Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) – Technical Expert – Impact and Finance
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 26 August 2019 - 03 September 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-United Nations Environment Programme-121680-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The objective and final result of the consultant's work will be the consolidation of a strong set
of implementation tools for holistic impact analysis and management as per the PII's
Principles for Positive Impact Finance.

Work Location

Working remotely.

Expected duration

The duration of the contract is for 3 months.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Geneva-based UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is a strategic public-private partnership between UN Environment and the global financial sector. UNEP FI works with approximately 250 financial institutions, and a range of partners and organisations, to understand today’s sustainability challenges, why they matter to finance, and how to actively participate in addressing them. Through its work streams and global outreach UNEP FI carries out its mission to identify, promote, and realise the adoption of best environmental and sustainability practice at all levels of financial institutions’ strategy and operations.

Started in 2015, UNEP FI’s Positive Impact Finance provides a platform for financial institutions, solution providers, programme initiators and a wider community of stakeholders to work collaboratively on the development and implementation of global impact management with develop a vibrant positive impact market and address the funding gap for sustainable development, most notably in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In 2017 the PII released the Principles for Positive Impact Finance, a high-level, inclusive, meta-framework for holistic impact analysis, management and delivery by financial institutions. In 2018, the Principles were complemented by practical tools. Model Frameworks to help banks and investors develop or adapt appropriate frameworks to implement holistic impact analysis, for decision-making, for the development of financial products, and for the overall review of portfolios. An Impact Radar, which provides a taxonomy of impacts and impact definitions to identify both positive and negative impacts. The Initiative is now working on further implementation tools in the form of a set of templates and supporting resources.

In line with the work programme delivered during the UNEP FI Annual General Meetings and under the direct supervision of the UNEP FI Programme Lead for the Positive Impact Initiative, as well as the overall supervision of UNEP FI Head of Unit, the consultant will deliver the following output: Comprehensive review of new PII impact analysis tools: template for corporate impact analysis & banking-specific adaptation of the template.

Specific tasks and responsibilities:

• Review and advise on usability of two implementation tools (template for corporate impact analysis & banking-specific adaptation) for a range of users (small and large banks, asset managers, corporates).
• Review and advise on the adequacy and integration of supporting resources for the implementation tools, as mentioned above.
• Review and advise on the coherence between the two implementation tools.
• Help identify strategic approaches and stakeholders for bringing the tool to market and further developing the tool (e.g. open-source and co-development approaches)

Deliverables:
• Review of template for corporate impact analysis.
• Review of banking-specific adaptation of the Template for corporate impact analysis.
• Engagement & consultation plan to be provided to the Secretariat.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Thorough understanding of banking and investment – origination, structuration and distribution of corporate finance products, KYC and credit analysis procedures. Thorough understanding of sustainability related procedures, in particular environmental and social risk management, and impact analysis. Strong analytical and conceptualization skills. Capacity to translate complex concepts into practical applications (for business).

Academic Qualifications: Master’s Degree in one of the following or related areas: economics, finance, business administration. Additional academic background in other, non-finance specific fields is required.

Experience: At least five years working experience is required in finance, with direct experience in corporate/investment banking, and with at least three years focusing on sustainability management is required. Significant experience in doing business in emerging markets and developing countries is required.

Language: For this position fluency in English is required. Fluency in other languages is considered an advantage.

No Fee

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