Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP FI – Sustainable Banking Expert & Principles for Responsible Banking Review & Support Lead
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 14 April 2020 - 27 June 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-134716-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 12 months (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 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 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.

UNEP FI is thus looking for a Sustainable Banking Expert to lead this feedback & review process.

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.

Specific tasks and responsibilities:

• Meet (mostly virtual) once a year with each Signatory Bank 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.
• Based on this review and in coordination with the Banking Team Lead, identify cases where banks need to take additional action to be line with their commitments. Guide them in developing a workplan to address the identified shortcomings and monitor successful implementation. Where shortcomings are not addressed adequately, in coordination with the Banking Team Lead 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.
• Lead the production of the biennial collective progress report.
• Share knowledge and experience and help develop the sustainable banking expertise of more junior team members.

The consultant shall be under the overall supervision of Chief, Resources & Markets Branch and work directly with the Head of UNEP FI and the Programme Officer responsible for Banking.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: The candidate 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) is required in economics, finance, environment, international relations, development or a related filed. 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 5 years of professional experience and expertise is required in sustainable banking or at least 7 years in sustainable finance. 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. 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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