Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) – Copy Editor for Reports on Climate Change
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 09 June 2021 - 05 July 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-157227-Individual Contractor
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

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 to:

1. Copy-edit a final report for the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance for grammar, punctuation and overall flow, coherence style, conciseness, and tone (approximately 30,000 words)
2. Write several of the sections of the report according to a predefined table of contents and under the technical supervision of the Alliance and under guidance by members of the Alliance Secretariat
3. The selected candidate would also contribute to editing other related pieces of work being published by UNEP FI.(approximately 70,000 words)

Work Location

Working Remotely

Expected duration

The contract will be 30 days work over a 3 month period.

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 approximately 350 financial institutions, which are signatories to the UNEP FI Statements of Environmental Commitment, and a range of partners and organisations, to develop and promote linkages between the environment, sustainability and financial performance.

In September 2019, at the Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit the United Nations-Convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance (AOA) was launched. This international collaboration of asset owners was convened by UNEP in order to respond to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Paris Agreement Article 2.1.c and enable financial flows to support the transition to net-zero CO2 emissions economies by 2050.

UNEP FI, together with the Principles for Responsible Investment, has been mandated to serve as Secretariat for the Alliance. The Alliance consists of a Steering Group of asset owners at CEO/CIO-level, a Scientific and Strategic Advisory Body (SSAB) and a number of Work Tracks - as required - to implement the Alliance commitment.

UNEP FI and the AOA will in 2021 publish a number of reports and documents that prior to publication require copy-editing.

Deliverables
1. Draft version of select sections from consultant provided to Alliance
2. Draft copyedited version of entire AOA Report (in track changes)
3. Revised version of the draft AOA report based on Alliance feedback
4. Draft version of select sections from consultant provided to UNEP FI
5. Revised version of the AOA draft report based on UNEP FI feedback
6. Draft copyedited version of entire TCFD 1-3 Reports (in track changes)
7. Revised version of the draft TCFD reports 1-3 based on UNEP FI feedback

Specific tasks and responsibilities
• Drafting of select sections of the various reports
• Clear copyediting in English for grammar, punctuation, tone, coherence/’flow’, conciseness and overall readability
• Final copyediting for the same

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Familiarity and solid understanding of the sustainable finance agenda, particularly as it relates to institutional investor leadership, including the main standards, norms, frameworks and players that currently define this field. Experience copyediting multiple drafts on sustainability issues for clarity and tone in English. Proficient communicator of technical information to a broad audience.

Academic Qualifications: Master’s Degree in one of the following or related areas: communications, writing, English, economics, environment, finance, business administration and management. Additional academic background in other, non-finance specific fields is relevant.

Experience: At least 5 years of relevant experience in writing, editing and communications.

Language: For this position fluency in English is required. Other languages are an advantage.

No Fee

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