Job Opening

Posting Title: Lower-Mekong Forest Finance Training and Capacity Builder
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 11 April 2022 - 17 April 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-175023-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The main objective of this work is to implement a forum for collaboration and capacity building for capital providers operating in the Lower Mekong (hereinafter the ‘finance forum’), which will raise awareness of unsustainable logging and forest activities in the Lower-Mekong region and increase their capacity develop policies around environmental, social and governance issues, and specifically, support financial institutions in the development of prudent policies for lending and investment in the forest and timber sector, and to identify activities related to unsustainable and illegal exploitation of forests.

This will help create a level playing field for banks, sends clear signals to corporate clients, increasing the expectation to demonstrate legal and certified sourcing, helping to promote legal and sustainable timber value chains that can be cascaded down to producers and plantation level. Ultimately, supporting the development of a more enabling banking system that is better positioned to support companies and SMEs to develop Sustainable and legal timber value chains.

The consultant will submit the following deliverables:
Deliverable a: Conduct engagement and research with the regional banks/members of the finance forum and other relevant parties, output provided to the forum development consultant to provide input into ‘transition roadmap’

Deliverable b: Technical inputs provided in the form of power point slides, summaries, presentations, or any other medium required to articulate the ideas of the collaboration forum and approval of recommendations for ‘transition roadmap’, prepared and delivered to UNEP. Support provided to UNEP in planning and structuring event and, participation in event

Deliverable c: Training programme to implement guidance as articulated in the ‘transition roadmap’ developed

Deliverable d: Training conducted with at least 10 financial actors engaged in investment and finance in the forest sector across the region

Deliverable e: Report detailing the success of the financial institutions in implementing the guidance, and further recommendations for refinement

Deliverable f: Planning, structuring, securing external participants and participation for senior level event, 2, and report detailing outcomes of event

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

15 May 2022- 31 December 2022

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 Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, or UN-REDD Programme, is an interagency UN flagship partnership that supports nationally led REDD+ processes and promotes the informed and meaningful involvement of all stakeholders, including indigenous peoples and other forest-dependent communities, in national and international REDD+ implementation.

The UN-REDD Programme supports countries to reduce the likelihood of forest crime by strengthening forest and land use governance. In this context, the UN-REDD Programme is implementing a regional initiative to address forest crime through improved governance and trade in the Lower Mekong Region (LMR). A reduction of forest crime will ultimately lead to reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation, and more sustainable management of forests across the Lower Mekong Region and beyond. For ease of reference and for brevity, this initiative will be referred to as “the project” for the remaining part of this document.

Lower-Mekong Forest Finance training and capacity building consultant (hereafter ‘the Consultant’) will support the implementation of the UN-REDD project ‘Sustainable forest trade in the lower Mekong region (hereinafter ‘the project’), through Outcome 1: Strengthened bilateral and regional cooperation in place to facilitate legal and sustainable trade in forest products across the LMR (and China) specifically Output 1.3 - Platform established to encourage responsible investment in the forest sector are focused on working with Lower Mekong Region (LMR) countries to build capacity in financial institutions to engage in responsible investment in the forest sector. This will directly contribute to UNEP’s Programme of Work 2020-2021, Sub-Programme 1 Climate Change, (c) Countries increasingly adopt and implement forest-friendly policies and measures that deliver quantifiable emissions reductions, as well as social and environmental benefits.

This position is home-based, under the overall coordination of the UN-REDD Regional Coordinator for Asia Pacific, and under the guidance of the UNEP REDD+ Technical Advisor and the Technical Expert on Finance for the Asia Pacific region.

The consultant will perform the following tasks:


Component 1: Transition roadmap

1. Conduct engagement and research with the regional banks/members of the finance forum and other relevant parties, to understand better the capacity gaps banks face identifying and managing potential issues related to unsustainable forest activities and other relevant activities of their clients and investees


Component 2: Senior-level event, 1

2. Develop materials, explaining the transition roadmap to be presented at an event where senior level representatives of banks and corporations will meet to discuss the ideas of the collaboration forum and approval of recommendations for ‘transition roadmap’.


Component 3: Training Programme

3. Develop a training programme for regional banks/members of the collaboration forum for financial institutions, to implement guidance as articulated in the ‘transition roadmap’.

4. Deliver a training programme for regional banks/members of the collaboration forum for financial institutions, to implement guidance as articulated in the ‘transition roadmap’.

Training should be monitored by a reporting mechanism for participating financial institutions, which will record the effectiveness and success in implementing the guidance against real-world assumptions, as encountered by the financial institutions. This will serve to provide input for the refinement of future recommendations and activities for the Finance Forum.

5. Draft a report detailing the success of the financial institutions in implementing the guidance, and further recommendations for refinement


Component 4: Senior level event, 2

6. Participate and secure representatives of partners to participate in an industry event where senior level representatives of banks and corporations will meet to discuss ideas the results and impacts of the collaboration forum implementing the guidance for banks and approval of recommendations of the continuation plan.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) finance, business, economics, environmental/social sciences, or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience:
Minimum of 5-years of progressively responsible working experience in banking or finance, REDD+ forestry and climate mitigation/adaptation or related fields is required. A proven track record of financial sector capacity building is an advantage is an advantage.

Language:
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this
consultancy, fluency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of any other official UN languages would be an asset.

Skills: The ideal candidate should demonstrate strong analytical skills and an understanding of banking regulation and compliance requirements and international policy commitments, particularly related to environmental, social and governance issues.

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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