United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Communications Consultant (Editorial, Strategy and Key Messaging for Banking, Nature and MENA)

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Job Description

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) - Communications Consultant - Editorial, Strategy and Key Messaging for Banking, Nature and MENA Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme Duty Station: GENEVA Posting Period: 11 February 2021 - 20 February 2021 Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-149902-Consultant United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity Result of Service

UNEP FI needs a consultant to work on proofreading, editing and production of the aforementioned reports, as well as to work with the UNEP FI designer Robert Wilson to aid in the layout and design process. A main focus of the work will also be on ensuring clarity of language, optimimizing the structure and flow of the publications for a financial industry audience of banks, insurers and investors (blue economny) and public stakeholders such as policy makers and finance sector regulators, and the finance industry at large. (Arab region report).

Work Location

Working Remotely Expected duration

The duration of the contract will be 5 Months.

Duties and Responsibilities Located within the UN Environment Division of Economy, the Resources & Markets Branch (UNEP-RMB) seeks to conserve the environment, reduce poverty, and promote sustainable development by enhancing the capacity of governments, businesses, and civil society to integrate environmental considerations into economic, trade, and financial policies and practices in accordance with the partnership and integrated policy-making approaches of sustainable development.

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is a strategic partnership between UN Environment and the global financial sector. UNEP FI works with approximately 300 financial institutions as well as a range of partners and organizations, to develop and promote linkages between the environment, sustainability and financial performance. Through its work-streams and regional activities, comprehensive work programme, training and research, UNEP FI carries out its mission to identify, promote, and realize the adoption of best environmental and sustainability practice at all levels of financial institution strategies and operations.

A Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Initiative is hosted by UNEP FI under its Ecosystems Management thematic workstream, which engages financial institutions across the banking, insurance and investment industries. UNEP FI's Ecosystems team works with member institutions to develop innovative insight and tools for financial institutions to incorporate natural capital, deforestation and related issues into decision making. The team will co-ordinate the Secretariat of the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Initiative to raise awareness, build a community of practice and develop insight for financial institutions on ocean and marine ecosystem issues. The creation of a foundation piece, outlining the current status of financing a sustainable blue economy globally, and - building on this - of technical sectoral Guidance for financial institutions on how to finance a sustainable blue economy is an initial important step for the initiative.

The Middle East and North Africa is one of the regions that UNEP FI is strongly engaged where Climate Change poses a big challenge. The region is among those most affected by the impacts of climate change, particularly sea level rise and drought, which have dire consequences on food production. Equally, the region has a vested interest in the implementation of the sustainable development goals; in particular those that help deal with the interlinked water-energy-food challenges, and goals that foster Agenda 2030 in general.

Against this background, UNEP FI devloped a comprehensive baseline assessment on sustainable finance aimed at Mapping sustainable finance practices, identifying existing mechanisms to support sustainable finance in Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Bahrain, UAE, and KSA and reviewing Climate Finance in Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, and Tunisia. The report "Promoting Sustainable Finance and Climate Finance in the Arab Region" underlines the most prevalent sustainable finance and climate finance practices in eight countries from the region. It provides a SWOT Analysis of the region's financial system and presents a list of the immediate needs to be addressed to enable the sector to play its role in financing the green transition process. It also discusses the barriers to scale up for sustainable finance & climate finance and provides policy recommendations for addressing these barriers.

The report provides an assessment of the readiness of the Arab region's financial sector framework to integrate and promote sustainable finance in general and climate finance in particular to enhance its role in financing the transition to a greener & more inclusive economies while safeguarding the stability of the financial system.

Different stakeholders will benefit from the report such as local governments, national and regional banking associations, national central banks, local and regional banks, intergovernmental organizations, philanthropic organizations, investors, financial governance bodies, and development finance institutions.

UNEP FI needs a consultant to work on proofreading, editing and production of the three reports.

Banking: UNEP FI has a core banking team, hosting and engaging the 200+ banking signatories of the Principles for Responsible Banking in generating sustainable finance pathways. This includes a subset of 38 banks who have signed the Collective Commitment to Climate Action (CCCA); the most ambitious global banking sector initiative supporting the transition to a net zero economy by 2050.

