waste and establish an action plan within three years.

Step two is to inventory and report GHG emission and report on climate related hazards within one year. Cities are strongly encouraged to report emissions of all three GHGs from all three sectors as soon as they are able to. A city needs to build and complete a GHG inventory and report it via the CDP or carbonn Climate Registry reporting platform. The GHG inventory should follow the GHG Protocol standard for cities, also known as Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC). This standard is created by the World Resources Institute, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and ICLEI together with various supporting partners including UN-Habitat. (More info for GPC: http://www.ghgprotocol.org/city-accounting)

The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the leader of the Climate Change Planning Unit or as assigned to the UN-Habitat Regional Office for Africa. Either independently of in cooperation with one of the UN-Habitat Non-governmental organization partners (to be confirmed), she/he will:

 

  • Carry out baseline GHG inventories in two Sub-Saharan African cities, using the GPC standard, and report it via the CDP or carbonn Climate Registry reporting platform successfully.

The GHG inventories should contain a breakdown of emissions into stationary energy, inboundary travel and waste sectors. Additional sectors are optional but welcome: transboundary travel, industrial processes and product use and agriculture, forestry and land use. Emission data needs to be reported by sub-sector and scope, and in metric tonnes of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalents) as set out in the GPC Emissions Report table[5]. The inventories should contain the emissions data of CO2, CH4 and N2O, Additional GHGs are optional but welcome: HFCs, PFCs, SF6 and NF3.

The consultant is responsible for supporting the participating cities in meeting the Compact of Mayors compliance requirements on GHG inventories, including in relation to data quality, coverage, etc.

 

Specific Responsibilities:

She/He will either support a partner organization or work independently. Her/His responsibilities include to, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Review the GPC standard, the CDP or carbonn Climate Registry reporting platform and follow their methodology and requirements;
  • Per UN-Habitat guidance, carry out initial meeting with/or initial scoping missions to the target cities, meeting with key focal points;
  • Identify sources of information and methods for collecting primary and secondary data and gather data;
  • Develop short inception report. The heart of the report should be a timeline of activities showing expected missions to the participating city/cities. It should also explain how you will involve local officials in various steps of the process, build capacity, discuss and come to agreement with the beneficiary city/cities and UN-Habitat on the way forward. The inception plan can include comments and any suggested modifications to the present TORs.
  • Liaise with relevant authorities/organizations on urban development, planning, transportation, energy and other related issues, which could contribute to the GHG Inventory;
  • Build and complete baseline GHG inventories with a breakdown of emissions for required sectors/emission sources, using the GPC standard and reporting it via the CDP or carbonn Climate Registry reporting platform successfully.


Work Location

For international consultant: homebase with travel to target cities

For local consultant: target cities

 

Expected Duration

 

45 working days spread over four months

The expected duration may reduce accordingly if the consultant will be supported by a partner organization.

 

Outputs

 

For each participating city, the main expected outputs are:

 

  1. Inception report (draft and final), maximum six pages;
  2. GPC standard baseline GHG inventories (draft and final) with emissions broken down into at least stationary energy, inboundary travel and waste sectors in two Sub-Saharan Africa cities (cities: TBD);
  3. Report the GHG inventories via the CDP or carbonn Climate Registry reporting platform successfully;
  4. Short final report at conclusion of assignment.

 

Output production will be documented regularly through interim reports covering the tasks above and one final report, summarizing the work done and presenting all outputs in electronic and hard copy format.


Qualifications/special skills

Professionalism: knowledge and understanding of GHG inventories issues, especially in regard to urban planning, management and climate change; conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; capacity to understand policy approaches and strategic plans related to gender and urban development, and flexibility in their implementation under changing circumstances. Certification from City Climate Planner Certificate Program or equivalent is greatly preferred and highly desirable. (http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/climatechange/brief/city-climate-planner-certificate-program)

 

Communication: good oral skills and proven ability to draft and edit a variety of written reports and other communications and articulate ideas in a clear, concise style.

 

Planning and Organizing: proven ability to deliver on agreed activities in a timely manner; capacity to manage and plan own work and meet deadlines.

 

Academic Qualifications: advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Geography, Urban Planning, Public or Business Administration, Transport, Engineering,  Development Studies or Social Sciences relevant to urban planning, policy and projects or a first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree or related field.

 

Experience: the consultant must have a minimum of two years’ work experience in the field of climate change, GHG inventories and urban development. Experience in doing GHG inventories in cities in Sub-Saharan African cities is greatly preferred and highly desirable.

 

Language: for this consultancy, fluency in oral and written English is required in addition to good drafting skills. Although not a requirement, knowledge of Comorian, Arabic or French will be an advantage.

 

Remuneration

 

Payments will be based on deliverables over the consultancy period. There are set remuneration rates for consultancies. The rate is determined by functions performed and experience of the consultant. Payments will be made every interim report, and final report (three payments in total). Travel, when required, will be authorized and paid separately.

 

 

United Nations Considerations

 

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to

participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary

organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat

is a non-smoking environment.

