Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Leadership Training Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 05 November 2020 - 11 November 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-144263-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Through these services the Initiative will be able to enhance its effectiveness in coordinate work to engage a broad range of financial institutions, including commercial banks, asset managers, insurers, and multi-lateral development banks – in a structured work programme to embed sustainability into economic development. The services will also help the initiative to enhance its capacity to inspire, inform and enable the integration of environmental and social considerations into all aspects of the financial sector’s operations and services and help foster private sector investment in the transition to a resilient and sustainable economy. Finally, the services will help the Initiative to strengthen its approach both within UNEP / UN and externally to banks, insurers and investors, governments, regulators, private sector and multi-stakeholders. The services will also help UNEP’s Green Growth Knowledge Platform to strengthen its capacity to coordinate a global network of experts and organizations to provide knowledge, guidance, data and tools to transition to an inclusive green economy.

Work Location

Work Remotely.

Expected duration

The duration of the contract will be 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 more than 300 financial institutions, and a range of partners and organisations, to promote alignment of the financial sector with the UN Paris Agreement on Climate Change and Sustainable Development Goals. Through its work programme to cultivate leadership and develop knowledge and resources to accelerate sustainable finance, regional engagement with stakeholders and training activities, UNEP FI carries out its mission to help create a financial sector that serves people and planet while delivering positive impacts. We aim to inspire, inform and enable financial institutions to improve people’s quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

UNEP FI needs one consultant to work on developing leadership and stakeholder management and engagement knowledge and skills, and currently does not have the relevent professional expertise internally to carry out the stated tasks as shown below.

The consultant shall be under the overall supervision of Mr. Eric Usher, Head UNEP FI and report directly to Liesel Van Ast, Programme Management Officer, UNEP FI. The consultant will work closely with UNEP FI’s industry and thematic team leads, and with UNEP’s Green Growth Knowledge Platform partnership Head.

In line with the work programme delivered under industry and thematic workstreams and under the direct supervision of UNEP FI Programme Management Officer Liesel van Ast and Yuki Yasui, working in close coordination with UNEP FI Head Eric Usher, the consultant will carry out the following project tasks as shown below.

• Conduct training sessions and individual coaching to develop the management skills of team leads.

The consultant will undertake the following project/tasks:

• Developing a team of 7 members on individual leadership and stakeholder management and engagement through 36 hours of coaching sessions with 18 hours of preparation.

• Cultivating people skills and reflective leadership of the UNEP FI Secretariat Staff Members around a shared sense of purpose through programme delivery with learning materials, videos and toolkit.

• Facilitate 2 Workshops totalling 16 hours covering shared experiences, conceptual input and learning together.

• Facilitate 4 Reflective Cycles comprising 15 hours of reading, reflecting, writing and discussing to address and explore underlying themes in a personal and safe space in dialogue with a coach.

• Support UNEP FI team retreat through facilitation of team learning reflections closing workshop.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Excellent knowledge of executive team coaching. Understanding of developing leadership skills and enhancing supervisory skills for organizational value creation. Ability to cultivate management capabilities to reduce boundaries created by functional silos and build a culture of collaboration. The consultant should have the ability to establish and maintain good working relations in a multicultural environment across teams. Understanding of diverse management styles and behaviours desirable.

Academic Qualifications: A Master’s degree in business, organizational change or coaching.

Experience: At least 10 years working experience in education. Up-to-date proficiency in executive team coaching to promote a reflective leadership approach to managing work roles and relationships. Experience in learning and development of senior executives to help build collaboration.

Language: English is the working language of UNEP FI. Knowledge of other United Nations languages is an asset.

No Fee


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