Objectives, output expectations and performance indicators: A. In the context of the publication of the market-first Guidance for financial institutions on how to finance a sustainable blue economy, the consultant will be required to proofread and edit the main document (the Guidance) and the introductory report (the Seascape report), ensuring the clarity of language and readability is adequate for the financial sector audience of these reports.

B. In the context of the publication "Promoting Sustainable Finance and Climate Finance in the Arab region", the consultant will be required to proofread and edit the report ensuring a report that is improved in its arguments, order and clarity of language and readability is adequate for the financial sector and public sector audience ( policy makers and regulators). In addition to preparing an executive summary replacing the current one.

C. Banking: the consultant will be required to support three major campaigns for the Collective Commitment to Climate Action (CCCA); the Net zero 'intention' signalling campaign (Februrary-March), CCCA principles on target-setting (End March), CCCA renaming and repositioning as Net Zero (May). For all these campaigns, the consultant will be required to provide a level of project management.

The consultant will be required to:
  • Work with and brief the UNEP FI designer Robert Wilson for the three reports.
  • Proofread and edit the "seascape report", giving an overview of the state of (private) blue economy finance globally, ensuring adequate language and clarity for the financial sector audience of the report, making the text sharper and brighter.
  • Proofread and edit the "Guidance", giving sectoral and technical guidelines for financial institutions on how to finance a sustainable blue economy, ensuring adequate language and clarity for the financial sector audience of the report, making the text sharper and brighter.
  • To amend both reports based on two rounds of amends on the edited text with the authors.
  • To write copy elements for the design for both reports (pullquotes, sidebar content, illustration labels etc).
  • To project manage, liaising with Robert the designer and UNEP as needed on design, layouts and pullquotes etc, to establish the schedule and deliver to quality and on time.
  • Edit and proofread the "Promoting Sustainable Finance and Climate Finance in the Arab Region" report making the text sharper and brighter, write an executive summary, and deliver a report that is improved in argument, consistency and structure. This includes consolidating key messages and making them stand out more clearly especially when working with the designer Rob Wilson. S/he will proofread and edit the recommendations made at the end of the report ensuring adequate language and clarity for the financial sector and public sector audience of the report.
  • To write copy elements for the design for both reports (pullquotes, sidebar content, illustration labels etc).
Banking:
  • Strategy and key messaging development to synthesize inputs from climate, banking and comms teams
  • Drafting support on press releases, media advisories and Op Eds and placing in agreed priority media outlets
  • Drafting of social media posts
  • Monitoring of social analytics to include: determining goals and metrics; tech set-up; monitoring and producing an evaluation report
  • To liaise with Communications, Climate and Banking team members as necessary
  • To brief CCCA signatory banks as necessary
  • To attend meetings to present updates, strategy documents etc
  • To arrange meetings to review draft deliverables
Outputs:
  • A briefing document for the design.
  • A final and edited version of the "Promoting Sustainable Finance and Climate Finance in the Arab Region" report ready for publishing.
  • A final and edited version of the "seascape report" ready for publishing.
  • A final and edited version of the "Guidance" ready for publishing.
  • Strategy, Key messages, drafting of social media posts, and support on press releases, media advisories and op eds for Net zero 'intention' signalling campaign, CCCA principles on target-setting and CCCA renaming and repositioning as Net Zero
  • Placing of content in agreed priority media outlets as needed
  • Monitoring of social analytics after each campaign, to include: determining goals and metrics; tech set-up; monitoring and producing an evaluation report
Qualifications/special skills Skills: Experience in corporate responsibility and sustainability communications, including direct participation in communications of annual and sustainability reports, and specific topics involving ESG and responsible finance. Extensive knowledge in similar initiatives of finance industry, such as the Principles for Responsible Investment or the Principles for Responsible Insurance. Track record of working with those initiatives is highly desired. Extensive experience interacting with and relating to finance professionals and international stakeholders at senior level. Team player with strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to build strong internal relationships and networks. Motivated self-starter who enjoys working in a collaborative and international environment.

Academic Qualifications: Masters' Degree in one or several of the following areas: communications, finance, business Administration, environmental studies, management or sustainable development. Focus on communication of sustainability / environmental issues is an advantage.

Experience: At least 7 years of relevant experience, especially in communications in the financial services sector, or at NGOs, academic organizations, standard-setting bodies, public agencies focused on sustainability for the financial sector.

Language: English is the working language of UNEP FI. Knowledge of other United Nations languages is an asset.

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.

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