As per UN policy, Consultants and Individual Contractors may not apply for or be appointed

to any position in the Professional or above categories and for positions at the FS-6 and FS-7

levels in the Field Service category within six months of the end of their current or most

recent service. This restriction does not apply to associate experts(Junior Professional

Officers) appointed under the Staff Rules.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE

RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING,

OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH

INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS' BANK ACCOUNTS

 


[1] http://www.ghgprotocol.org/city-accounting

[2] New Urban Agenda  Paragraph 13g “We envisage cities and human settlements that: adopt and implement disaster risk reduction and management, reduce vulnerability, build resilience and responsiveness to natural and man-made hazards, and foster mitigation and adaptation to climate change; […].”

[3] http://unhabitat.org/urban-initiatives/initiatives-programmes/cities-and-climate-change-initiative/

[4] http://urbanleds.iclei.org/index.php?id=107

[5] http://ghgprotocol.org/files/ghgp/GHGP_GPC.pdf (Chapter 4: Reporting Requirements, Table 4.3)

United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

Call for Expressions of Interest (EoI) for Cooperation Partners for Agreement of Cooperation

 

Supporting African Cities in Inventorying Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  Date first published: 14 December 2016

Deadline for submissions of EoIs: 13 January 2017

 

Call for Expressions of Interest (EoI) for Cooperation Partners for Agreement of Cooperation: Supporting African Cities …

1.      Background

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future. Its mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. Cities are on the front-line of climate change. On the one hand, cities are responsible for roughly 70 percent of global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions[1]; on the other hand cities are vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change. The New Urban Agenda adopted at Habitat III highlights the role of cities in climate change mitigation and adaptation[2]. The New Urban Agenda commits to promote international, national, subnational, and local climate action, including climate change adaptation and mitigation. It further commits to support building resilience and reducing emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG).

UN-Habitat carries out several projects to support climate change adaptation and mitigation. For instance, UN-Habitat’s Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI) seeks to enhance the preparedness and mitigation activities of cities in developing countries. CCCI supports city activities in countries such as Ecuador, Philippines, Mozambique, Uganda, Indonesia, Namibia, Burkina Faso and others. It also develops a suite of tools to support city leaders and practitioners in addressing the impact of climate change (adaptation) and to help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation)[3].

Funded by the European Commission, UN-Habitat and Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) implemented the “Promoting Low Emission Urban Development Strategies in Emerging Economy Countries (Urban-LEDS)” project to enhance the transition to low emission urban development in emerging economy countries by offering selected local governments in Brazil, India, Indonesia and South Africa a comprehensive methodological framework (the GreenClimateCities methodology) to integrate low-carbon strategies into all sectors of urban planning and development[4].

2.      Project Introduction

With the support from Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), UN-Habitat is implementing a global project “Developing and Financing City Climate Action Plans”, with some activities planned in Africa. One of the objectives of this project is to help cities in Least Developed Countries that have signed up to the Compact of Mayors to comply with the Compact. The Compact of Mayors cities (as of 21 June 2016) include twenty five cities from Least Developed Countries (twenty cities in Africa and five cities in Asia and the Pacific). At present Moroni and Mutsamudu in Comoros are the leading candidates for this assistance.

The Compact of Mayors, on whose Management Committee UN-Habitat sits, was launched at the 2014 Climate Summit. To commit to the Compact, a city must commit to (1) reduce GHG emissions and address climate change risks; (2) inventory and report their CO2 emissions from stationary energy and inboundary travel and report on current and future climate hazards within one year; (3) set reduction targets and assess vulnerability within two years; (4) inventory and report their GHG emissions (CO2, CH4, N2O) from stationary energy, inboundary travel and waste and establish an action plan within three years.

Step two is to inventory and report GHG emission and report on climate related hazards within one year. Cities are strongly encouraged to report emissions of all three GHGs from all three sectors as soon as they are able to. A city needs to build and complete a GHG inventory and report it via the CDP or carbonn Climate Registry reporting platform. The GHG inventory should follow the GHG Protocol standard for cities, also known as Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC). This standard is created by the World Resources Institute, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and ICLEI together with various supporting partners including UN-Habitat. (More info for GPC: http://www.ghgprotocol.org/city-accounting)

3.      Scope of Agreement of Cooperation

UN-Habitat invites Expressions of Interest from academic or research institutions, Not-for-Profit Organizations, Governmental and Inter-Governmental organizations for an Agreement of Cooperation (AOC) that will cover the following task:

  • To carry the GHG inventories should contain a breakdown of emissions into stationary energy, inboundary travel and waste sectors. Additional sectors are optional but welcome: transboundary travel, industrial processes and product use and agriculture, forestry and land use. Emission data needs to be reported by sub-sector and scope, and in metric tonnes of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalents) as set out in the GPC Emissions Report table[5]. The inventories should contain the emissions data of CO2, CH4 and N2O, Additional GHGs are optional but welcome: HFCs, PFCs, SF6 and NF3.

The partner is responsible for supporting the participating cities in meeting the Compact of Mayors compliance requirements on GHG inventories, including in relation to data quality, coverage, etc.

