Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) - Leadership Coaching Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 05 November 2021 - 11 November 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-167923-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The ultimate of service is through these services the Initiative will be able to enhance its effectiveness in leading work streams, developing and implementing work plans and overseeing project delivery. The services will also help the initiative to enhance its capacity to inspire, inform and enable the integration of environmental and social considerations into all aspects of the financial sector’s operations and facilitate alignment of private finance with global goals. Finally, the services will help the Initiative to strengthen its approach both within UNEP / UN and externally to banks, insurers and investors, governments, regulators, private sector and multi-stakeholders.

Work Location

Working remotely

Expected duration

The expected duration is 6 months. The consultants will work part-time and remotely.

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 Environment Programme and over 400 banks, insurers and investors. For over 29 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 global and regional work programme, UNEP FI promotes sustainable finance and helps the financial industry align with and contribute to the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals. UNEP FI aims to create a financial sector that positively impacts and serves people and planet.

UNEP FI aims to inspire, inform and enable financial institutions to improve people’s quality of life without compromising that of future generations. Our strategy is based around mainstreaming sustainability in financial institutions while contributing to overall industry change and transformation. The strategy has two guiding Pillars – to drive change at the level of financial institutions, and to drive change at the level of the financial system. The Secretariat implements the strategy through a work programme structured around work streams. Work streams have a matrix structure across banking, insurance and investment, thematic topics such as climate change and biodiversity, and regional coordination. Work streams are coordinated by team leads. UNEP FI needs a consultant to work on developing leadership and management skills, and currently does not have the relevent professional expertise internally to carry out the stated tasks as shown below.

Facilitate development of leadership and management skills - Conduct training sessions and individual coaching to develop the management skills of team leads.

Outputs and Deliverables:
• 24 coaching sessions on leadership skills including self-awareness, boundary setting, tools to lead and manage teams; generate trust, cooperation and alignment /coordination across programme areas; Build capacity of team to mentor and motivate teams; identify strengths and create efficiencies within teams.
• Summary of feedback and recommendations provided to individual programme managers as well as senior management of UNEP FI.

Performance indicators:
Leadership and management skills developed.

Specific tasks and responsibilities:
The consultant will provide assistance in the following project/tasks for UNEP FI’s Secretariat:
• Provide coaching to:
o Develop leadership skills including self-awareness, boundary setting, tools to lead and manage teams.
o Cultivate ability of team leads to generate trust, cooperation and alignment /coordination across programme areas.
o Build capacity of team to mentor and motivate teams.
o Develop capacity to identify strengths and create efficiencies within teams.
• Provide feedback and recommendations to senior management.

The consultant will report directly to the UNEP FI Programme Management Officer and will work in close coordination with the Head of UNEP FI.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills & Knowledge: Excellent knowledge of executive team coaching. Understanding of developing leadership skills and enhancing supervisory skills for organizational value creation. Ability to cultivate management capabilities to reduce boundaries created by functional silos and build a culture of collaboration. The consultant should have the ability to establish and maintain good working relations in a multicultural environment across teams. Understanding of diverse management styles and behaviours desirable.

Academic Qualifications: A Master’s degree in business, organizational change or coaching.

Experience: At least 10 years working experience in education. Up-to-date proficiency in executive team coaching to promote a reflective leadership approach to managing work roles and relationships. Experience in learning and development of senior executives to help build collaboration.

Language: English is the working language of UNEP FI. Knowledge of other United Nations languages is an asset.

No Fee


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