Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Property Working Group Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 27 September 2019 - 07 October 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-United Nations Environment Programme-123739-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The outcomes of this services will be used to strengthen the UNEP FI Investment Commission / Property Working Group activities for the period, and help UNEP FI achieve its goals as set in its UNEP project documents. This will help the member institutions to implement environmental considerations into the everyday activities.

The services will be an integral part of implementing UNEP FI’s work plan under UNEP´s Project 62-P2 indicated below (section 1.4).

Work Location

Working Remotely.

Expected duration

The duration of the contract is for 4 months.

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 240 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.

The focus of this consultancy is the UNEP FI Property Working Group (PWG). As part of the UNEP FI Investment Commission, the PWG comprises of over 25 leading institutional investors and asset managers committed to integrating environmental, social and goverance issues in their investment decision making processes. UNEP FI needs assistance with the Property Working Group, to assist and help take the workplan forward.

Specific tasks and responsibilities.

• Coordinate the dissemination of the UNEP FI Positive Impact Real Estate Investment Framework and development of supporting knowledge and decision-support resources to support impact-based investing.
• Manage completion of the TCFD investors pilot for direct real estate investment and coordinate scoping and planning for additional climate risk focused work for property investors and associated institutions (e.g., property insurers).
• Coordinate the dissemination of UNEP FI’s Global ESG Real Estate Investment Survey Results and market outreach / new programme development activities (e.g., Science Based Targets setting for real estate)
• Develop complementary proposals, outreach and programmes to engage lenders/debt providers in shaping credit policies and underwriting practices for sustainable real estate, e.g., green tagging and mortgage backed securitization
• Serve as focal point / liaison to the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction and associated initiatives relevant to UNEP FI PWG members, e.g., Building Passport Initiative; Working Group on the Adaptation of Buildings to Climate Change; GABC Finance sub-work area; etc.
• Support UNEP SAICM GEF project for green mortgages market development and institutional capacity building in Sri Lanka by doing research of current practices in this area, and by outlining key issues and areas to be addressed through the setting of a list of priorities.
• Coordinate engagements with UNEP FI partner organizations and members, including the Principles for Responsible Investment, the RICS, GRESB, ULI and the IIGCC.
• Coordinate activities of the Property Working Group. Collate members’ ideas/requests. Identify and react to the individual needs of each member.
• Link the interests in the Regions to the group activities and coordinate members in the Regions to participate in such activities through regular communication updates and working group calls.
• Contribute to the recruitment of new members and supporting institutions to the Property Working Group, in close collaboration with the Members Relationship Manager.
• Organize the Property Working Group events including defining of narrative, preparing invites, contacting high level speakers, preparing of briefing material etc.
• Coordinate all updates for the UNEP FI Property Working Group web page. This is to be done by updating publications and content, speaking to those Working Group members, or FI Secretariat colleagues who need to provide the content do so in a timely manner.
• Develope the group's working programme including managing governance issues.
• Coordinate the PWG Advisory Group.
• Work closely with UNEP FI thematic teams, especially relating to energy efficiency.
• Coordinate with the UNEP FI Secretariat fundraising efforts to strengthen the work stream and its development.
• Develop new collaboration and project proposals with PWG members and external organizations.
• Advance outreach to recruit Property Investment Members at UNEP FI.
• Coordinate and plan the Investment Commission and PWG work programmes, which will be used by the UNEP FI’s Financial Institutions, members, network of regional partners. This includes maintaining the web pages up to date.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Knowledge of project development and planning; Good coordination, organization and planning skills, with the ability to work under pressure; Manages competing demands and changes approach or methods to suit the situation. Has knowledge of the sustainable investment networks dynamics and their priorities as well as a good understanding of the (sustainable) investment international policy and regulatory frameworks. Understanding of capital market actor’s roles and interactions is a must. Excellent writing skills.

Academic Qualifications: A Bachelor’s Degree is required in one or several of the following areas: finance, business administration, economics, environmental studies or sustainable development.

Experience: At least seven years working experience is required in any of the following areas: asset management, economics, finance, environmental studies and sustainable development. Knowledge of and experience in the real estate investment sector is considered a strong advantage.

Language: Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN language is desirable .

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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