United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Country ESG Training Expert (Banking Sector)

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Job Description

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) - Good Growth Partnership Paraguay In Country ESG Training Expert for the Banking Sector Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme Duty Station: GENEVA Posting Period: 11 February 2021 - 22 February 2021 Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-149737-Consultant United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity Result of Service The ultimate result of the service will be strengthened the capabilities of the regulatory supervisors as well as the personnel in charge of evaluating, controlling and monitoring compliance with resolution 08 and ESMS, and the establishment of enhanced ESG policies, processes and procedures by the banks that will take part in the training programme, which will try to translate the importance to capture deforestation risks in their books and portfolios. Trained with better tools and techniques to understand the scope of the risks they are exposed to, the target public entities as well as banks will be allowed to develop and implement appropriate strategies to reduce their contribution to the economic activities driving deforestation in the palm oil, beef and soy production sectors.

Work Location Working Remotely Expected duration The duration of the contract should be for 7 Months.

Duties and Responsibilities UNEP Finance Initiative in collaboration with the International Finance Corporation and in partnership with UNDP, WWF US and Conservation International, is executing a GEF funded project on enabling transactions for removing deforestation from commodity supply chains ("Good Growth Partnership", hereinafter referred to as GGP) with a focus on palm oil in Indonesia and Liberia, soy in Brazil and beef in Paraguay. The project is comprised of three components: 1) Support to commercial transactions 2) Support to Financial Markets & Institutions 3) Support to Governments In a rapidly evolving operating environment that increasingly recognize the importance of forests in supporting the functioning of agricultural commodity supply chains, risks created by unsustainable deforestation present a considerable threat for the long-term value of companies producing, transforming, transporting and selling these commodities.

For the Financial Institutions that invest in these companies, the misperception and even ignorance of these risks can result in a suboptimal allocation of the assets under their management and in imperfectly hedged and therefore not recoverable losses.

This consultancy will focus on GGP activities in Paraguay. The banking community in this country often relies on the inclusion of Environmental, Social Governance (ESG) criteria in their investment decision-making processes to identify and manage potential environmental and social risks in their positions. However, and to date, deforestation risks have either been ignored in ESG criteria or inappropriately factored in.

The consultant will be responsible of the development, deployment and delivery of a training programme specifically focused on increasing the capacity of the Supervisors of the Central Bank of Paraguay and banks which are members of the sustainable finance roundtable (Mesa Finanzas) to better assess environmental, social risk and in particular, deforestation risks in their decision-making processes.

The consultancy is a continuation of the implementation process of the UNEP Finance Initiative work plan under the GGP Programme, which will allow the delivery of specific trainings on the implementation process of the new Resolution 08, focusing on the processes to control the compliance of ESMR of financed products (specially of those related to deforestation, such us farming), the initial monitoring of results of the implementation processes the and the formation of capacities, initially in the Supervisory Department at the Superintendency of Banks of the Central Bank of Paraguay, to then extend training to the financial actors of the public sector and specific private sectors.

The consultant will have to: (i) Provide technical expertise on sustainable finance to the team in charge of developing the Global training program (WCMC) to adapt them to the Paraguayan contexts, including developing Paraguyan focused case studies and translation into Spanish; (ii) in collaboration with the GGP Legal expert, engage the Central Bank of Paraguay, Banco Nacional de Fomento, Agencia Financiera de Desarrollo, Fondo Ganadero, Credito Agricola, all entities, in charge or facilitating funds to reforestation, farming, Agriculture, livestock and or development to solicit feedback on the National training programme for the Central Bank and for private sector banks, including the banking association (Mesa Finanzas) to develop and deliver the training programme, (iii) engage the private banking entities and specific, guilds, unions, cooperatives of specific sectors to deliver training programmes related to the importances of ESRM, resolution 08 and access to financing projects. iv) Design and undertake a structured stakeholder consultation process with GGP partners, including UNDP, WWF and the IFC, to deliver the National training programme in an effective and efficient manner to a group of selected institutions, (iv) provide a post-training evaluation survey, (v) organize outreach activities to sensitize stakeholders of the importance of including criteria of deforestation risk in their decision-making processes.

