United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Finance Initiative Investor Agenda Project Consultant

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Job Description

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Investor Agenda Project Consultant, Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme Duty Station: GENEVA Posting Period: 09 December 2020 - 30 January 2021 Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-146434-Consultant United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity Result of Service
  • UNEP FI actively contributions to Investor Agenda working groups, leading on Content Development for the ICAPs working group
  • UNEP FI visibly participates in all events and roundtables pertaining to the Investor Agenda
  • UNEP FI responds to Investor Agenda related requests and queries in a timely fashion
  • The UNEP FI Secretariat communicates with its membership on all matters related to the Investor Agenda in a timely and efficient manner
UNEP FI actively participates in the scoping of the Multiyear Programme Plan of the Investor Agenda Work Location Working Remotely.

Expected duration The contract will be 6 Months in duration.

Duties and Responsibilities The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is the strategic partnership between UN Environment and about 300 banks, insurers and investors. For over 25 years UNEP FI has been shaping and driving the international sustainable finance agenda, setting global standards and growing a global network of leading Financial Institutions. Through its work-streams and regional activities, peer learning, methodology development, training and research, UNEP FI carries out its mission to help the financial industry align with and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and with that take on the crucial role it must play in achieving a sustainable future.

The Contractor will work with UNEP FI members, the UNEP FI investment and Climate Change lead, and regional coordinators, UNEP FI partners and contractors, as well as relevant governance bodies, to support the efforts of the Investor Agenda, including methodological development for the Investor Climate Action Plans (ICAPs) set of investor expectations, and the delivery of the Investor Agenda Policy Advocacy workstream.

The Investor Agenda has been developed for the global investor community to accelerate and scale up the actions that are critical to tackling climate change and achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement with the aim of keeping average global temperature rise to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius. UNEP FI seeks an investment professional with substantive investor and climate change-related experience.

In line with the work programme agreed at UNEP FI Annual General Meeting and approved by UNEP, and under the direction of UNEP FI Head and UNEP FI investment and climate change lead, the Contractor will support the implementation of UNEP FI annual work plan through the following project tasks.

The Contractor will work at UNEP FI with the planning, delivery, monitoring and communication of UNEP FI activities in the investment & climate change domain.

Specifically, the Contractor will perform the following tasks:
  • Consolidate and provide technical inputs for UNEP FI to the 2 working groups of the Investor Agenda (Investor Climate Action Plans and Policy Working Groups)
  • Support communications and Coordination between the UNEP FI Secretariat and the 6 other organizations in the Investor Agenda network
  • Facilitate communications that relate to the Investor Agenda between the UNEP FI Secretariat and the UNEP FI membership, as well as vis-a-vis the general public, under the direction of the supervisor
  • Contribute to the participation of the Head of UNEP FI in all such Investor Agenda-related interactions that take place at CEO level.
  • Coordinate engagement for Investor Agenda events on behalf of UNEP FI including UN SG Climate Summit, COP 25, G7 and G20 contributions
Specific tasks and responsibilities Support for ICAPs working group (through electronic means) 1. The Contractor should attend, support and develop the ICAPs working group. Ensuring integration with UNEP FI processes for target setting in other UNEP FI projects (AOA, CCCA) 2. Should support tracking of paris-aligned commitments achieved through ICAPs or AOA/CCCA with members 3. Should support Analysis and data keeping for paris-aligned commitments 4. Support the participants in ICAPs WG on agreeing on and outlining what aspects should be harmonized/included in guidance (e.g. metrics, methodologies, reporting requirements) and which other initiatives (SBTI FI, PACTA, PCAF, Net-Zero Alliance, etc.) we need to coordinate with.

Support for Policy working group (through electronic means) 1. Support, from a global perspective, the work of the policy working group, contributing to the efforts of the lead colleague on this initiative and linking with COP26 efforts 2. Facilitate communications and link with other initiatives of UNEP FI ahead of COP26 The Contractor shall be under the overall supervision of Mr. Eric Usher, Head UNEP FI and report directly to Remco Fischer (on ICAPs-related matters). Final deliverables will be approved by Mr. Eric Usher, Head UNEP FI.

Qualifications/special skills Skills: The Contractor should have proven skills in building and managing relationships with a variety of private and public stakeholders. Ability to work in a multicultural environment; to discern common denominators in a diverse set of point of views; to rapidly capture ideas, synthesize and translate concepts into real outputs. Ability to cope with comprehensive work programmes, multiple projects and activities in an organized and timely manner. Excellent communication skills, spoken and written. Knowledge on sustainable finance trends, risks and opportunities, with a focus on social issues. Desired in-depth knowledge on finance and human rights trends, industry processes and UN-related mechanisms.

The Contractor should have a proven and established track record on climate-change-related assessments and analyses, particularly from a financial services perspective. S/he should have in-depth knowledge of the various emerging approaches and methodologies to measure and set targets on climate alignment of financial, ideally Banking, portfolios. S/he should equally be familiar with the relevant ongoing discussions and institutions involved in this space. S/he should have a deep understanding of topics at the interface of climate change (or similar environmental challenges) and corporate/financial strategies.

Should be experienced in facilitating collaborative working groups with different stakeholder types, particularly on the theme and challenge of climate change, and particularly in the financial services industry.

Academic Qualifications: The Contractor should have a Masters University degree in economics, finance, environmental studies, international relations, business Administration or related fields.

Experience: The Contractor should have experience working with companies, ideally financial institutions, to assess their climate impact and develop strategies and KPI to achieve climate alignment. At least 5 years of experience in international organisations, academia, the financial services sector, private sector or NGOs are required examining the intersection between sustainable development - particularly climate change -, infrastructure, policy and financial risk & opportunity.

Language: English is the working language of UNEP FI. English is mandatory for this consultancy. 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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