Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) – ESRA Training Course in English - Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 13 October 2021 - 19 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-165525-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

UNEP FI’s sustainable finance training services are part of its efforts to fulfill the mission of UNEP FI to "identify, promote, and realise the adoption of best environmental and sustainability practice at all levels of financial institution operations". The primary aim of these services is to raise awareness and to build capacity in sustainable finance amongst UNEP FI Signatories and other financial institutions, as well as relevant stakeholders in governments, NGOs and academia, especially in developing countries and emerging markets. These services are an integral part of the UNEP FI Work Programme which was agreed upon by signatories to the Initiative at their Annual General Meeting in November 2020.

Work Location

Working remotely.

Expected duration

The duration will be one month.

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 Environmental & Social Risk Analysis (ESRA) Training Programme has been developed over time by UNEP FI and its partners to offer lending practitioners across the globe a comprehensive set of trainings on how to establish and implement effective environmental and social risk management systems within their banks.

UNEP FI needs 2 Tutor to carry out 2 Environmental & Social Risk Analysis (ESRA) Online Courses in English. UNEP FI currently does not have the expertise in-house to undertake the below mentioned tasks, therefore it requires the assistance of one consultant. The course will take place from 1 to 19 November 2021.

• Act as Tutor for 1 ESRA Online Course in English.
The Tutors will be responsible for assisting and directing in the managing all training-related aspects of the course offered in English within the ESRA Online Training Programme.
It is the Tutor’s responsibility to:
- assist in orienting, advising and supporting participants throughout each course
- he/she will explain the course objectives and methodology, provide course materials, establish a study timeframe
- he/she will moderate forum sessions, mark exercises and respond to participants’ queries (Online Course is made up of 24 participants).

The Consultants will be reporting to the UNEP FI Secretariat Head and the UNEP FI Programme Officer for Training.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: The consultant should have knowledge of social and environmental responsibility and how this relates to financial sector operations. Knowledge of and experience in environmental and social risk analysis. Knowledge of and experience with the financial sector as well as training or other pedagogical experience.

Academic Qualifications: A University degree in economics, finance, environmental studies, international relations, business administration or related fields.

Experience: At least 5 years of experience in international organisations, the financial services sector, private sector or NGOs examining the intersection between sustainable development and finance.

Language: English is the working language of UNEP FI. English is mandatory for this consultancy. 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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