Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) - Sustainable Finance Expert for Training Development
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 19 May 2021 - 25 May 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-155897-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The result of services will be the development of content for three new lessons for the online course on sustainable finance and the revision and updating of existing materials in three other lessons. Finally, the entire course should be reviewed to ensure technical accuracy.

New lessons developed:
• Lesson 6: Financial Stability Board (FSB) Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations.
• Lesson 9: Principles for Responsible Banking and Principles for Sustainable Insurance
• Lesson 10: Principles for Responsible Investment

Existing materials reviewed and updated:
• Lesson 2: Sustainable finance and international agreements
• Lesson 4: Incorporating sustainability into the financial system
• Lesson 5: Introduction to ESG risk management

Work Location

Working Remotely

Expected duration

The contract will be 1.5 months in duration.

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 350 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 carries out its mission to help the financial industry align with and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and with that take on the crucial role it must play in achieving a sustainable future.

The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) is a multi-year interagency programme, implemented jointly by UNEP, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Currently, 20 countries are officially included into the Partnership and receive direct support from PAGE: Argentina, Barbados, Brazil (Mato Grosso State), Burkina Faso, China (Jiangsu Province), Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mauritius, Mongolia, Morocco, Peru, Senegal, South Africa, Thailand and Uruguay. The Economic and Trade Policy Unit is executing the PAGE country delivery activities on behalf of UNEP.

UNEP FI’s sustainable finance training services are part of effort to carry out the mission to promote the alignment of finance with the Paris Agreement and UN SDGs. UNEP FI is collaborating under the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) with UNITAR and GIZ to raise awareness of sustainable finance across policy and civil society stakeholders, including governments, NGOs and Academia, especially in developing countries and emerging markets. In particular UNEP FI requires a consultant to work on its activities in curriculum development to contribute to the joint course ‘Introduction to Sustainable Finance’.

Located within Economy Division, the Resources and Markets Branch examines how economics, trade and finance interact with the environment and contribute to sustainable development at the local, national, regional and global levels. Located in Geneva, it heads the Green Economy Initiative to assist countries in integrating environmental considerations into economic and trade policies.

UNITAR’s Green Development and Climate Change Programme Unit (GCP) develops the capacities of individuals and training institutions in developing countries to advance green and climate resilient development in support of Agenda 2030. The Programme Unit offers a range of services, including executive training, capacity development for education and training institutions, support for national learning strategies, learning methodology development, and knowledge-sharing. As a founding member of PAGE - together with UN Environment, ILO, UNIDO, and UNDP - UNITAR conducts work in the area of green economy focused on developing consolidated green economy training packages, designing and delivering green economy learning in PAGE partner countries, strengthening capacities of research and training institutions, methodology development, and knowledge sharing.

In 2019, the Strategic Alliance on Green Bond Market Development in G20 Emerging Economies (STA), a partnership between Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and PAGE launched a new e-learning course “Introduction to Sustainable Finance”. The course is hosted on the UN CC:e-Learn platform which provides innovative and constantly evolving distance-based learning solutions for global climate change literacy (www.unccelearn.org). It is delivered in three modules and is comprised of 13 lessons and three quizzes. An update of the course is being undertaken in 2021 to further improve the content and include recent reports and new information.

The specific objective of this consultancy is to update the online course on sustainable finance. The free online course provides an introduction to sustainable finance for the general public and is hosted on UNITAR’s platform, launched in 2019. The course needs to be updated to reflect developments in sustainable finance. UNEP FI does not have the expertise inhouse to update the course and develop new modules in the syllabus. A consultant is therefore needed to undertake this activity.

Under the direction and supervision of the responsible programme officer at UNEP, the consultant is expected to revise and update the online course on Sustainable Finance, holding regular meetings with the project team to incorporate feedback.

Expected outputs and performance indicators include:

o One lesson on Sustainable finance and international agreements (lesson 2) updated and revised.
o One lesson on Incorporating sustainability into the financial system (lesson 4) updated and revised.
o One lesson on Introduction to ESG risk management (lesson 5) updated and revised.
o Content of one lesson on Financial Stability Board (FSB) Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations (lesson 6) developed.
o Content of one lesson on Principles for Responsible Banking and Principles for Sustainable Insurance (lesson 9) developed.
o Content of one lesson on Principles for Responsible Investment (lesson 10) developed.
o Entire content of the course revised to ensure technical accuracy.

Lessons are expected to have 15 minutes each (approximately 75 slides/learning screens or 7,500 words).

The main duties and responsibilities of the consultant, include, but are not restricted to, the following:

(1) Revision and proposal of updates to existing materials:
o Lesson 2: Sustainable finance and international agreements
o Lesson 4: Incorporating sustainability into the financial system
o Lesson 5: Introduction to ESG risk management
(2) Draft content for three new lessons of 15 minutes each (approx.. 75 slides/learning screens or 7,500 words)
o Lesson 6: Financial Stability Board (FSB) Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations.
o Lesson 9: Principles for Responsible Banking and Principles for Sustainable Insurance
o Lesson 10: Principles for Responsible Investment
(3) Undertake final review of the course to ensure technical accuracy.

The consultant shall be under the overall supervision of the Head of Economic and Fiscal Policy Unit, Resources and Market Branch, UNEP and report directly to the Membership & Regional Coordination Manager. The consultant will take direction from the Membership & Regional Coordination Manager who will also approve final deliverables.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Proven knowledge of sustainable finance. Excellent communication skills (listening, spoken and written). Ability to translate sustainability information into practical knowledge resources. Strong interpersonal and relationship management skills. The incumbent is expected to work independently with minimal supervision and must have significant latitude to be self-directed and be highly motivated. Problem solving skills are desirable.

Academic Qualifications: A postgraduate degree is required in economics or finance, environment, business or law, or equivalent experience.

Experience: 10 years’ experience is required working in responsible investment and corporate responsibility. Experience in the development of training modules.

Language: Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

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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