Job Opening

Posting Title: Environmental finance expert
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 25 October 2019 - 24 November 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-United Nations Environment Programme-125749-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The envisaged long-term impact of the project is that countries implement increasingly more ambitious NDCs that are aligned with the long-term climate change goals agreed under the UNFCCC, and that they do so in a manner that is compatible with and supports national development priorities. The overall aim of this consultancy is to enable public-private initiatives to implementing and scaling up NDC investment opportunities in partner countries.

Work Location


Expected duration

The consultancy is for a 2 years duration.

Duties and Responsibilities

Org Setting;

UN Environment is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UN Environment Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

In 2019 UNEP received approval from German Ministry of Environment for a multi country project on implementing climate change priorities as contained in National Determined Contribution Statements. The project’s main objective in the partner countries is to enable partner countries to apply a systematic approach to using policies and economic instruments that drives accelerated public and private investment in NDC implementation. The envisaged long-term impact of the project is that countries implement increasingly more ambitious NDCs that are aligned with the long-term climate change goals agreed under the UNFCCC, and that they do so in a manner that is compatible with and supports national sustainable development priorities.

The project supports efforts by Argentina, Bangladesh, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ghana, Jordan, Mongolia, Morocco, Uganda and Vietnam to translate their NDCs into strategies and actions ready for financing and implementation, and to increase the ambition of their NDCs. Technical assistance delivered jointly with national technical partners will:

i) strengthen the institutions responsible for implementing NDCs,
ii) help engage the private sector and local financial institutions,
iii) translate NDCs into a portfolio of policies and programmes for two priority sectors selected by each country,
iv) develop investment plans in these sectors, and v) share lessons learned so NDC priorities are considered in complementarity across sectors to maximize climate and socioeconomic benefits.

The Project will be coordinated by the Economy Division in UNEP (Paris) and will be implemented jointly with Regional Offices (Africa, Asia-Pacific; Latin America and the Caribbean and West Asia sub-regional office), the Ecosystems Division, and the UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP). The project will be implemented over 4 years with a grant of US$17 million.

UNEP is recruiting an environmental finance expert with a focus on adaptation for two years to provide technical advice and input on implementing NDC priorities using blended private-public sector approaches , working closely with other teams in UNEP including the Regional Offices.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The objective of this consultancy is to provide technical advice and implementation support for private sector investments and blended finance approaches to help implement NDC-adaptation priorities in the 10 project countries. These investments and partnerships could include insurance, agricultural funds, and micro-finance institutions.

1.Review NDCs and analyse the barriers and opportunities for private sector investment to implement NDC priorities in the adaptation sphere; prioritise at least one 1 investment opportunity per country to take forward;

2.Scope out and design partnerships with private sector intermediaries, entities and investors as well as blended finance approaches to implement the NDC priorities in the adaptation sphere for each of the prioritised investment opportunity. This will involve connecting to private sector investment networks (e.g. national banking, insurance associations, extractive industry associations, agricultural sector networks); scoping out terms of engagement between private sector intermediaries, entities and investors and country-level entities; developing proposals and guiding the process of developing legal agreements.

3.Provide advice through project dialogue processes and commissioning of targeted consultancy pieces to address the barriers to private sector finance in adaptation, for example, through regulator reform;

4.Provide task management support to implementation of the agreed proposals, working closely with the NDC country teams.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: - Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, management, economics or a related field is required.
Experience: - A minimum of seven years of progressively work experience in environmental finance is required.
- Experience working on climate change finance will be an advantage; Experience working with international organization desirable.

Language: - Fluency in oral and written English is required.

No Fee


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