The consultant will be in charge of: (1) liaising with the Government of Paraguay, in particular the Central Bank of Paraguay and other key stakeholders in support of the implementation and Coordination of the GGP workplan, or other UN Environment sustainable land use activities, in Paraguay (2) organising training programmes, as well as, meetings, workshops and other in-country activities related to the training programme and other GGP activities, (3) Objectives, output expectations and performance indicators The specific objectives of the consultancy include: 1. Provide technical expertise on sustainable finance to the team in charge of developing the global training modules (WCMC) to adapt them to the Paraguyan contexts, including developing Paraguay focused case studies and translation into Spanish and ensure effective appropriation by the Central Bank of Paraguay and the local banking sector based on the needs assessment study; 2. Deliver a short seminar to the Latin American financial institution members of UNEP FI on deforestation risk based on WCMC's modules; 3. Draft and develop online training modules on deforestation risk based on the need's assessment study conducted in December 2019, including short videos, case studies and other training materials; 4. Delivery of online training programme for the Supervisors of the Central Bank of Paraguay, members of the Paraguayan financial sector and potentially government Ministries (MADES, INFONA, etc.); 5. Design a structured stakeholder consultation process with local banks and banking associations in Paraguay such as the Central Bank and the Mesa Finanzas to ensure their input, buy-in and participation of the National training program; 6. Providing a post-training evaluation survey to compile lessons learned and capture best practices with a view to expanding outreach to the entire sector; Deliverables:
  • Annotated workplan that includes overview of key modules to be delivered, key experts identified to deliver specific topics and timelines for delivery of modules by Mary 2021.
  • First draft of the deforestation risk training programme for banks, building on the modules developed by GGP global training team including case studies with focus on deforestation risks and other systemic risks by April 2021.
  • Organize a webinar and stakeholder consultation strategy for soliciting feedback on the first draft of the national training programme by 2021.
  • Second draft of the training programme incorporating feedback from stakeholders and end-users by May 2021.
  • Delivery of training programme to be concluded virtually by August 2021.
  • Develop and deliver a post training evaluation survey and potentially undertake structured interviews with key stakeholders to further refine future iterations of the training programme in September 2021.
4. Specific tasks and responsibilities The consultant will provide expertise in ESG finance training to contribute to the overall objectives of the programme, the consultant will also consult with UNEP FI's Signatory Programme Officer for Latin America. The consultant's main tasks will include: 1. Provide input to the global team responsible for developing the global training programme to converge on a harmonized training programme that can ensure cross-country coherence while ensuring applicability and relevance for the domestic banking sector, using the needs assessment study as a basis for implementation.

2. Coordinate with the Central Paraguayan Bank the training programmes to be implemented and the audience to be targeted.

3. Develop a national training programme targeted to the Supervisors of the Central Bank of Paraguay and potentially other stakeholders such as MADES and INFONA.

4. Through the training programme, define effective narrative strategies to get the message of deforestation risk as a material risk across for an audience of financial public entities, targeted private sectors domestic commercial and retail banks and financial institutions.

The consultant shall be under the overall supervision of Head UNEP FI and report directly to UNEP FI Signatory Programme Officer. The consultant should take direction from the Programme Officer while final deliverables shall also be approved by Head of UNEP FI.

Qualifications/special skills Skills: The ideal candidate should have strong expertise in the integration of ESG criteria for the financial sector and previous experience in assisting the public sector, in their integration efforts, either directly as a collaborator in a financial institution or as someone who has work on specific projects with banks in the past. Knowledge of REDD+, zero deforestation commodity supply chains, and other landscape investments would also be an asset. Experience of coordinating or implementing projects for Governmental Entities and/or, within the UN system would be an advantage.

Academic Qualifications: Master's Degree is required in one or several of the following areas: economics, finance, law, business Administration, international relations, development studies or Environmental Management or degree and relevant experience could be taken in lieu.

Experience: At least five years of work experience is required, working in sustainable finance either in the private sector, or an international or non-governmental organization working on environmental finance.

Language: English is a working language of UNEP FI. Fluency in Spanish is a requirement for this position.


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