Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP FI Contractor – Blue Economy - sectoral guidance covering 'Maritime transport' and 'Ports & related services’
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 19 August 2020 - 27 August 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-139808-Individual Contractor
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The ultimate result of the service will be to establish the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance initiative’s contribution to UNEP FI’s work plan under UNEP´s Project 623.3 indicated below (section 1.4), i.e. to support UNEP FI’s members in contributing to sustainable development worldwide. UNEP FI is focused on accelerating private sector financing for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including developing financial institutions’ knowledge and expertise to contribute to achieving SDG 14 (Life Below Water - “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”). The consultant will deliver part of the sectoral guidance report, providing technical guidance to banks, insurers and investors globally on how to implement the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles in practice and how to align lending, investment and insurance services with the long-term sustainability of the ocean, seas and marine ecosystems. Specifically, the consultant will be focusing on the following sectors: (1) Maritime transport, (2) Maritime ports & related services.

Work Location

Working remotely.

Expected duration

The duriation is 5 Months.

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is a strategic partnership between UN Environment and the global financial sector. UNEP FI works with approximately 300 financial institutions as well as a range of partners and organizations, to develop and promote linkages between the environment, sustainability and financial performance. Through its work-streams and regional activities, comprehensive work programme, training and research, UNEP FI carries out its mission to identify, promote, and realize the adoption of best environmental and sustainability practice at all levels of financial institution strategies and operations.

A Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Initiative is hosted by UNEP FI under its Ecosystems Management thematic workstream, which engages financial institutions across the banking, insurance and investment industries. UNEP FI’s Ecosystems team works with member institutions to develop innovative insight and tools for financial institutions to incorporate natural capital, deforestation and related issues into decision making. The team will co-ordinate the Secretariat of the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Initiative to raise awareness, build a community of practice and develop insight for financial institutions on ocean and marine ecosystem issues. One part of its mission is to promote the adoption of the recently established Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles by financial institutions globally. The creation of a technical guidance study outlining sectoral guidance material for financial institutions on how to implement the Principles in practice and how to align lending, investment and insurance services with the long-term sustainability of the ocean, seas and marine ecosystems – termed the ‘Guidance’ report – will be an initial important step for the initiative.

The Consultant will be reporting to the UNEP FI Ecosystems Lead and coordinate with the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Initiative Project Coordinator, UNEP FI Secretariat, and overall reporting to the Head of UNEP FI.

UNEP FI currently does not have the internal capacity to undertake these activities, and hence outside expertise is required for this purpose.

UNEP FI needs a consultant/contractor to work on research and production of part of such a guidance document and does not have the relavent professional expertise internally to carry out the stated tasks as shown below.

The contractor/consultant will co-ordinate the following project/tasks for UNEP FI’s work:

Scope of the Guidance report

• Introduction to position guidance as a zero draft to be further developed as sustainable finance market practice evolves across blue economy sectors.
• Provide overarching and sectoral guidance for private sector banks, insurers and investors to develop strategies and market practice to align financing with the Principles. The guidance will focus on addressing risks and opportunities related to five key sectors: seafood (wild-catch and aquaculture), marine ports & services, maritime transport, maritime and coastal tourism, renewable electricity. As indicated above the consultant will focus on the sectors marine ports & services and maritime transport in close coordination with the ‘Project team’ covering the aforementioned ‘Seascape report’ and the remaining three sectors of the Guidance.
• Building on the Seascape report and screening exercise, identify commonalities across sustainability frameworks and criteria used in sustainable finance market practice relevant to blue economy sectors. The scope will include providing guidance on common criteria, decision-making processes, impact indicators, metrics, policies, and relevant standards and actions that banks, insurers and investors can take related to products, services, financial instruments/investments, clients and customers to accelerate financing of a sustainable blue economy.
• Provide checklist/template for sustainability criteria to inform financial decision-making. Adapt for application across relevant banking and insurance products and services and investment asset classes where necessary.
• Provide guidance on financing for ecosystem-based restoration and adaptation for marine and coastal ecosystems if feasible or recommendations on next steps to develop such guidance.
• Provide case studies and examples of innovation and good practice in market practice and financial policy making to boost financing of a sustainable blue economy.
• Identify opportunities to better manage risks and scale up opportunities in the sustainable blue economy in terms financial instruments, products, services and investments and underwriting across key business lines/asset classes.
• Recommendations for standard setters/ratings agencies/policymakers to create an enabling environment and generate data, methodologies and tools to accelerate sustainable ocean financing.
• Provide recommendations for further guidance development for the financial sector to accelerate its contribution to achieving SDG14.
• Provide examples of good practice.
• Draft core sections common to all sectors and edit guidance report across all sectors to ensure relevance for banks, insurers and investors in understanding how to mitigate risks and accelerate opportunities for financing a sustainable blue economy.

Primary target audience: Banks, insurers and investors
Secondary target audience: Business and policymakers

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Knowledge of corporate or investment banking and /or insurance underwriting. Understanding of ESG issues and/or product development. Proactive and independent professional with excellent oral and written communications skills, with ability to communicate clearly and succinctly. Strong organizational and time management skills with ability and willingness to produce high-quality content on tight deadlines. Interest in sustainable finance and ocean-related issues; knowledge of environmental issues and specifically the blue economy is desirable; Ability to prioritise multiple activities concurrently in an organized and timely manner; Attention to detail. The consultant must be highly motivated and able to work independently as well as in a team. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain good working relations across diverse stakeholders in a multicultural and geographically dispersed environment.

Academic Qualifications: A University degree is required relevant to business, finance, environment, oceans, sustainability, or equivalent education and experience.

Experience: Five years working experience is required in sustainable finance / blue economy / related field. Experience in researching, writing and delivering reports and content directed at a financial audience. Experience in data management and analysis desirable. Experience of working with the financial sector (banking, insurance and/or investment) is desirable.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and oral English is required. Working knowledge of French is required. Working knowledge of other UN languages 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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