Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Junior Consultant supporting the Alliance Secretariat - Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 14 July 2021 - 22 July 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-159831-Individual Contractor
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The result of the services provided will enable to provide the content work on climate benchmarks, the Alliance’s Position on Negative Emissions Technologies, support on sectoral pathways, the Alliance reporting and Target Setting Protocol 2. This will then allow the UN-convened Alliance to utilise state-of-the-art tools and align with various initiatives led by Asset Owners who have demonstrated leadership on the topic of decarbonisation. In more detail, potential actions would emphasise: (i) Investor ambition and target-setting at portfolio level – reporting of contribution to progress in a sector-specific way (ii) Impact on the real economy and emissions – to the extent methodologies can be developed for this. (iii) Implementation via a holistic ESG approach for measuring and managing associated impacts. (iv) Joint engagement, and monitoring of engagements, based on the most authoritative, credible scientific input, to ensure consistency of messaging and necessary ambition. This will build on existing active ownership best practice already under development – such as ClimateAction100+.

Work Location

Working Remotely.

Expected duration

The duration of the 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 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.

The UN-convened Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance (the Alliance) is a PRI and UNEP FI supported initiative. The members of the AOA have committed i) to transitioning their investment portfolios to net-zero GHG emissions by 2050 consistent with a maximum temperature rise of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels; ii) to establishing intermediate targets every five years; and iii) to regularly reporting on progress. The first set of intermediate targets for the year 2025 is planned for publication by beginning of 2021.

The Alliance is looking for support in the secretariat.

The Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance secretariat is supported by UNEP FI and the PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment). UNEP FI needs a consultant to work on all various requirements eg. content work on climate benchmarks, the Alliance’s Position on Negative Emissions Technologies, support on sectoral pathways, the Alliance reporting and Target Setting Protocol 2. Release.

The consultant will support UNEP FI’s secretariat on various topics (see 1.1.), advance content work - The following outputs are required by UNEP:

1) Steering Group Meetings at working level and at Principals level, as well as Members at Working level and at Principals level to be undertaken and delivered.

2) Meetings to facilitate the development and finalization of both the Alliance’s work on climate related benchmarks, and of the Alliance’s Position on Negative Emissions Technologies to be undertaken and delivered.

3) Analysis and comparison of existing climate-related benchmarks for investment portfolio management produced

4) Analysis and drafting parts of the Alliance’s Position on Negative Emissions Technologies produced.

5) Communication materials for launch of the Alliance’s Position on Negative Emissions Technologies disseminated.

6) Communication materials for launch of the Alliance’s work on climate-related benchmarks for investment portfolio management disseminated.

Specific tasks and responsibilities

- Provide analysis and comparison of existing climate-related benchmarks for investment portfolio management.

- Provide analysis and drafted parts of the Alliance’s Position on Negative Emissions Technologies.

- Assist with the communication and dissemination materials for launch of the Alliance’s Position on Negative Emissions Technologies.

- Assist with the communication and dissemination materials for launch of the Alliance’s work on climate-related benchmarks for investment portfolio management.

- Assist with the preparation for the Alliance’s convenings and interactions at the following levels, for August and September: i) Steering Group at working level, ii) Steering Group at Principals level, iii) All Members at Working level, iv) All Members at Principals level.

- Assist with facilitating and the development and finalization of both the Alliance’s work on climate -related benchmarks, and of the Alliance’s Position on Negative Emissions Technologies.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: 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. Knowledge of the finance industry is required; knowledge of sustainable finance and environmental issues would be an asset. Ability to prioritise multiple activities concurrently in an organized and timely manner with attention to detail. Highly motivated and able to work independently as well as in a team. 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, business, finance, environment, sustainability, administration, social studies, or equivalent education and experience.

Experience: At least two years’ experience ideally gained in the financial services sector, related field. Sustainable finance is an advantage, as is knowledge of the banking industry. Experience of working with the financial sector (banking, insurance and/or investment or environmental field), or in the private sector in general would be an advantage. Experience working with multiple stakeholders and managing relationships across various stakeholders.

Language: A University degree is required, business, finance, environment, sustainability, administration, social studies, or equivalent education and experience.

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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