Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Consultant – Operations Coordinator Net Zero Banking Alliance
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 07 December 2021 - 05 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-170136-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

• Smooth, efficient, and effective internal operations, communications, and coordination within the Alliance, including the Alliance Secretariat, the Alliance Governance, the Alliance’s existing and emerging implementation work-tracks, the Alliance’s wider membership and the Alliance’s external partners and contractors.

• Internal organization of the Alliance and its constituent parts so that Alliance delivers outputs and achieves Alliance milestones according to plan, on time.

Work Location

Geneva (Remote working is possible)

Expected duration

The expected duration is 6 months with possibility of renewal.

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 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 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 industry-led, UN-convened Net-Zero Banking Alliance brings together banks worldwide representing over 40% of global banking assets, which are committed to aligning their lending and investment portfolios with net-zero emissions by 2050. Combining near-term action with accountability, this ambitious commitment sees signatory banks setting an intermediate target for 2030 or sooner, using robust, science-based guidelines.

The Alliance will reinforce, accelerate, and support the implementation of decarbonization strategies, providing an internationally coherent framework and guidelines in which to operate, supported by peer-learning from pioneering banks. It recognizes the vital role of banks in supporting the global transition of the real economy to net-zero emissions.

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is a strategic public-private partnership between UNEP and the global financial sector. UNEP FI works with approximately 400 financial institutions, which are signatories to the UNEP FI Statements of Environmental Commitment, and a range of partners and organisations, to develop and promote linkages between the environment, sustainability and financial performance.

UNEP FI houses the Secretariat of the UN-convened Net-Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA). The NZBA Secretariat requires support to ensure smooth, efficient and effective internal operations, communications and coordination within the Alliance, including the Alliance Secretariat, the Alliance Governance, the Alliance’s existing and emerging implementation work-tracks, the Alliance’s wider membership and the Alliance’s external partners and contractors.

The ideal candidate would have excellent project management, organization, and multi-stakeholder coordination skills combined with a keen interest in driving ambitious finance sector action on climate.

The objective:
• A consolidated schedule & timeline of NZBA meetings, events, milestones and deliverables for 2022.
• Scheduling, agenda, choreography, notes, and outcomes documents from Alliance internal meetings and proceedings as needed.
• A set of NZBA Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to guide the internal operations and internal communications of the Alliance.
• Ongoing internal coordination and communications support between the Alliance’s constituent parts.

Specific tasks and responsibilities:

The consultant will:
• Lead on internal communication supporting internal information flows eg. organize the monthly newsletter and bi-monthly all members webinars
• Support the Alliance secretariat in delivering against work track implementation plans and budge
• Support in the Alliance’s recruitment process including presenting the Alliance to potential new members
• Manage the membership database and onboarding process
• Manage the scheduling, agenda, choreography, notes, and outcomes documents from the discussions and proceedings of the Alliance Governance bodies, in particular its Steering Group.
• Manage the scheduling, agenda, choreography, notes, and outcomes documents from the discussions and proceedings of Alliance engagements with its full membership (its ‘plenary’)
• Support the drafting guidance, briefing documents or reports for the Alliance
• Organize the timetable of the Alliance’s deliverables/milestones, events and internal meetings
• Engage with the UNEP FI Signatory Relations, Regional and Banking Teams with respect to Alliance member and updates
• Collaborate externally and internally with different partners and teams where appropriate
• Manage relationships with Alliance members and with external partners
• Provide regular reporting to NZBA Secretariat focal point as required

The consultant shall be under the overall supervision of the Head UNEP FI and report directly to the UNEP FI Programme Officers for Banking and Climate Change as well as the NZBA Secretariat focal point.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills & knowledge: The consultant(s) should have a proven track record supporting international programmes involving different stakeholder types, particularly financial organisations, and with a particular focus on sustainable finance and climate risks.

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

Experience: 5 years of experience in the environmental non-profit sector, the financial services sector, commercial consulting, or conducted applied academic research on sustainable finance. This experience should be relevant for examining climate risks, climate policies, and the role of the financial sector in climate action.

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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