Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) - Climate Change & the TCFD: “Risks & Opportunities for the Banking Industry” in Spanish On-Line Training Course Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 12 October 2021 - 19 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-166083-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 course will be for 1 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.

Since 2007, UNEP FI has been offering the “Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities for the Finance Sector” Online Course. The existing course has a long track record, but financial risks associated with climate change are increasing and becoming more apparent. As the understanding among financial institutions of the risks imposed by climate change becomes, in response, more nuanced and sophisticated, UNEP FI has been working on an update to the original climate change course.

The second generation of the online course has been provisionally titled “Climate Change & the TCFD: Risks & Opportunities for the Banking Industry”. The updated course will look at climate-related financial risks and opportunities, including topics such as physical and transition risks, mitigation, adaptation, the shift to a low-carbon, climate resilient economy for financial institutions, and emerging disclosure frameworks.

The course in Spanish is scheduled to take place from 08 November to 06 December 2021 (over a total of three weeks), UNEP FI requires a Consultant to:

i. Provide a marking of each completed case study exercise per online course student.

ii. Provide mentoring functions during the 3-week duration of the course, in particular by: i) managing, facilitating, guiding, encouraging, and responding to the student discussions, questions, statements and interventions in the course’s discussion boards and also responding to participants’ queries outside the platform during the course; ii) sharing, presumably once per week, with course participants recent media and news articles that pertain to the topic of the course.

1 The mentored three-week course including a fully facilitated set of discussion boards and responding to participants’ queries outside the platform during the course.
2 Provide a marking of each completed case study exercise per online course student.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills & knowledge – The consultant should have:
• Expertise and track record in climate change and how this relates to financial sector operations.
• Training or other pedagogical experience, especially in the space of sustainable finance.

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

Experience: At least 5 years of experience in international organisations, finance sector consulting, the financial services sector itself, private sector or NGOs examining the intersection between sustainable development and finance, with experience in having undertaken tutoring/mentoring training.

Language: English is the working language of UNEP FI. English and Spanish are 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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