Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) External Expert Assessment Criteria
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 30 May 2019 - 14 June 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-United Nations Environment Programme-117814-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The ultimate result of the service will be to deliver the banking work stream’s contribution to UNEP FI’s work plan under UNEP´s Project 623.3 indicated below (section 1.4), i.e. to support UNEP FI’s member banks and the banking sector more widely in contributing to sustainable development worldwide.

Work Location

Working remotely.

Expected duration

The duration of the contract is for 2 months between 15 June and 14 August 2019. (Working 50% Part-time – Payment on delivery based outputs).

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 220 banks, insurers and investors 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.

UNEP FI’s Banking Programme develops, implements and coordinates the work with our more than 140 banking members from over 50 countries.

UNEP FI currently does not have the internal capacity to undertake these activities, and hence outside expertise is required for this purpose.

The consultant will support the 28 banks that have been leading the development of the Principles for Responsible Banking and the UNEP FI Secretariat in revising and further developing the initial draft of the Assessment Criteria and Guidelines. This will require both integrating inputs and feedback from banks and external experts and contributing own expertise in order to create a framework that is suitable to ensure that banks fulfill their commitments under the Principles while keeping additional reporting burden to a minimum and respecting confidentiality issues. The framework also needs to be feasible from the perspective of potential assurance providers, upon which the banks would call to verify the information provided in their self-assessment. The output will be revised version of the draft Assessment Criteria and Guidelines, based on feedback received from banks and experts and on own expertise and experience.

Tasks:

• Reach out to banks / experts to clarify feedback received
• Address feedback received from banks and experts; provide input to UNEP FI and Banking Core Group on how to integrate feedback.
• Advise UNEP FI and the Banking Core Group on how to further develop the assessment criteria and the related requirements, i.e. the assessment/assurance process.
• Participate in calls, under the direct supervision of UNEP FI, with the Review Task Team and the Banking Core Group to present, gather feedback, provide advice and facilitate agreement on a final version of the criteria and associated assurance/assessment process.

Deliverables:

• Revised (or new) version of the draft Assessment Criteria and Guidelines, based on feedback received from banks and experts and on own expertise and experience. This should in an annex address the individual feedback provided and describe how it has been integrated or if not, why. (Two weeks after start of work)
• Two further revised versions based on two further rounds of feedback. (Over the course of two months from the start of work)

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: The candidate needs to have proven expertise in both conducting assurance and assessment processes related to sustainability/non-financial information and in developing/advising the development of assessment/rating criteria related to sustainability. Knowledge of sustainability (e.g. GRI) and integrated reporting standards as well sustainability assurance standards and frameworks is required. He or she should be able to work independently and have strong problem-solving abilities. Furthermore, the candidate should have a track record of delivering consistently high quality as well as strong analytical and conceptual skills.

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, finance, environment, international relations, development or a related filed. A first-level university degree in combination with additional relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: A minimum of five years of experience in providing sustainability-related assurance/assessments is required. Experience working in/with banks or in advising banks is required. Experience in developing assurance procedures related to sustainability is required.

Language: English is the working language of UNEP FI. Knowledge of other official UN 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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