Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Principles for Responsible Banking Implementation support coordinator
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 18 July 2022 - 07 August 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-186616-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

UNEP FI requires two Implementation support coordinators to work in tandem with subject matter experts, key stakeholders and Signatory banks to deliver:

• individual implementation support to PRB signatories
• development of PRB guidance documents (including updating and refining existing guidance, e.g. on reporting and assurance, as well as developing new guidance, on topics such as client engagement, target setting in more impact areas, with a focus on environmental impact areas such as e.g. climate mitigation and adaptation, resource efficiency & circular economy, plastic pollution)

The Consultants will also work closely with UNEP FI thematic leads and regional coordinators.

Work Location

Geneva based with option to work remotely.

Expected duration

The duration of contract is 12 months.

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 300 banks, insurers and investors. For over 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 promotes sustainable finance and helps the financial industry align with and contribute to the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals.

On 22nd September 2019, UNEP FI member banks representing USD 47 trillion and with that over a third of the global banking industry officially signed and launched the Principles for Responsible Banking together with UN Secretary General Guterres. The Principles for Responsible Banking guide the change towards a new, sustainable global banking industry that takes on a key role in helping society to achieve its goals for a sustainable future. With these Principles, banks commit to strategically align their business with and scale up their contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals and the objectives of the Paris Agreement on Climate. The Principles are supported by a strong implementation framework that defines clear accountabilities and requires each bank to set, publish and work towards ambitious targets and report publicly on their positive and negative impacts and progress in implementing their commitments. Banks that are not in line with their commitments can be removed from the list of signatories.

Two (2) Consultants are required to deliver implementation support to PRB signatories in areas including target setting for different impact areas (specifically focusing on environmental topics such as climate mitigation and adaptation, resource efficiency & circular economy, plastic pollution, amongst others), developing guidance on topics like client engagement, developing and updating/ refining existing guidance documents, as well as daily implementation support for PRB signatories to strengthen their progress on implementing the Principles, and other tasks that may be required.

The Consultants will work in tandem with subject matter experts, key stakeholders and Signatory banks to deliver

• Guidance on Principle 3, Clients and Customers
• Guidance on climate adaptation target setting
• Practical guidance on setting resource efficiency and circular economy targets, possibly linked to climate targets
• Implementation support to strengthen Signatory banks’ performance
• Capacity building support to facilitate effective PRB implementation

The Consultants will also work closely with UNEP FI thematic leads and regional coordinators.

The Consultants will provide assistance in the following project/tasks:

• Develop a guidance document on climate adaptation that will be used by banks having identified adaptation as a significant impact area
• Provide practical support to banks working in the area of climate adaptation
• Update existing guidance on PRB reporting
• Work with the relevant Thematic Lead to prepare materials and deliver meetings to support PRB banks with setting resource efficiency and circular economy targets, and to identify ways how to link it to climate targets
• Develop a guidance document on Principle 3, Clients and customers, that will be used by banks to develop and implementation client engagement strategies to reach their targets
• Work with Banking Team colleagues and regional Coordinators on other PRB capacity building priorities, e.g. on biodiversity
• Close coordination with the Banking Team and Regional Coordinators to ensure consistency and streamlined delivery of support at global and regional levels

Outputs and Deliverables

• A guidance document on client and customers
• A guidance document on climate adaptation
• An update guidance document on reporting
• Monthly meetings with a small group of PRB signatory banks to deliver practical guidance on setting environmental targets
• Daily, upon request implementation support calls for queries related to PRB implementation
• A series of workshops and webinars, including peer learning sessions (with a focus on environmental topics), to facilitate learning and capacity building for strengthening PRB banks progress in implementing the Principles

The Consultants shall be under the overall supervision of the Head of UNEP FI and will be reporting directly to the Programme Officer responsible for Banking.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Substantial experience (minimum of 5 years) and expertise in assessing environmental and social impact. Experience working in/with banks and a good grasp of their different business areas, products & services and internal structure/processes. Expertise in one of the following areas, including knowledge of metrics and key performance indicators: climate mitigation and adaptation, resource efficiency & circular economy, plastic pollution, biodiversity. Knowledge of more than one of the above mentioned areas in the banking context would be desirable. Well-acquainted with current issues and developments related to sustainable banking globally and regionally. Project management skills required, ideally experience in multi-stakeholder processes. Experience in developing new tools/approaches/guidance materials in collaboration with other experts and stakeholders. Has developed and facilitated structured peer learning programs. Experience in developing sustainability training would be a plus.

Excellent oral and written communications skills in English, strong interpersonal skills; ability to cope with juggling multiple tasks across diverse projects in an organized and timely manner; attention to detail. The Consultants should have the ability to establish and maintain good working relations in a multicultural and geographically dispersed team working across functions. A hands-on, pragmatic approach is desirable.

Reliable and delivers consistently high quality within agreed timeframes. Colleagues, external partners and constituents/clients trust the candidate because they follow through on commitments towards others. Well-organized self-starter with proven ability to move multi-stakeholder processes and initiatives forward at a good pace. Can motivate others and develop inclusive structures and processes that cater to the needs of clients/constituents and create ownership. Team player, understands work as contributing to an overall objective, not an end in itself. Can adapt behavior and style of communication to different cultural contexts.

Motivated and driven by the purpose the team/organization is working towards and the impacts they are trying to achieve.

Academic Qualifications: Master’s degree or equivalent in the following areas: environmental or sustainability studies, economics, business administration, marketing/communications, business development; International relations, administration or finance studies.

Experience: At least five years of professional experience and expertise in sustainable banking or sustainable finance. At least two years of professional experience in the field of environmental impact areas (e.g. climate, biodiversity, resource efficiency & circularity). At least two years of professional experience in stakeholder engagement and management and/or project management.

Language: Fluent in English, as this is UNEP FI’s working language. Beyond English, fluency in other languages, especially other official UN languages, is highly desirable.

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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