Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) – Sustainable Banking Expert & Principles for Responsible Banking Review & Support Lead
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 11 December 2019 - 23 February 2020
Job Opening Number: 19-United Nations Environment Programme-128373-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

UNEP FI requires a Sustainable Banking Expert to lead this feedback & review process with the Principles for Responsible Bnaking Signatories Banks, ensure each bank is making progress at an adequate speed, provide feedback and support, feed the outcomes and learnings from the annual feedback & support meetings into the broader peer learning and support structure all banks benefit from and provide inputs for the biennial collective progress report the community of Signatories has agreed to publish through UNEP FI.

Work Location

Geneva, Switzerland.

Expected duration

The duration of the contract will be for 6 months (subject to renewal)

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is the strategic partnership between the United Nations and over 300 banks, insurers and investors. For over 26 years UNEP FI has been shaping and driving the international sustainable finance agenda, setting global standards and growing a global network of leading financial institutions. Through its work-streams and regional activities, peer learning, methodology development, training and research, UNEP FI carries out its mission to help the financial industry align with and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and with that take on the crucial role it must play in achieving a sustainable future.

UNEP FI’s Banking Team is responsible for the initiative’s work with its over 200 member banks in more than 60 countries around the world. This includes overseeing and supporting the implementation of the Principles for Responsible Banking.

On 22nd September 2019, UNEP FI member banks representing USD 47 trillion and with that over a third of the global banking industry officially signed and launched the Principles for Responsible Banking together with UN Secretary General Guterres. The Principles for Responsible Banking guide the change towards a new, sustainable global banking industry that takes on a key role in helping society to achieve its goals for a sustainable future. With these Principles, banks commit to strategically align their business with and scale up their contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals and the objectives of the Paris Agreement on Climate. The Principles are supported by a strong implementation framework that defines clear accountabilities and requires each bank to set, publish and work towards ambitious targets and report publicly on their positive and negative impacts and progress in implementing their commitments. Banks that are not in line with their commitments can be removed from the list of signatories.

In order to ensure effective implementation of the Principles for Responsible Banking, there will be an annual review, feedback & support meeting (mostly virtual) between the UNEP FI Secretariat and each Signatory Bank, usually immediately following the Signatory Bank’s annual reporting. This review will take the required amount of time needed between the Secretariat and the institution in question depending on the level of detail initially provided by the institution. In addition to ensuring each bank is making progress at an adequate speed and providing feedback and support, the outcomes and learnings from these meetings will need to feed into the broader peer learning and support structure all banks benefit from as well as the biennial collective progress report the community of Signatories has agreed to publish through UNEP FI.

In order to ensure effective implementation of the Principles for Responsible Banking, there will be an annual review, feedback & support meeting (mostly virtual) between the UNEP FI Secretariat and each Signatory Bank, usually following the Signatory Bank’s annual reporting. In addition to ensuring each bank is making progress at an adequate speed and providing feedback and support, the outcomes and learnings from these meetings will feed into the broader peer learning and support structure all banks benefit from as well as the biennial collective progress report the community of Signatories has agreed to publish through UNEP FI.

Objectives & Expectations: The Sustainable Banking Expert leads this feedback & review process. In addition to ensuring each bank is making progress at an adequate speed and providing feedback and support, the outcomes and learnings from these meetings feed into the broader peer learning and support structure all banks benefit from as well as into the biennial collective progress report the community of Signatories has agreed to publish through UNEP FI.

Specific tasks and responsibilities:
• Meet (including virtually) once a year with each Signatory Bank, under the Principles for Responsible Banking to review and discuss their progress and provide feedback & support for their further implementation of the Principles. Meetings will be held together with UNEP FI’s respective regional coordinators, with which the Sustainable Banking Expert is expected to collaborate with closely. Reporting of the review that has been undertaken will be provided to the FI Banking Team on a periodic basis, and will also be done at the Annual General Meeting of the Initiative which will take place once a year.
•Based on the review, identify banks that are fully compliant and on track with their commitments and develop a work plan with them to address shortcomings and/or where required refer the case to UNEP FI’s banking governance body.
• Be the first point of contact for Signatory banks' implementation-related questions.
• Identify case studies and good practices to feed into the systematic peer learning program, which will be set up and implemented by another part of UNEP FI’s Banking Team and present a case study report.
• Lead the production of the biennial collective progress report in conjunction with the Banking Team within the UNEP FI Secretariat.
• Share knowledge and experience both Banking Team within the UNEP FI Secretariat, as well as the overall membership through the UNEP FI Banking Commission.
• Help develop the sustainable banking expertise of more junior team members.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: The candidate should have proven ability to manage multiple projects and activities simultaneously and in an organized and timely manner. 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. Excellent writing skills are required. Able to quickly understand, synthesize and analyze substantial amounts of information. Reliable, delivers consistently high quality within agreed timeframes. Proven ability to adapt style of communication to different cultural contexts. Demonstrated integrity throughout career.

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

Experience: At least 10 years of professional experience and expertise in sustainable banking or at least 15 years in sustainable finance is required. Well acquainted with and directly involved in implementing international sustainable banking best practices and standards. Experience working in/with banks is an advantage as well as experience working in international contexts. The candidate should have successfully manged complex, ideally multi-stakeholder, projects. Previous work experience in the UN system is an advantage.

Language: English is the working language of UNEP FI. Knowledge of other United Nations are 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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