United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Brazil
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mission of UNIDO, as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013 as well as the Abu Dhabi Declaration adopted at the eighteenth session of UNIDO General Conference in 2019, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Member States. The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will frame United Nations and country efforts towards sustainable development. UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs. Accordingly, the Organization’s programmatic focus is structured in four strategic priorities: Creating shared prosperity; Advancing economic competitiveness; Safeguarding the environment; and Strengthening knowledge and institutions.
Each of these programmatic fields of activity contains a number of individual programmes, which are implemented in a holistic manner to achieve effective outcomes and impacts through UNIDO’s four enabling functions: (i) technical cooperation; (ii) analytical and research functions and policy advisory services; (iii) normative functions and standards and quality-related activities; and (iv) convening and partnerships for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation. Such core functions are carried out in Departments/Offices in its Headquarters, Regional Offices and Hubs and Country Offices.
The Department of Regional and Field Coordination PFC/RFC) comprises five Regional Coordination Divisions and oversees the field network of 48 UNIDO Field Offices.
The Regional Coordination Divisions are responsible for determining regional strategies and programmatic priorities for UNIDO’s services, and ensuring that UNIDO responds to the specific needs and requirements of Member States. The five Divisions cover Africa, the Arab Region, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Particular attention is given to the special developmental needs of LDCs in these regions.
The Field Offices are responsible for representing UNIDO in their countries of coverage and promoting the Organization as an effective partner for development, and maintain close contact with all local stakeholders at the country and regional levels as appropriate, including government institutions and international entities. They are responsible for identifying development priorities in the countries/regions of coverage, and to support, and/or lead when requested, the formulation, implementation and monitoring of technical cooperation projects and programmes including PCPs and CPs, in collaboration with the relevant technical departments and other appropriate organizational entities. The Field Offices are also responsible for coordinating and reporting on UNIDO activities in their countries/regions of coverage, and contribute to the development of regional strategies and policies to ensure the strategic and programmatic consistency of UNIDO’s work including of its contributions to the UNRCO/UNCT/CCA/UNSDCF. The UNIDO field network comprises Regional Hubs, Regional Offices and Country Offices.
While Brazil only accounts for 1.4% of global GHG emissions, these have increased in the last decade, totaling 739,671Gg of CO2eq in 2010. The agricultural sector, representing 48% of national GHG emissions, is the main source, thereby offering opportunities for mitigation actions to achieve substantial impact and introduce a more low-carbon development path by incorporating renewable energy systems. Brazil has played a leading role in global environmental discussions since the Rio Summit in 1992 and was the first signatory to the UNFCCC. Brazil’s National Policy on Climate Change (PNMC), adopted in December 2008, established voluntary commitment to cut projected GHG emissions between 36.1% and 38.9% by 2020.
Moreover, it is recognized that the energy potential of biomass and biogas feedstock in agro-industries, is hardly exploited, which translates into a lost opportunity to add value to the production chain and to address environmental issues related to agro-industrial residues and effluents. Currently though the introduction of biogas energy technologies into small- and medium-sized agro-industries is hampered by a range of specific barriers.
In order to address these barriers, the present GEF Project will take a broader approach to the biogas market in Brazil by (i) facilitating investment in market segments which are ready to take off; (ii) expanding professional capacities and skills for scaling-up; and (iii) providing technical assistance and disseminating best practices, thereby reducing project costs and accelerating penetration of biogas technology downward the market pyramid.
The overall objective of the project “Biogas applications for the Brazilian agro-industry” is to reduce GHG emissions and dependence on fossil fuels through the promotion of biogas-based energy and mobility solutions within agro-industrial value chains in Southern Brazil and strengthening of national biogas technology supply chains.
The project has three substantive components:
- Policy framework and information.
- Biogas and bio-methane technology and value chain.
- Demonstration and optimization of biogas projects.
- The project counts with a budget of USD 7,000,000 in GEF grant funding and USD 58,392,070 in co-financing to be mobilized from different stakeholders. The total duration of the project is 60 months.
- Advanced university degree in Project Management, Economics, Business Administration or relevant discipline, is required.
- Fluency in written and spoken English and Portuguese are required. Fluency and/or working knowledge of other official UN languages, particularly Spanish, is desirable.
4th May, 2022
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