Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) PRB capacity on target setting roadmap consultant (biodiversity, resource efficiency, circular economy, pollution)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 16 July 2021 - 03 August 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-160014-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

- Actively engage PRB Signatories and stakeholders to identify the capacity needs and potential partnerships to build capacity for PRB Signatories to identify and act on their biodiversity and pollution-related impacts by setting and implementing targets aligned with international, regional or national science-based goals (where available). Working actively with regional coordinators who are doing this across all impacts and targets in their respective regions.

- Undertake and synthesise relevant research such as document review, surveys, structured interviews, relating to setting and implementing targets in the financial sector on nature/biodiversity/pollution/resource efficiency/circular economy.

- In a participatory manner, develop a roadmap for UNEP FI and key partners to support PRB Signatories on these themes across 5 regions (Europe, Africa & Middle East, Asia Pacific, North America and Latin America & Caribbean).

- Input to relevant work plans, funding proposals, etc.

- Starts delivering on the agreed work plan thereafter through webinars, workshops etc., promoting readiness.

- Summary of deliverables produced against the roadmap/workplan including proposals, training, webinars, bilateral and group calls with Signatories, and further priority efforts needed or scheduled from January onwards.

Work Location

Working Remotely

Expected duration

2 months of work over a 4 months period (Working 50% full-time equivalent).

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 convenes the Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB), a unique framework for ensuring that signatory banks’ strategy and practice align with the vision society has set out for its future in the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. 230 banks have now joined this movement for change, leading the way towards a future in which the banking community makes the kind of positive contribution to people and the planet that society expects. These banks represent more than a third of the global banking industry. This is a journey of unprecedented scale and scope at a time when such ambition is urgently needed.
Signatory banks commit to taking three key steps which enable them to continuously improve their impact and contribution to society:
1. Analyse their current impact on people and planet
2. Based on this analysis, set targets where they have the most significant impact, and implement them
3. Publicly report on progress
Most PRB Signatories have identified climate change as one of their significant impact areas, yet fewer have identified their biodiversity or pollution impacts. Yet these are issues of similar magnitude and importance for the banking sector, warranting target-setting and action on a comparable scale.

The consultant will engage PRB Signatories and stakeholders to support the identification of a capacity building roadmap to support PRB Signatories to identify and act on their biodiversity and pollution-related impacts, in other words – nature, resource efficiency and circular economy themes. Per the IPBES Global Assessment (2019), pollution (or a lack of resource efficiency and circular economy) is one of the major drivers of biodiversity loss, as well as a factor in climate change. The International Resource Panel estimates that global material resource use is likely to more than double by 2060 based on the current linear economy trends and that through a combination of resource efficiency, climate mitigation, carbon removal, and biodiversity protection policies, it is feasible and possible to grow economies, increase well-being and remain within planetary boundaries.

This effort should build on the recent PRB collective progress review and feed into the development of funding proposals and other efforts targeting banking sector capacity. He or she should align the roadmap to UNEP’s Medium-Term Strategy priorities on Nature and Pollution, ensuring that the PRB tackles all 3 of UNEP’s priorities through its reach with the banking sector.

The consultant/individual contractor will report to the Head UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI). The consultant will be hosted by UNEP FI Banking team, and the Programme Officer, Ecosystems/Nature as the Direct Supervisor with the Banking team.

Deliverables are as follows:

Summary of desktop research on banking as relates to biodiversity and pollution themes including identification of relevant frameworks and taxonomies. Initial interviews with sample of PRB Signatories and key stakeholders to identify the capacity needs for PRB Signatories to identify and act on their biodiversity and pollution-related impacts including by applying circularity in their strategies and policies. Proposed research approach for discussion/approval including e.g. document review, surveys, structured interviews, etc. Initial interviews, under the direct supervision of UNEP FI, with sample of PRB Signatories and key stakeholders to identify the capacity needs for PRB Signatories to identify and act on their biodiversity and pollution-related impacts, including by applying circularity in their strategies and policies.

Actively engage PRB Signatories and stakeholders to identify the capacity needs for PRB Signatories to identify and act on their biodiversity and pollution-related impacts including by applying circularity in their strategies and policies. Undertake and synthesise relevant research. In a participatory manner, develop a roadmap for UNEP FI and key partners to support PRB Signatories on these themes. Input to relevant work plans, funding proposals, etc. Provide other inputs as requested e.g. to relevant meetings and events. Capacity needs for PRB Signatories to identify and act on their biodiversity and pollution-related impacts, including by applying circularity in their strategies and policies. Analysis of current status of financial institutions setting and implementing targets aligned with international, regional or national science-based goals. Identify potential strategic partnerships to build capacity globally. Roadmap for UNEP FI and key partners to support PRB Signatories on these themes. Input to relevant work plans, funding proposals, etc. Inputs as requested e.g. to relevant meetings and events. Initiate delivery through planning for and delivering webinars, workshops, calls, other support etc.

In a participatory manner, finalise a roadmap for UNEP FI and key partners to support PRB Signatories on these themes. Input to relevant work plans, funding proposals, etc. Share other relevant recommendations. Provide other inputs as requested e.g. to relevant meetings and events. Final roadmap including banking/PRB Signatory-specific capacity building work plans for SDGs 8.4, 12, 14 and 15. Continue delivery on the roadmap/workplan through webinars, workshops, calls, other support etc.

Delivery on the roadmap/workplan through 5+ webinars, workshops, etc., bilateral and group calls with PRB Signatories, other support as requested. Summary of deliverables produced against the roadmap/workplan including proposals, training, webinars, bilateral and group calls with Signatories, and further priority efforts needed or scheduled from January onwards.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: The consultant should have the ability to manage relationships and drive collaboration. Strong analytical skills and ability to build good working relationships at all levels is desirable. The consultant should have excellent listening and communications skills, with experience in presenting and undertaking research. Strong banking background is of considerable value.

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in finance, environment, agricultural economics, international relations, administration, social sciences, business or a related discipline.

Experience: Seven years of progressively responsible work experience related to banking, biodiversity and/or pollution/circular economy. The candidate should have successfully planned and/or managed complex training and/or capacity building programmes, especially targeted at the private sector.

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

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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