The partner’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Review the GPC standard, the CDP or carbonn Climate Registry reporting platform and follow their methodology and requirements;
  • Per UN-Habitat guidance, carry out initial meeting with/or initial scoping missions to the target cities, meeting with key focal points;
  • Identify sources of information and methods for collecting primary and secondary data and gather data;
  • Develop short inception report. The heart of the report should be a timeline of activities showing expected missions to the participating city/cities. It should also explain how you will involve local officials in various steps of the process, build capacity, discuss and come to agreement with the beneficiary city/cities and UN-Habitat on the way forward. The inception plan can include comments and any suggested modifications to the present TORs;
  • Liaise with relevant authorities/organizations on urban development, planning, transportation, energy and other related issues, which could contribute to the GHG Inventory;
  • Build and complete baseline GHG inventories with a breakdown of emissions for required sectors/emission sources, using the GPC standard and reporting it via the CDP or carbonn Climate Registry reporting platform successfully.

The EOI should contain, but not be limited to the following:

  • Institutional and technical information.
  • Overall experience of the organization in the area of GHG inventories, experience in doing GHG inventories in cities in Sub-Saharan Africa is greatly preferred and highly desirable.
  • Resumes of the proposed personnel that will be assigned to work on the programme, certification from City Climate Planner Certificate Program or equivalent is greatly preferred and highly desirable (http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/climatechange/brief/city-climate-planner-certificate-program) ;
  • A short conceptual proposal on how the organization plans to develop the GHG inventories in two cities in Sub-Saharan Africa including nature of work, elements of work plan and timeline, budget plan, any challenges, obstacles and solutions; 
  • The support/contribution of the submitting organisation for the project in both - cash and in kind (contribution in terms of staff time, office space and equipment and other support in cash and in-kind should be expressed in monetary terms), if applicable.

 

Note: the following supporting documents are essential for clearing and approving Agreements of Cooperation. It is not necessary to provide the following documents at this Call for EoI stage, but please confirm that you can provide them in a timely manner (within 10 days)[6].

 

  • Certified true copy of original certificate of registration/Incorporation or Charter in cases of educational institutions
  • Certified true copy of original Audited Account Statement for the last two years
  • Annual reports of the last two years
  • Certified true copy of proof of non-Profit                 
  • Copy of the Constitution or by-laws

 

4.      Indicative Budget

The proposed budget should not exceed market rates for similar work in Sub-Saharan Africa. The proposed budget will form the basis for the negotiation of the final budget which will form part of the Agreement of Cooperation. Please assume this project will be in Moroni and Mutsamudu. The final budget will depend on the final cities selection.

UN-Habitat will contribute financial resources towards this Agreement of Cooperation.

UN-Habitat may hire one consultant to assist the partner with the above tasks. The financial resources UN-Habitat will contribute towards this Agreement of Cooperation will reduce accordingly if such consultant is hired.

5.      Overall Timeframe

The work outlined in this EOI is scheduled to commence by 7 February 2017 and completed within four months.

6.      Contact Information and Application Deadline

Expression of Interest must be delivered in electronic format no later than 13 January 2016 to the e-mail addresses given below:

elizabeth.okongo@unhabitat.org

cc yali.wang@unhabitat.org

7.      Other

Please note that this EOI notice does not constitute a solicitation. UN-Habitat reserves the right to change or cancel this requirement at any time in the Expressions of Interest/or solicitation process.

Submitting a reply to an EOI does not guarantee that a Cooperation Partner will be considered for receipt of the solicitation when issued and only Cooperation Partners who are deemed qualified by UN-Habitat upon completion of evaluation of submission, will receive the final solicitation document.

 


[1] http://www.ghgprotocol.org/city-accounting

[2] New Urban Agenda  Paragraph 13g “We envisage cities and human settlements that: adopt and implement disaster risk reduction and management, reduce vulnerability, build resilience and responsiveness to natural and man-made hazards, and foster mitigation and adaptation to climate change; […].”

[3] http://unhabitat.org/urban-initiatives/initiatives-programmes/cities-and-climate-change-initiative/

[4] http://urbanleds.iclei.org/index.php?id=107

[5] http://ghgprotocol.org/files/ghgp/GHGP_GPC.pdf (Chapter 4: Reporting Requirements, Table 4.3)

[6] All documents that the Partner has obtained externally must be certified as true copies of the originals by a Notary Public (NP), Commissioner of Oaths (CO) or its equivalent.

The word “Certification”  shall be construed to mean of the following:-

a) That a UN-Habitat Partner has presented original documents for examination & verification.

b) That the certifier confirms the copies to be “true copies of the original” document.

c) That the examination and authentication of the documents as per a) and b) above is signified by:-

i) Appending certification clause “certified true copy of the original” on the first page and initialing all pages; and

ii) Appending name, signature and date of the certifier below the certification clause.

In cases where there is no NP or CO, certification by UN-Habitat HPM would also be sufficient in which case UN-Habitat’s stamp may be used.