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Intitulé publication: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Senior Consultant - Sustainable Blue Economy
Département / Bureau: Programme des Nations Unies pour l'environnement
Lieu d'affectation: GENEVA
Période de candidature: 19 août 2021 - 26 août 2021
No de l’appel á candidature: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-162119-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
Valeurs fondamentales de l'ONU: intégrité, professionnalisme, respect de la diversité
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Result of Service

The ultimate result of the service will be to support the ecosystem management work stream’s contribution to UNEP FI’s work plan under UNEP´s Project 623.3 indicated below, i.e. to support UNEP FI’s members in contributing to sustainable development worldwide. UNEP FI is focused on accelerating private sector financing for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including developing financial institutions’ knowledge and expertise to contribute to achieving SDG 14 (Life Below Water - “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”). The consultant will support the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Initiative hosted by UNEP FI.

The consultant will lead the development of the Guidance version 2.0, including authoring the chapter on “coastal defensive infrastructure” and leading on convening meetings with the other co-authors as necessary, being primary point of contact for the editor and designer during the editing and design process in Q1 2022, and co-convening monthly working group meetings together with the UNEP FI secretariat. Alongside this, the consultant will provide technical support to the expert team developing the M&E framework for the Global Fund for Coral Reefs. This includes producing a guidance document on the application of the SBE Financing Principles to GFCR indicators, as well as training for the GFCR team. Further, the consultant will produce a scoping paper on public financing for a blue economy, focusing on the use of the SBE Financing Principles to guide public financing.

The consultant shall be under the overall supervision of Head UNEP FI and report directly to the acting Nature lead at UNEP FI .

Work Location

Work Remotely

Expected duration

The expected duration for this position is 6 months.

Duties and Responsibilities

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 Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Initiative is hosted by UNEP FI under its Nature workstream, which engages financial institutions across the banking, insurance and investment industries. UNEP FI’s Ecosystem team works with member institutions to develop innovative insight and tools for financial institutions to incorporate natural capital, deforestation and related issues into decision making. The team co-ordinates the Secretariat of the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Initiative to raise awareness, maintain a community of practice and develop insight, tools and resources for financial institutions on ocean and marine ecosystem issues. The Initiative also champions the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles.

After an initial start-up phase with an expanding work programme and with its membership growing by 355% within the first 12 months, the team requires support to develop the second iteration of “blue finance” industry guidance, following the successful launch of version 1 Turning The Tide in March 2021. UNEP FI currently does not have the internal capacity to undertake these activities, and hence outside expertise is required for this purpose.

This work is intended to result in the development of follow-up guidance for financial institutions on sustainability in the blue economy, building on the approach and methodology designed for Turning the Tide and applying this to a number of new sectors. The consultant will further support UNEP FI in the following areas of work:

Objectives of scoping paper on public financing for blue economy:
• Develop scoping paper on the use of SBE Financing Principles to guide public financing, including a tentative architecture and key elements of an overarching guiding framework and its functionality.
• Explore options for an accountability framework for public blue economic financing utilising SBE Financing Principles.
• Provide guidance on the practical application of the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles within the UNEP-led SBE Transition Framework to enable development and implementation of SBE policy pathways at national, regional and global levels.
• Map the global landscape of relevant partners, initiatives and donors engaged in blue economy financing guidance and accountability.
• Prepare a strategy or roadmap for future development of a full framework and capacity building to support application of SBE Financing Principles in public financing, including its integration and application within the UNEP-led Sustainable Blue Economy Transition Framework.

Objectives of developing the monitoring & evaluation framework for the GFCR and for using the Principles and Guidance 1.0 to support the GFCR:
• To support UNEP’s expert GFCR consultant to develop indicators and monitoring methodologies for the monitoring & evaluation framework of the GFCR, based on the SBE Financing Principles, as necessary
• To provide training on the application of the SBE Financing Principles and the Guidance version 1.0 to the GFCR team
• To provide a guidance document to support the application of the SBE Financing Principles in the monitoring and evaluation of future projects and investments supported by GFCR.

Output expectations
The approach to be taken, including the key outputs and activities to undertake per sector are illustrated in the logic model provided in the annex. Authors are expected to provide a narrative document detailing the materiality of social and environmental impacts for each sector alongside a detailed excel spreadsheet featuring the criteria comprising the guidance for the sector. For reference regarding methodology, formatting and level of detail please examine Turning the Tide and its relevant chapters as well as the below logic model.

Output and deliverables:

1. Support the development of a monitoring & evaluation framework for the Global Fund for Coral Reefs (GFCR) utilising the SBE Financing Principles. Expected outcomes:

• 1x training session for the GFCR team
• 1x guidance document for the application of the SBE Financing Principles to GFCR indicators
• Provided technical support to the GFCR team working on the M&E strategy for the fund, as necessary and as this relates to the SBE Financing Principles and Turning the Tide

2. Further develop and expand the sectoral Guidance for Financing a Sustainable Blue Economy (Guidance 2.0) to raise awareness across a broad range of financial institutions, including commercial banks, asset managers, insurers, and development banks. Expected outcomes:

• Draft of the relevant chapter for guidance 2.0 (to be launched in March 2022)
• Led on development of guidance 2.0 overall, including writing the overall introduction, methodology chapter and conclusions convening, and supporting meetings with the other co-authors as necessary, and co-convening monthly working group meetings together with the UNEP FI secretariat
• Being first point of contact during the editing and design phases in Q1 2022, supporting the editing process as appropriate

3. Develop a scoping paper on the use of SBE Financing Principles in the field of public financing. Expected outcomes:

• Draft of the paper (to be finalized in Q1 2022)
• Engaged with relevant stakeholders in production of the draft

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Proactive and independent professional with excellent oral and written communications skills, with ability to communicate clearly and succinctly. Strong organizational and time management skills with ability and willingness to produce high-quality content on tight deadlines. Expertise in finance, biodiversity, marine ecosystems and ocean issues is highly desirable. Interest in sustainable finance and ocean-related issues; knowledge of environmental issues and specifically the blue economy is desirable; Ability to prioritize multiple activities concurrently in an organized and timely manner; Attention to detail. The consultant must be 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 and geographically dispersed environment.

Academic Qualifications: A Master’s degree relevant to business, finance, environment, oceans, sustainability, or equivalent education and experience. A first-level university degree in combination with additional relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: At least seven years working experience in sustainable finance / blue economy / environmental and financial services or related fields. Experience in researching, writing and delivering reports and content directed at a financial audience. Experience in data management and analysis desirable. Experience of working with the financial sector (banking, insurance and/or investment) is desirable.

Language: English is the working language of UNEP FI. Knowledge of other United Nations are an asset. The consultant should have excellent listening and communications skills, with experience of presenting in public.

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