Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) - Banking Project Coordinator Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 20 October 2021 - 26 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-166612-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The consultant will be responsible for
• the effective coordination and delivery of Banking Board and CSAB processes, including virtual and physical engagements between these governance bodies, and engagement between the CSAB and the community of PRB signatories
• supporting the Banking Board to deliver the revised PRB Framework Documents
• ensuring the effective delivery of support to PRB signatories through the individual feedback and support meetings, and programmes that strengthen implementation by signatory banks of their PRB commitments
• providing strategic advice to NZBA and its governance structures, and ensuring sufficient linkages between the various UNEP FI Banking governance bodies
• effective engagement with key stakeholders and participation in global and regional outreach and knowledge sharing sessions to create further awareness of the PRB and grow its membership.

Work Location

Working Remotely.

Expected duration

The duration of the contract will be 12 months

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 360 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’s Banking Team is responsible for the initiative’s work with its over 250 member banks in more than 60 countries around the world. This includes overseeing and supporting the implementation of the Principles for Responsible Banking.

About the Principles for Responsible Banking:
On 22nd September 2019, UNEP FI member banks representing USD 47 trillion and with that over a third of the global banking industry officially signed and launched the Principles for Responsible Banking together with UN Secretary General Guterres. The Principles for Responsible Banking guide the change towards a new, sustainable global banking industry that takes on a key role in helping society to achieve its goals for a sustainable future. With these Principles, banks commit to strategically align their business with and scale up their contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals and the objectives of the Paris Agreement on Climate. The Principles are supported by a strong implementation framework that defines clear accountabilities and requires each bank to set, publish and work towards ambitious targets and report publicly on their positive and negative impacts and progress in implementing their commitments. Banks that are not in line with their commitments can be removed from the list of signatories.

In order to ensure effective implementation of the Principles for Responsible Banking and to maintain their legitimacy and credibility to external stakeholders, a consultant is needed to oversee the governance structures, implementation working groups and key accountability mechanisms within the PRB framework. The consultant will be responsible for the management and engagement of PRB governance bodies, including the Banking Board and Civil Society Advisory Body, and oversight over NZBA governance; ensuring effective engagement between the CSAB and the community of PRB signatories; overseeing engagement with the community of UNEP FI member banks and public consultation with regard to the PRB Framework Revision, and delivery of revised Framework Documents; outreach and engagement to create further awareness of the PRB and grow its membership; the effective delivery of the individual feedback and support meetings to PRB signatories; oversight of delivery of implementation support to signatory banks in key focus areas, including collective commitments.

Objectives and expectations: The consultant has oversight and responsibility over the PRB governance structures, implementation working groups and key accountability mechanisms within the PRB framework. The consultant will be responsible for the management and engagement of PRB governance bodies, including the Banking Board and Civil Society Advisory Body, and oversight over NZBA governance; ensuring effective engagement between the CSAB and the community of PRB signatories; overseeing engagement with the community of UNEP FI member banks and public consultation with regard to the PRB Framework Revision, and delivery of revised Framework Documents; outreach and engagement to create further awareness of the PRB and grow its membership; the effective delivery of the individual feedback and support meetings to PRB signatories; oversight of delivery of implementation support to signatory banks in key focus areas, including collective commitments.

Outputs:
• Coordinate Banking Board and CSAB processes, including virtual and physical engagements between these governance bodies, and engagement between the CSAB and the community of PRB signatories
• Support the Banking Board in delivering the revised PRB Framework Documents in consultation with the CSAB and PRB signatories
• Oversee and ensure the effective delivery of support to PRB signatories through the individual feedback and support meetings, and programmes that strengthen implementation by signatory banks of their PRB commitments
• Providing strategic advice to NZBA and its governance structures, and ensure sufficient linkages between the various UNEP FI Banking governance bodies
• Engage with key stakeholders and participate in global and regional outreach and knowledge sharing sessions to create further awareness of the PRB and grow its membership.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: The role is crucial for the legitimacy and credibility of the Principles, their signatories and ultimately UNEP FI. Consequently, the successful applicant must have demonstrated integrity throughout their career. Able to quickly understand, synthesize and analyze substantial amounts of information. They must be reliable and deliver consistently high quality within agreed timeframes. Able to follow through on commitments towards others, especially towards their constituency and clients. Quickly gain and then maintain people’s trust. The must be a team-player, have interest in and derive joy from collaborating with others. As such, able to share knowledge and expertise and helping more junior colleagues develop. Motivated and driven by the purpose of the team/organization is working towards and the impacts we are trying to achieve.

Academic Qualifications: Master’s Degree in the following areas: environmental studies, economics, International relations, public policy, or finance studies.

Experience: Minimum 7 years of experience in banking, and at least 3 years in sustainable finance. Established track record of working with diverse groups of banks on a global scale in sustainable finance, and experience in managing multi-stakeholder projects. Experience engaging with a broad range of stakeholders including policy makers, regulators, civil society organisations. Have a good grasp of the financial system and the banking business and are familiar with key UN frameworks, such as the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement on Climate, and the Convention on Biological Diversity.

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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