Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 12 January 2022 - 05 March 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Programme Management-UNEP-171368-R-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations systems designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.

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. This post is located in Economy Division's Finance Initiative Unit (FI) at the Geneva duty station.

The incumbent will report to the Head of UNEP FI, and will support the Unit in the implementation of the Finance Initiative's work programme and participate in the preparation, implementation and accomplishment of the objectives approved in the Project Documents, with a specific (but not exclusive) focus on the Finance Initiative's thematic work on Climate and Investment. The Programme Officer will provide Overall Coordination of the UNEP FI Investment Commission, by performing the following duties:


Strategic Planning and Development: In close liaison with the UNEP FI Principles for Responsible Banking and Principles for Sustainable Insurance, UNEP FI Commissions, the Thematic Advisory Groups, UNEP and external counterparts, coordinate the regular definition and update of the Climate/Investment working strategy to ensure the alignment of its activities with the accomplishment of its mission; contribute to UNEP FI's Management Team and support the work of the UNEP FI Steering Committee; plan and delivery of the UNEP FI's Annual General Meeting and Regional events.

Programme Management: Lead the Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) efforts on Paris Agreement FI Alignment Target Setting; responsible for building up UNEP FI expertise on FI target setting, delivering the advancement of climate-related financial institution target setting methodologies as well as delivering on Investment Leadership activities; advance the methodologies used by investors, and potentially other financial industries, to set Paris Agreement-aligned emissions reductions targets; coordinate the efforts of the 8 methodological-developing working groups on various asset classes and sectors, overseeing the development of those methodologies, and shepherding their inclusion in the Alliance Target Setting Protocol; developing thought leadership pieces, and cross-industry resources which support financial industry sustainability outcomes.

Member Relations: Lead elements of UNEP FI’s engagement with expert advisory groups (Race to Zero, Science-Based Targets) and other emerging industry methodologies; engage with scenario providers where scenarios may be used for financial institution implementation.

Technical Expertise: Oversee the annual aggregation of targets which have been issued by investors into a collective Alliance report demonstrating financial institution’s targets and their implications for global emissions trajectories; lead the UNEP FI Investment Leadership Programme, including the identification of leadership projects to be jointly implemented by UNEP FI and PRI and work with content leads to ensure their initiation.

Administration: Perform reporting and administrative duties appropriate to the implementation of the activities considered in the thematic work programme of the Finance Initiative on Climate and Investment; draft comments on technical reports prepared by other units or offices, as required.

Perform other duties as required.


Professionalism: Expert knowledge and understanding of the concept and tools for sustainable consumption and production, resource efficiency and sustainable development policies in the international arena as well as regional and national levels; ability to identify important and emerging issues on the political agendas. Good expertise in negotiations, good skills in political analysis and working with governments, business and civil society. Knowledge of the UN system. Good research and analytical skills, combining economic, environmental, social and developmental perspectives. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; takes initiative in developing new proposal and activities finding synergies and cooperation with relevant stakeholders. Takes responsibility for incorporating, gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in economics, finance, business or a related area. A relevant first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration, finance, environment or related area is required.

At least two years experience at the international level is required.

Experience in applying technical skills in the area of Finance and Economics, Financial Risk Management, Environmental Economic Theories or related area is desirable.

Experience in developing work programs for a variety of private and public stakeholders in the finance sector, including capital market players such as financial regulators, commercial and investment banks is desirable.

Work experience in financial risk management is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations language is desirable.

NOTE: ‘Fluency’ equals a rating of ‘fluent’ in all four areas (speak, read, write and understand) and ‘Knowledge of’ equals a rating of ‘confident’ in two of the four areas.


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension.

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