Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) – Climate Change & SDG Facility Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 03 February 2021 - 10 February 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-149299-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

1. Delivery of the inception phase of two key activities of the SDG Climate Facility: (i) developing climate-related financing guidelines for Islamic finance products in a selected MENA region country, and (ii) launching the inception phase and financing proposal for a climate risk pricing project in a selected country in the MENA region.

2. Deliver UNEP FI’s component of the Policy Working Group of the Investor Agenda, and feed into UNEP FI tracking of Investors Climate Action Commitments.

Outputs of services:

A. SDG Climate Facility Project:

1. Inception Paper for activity to support commercial financial institutions in developing financial products and services that support financing for climate mitigation and adaptation and for the SDGs through an impact based approach.

2. Consultation with relevant stakeholders on inception paper and formulation of detailed project outline.

3. Draft Terms of Reference for consultant to deliver technical expertise to support development of guidelines and capacity building on climate-related financial product development.

4. Draft financing proposal for submission to the Global Climate Fund based on existing project concept to pilot climate risk pricing for large scale investment projects.

5. Draft Terms of Reference for technical consultants to deliver the risk pricing pilot project.

B. Investor Agenda:

6. Deliver UNEP FI components of Policy Working Group, including inputs to the Global Investor Statement.

7. Develop climate action commitments tracker for Investor Agenda partnership, including initial population of tracker database.

Specific tasks and responsibilities

The consultant will:

A. SDG Climate Facility

1 Assist in drafting all TORs and contracts - and related administrative processes – to engage, select and secure consultants for delivery of both risk pricing and financial product support under the SDG Climate Facility as required.

2 Lead in drafting all necessary documents for funding application to the GCF- and related administrative processes – including relevant outreach to main project stakeholders.

3 Facilitate the conceptualization and formulation of the project deliverables, in ways that respond to the needs and priorities of scaling up climate finance and private partnerships under the outcomes where UNEP FI is leading.

4 .Prepare and execute all internal project-related communications and interactions between the selected partners (CCRI, GCF, IsDB) and the focus countries under the project (Egypt, Maghreb, Bahrain, Jordan), the UNEP FI Secretariat, the UNEP FI Project Partners (SDG Climate Facility partners, etc.), and the broader UNEP FI membership. This includes scheduling, preparing, and executing all group conference calls, group in-person meetings, as well as all project-related, bilateral interactions involving the UNEP FI Secretariat.

5 Ensure the in-time and in-budget delivery of the Project’s deliverables, as well as their effective promotion and dissemination among relevant constituencies and stakeholders. This includes coordination and planning with the MENA coordinator, project coordinator, and project partners, as well as the execution of the production of deliverables as formulated in the project annual work plan.

B. Investor Agenda

6 Prepare and execute all internal project-related Policy Working Group communications and interactions between the Investor Agenda Policy Group Partners, the UNEP FI Secretariat, and the broader UNEP FI membership. This includes scheduling, preparing, and executing all group conference calls, group in-person meetings, as well as all project-related, bilateral interactions involving the UNEP FI Secretariat.

7 Facilitate UNEP FI’s input to the global Policy priorities work, including analysis of global policy change, investor-policymaker interactions, linkages with Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance policy work.

8 Collaborate on the development and analysis of climate action commitments tracker.

Work Location

Working remotely.

Expected duration

The duration of the contract is four 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 over 200 financial institutions, signatories to the UNEP Statement of Commitment by Financial Institutions on Sustainable Development, and a range of partners and organizations, to embed environmental, social and governance considerations in financial decision-making. Through its industry, thematic and regional activities, UNEP FI promotes the adoption of sustainability practices by financial institutions and the finance sector at large.

Climate change is one of the pillars of UNEP FI’s sectoral engagement with the finance sector. The 2015 Paris Agreement set the foundations for our current collaboration with banks, investors and insurers. On the one hand, the climate team is helping to build capacity and knowledge around climate-related risk in order to build finance sector stability in the face of climate change. Almost 90 financial institutions have partnered with UNEP FI to pilot the recommendations of the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). On the other hand, we are supporting banks and asset owners to align their core business with the Paris agreement by transitioning their portfolios to net-zero emissions by 2050. 38 banks through the Principles for Responsible Banking have signed the Paris-aligned Collective Commitment to Climate Action, while 30 asset owners have joined the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance. In parallel with these initiatives UNEPFI is building awareness among financial institutions on climate resilience and adaptation and piloting the EU Sustainable Finance Taxonomy. In the run-up to UK-hosted 26th Conference of the Parties (CoP26) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), UNEP FI will be scaling up action to ensure that the finance sector delivers a strong message on its commitment to climate action and will be driving policy engagement with investors through the Investor Agenda.

Our climate engagement is also supporting a region highly vulnerable to climate change impacts: the Middle East and North Africa, where UNEP FI has been strongly engaged over the past 20 years. The region is among those most affected by the impacts of climate change, particularly sea level rise, rising temperatures and water stress, which have dire consequences on food production and energy generation. Equally, the region has a vested interest in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); in particular those that help deal with the interlinked water-energy-food challenges.

Against this background, UNEP FI has joined a multi-partner programme, the SDG Climate Facility project, where we aim to leverage our expertise, as well as our global membership, to help deliver innovative approaches to climate finance in the Middle East and North Africa region.

The consultant will work with UNEP FI members, the UNEP FI climate change lead, MENA Regional coordinator and SDG Climate Facility project coordinator and partners, UNEP FI partners and contractors, as well as relevant governance bodies, to

1. Manage a number of activities under the SDG Climate Facility, and be the main UNEP FI focal point for implementation

2. Be the main UNEP FI focal point for UNEP FI’s participation and activities in the Investor Agenda Policy Working Group and support Top100 climate action tracking activities.

UNEP FI currently does not have the expertise nor bandwidth in-house to undertake the above-mentioned tasks, therefore it requires the assistance of a consultant (at 80% time availability).

The consultant shall be under the overall supervision of the Head of UNEP FI, Eric Usher; Regional Manager, Liesel van Ast; and Remco Fischer, Climate Change Lead.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: The consultant should have a proven track record in international project management involving different stakeholder types. S/he should also have a deep understanding of climate change related and climate financial topics.

Academic Qualifications: Advanced University degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in one or several of the following areas: international relations, international law, business administration, economics, finance, with focus on sustainable development / corporate responsibility / climate change.

Experience: At least 5 years of experience in a relevant field, including project management at international level. Experience working with financial organisations, the or the financial services sector on environmental or climate change matters would be considered an asset.

Language: English is the working language of UNEP FI. Fluency in spoken and written English is mandatory for this consultancy. Knowledge of other United Nations languages is 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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