Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Consultant for Latin America Region
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 22 April 2021 - 29 April 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-154311-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).

The co-ordinator will help create a sustainable finance hub with members in Latin America & the Caribbean. The outcomes of services will be to strengthen the UNEP FI Latin American and Caribbean regional network, and help UNEP FI achieve its goals as set in its UNEP project documents. This will help member institutions to integrate sustainability into operations.

These services will be an integral part of implementing UNEP FI’s work plan under UNEP´s Project 62-P2 indicated below (section 1.4).

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

Working remotely.

Expected duration

The duration of the initial contract will be 6 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.

UNEP FI requires a consultant to work as Network Co-ordinator in Latin America & the Caribbean. The role involves relationship management with financial institutions, communications, membership development, outreach, event management, resource mobilisation and co-ordinating with UNEP FI’s Secretariat to achieve UNEP FI’s mission to accelerate the development of financial institutions that integrate sustainability and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The role supports priorities to:
• Globally facilitate and promote leadership on sustainability by financial institutions.
• Expand membership and signatories to/endorsement of the Principles for Responsible Banking and Principles for Sustainable Insurance.
• Support implementation of the Principles for Responsible Banking and Principles for Sustainable Insurance.
• Strengthen regional coordination and identify synergies, areas of cooperation and new partnerships.
• Assist with UNEP FI project and programmes to the broader membership and key stakeholders
• Support the implementation of the approved SDG Fund proposals in Latin America and Caribbean with the other UN agencies: sustainable finance workstreams in Suriname and Barbados.
• Raise awareness of project outputs from the industry and thematic workstreams and engage members in opportunities to get involved.
• Organize the UNEP FI Regional Roundtable.
• Oversee and support implementation of flagship regional projects, such as the GEF funded Good Growth Partnership in Brazil and Paraguay, and IFAAC (Innovative Finance for the Amazon, Cerrado, and Chaco) lead by TNC, Tropical Forest Alliance and UNEP.
• Liaise with UNEP FI Ecosystem team to advance sustainable finance solutions with members and prospects exposed to land use sectors (e.g. agriculture, forestry, mining) when appropriate
• Colaborate with the research about Financing Circular Economy – LAC perspective, in partnership with GO4SDGs
The roles include facilitating activities with the community of UNEP FI members in the regions, information and best practice sharing across financial institutions and outreach with key stakeholders, as well as outreach to potential new members.

• UNEP FI membership maintained and expanded in the region in 2021 (Principles for Responsible Banking and Principles for Sustainable Insurance). Performance indicator: # of signatories
• Support implementation of the Principles for Responsible Banking and Principles for Sustainable Insurance supported through translated materials, communications, webinars and workshops. Performance indicator: # webinars/meeetings, # workshops, # participants (individuals and banks)
• Relationship management and regional co-ordination in the region strengthened through implementation of work plan for region.
a. Bimonthly conference calls/webinars/meetings organised with members and global members’ subsidiaries in the region on priority sustainable finance topics
b. Members engaged in UNEP FI’s work programme through involvement in projects, consultations, webinars or uptake of outputs such as guidelines, principles and tools, methodologies relevant to priorities in the region.
c. Recurrent communications delivered to inform members on UNEP FI’s sustainable finance work programme and opportunities to participate in activities/adopt outputs.
d. Knowledge sharing and peer-to-peer learning undertaken through events/ workshops/meetings around regional priorities and good practice.
e. Leadership on sustainable insurance, banking and investment by members in the region recognised in communications and at events. Members’ speaking opportunities at events supported.
f. Meetings/events including agenda, background documents drafted and, minutes and list of participants, in co-ordination with Meeting Chair are outputs of the meetings.

