Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Communications Consultant – Net-Zero Banking Alliance
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 07 July 2021 - 27 July 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-159292-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

To further engage the members of the Net-Zero Banking Alliance on communications, ensuring high visibility of the initiative, key milestones, its members, and their progress. Supporting coalition building through targeted communications. Liaising on communications campaigns with partners and members. Specifically,
• Net-Zero Banking Alliance members have the communications strategy, assets and tools to be effectively communicate on any upcoming news, launches and events
• Alliance members have a communications steer to help them position and respond in a complex landscape
• The Alliance is able to communicate with one message and voice, via the chairperson and steering group
• The Alliance has all assets on hand and updated (strategy, key messages, speeches, op-eds, press releases, social media assets, website, promotion packs, webinars, etc).

Work Location

Working remotely.

Expected duration

The contract will be six 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 400 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.

UNEP FI’s provides the secretariat for the industry-led, UN-convened Net-Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA). The Alliance brings together over 45 banks from 24 countries with over US$29 trillion in assets, which are committed to aligning their lending and investment portfolios with net-zero emissions by 2050.

A communications function is required to help generate awareness, visibility and knowledge of the Alliance across the industry, to provide a unified voice and messaging for the Alliance members, to launch and announce key initiatives and developments, and support the Steering Group and Alliance chair. The role will include press activity, member engagement, promotion packs, social media activity, creation of communications content, industry-wide alignment of the initiative and website updates.

Output expectations:
• Communications reps from over 45 banking members
o Liaise with the NZBA governance on messaging & strategy
o Creation of key documents, messaging
o Keep members informed
• Media engagement
o Press releases & op-eds
o Media relations
o Crisis communications, holding statements, responses
o Q&A briefing documents
• Website – regular updates
• Social media - regular posts to promote the alliance and its work
• Promotion packs with key information for members for COP26
• Coordination with UNEP FI communications colleagues.

The consultant shall be under the overall supervision of Head UNEP FI. The consultant will report to Membership & Regional Coordination Manager and Climate Change Lead, as daily supervisors. They will work closely with communications colleagues including the UNEP FI Communications lead and the Banking Communications lead.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: o Ability to engage senior stakeholders, knowledge of financial landscape and ability to craft, design and create external communications strategy and communications assets of all types (key messages, press releases, social media, website updates, webinars)
o Creative and enthusiastic professional with excellent oral and written communications skills, with ability to communicate clearly and succinctly.
o Strong organizational and time management skills with ability to develop and execute results-focused communications plans across a mix of channels including events, email, webinars, and online and social media.
o Basic understanding of back-end web development is desirable.
o Ability to produce communications materials with high-quality visuals.
o Knowledge of the finance industry is required; knowledge of sustainable finance and environmental issues would be an asset.
o Ability to prioritise multiple activities concurrently in an organized and timely manner with attention to detail.
o Highly motivated and able to work independently as well as in a team.
o Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain good working relations across diverse stakeholders in a multicultural, geographically dispersed and online environment.

Academic Qualifications: A University degree is required relevant to communications, marketing, design, public / media relations, business, finance, environment, sustainability, or equivalent education and experience.

Experience: o At least seven years’ experience ideally gained in the financial services sector, in external communications, corporate communications, press office, marketing or related field. Sustainable finance is an advantage, as is knowledge of the banking industry.
o Experience of working with the financial sector (banking, insurance and/or investment).
o Experience working in the financial press landscape.
o Experience working with multiple stakeholders and managing relationships across various stakeholders.
o Experience of working on campaigns, PR/media relations, website’s and event communications.
o Up-to-date proficiency with communications best practices, including social media and online media. Experience in designing and implementing communications strategies.
o Experience in writing, editing and producing communications /marketing materials.
o Creative and resourceful strategist with a track record of proactivity.

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

No Fee

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