Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) – Copy Editor for Reports on Climate Change
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 05 February 2022 - 28 February 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-174154-Individual Contractor
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

UNEP FI requires a copy editor to support the conclusion of the current phase of work by reviewing and editing the draft reports from Phase III of the TCFD programme ahead of their publication.

Assist in the drafting and editing of the final reports from the different modules groups that will reflect the experiences and learnings of the programme participants during the course of the program. These papers will be written in conjunction with third party partners, the bank participants, and other UNEP-FI staff. These papers will include (titles not final):
• Landscape review of climate risk tools 2022
• Macroeconomic scenarios for climate risk assessment
• Net-zero scenarios for climate risk assessment
• CRREM and real estate transition risk
• Sectoral climate risks

Work Location

Working Remotely

Expected duration

The contract will be 30 days work over a 3 month period.

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 nearly 30 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.

As part of its 2021 work programme on climate change and building on the outcomes of its first two TCFD pilots in banking, UNEP FI conducted a Phase 3 of this work (Phase 2 for investors) and has to that effect engaged at least 45 commercial and development banks as well as institutional investors.

Building from the methodologies, and corresponding insights and recommendations, published by UNEP FI & Partners in 2018 and 2020, Phase 3 of UNEP FI’s work on TCFD adoption had the following objectives:

• Objective area 1: Briefing and training - in depth - UNEP FI member banks that are new to UNEP FI’s TCFD work on the various methodologies developed – and the insights won - in Phases 1 and 2

• Objective area 2: Further developing and enhancing – in partnership with relevant expert stakeholders - a number of the various elements within the ‘toolkit’ that banks currently have at their disposal to carry out forward-looking risk and opportunity assessments, potentially including: i) climate-related scenarios, ii) client data, iii) modelling approaches, iv) legal guidance, etc.

• Objective area 3: Strengthening and institutionalizing links and dialogue - and synchronizing agendas - with relevant platforms, processes, and efforts, particularly those involving financial regulatory organisations (e.g. the Network for Greening the Financial System – NGFS, the EU Action Plan), client industry associations, the proceedings of the TCFD itself, and investor efforts (through the Principles for Responsible Investment, or UNEP FI’s own investor piloting of the TCFD)

• Objective area 4: Publication of guidance for financial sector actors

Through the work in the first three areas, UNEP FI and its participating financial institutions have worked to develop guidance on good practices around climate scenario analysis, climate risk management, and climate risk disclosure. This guidance is formalized through the final reports that the programme produces and shares with those in the financial sector.

Through the work of the pilot programme, UNEP FI and its participating financial institutions have developed guidance on good practices around climate scenario analysis, climate risk management, and climate risk disclosure. This guidance is formalized through the final reports that the programme produces and shares with those in the financial sector. This role will help in the editing and drafting of those final reports.

The consultant will:

1. Drafting of select sections of the various reports mentioned above
2. Clear copy-editing in English for grammar, punctuation, tone, coherence/’flow’, conciseness and overall readability
3. Final copy-editing of the reports
4. Drafting of brief report summaries for the UNEP FI website

The consultant shall be under the overall supervision of the Head of UNEP FI, and report directly to the Programme Officer Climate Change.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Familiarity and solid understanding of the sustainable finance agenda, particularly as it relates to institutional investor leadership, including the main standards, norms, frameworks and players that currently define this field. Experience copyediting multiple drafts on sustainability issues for clarity and tone in English. Proficient communicator of technical information to a broad audience.

Academic Qualifications: Master’s Degree in one of the following or related areas: communications, writing, English, economics, environment, finance, business administration and management. Additional academic background in other, non-finance specific fields is relevant.

Experience: At least 5 years of relevant experience in writing, editing and communications.

Language: For this position fluency in English is required. Other languages are an advantage.

No Fee


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