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:

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.




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. (


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.




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.



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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







[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; […].”



[5] (Chapter 4: Reporting Requirements, Table 4.3)