Joint Implementation Assessment Team (JI-AT)
The Joint Implementation Assessment Team (JI-AT) is required to undertake an assessment of the application for accreditation under the guidance of the Joint Implementation Accreditation Panel (JI-AP) and prepare an assessment report setting out its conclusions, as described in the Terms of reference for joint implementation assessment teams, adopted by the JISC at its second meeting (JISC 8, Annex 1, replacing Version 1 at JISC 4, Annex 4):
In accordance with the JI accreditation procedure, a JI-AT shall undertake an assessment of an applicant independent entity (IE) and/or accredited IE (AIE) and prepare an assessment report to the JI-AP. A JI-AT is established based on the characteristics of the applicant IE or AIE and the sectoral scopes that the applicant IE is applying for or AIE is accredited. The team members are drawn from a roster of experts. The experts shall fulfil the minimum requirements identified herein; any additional competence relevant to a particular assessment shall be taken into account in the selection of team members (Terms of reference for joint implementation assessment teams, Version 2, JISC 8, Annex 1, paragraph 3).
In order to make these recommendations, the JI-AT must carry out the following tasks:
The tasks identified in paragraph 2 imply that, inter alia, the following activities are carried out by a JI-AT:
- A desktop review of the application and relevant documentation of an applicant IE;
- Deciding on number of witnessing activities required and finalizing its work plan, in particular, for the witnessing activities with regard to the scope(s) and detail of the on-site assessment of
the applicant IE;
- On-site assessment of the office(s) managing the operations of the applicant IE;
- Witnessing of the activities performed by the applicant IE;
- Verification of the implementation of corrective actions to address non-conformities;
- Preparation of a preliminary report on the assessment of the applicant IE;
- Preparation of a final report;
- To conduct a spot-check assessment of an AIE as mandated by the JI-AP;
- Making recommendations to the JI-AP on the above issues, as applicable, in accordance with the JI accreditation procedure (Terms of reference for joint implementation assessment teams, Version 2, JISC 8, Annex 1, paragraph 4).
Therefore, it is the members of the JI-AT that undertake the desktop review, on-site assessment and witnessing activities required for the assessment process, and on the basis of these, prepare a report to the JI-AP in relation to the application for accreditation.
The members of the JI-AT are paid directly by the applicant independent entity for carrying out the review. The quantum of these fees is set out in the Indicative level of fees to be paid to Joint Implementation Assessment Team by Applicant Independent Entity or Accredited Independent Entity. Version 3 of this document (JISC 15, Annex 1, replacing Version 2 at JISC 8, Annex 2 and Version 1 at JISC 4, Annex 5) is available here. These fees are in addition to the fees charged by the JISC to cover its administrative expenses.
The membership criteria and the rules relating to the size and composition of the JI-AT and the compensation of its members are set out in the Terms of reference for joint implementation assessment teams, which is available on the UNFCCC website here.