Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Communications Consultant – Net-Zero Owners Alliance
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 16 August 2021 - 31 August 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-161933-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Through these services the Initiative through the AOA will be able to engage a broad range of asset owners in a constructive dialogue about the nexus between economic development, climate change mitigation, and the financial sector. The services will also help promote the full integration of climate considerations into all aspects of asset owners’ operations and services and help foster private sector investment in the transition to a low-carbon, climate resilient economy. Finally, the services will help the Initiative to broaden its outreach both within UNEP / UN and external to insurers and investors, governments, regulators, private sector and multi- stakeholders.

The Net-Zero Banking Alliance is positioned within the wider context of UNEP FI initiatives, and a coordinated communications plan is in place for UNEP FI to communicate on the Alliance.

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 needs a junior consultant to join the FI Communications Team to work on all communication requirements for the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance (AOA), including digital, web-based, and paper and currently does not have the relevant professional expertise internally to carry out the stated tasks as shown below:

Communications, marketing, engagement, website development and events are important to help generate awareness, visibility and knowledge, identify and share best market practice and engage financial institutions in actioning UNEP FI’s as well as AOA’s initiatives.

The consultant will provide assistance in the following project/tasks for UNEP FI’s Communications work including key campaigns in 2021.
Media & Press: o Assist with outreach to media on key projects and events via all channels
o Assist UBEP FI and AOA Communications Leads in liaising with UNEP head office press team on key launches
o Help drafting press releases and media advisory notes
o Maintain list of press contacts

Social Media & Website: o Update and assist management content on the UNEP FI website and Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance website
o Assist with the management of social media channels in coordination with communications colleagues
o Assist with production of web and social media analysis
o Write content for all channels on sustainable finance topics (social media, articles, website, newsletters, speeches, video scripts, etc.)
o Liaise with the in-house design team for visual identity, social media assets and templates
o Use online tools to create basic videos for social media

Members & Partner channels: o Help building communications packs for Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance members on key launches
o Help maintain connection with Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance group, including admin tasks, responding to comms enquiries and organizing regular meetings

Webinars & Events: o Assist in preparing speakers for webinars and events, including speechwriting and slide creation as required
o Monitor the sustainable finance and COP 26 event landscape, seeking key opportunities to promote the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance projects

Duties will include:
Assist on the communications campaigns for key deliverables in 2021, including: COP 26 and run-up to event. Assist on the communications campaigns for key deliverables in 2021, including: Promotion of new member announcements, Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance Progress Report, Post COP 26 Follow up Communications strategy.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: 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 prioritize 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 (Bachelor's degree or equivalent) in communications, marketing, international relations, business, journalism, finance, social sciences, event management, public relations or a related field.

Experience: Demonstrated at least 3 years working experience in Public Relations, communications, marketing, journalism and /or events, preferably in a finance-related field. Demonstrated Up-to-date proficiency with communications best practices, including social media, content marketing and press relations. Demonstrated experience in using webinar and online meeting platforms, event coordination and website updates.

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