Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP FI – Consultant for one Climate Change & the TCFD: Risks & Opportunities for the Banking Industry Online Course
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 12 March 2019 - 19 March 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-United Nations Environment Programme-113515-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

UNEP FI’s sustainable finance training services are part of its efforts to fulfill the mission of UNEP FI to "identify, promote, and realise the adoption of best environmental and sustainability practice at all levels of financial institution operations". The primary aim of these services is to raise awareness and to build capacity in sustainable finance amongst UNEP FI Signatories and other financial institutions, as well as relevant stakeholders in governments, NGOs and academia, especially in developing countries and emerging markets. These services are an integral part of the UNEP FI Work Programme which was agreed upon by signatories to the Initiative at their Annual General Meeting in November 2018.

Work Location

Working remotely.

Expected duration

25 March to 17 May 2019

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is a strategic public-private partnership between UNEP and the global financial sector. UNEP FI works with approximately 200 financial institutions, which are signatories to the UNEP FI Statements of Environmental Commitment, and a range of partners and organisations, to develop and promote linkages between the environment, sustainability and financial performance.

Since 2007, UNEP FI has been offering the “Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities for the Finance Sector” Online Course. The existing course has a long track record, but financial risks associated with climate change are increasing and becoming more apparent. As the understanding among financial institutions of the risks imposed by climate change becomes, in response, more nuanced and sophisticated, UNEP FI has been working on an update to the original climate change course.

The second generation of the online course has been provisionally titled “Climate Change & the TCFD: Risks & Opportunities for the Banking Industry”. The updated course will look at climate-related financial risks and opportunities, including topics such as physical and transition risks, mitigation, adaptation, the shift to a low-carbon, climate resilient economy for financial institutions, and emerging disclosure frameworks.
A first iteration of that updated course - a ‘pilot run’ - was delivered in November of 2018. Following that first iteration, structured feedback was sought from the participating students via an evaluation survey.

Ahead and in preparation of the second iteration of the updated course – which is scheduled to take place from 25 March – 12 April 2019 (over a total of three weeks), UNEP FI requires a Consultant to:

i. Provide an additional review and copy-editing of the course materials, including the reading materials, announcements, course quizzes and discussion boards.

ii. Update the course materials with any new knowledge, insights, products, etc., of relevance that might have emerged, or been delivered, since the first iteration of the online course.

iii. Review, consider, and integrate (execute on) the feedback received from the student participants of the first iteration of the updated course into all course materials as deemed needed, useful and appropriate.

iv. Develop a ‘practical case study exercise’ for course participants to work on and complete as part of their course deliverables.

v. Provide a marking of each completed case study exercise per online course student.

vi. Provide mentoring functions during the 3-week duration of the course, in particular by: i) managing, facilitating, guiding, encouraging, and responding to the student discussions, questions, statements and interventions in the course’s discussion boards and also responding to participants’ queries outside the platform during the course; ii) offering and facilitating a 60-90 mins webinar to all course participants, presumably at the beginning of week; iii) sharing, presumably once per week, with course participants recent media and news articles that pertain to the topic of the course.

Specific tasks and responsibilities:

1 Provide a full review and copy-editing of the course materials, including the reading materials, quizzes, announcements, and discussion boards.
2 Update the course materials with any new knowledge, insights, products, etc., of relevance that might have emerged, or been delivered, since the first iteration of the online course.
3 Review, consider, and integrate (execute on) the feedback received from the student participants of the first iteration of the updated course via the evaluation survey into all course materials as deemed needed, useful and appropriate.
4 Develop, in coordination with UNEP FI, a ‘practical case study exercise’ for course participants to work on and complete as part of their course deliverables.
5 Provide a marking of each completed case study exercise per online course student.
6 Provide mentoring functions during the 3-week duration of the course, in particular by managing, facilitating, guiding, encouraging, and responding to the student discussions, questions, statements and interventions in the course’s discussion boards and responding to participants’ queries outside the platform during the course; and by sharing recent media and news items of relevance with course participants at periodic intervals.
7 Work with the UNEP FI Secretariat in producing and facilitating a 60-90 mins online Webinar offered to all course participants.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: • Expertise and track record in climate change and how this relates to financial sector operations.
• Training or other pedagogical experience, especially in the space of sustainable finance.

Academic Qualifications: A University degree in education, economics, finance, environmental studies, international relations, business administration or related fields.

Experience: At least 5 years of experience in international organisations, finance sector consulting, the financial services sector itself, private sector or NGOs examining the intersection between sustainable development and finance.

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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