Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultancy to identify funding opportunities for large scale ecosystem restoration
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PANAMA CITY
Posting Period: 05 July 2019 - 31 July 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-United Nations Environment Programme-119533-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

2. Objective.
The objective of this consultancy is to identify partnerships with private sector companies committed to ambitious mitigation goals through nature-based solutions and as contributions to the objectives of the forthcoming UN decade on ecosystem restoration and the Secretary General’s Climate Summit.

The consultant will undertake the following activities:

• Identify an initial set of 20 companies in need of adopting transitional mitigation strategies. The potential profile of a company like this could be one that (i) is under pressure to undertake mitigation actions, (ii) faces technological limitations to cut down emissions significantly, (iii) assumes that the future supply of affordable high-quality offsets will be limited and (iv) assumes the price of carbon will increase in the next 5-10 years.
• From the previous set, select the most promising 10 companies and prepare intelligence notes on their mitigation needs and their existing strategies, if any;
• For the subset of companies, prepare a tailored proposal that includes the value of nature-based solutions, particularly forest restoration, as an attractive option to compensate for carbon emissions. The consultant will consider the company´s CSR policies, client profile and public exposure among other variables. UN Environment will assist the consultant with information on nature-based solutions. The proposal will include information on potential terms of collaboration with UN Environment, suggested investment modalities and any other information that the consultant may consider as important;
• For each company, identify the most appropriate points of entry to initiate contact;
• Assistance in initiating dialogues with target companies on financing large-scale forest restoration programs as part of ambitious corporate mitigation goals;
• Assistance in formalizing partnerships with interested companies (e.g. letters of intention)

Deliverables:

1. A report with the identification of an initial set of 20 private companies identified, and a sub-set of 10 selected for further exploration.
30 days after starting date of consultancy

2. For each company, a tailored brochure describing the value of nature-based solutions, particularly forest restoration, as an attractive option to compensate for carbon emissions.
60 days after starting date of consultancy

3. A report on the results of dialogues with companies and suggested next steps.
120 days after starting date of consultancy

Work Location

Home Based

Expected duration

6 months

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimensions of sustainable development within the United Nations System and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.
There is a growing consensus on that a third of the GHG emissions reductions needed by 2030 could be delivered by natural climate solutions. If done well, natural climate solutions could also deliver multiple high-value co-benefits, including biodiversity conservation, sustainable community livelihoods and adaptation.
However, the implementation of large-scale ecosystem restoration will require new financing models. The volume required is significant. A target of 350 million hectares of restored land could need total investments of 837 billion USD.
There are several industries for which ambitious mitigation goals will take time to take place. Aviation, cement, steel, and transport to name a few, are examples of sectors that will need transitional strategies while variables like technology, the energy matrix and finance evolve to make low carbon business models feasible. For these industries, offsetting can be a transitional strategy through a model by which a private company directly invest in forest/land restoration/conservation in return for a share of the carbon sequestered. A handful of pioneering companies are already exploring large scale investments in nature-based solutions to compensate for their own emissions. These investments can run from hundreds to billions of dollars. Some conditions must apply:
• Offsetting should be a transitional strategy towards low-carbon business models;
• Offsetting cannot be a substitute for ambitious mitigation strategies but rather be an integral part of them;
• Carbon offsets must have solid social and environmental integrity. Issues like additionality, accounting, safeguards, monitoring, reporting and verification are key. Transactions should be compatible with Article 6 of the climate change convention. There must be consistency with the Paris Rulebook and Warsaw Framework.
The consultant will report directly to the UN REDD Global Team Leader.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: The ideal candidate should demonstrate the ability to engage with business partners and to build trust-based relationships with senior-level executives. Private sector experience, ideally including work on issues related to the intersection of business, climate change and international development. Knowledge on carbon markets and carbon offsets would also be an asset.
Academic Qualifications: Master’s Degree in one or several of the following areas: economics, finance, business administration or environmental management
Experience: At least five years of work experience in business and/or international development and/or climate change. Experience in brokering and/or designing partnership arrangements and/or facilitating partner negotiations, and/or formalizing partnership deal structures
Language: English is the working language of the United Nations. For this position, French or Spanish would be 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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