Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) - Responsible Banking Technical Specialist
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 25 August 2021 - 14 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-162541-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The outcomes of services will be to strengthen the UNEP FI network, and help member institutions to integrate sustainability into operations following the Principles for Responsible Banking requirements.

The services will also help promote sustainability into all aspects of the financial sector’s products and services to 1) enable banks to mobilize private investment in the SDGS in order to improve the access of developing countries to sustainable finance, especially in the V20, LDCs and SIDS; 2) offer technical support and inputs to workshops and materials for financial institutions to establish the systems needed to monitor the impacts of their financing and to set and deliver on ambitious targets aligned with the SDGs in Africa & the Middle East, Latin America & the Caribbean and Asia Pacific.

Work Location

Working Remotely.

Expected duration

The contract will be 6 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 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 requires a technical specialist to support impact analysis and target setting and establish system to monitor SDG financing. The role involves supporting implementation of the Principles for Responsible Banking, working in coordination with Regional coordinators and UNEP FI’s Secretariat to achieve UNEP FI’s mission to accelerate the development of financial institutions that integrate sustainability and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Objectives
• Support implementation of the Principles for Responsible Banking through technical assistance provided through workshops, working groups, peer exchanges and one-to-one or small groups assistance to banking members.
• Develop strategy to scale up technical support for implementation of the PRB through external partners.
• Establish process to monitor target setting and financing for the SDGs to deliver on targets and positive SDG impacts across financial institutions (banking and insurance).
• Deliver report on results of project in 2021 and SDG measurements.

Output expectations
• Technical support enables banks to undertake impact analysis and set targets in line with the PRB requirements.
• Strategy includes business plan to scale up technical assistance.
• Establish process to monitor target setting and financing for SDGs to deliver on targets and SDG impacts from financial institutions (banking and insurance).
• Deliver report on results of project in 2021 and SDG measurements in line with donor requirements.

Outputs and Deliverables:
• Provide technical expertise for regional capacity building programme to help banks undertake impact analysis and target setting to finance the SDGs, working together with the Banking, SDGs & Impact, Training, Regional teams.
• Provide technical assistance to Principles for Responsible Banking signatories through workshops, working groups, peer exchanges and small groups assistance, focusing on impact analysis and setting and implementing targets. This will include one-to-one assistance/handholding and workshop inputs/support. Provide insights into how to interpret and act on impact analysis results to enhance banks’ understanding of how to operationalize impact analysis and target setting in line with PRB requirements.
• Provide technical inputs to the development of materials to support PRB implementation by banks, focusing on impact analysis, target setting, and working with clients and customers to implement targets.
• Develop a strategy to establish a technical assistance implementation support programme for banks to set up impact analysis systems and set and implement targets (e.g. through product development and client engagement to finance the SDGs).
• Develop business plan to scale up technical assistance to support implementation of the PRB through supporting institutions and other external partners and identify potential partners.
• Provide expertise and knowledge sharing on how banks can set and implement SDG-related targets to align strategies and portfolios with relevant global, regional or national policy and regulatory frameworks. Provide knowledge sharing on strategies and measures to implement targets, e.g. product development and engagement of clients and customers to achieve targets.
• Establish process to monitor target setting and financing for the SDGs to deliver on targets and positive SDG impacts across financial institutions (banking and insurance), building on existing UNEP FI Impact Analysis Tools, PRB reporting frameworks and related data management processes. Design a model to track financial flows for the SDGs.
• Deliver report on results of project in 2021 and SDG measurements.

The consultant shall be under the overall supervision of Head of UNEP Finance Initiative and report directly to the Signatory Relations, Programme Manager UNEP FI.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Proven relationship management skills, knowledge in the field of sustainable finance; knowledge/experience of the banking, insurance and/or investment industries; ability to contribute to initiatives assessing ESG risks, including voluntary standards; ability to manage multiple stakeholders in a diplomatic, organised and timely manner; proven influencing skills; excellent communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to organise and deliver written updates, events, management desirable conference calls and webinars; ability to be proactive and work independently.

Academic Qualifications: Master’s degree or equivalent in business, sustainability, environment, finance, international relations, social sciences, business administration or related fields.

Experience: At least 5 years of demonstrated experience in banking or an international organisation or consultancy facilitating integration of sustainability in and finance. Demonstrated experience in client-facing role in financial services or sustainability-related consulting desirable. Demonstrated understanding of product development and/or client engagement/relationship management in banking desirable.

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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