Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) General Communications and Ecosystems Communications Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 17 March 2021 - 05 April 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-152148-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 engage a broad range of financial institutions, including commercial banks, asset managers, insurers, and multi-lateral development banks and agencies in implementing global finance sector principles to catalyze integration of sustainability into financial market practice. The frameworks UNEP FI is supporting implementation include Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB) now committed to by more than 210 banks collectively holding USD 53 trillion in assets, or one third of the global banking sector, and the Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI), established 2012 by UNEP FI and today applied by one-quarter of the world’s insurers (25% of world premium).

UNEP FI has an Ecosystems workstream that includes research and engagement with financial institutions on financing for a sustainable blue economy and sustainable land use, and will expand its focus on sustainable finance for food systems.

The services will also help promote sustainability into all aspects of the financial sector’s operations and services. Finally, the services will help the Initiative to broaden its outreach both within UNEP / UN and external to banks, insurers and investors, governments, regulators, private sector and multi-stakeholders, including supporting institutions.

Work Location

Geneva/ Working remotely.

Expected duration

The expected duration of the contract is 12 Months.

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

The overall objective of the UNEP’s Economy Division is to encourage decision makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. It promotes the development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial practices and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the building of corresponding activities.

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 28 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 promotes sustainable finance and helps the financial industry align with and contribute to the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals.

In line with the work programme delivered during the UNEP FI Annual General Meetings and under the direct supervision of Jessica Smith, UNEP FI Nature & Ecosystems Lead, in close cooperation with the Communications Team the consultant will carry out the following project tasks as shown below in 3.2 below. The consultant will Support UNEP FI’s outreach and communications to the General and Ecosystems membership and the wider finance industry via online communications, social media, email campaigns, press relations, etc.

The consultant will provide assistance in the following project/tasks for UNEP FI’s communications work:

• Write content for, update and assist management of UNEP FI’s website
• Assist with upgrade of existing website in particular work to enhance the information available to members including a new members’ area
• Assist with the management of, and produce content for four social media channels in coordination with communications colleagues and other members of the UNEP FI secretariat
• Assist with the production of monthly newsletters for UNEP FI’s members and ad hoc mailings advertising events
• Assist with outreach to media on key projects and events
• Assist with production of web and social media analysis
• Assist with management of UNEP FI’s members-only LinkedIn group
• Assist with communications on blue economy and food systems.

Outputs and Deliverables:
• Enhanced communications with members and other stakeholders such as the media via improved newsletters and regular email campaigns & Quality social media content ensuring consistent tone
• Content calendar for UNEP FI and UNEP websites
• Gather statistics and feedback to improve communications
• Media list and analytics maintained
• Communications campaigns calendar and planning maintained
• Publications process monitored and organized
• Clear and effective communications materials produced.
• Deliver communications on blue economy and food systems.

The consultant will report to Programme Management Officer, working in close coordination with UNEP FI’s Communications Coordinator and Ecosystems team.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Excellent oral and written communications skills in English, strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with digital technology; ability to cope with juggling multiple tasks across diverse projects in an organized and timely manner; attention to detail. Knowledge of social media and virtual communications channels is desirable, as is experience of writing copy for social media, online articles and press releases. The consultant is expected to support colleagues in implementing communications strategies and work plans. The consultant should have the ability to establish and maintain good working relations in a multicultural and geographically dispersed team working across functions. A hands-on, pragmatic approach is desirable. An interest in sustainable finance for oceans/blue economy and land use/food systems is desirable.

Academic Qualifications: A University degree in communications, marketing, PR, media, international relations, business, event management, Administration, public relations or a related field.

Experience: At least two year’s working experience in communications, PR, or marketing. Up-to-date proficiency with communications best practices, including digital communications particularly social media. Experience in using webinar and online meeting platforms, online content management systems (ideally Wordpress), social media packages such as Hootsuite and Canva.

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

No Fee


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