Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) – Consultant to develop a Strategy for Training Programme
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 11 December 2020 - 05 January 2021
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-146445-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

UNEP FI’s sustainable finance training services are part of its efforts to fulfil the strategic goals of UNEP FI to scale up its training programme and promote implementation of frameworks and norms and uptake of methodologies and tools to support the growth of sustainable financial institutions and market transformation. The primary aim of these services is to raise awareness and build skills and capabilities in sustainable finance amongst UNEP FI Signatories and other financial institutions, as well as relevant stakeholders such as regulators, especially in developing countries and emerging markets.

Work Location

Working Remotely.

Expected duration

The duration of the contract would be 4 Months.

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is a unique global partnership between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the global financial sector.

UNEP FI works closely with over 350 financial institutions that are members of the initiative, and a range of partners and organizations to develop and promote linkages between the environment, sustainability and financial performance. Through its Working Groups, Regional activities, training programmes and research projects, UNEP FI carries out its mission to identify, promote, and realise the adoption of the best environmental and sustainability practices at all levels of financial institution operations.

UNEP FI’s sustainable finance training services are part of UNEP FI’s effort to carry out the mission to "identify, promote, and realise the adoption of best environmental and sustainability practice at all levels of financial institution operations”. The primary aim of these services is to raise awareness and to build capacity in sustainable finance amongst UNEP FI Signatories and other financial institutions, as well as relevant stakeholders in governments, NGOs and Academia, especially in developing countries and emerging markets.

UNEP FI’s Training Programme mainly consists of online courses and in-person workshops on: Environmental and Social Risk Analysis (ESRA); Corporate Ecoefficiency in Financial Institutions (CEFI); Climate Change & the TCFD: Risks & Opportunities for the Banking Industry; Green, Social & Sustainable Bonds; Sustainable Finance; Sustainable Finance for Savings & Credit Cooperatives; Responsible Investment & University Diploma on Sustainable Finance.

The current model of training delivery is through online training and in person workshops with tutors moderating courses which are limited to 24-40 participants to enable interaction. The online courses are held 2-4 times per year in English, and several times per year in other languages including Spanish, French and Mandarin.

UNEP FI plans to develop further technical training offerings, including a Sustainable Finance Training Programme with modules on Responsible Banking and Sustainable Insurance to reflect findings from needs assessments, growing demand, industry trends and outlooks and emerging knowledge and expertise.

UNEP FI aims to develop a global strategy and implementation plan to scale up its training programme significantly to enable wider uptake of training of professionals in banking and insurance and to support its membership in integrating sustainability into operation through implementation of the Principles for Responsible Banking and Principles for Sustainable Insurance.

UNEP FI currently does not have the expertise in-house to undertake the below mentioned tasks, therefore it requires the assistance of a consultant. In particular, UNEP FI requires a consultant to develop a Training strategy and implementation plan.

The consultant will be responsible for the following:

Strategy development
4. Undertake research and a training needs assessment to inform the development of a global strategy to scale up UNEP FI’s training programme significantly. Take account of survey results/feedback based on UNEP FI’s existing training offering.
5. Develop UNEP FI’s global training strategy, taking account of issues including the following:
a. The objective to scale up training to thousands of professionals in banking and insurance to accelerate the integration of sustainability in the financial sector.
b. A focus on delivering training to banks and insurers in emerging markets.
c. The need to support implementation of the Principles for Responsible Banking and Principles for Sustainable Insurance.
d. Content generation to integrate research, development and piloting of tools, methodologies and norms through UNEP FI’s work programme into curricula for finance sector professionals with UNEP FI’s training programme and external training providers’ syllabi.
e. Aligning with best practice in executive education.
f. Meeting the needs of a range of financial institutions to integrate sustainability into their operations across relevant departments. Identify profiles of financial institutions who would be recipients of training (e.g. global vs regional/national/sub-national banks, retail banks vs. corporate /investment banks, reinsurers vs. insurers and risk managers) and explain how this is reflected in the strategy.
g. Options for C-suite/CEO level training vs. practitioner level training across different departments (risk, sustainability, business development, etc).
h. Training for UNEP FI members vs. non-members.
i. Existing and expected competitor training offerings.
j. Models for strategy development and UNEP FI’s wider organizational and membership strategies.

Implementation plan

The proposed implementation plan should include options for the following aspects of implementing the strategy.

Programme design
• Proposed options for delivery and funding models relevant to UNEP FI’s training programme.
• Options for a hybrid global/local models of training delivery to reflect the context of regulatory frameworks and variations in training needs across countries/regions.
• Resourcing requirements and options to mobilise and manage resources to implement the strategy and scale up delivery on an ongoing basis.
• Options for intellectual property to ensure UNEP FI can update materials on an ongoing basis.
• Options for models to scale up training delivery through partners, identifying potential partners and their strengths/weaknesses (e.g. industry associations, development banks, academic institutions and other institutions providing training to banks and insurers).
• Virtual/in person options for delivery including free online courses vs. paid for courses.
• Flexibility to enable training in multiple languages.


Content development
• A model for regular updates of materials/content as market practice and the regulatory environment evolves.
• A model and structure to deliver training to UNEP FI members across all regions to support implementation of the PRB and PSI and enable uptake of best practice approaches to specific areas of sustainable finance (e.g. climate disclosure, impact assessment, biodiversity, etc).
• Curricular/course development options with prioritization.
• Options for modules to roll out specialized analytical tools/frameworks (e.g. positive impact, biodiversity target setting and sustainable land use finance).

Deliverables/Outputs: (send in by electronic means)

• Survey/market research results.
• Strategy for UNEP FI’s Training programme development
• Implementation plan.

The consultant shall be under the overall supervision of Mr. Eric Usher, Head UNEP FI and report directly to Ms. Liesel van Ast, Programme Officer UNEP FI. The consultant should take direction from Ms. Van Ast while final deliverables shall also be approved by Mr. Usher. The consultant will work closely with UNEP FI’s Training Coordinator Carolina Lopez and other members of the Secretariat during the strategy development.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Proven knowledge in the fields of executive education/professional development; knowledge and experience of delivering training prorammes; ability to develop organizational strategies on training/professional development; proven conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills; strong organisational skills & attention to detail, ability to work with extended and remote teams, and excellent communication (spoken and written) skills. Knowledge and experience of developing/delivering training for financial institutions (banks/insurers or investors) is desireable.

Academic Qualifications: Postgraduate degree in education, human resources, professional development, sustainability or business administration (or equivalent experience).

Experience: At least 5 years of relevant experience in professional training development, executive education or related field is required. Experience of working with the financial sector 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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