• Sustainable finance agenda developed with membership and key stakeholders to support scaling up of leadership and enabling environment for sustainable finance in the region. Performance indicator: # webinars , # participants
• UNEP FI website updated with key information on members, activities and market intelligence in the region. Performance indicator: quality and recurrent uptdates
• Organization of the Regional Roundtable in Q3/202. Performance indicator: # participants
• Support implementation of the approved SDG Fund proposals in Latin America and Caribbean with the other UN agencies: sustainable finance workstreams for Suriname and Barbados. Performance indicator: action plans according the timelines
• Oversee and support implementation of flagship regional projects, such as the GEF funded Good Growth Partnership in Brazil and Paraguay, and IFAAC (Innovative Finance for the Amazon, Cerrado, and Chaco) lead by TNC, Tropical Forest Alliance and UNEP. Performance indicator: # financial institutions engaged
• Colaborate with the research about Financing Circular Economy – LAC perspective, in partnership with GO4SDGs. Performance indicator: launch of the research and quality of the final material

Tasks:
Principles for Responsible Banking and Princples for Sustainable Insurance
• Manage relationships with members and strengthen regional co-ordination by implementing work plan in Latin America & the Caribbean.
• Outreach for signatories to Principles for Responsible Banking/Sustainable Insurance.
• Retain membership in the region, and work with the Insurance and Banking Board members to support growth in membership in 2021
• Develop communications/webinars/workshops in spanish/portuguese to support implementation of the Principles for Responsible Banking and Principles for Sustainable Insurance.

Building network, communication, events and peer to peer exchange
• Build UNEP FI’s network and presence in the region together with members.
• Keep ecosystem and land use team informed of new developments related to sustainable land use finance taking place in the region.
• Inform UNEP FI Secretariat of relevant members’ news and support global industry committees and thematic project implementation. Inform about regional sustainable finance developments and information on members’ and potential members.
• Undertake communications to members and contribute to engaging members in implementation of UNEP FI’s strategies and work plans for 2021, as well as support UNEP FI communications and events in region.
• Organise conference calls, meetings, webinars and events to build the community of members in the region around the banking, insurance and investment sustainability agendas. Provide communications in Spanish/Portuguese for project outputs disseminated from the industry and thematic workstreams and members engaged in opportunities to get involved.
• Facilitate peer-to-peer learning, awareness raising and knowledge-sharing on region-specific priorities on sustainable banking/insurance/investment.
• Promote leadership on sustainable finance and respond to information requests from members (and subsidiaries), increasing UNEP FI visibility, membership retention and growth in the region.
• Coordinate with members, supporting institutions and key stakeholders to advance the sustainable finance agenda in the region and in the countries (e.g. supporting national roadmaps).
• Update UNEP FI’s regional web page on sustainable finance market intelligence and update regional members’ profiles on UNEP FI website.
• Maintain contacts list for members and subsidiaries in the region.
• Organization of the Regional Roundtable in Q3/2021.
• Engage members on governance developments and UNEP FI consultations & surveys.

Specific projects
• Coordinate with UN agencies on securing resources and establishing finance sector components of SDG Fund proposals approved in Latin America and the Caribbean.
• Oversee and support implementation of flagship regional projects, such as the GEF funded Good Growth Partnership in Brazil and Paraguay, and IFAAC (Innovative Finance for the Amazon, Cerrado, and Chaco) lead by TNC, Tropical Forest Alliance and UNEP.
• Colaborate with the research about Financing Circular Economy – LAC perspective, in partnership with GO4SDGs

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Proven relationship management skills, knowledge in the field of sustainable finance; knowledge/experience of the banking, insurance and/or investment industries in Latin America & the Caribbean; zero deforestation commodity supply chains, and other landscape investment; ability to contribute to initiatives assessing ESG risks, including voluntary standards; ability to manage multiple stakeholders in a diplomatic, organised and timely manner; proven influencing skills; excellent communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to organise and deliver written updates, events, management desirable conference calls and webinars; ability to be proactive and work independently.

Academic Qualifications: Degree in communications, marketing, business, sustainability or environment, finance, international relations, business administration or related fields.

Experience: At least 5 years of experience in international organisations, the financial services sector, private sector or NGOs examining the intersection between sustainable development and finance. Experience in client-facing role in financial services of sustainability-related consulting.

Language: English is the working language of UNEP FI. Fluency in Spanish for the position in Latin America & the Caribbean. Portuguese desirable. Knowledge of other United Nations languages is an asset.

No Fee

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