Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Consultant - Governance and Engagement Coordination Sub-Lead
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 09 August 2022 - 20 September 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-188249-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The consultant delivers effective support and coordination of :
• the banking governance bodies and processes, and collaboration with other UNEP FI governance bodies and structures, including NZBA Steering Group, GSC and Leadership Council
• PRB implementation roll-out at the regional level, working in partnership with banking team colleagues and the regional coordination team
• Membership engagement, including internal and external communications, events, UNEP FI roundtables, webinars etc.

Specifically, the consultant support a small team within the Banking team to deliver:

• Regular Banking Board meetings – at least one per quarter in accordance with the Banking Governance Framework, as well as meetings between the Banking Board and CSAB.
• At least two meetings between the CSAB and the community of PRB signatories annually.
• required support and materials to UNEP FI’s regional coordinators to effectively roll-out implementation support of the Principles for Responsible Banking to members in the respective regions, including regular workshops, webinars, and well attended Regional Roundtables.
• Effective and timely communications, launches, webinars, events to the membership.

Work Location

Geneva, Switzerland. Remote working may be negotiated.

Expected duration

The duration of the contract is for 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 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.

UNEP FI’s Banking Team is responsible for the initiative’s work with its over 290 member banks in more than 60 countries around the world. This includes overseeing and supporting the implementation of the Principles for Responsible Banking.

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.

The Banking team is looking for a senior consultant to support a small team within the banking team responsible for governance, membership engagement and communications, and regional roll-out of implementation support. The functions of the role include (i) leading on the provision of support to the Banking Board, which is the governance body of the Principles, and the Civil Society Advisory Body, a unique 12 member civil society body that provides guidance to signatories at the collective level, and holds the community of signatories accountable to their commitment through a number of channels, (ii) coordination of engagement and communications processes with the banking membership, and (iii) coordination of the roll-out of implementation support to the membership at the regional level, working closely with UNEP FI’s regional coordinators.

UNEP FI requires a Governance and Engagement Coordination Sub-Lead to support a sub-team within the Banking Team. The Governance and Engagement Coordination Sub-Lead will be responsible for
• coordinating the UNEP FI Secretariat’s support to the Banking Board and the Civil Society Advisory Body.
• liaising and coordinating with other UNEP FI governance bodies and processes including the Global Steering Committee (GSC), the Annual General Meeting, the Net-Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA) Steering Group, and the Leadership Council.
• ensuring close and effective collaboration between UNEP FI’s banking team and the regional coordination team, in respect of membership coordination and the roll-out of regional programmes to support PRB implementation.
• Coordinating membership engagement, including support of internal and external membership communications, campaigns and events.

Objectives:
Effective support and coordination of
• the banking governance bodies and processes, and collaboration with other UNEP FI governance bodies and structures, including NZBA Steering Group, GSC and Leadership Council
• PRB implementation roll-out at the regional level, working in partnership with banking team colleagues and the Regional Coordination team
• Membership engagement, including internal and external communications, events, UNEP FI roundtables, webinars etc.

Output expectations:
Support a small team within the Banking team to deliver:
• Regular Banking Board meetings – at least one per quarter in accordance with the Banking Governance Framework, as well as meetings between the Banking Board and CSAB.
• At least two meetings between the CSAB and the community of PRB signatories annually.
• Required support and materials to UNEP FI’s regional coordinators to effectively roll-out implementation support of the Principles for Responsible Banking to members in the respective regions, including regular workshops, webinars, and well attended Regional Roundtables.
• Effective and timely communications, launches, webinars, events to the membership.

Specific tasks and responsibilities

• Deliver a meeting pack for the next Banking Board meeting with the assistance of a junior in the sub-team. Coordinate communications for the climate adaptation paper launch and the NZBA and CCCA collective progress reports launch
• Provide inputs into the development of the Banking work programme for 2023, including regional activities. Support the CSAB in delivering a webinar to the community of PRB signatories. Provide coordination to the planning and delivery of the Leadership Council meeting
• Deliver the last Banking Board meeting of the year. Plan and deliver the Banking Board and CSAB meeting
• Plan for the first Banking Board governance meeting of 2023. Engage the CSAB on the Banking work programme. Deliver a finalised communications workplan
• Deliver the first Banking Board meeting of 2023. Deliver a webinar to the membership informing them of the Banking work programme and activities they can participate in. Deliver a finalised workplan and timeline for regional support activities
• Delivery of an agenda and preparatory materials for the first Banking Board and CSAB meeting of 2023
• Delivery of the Banking Board and CSAB meeting
• Deliver the next Banking Board meeting. Delivery of an agenda and preparatory materials for the next engagement between the CSAB with the community of PRB signatories
• Delivery of the CSAB webinar to the community of PRB signatories. Coordinate communications planning for the PRB 4-year anniversary and collective progress report
• Deliver the next Banking Board meeting. Input into planning for the PRB 4-year anniversary and collective progress report
• Delivery of an agenda and preparatory materials for the next Banking Board. Input into planning for the PRB 4-year anniversary and collective progress report
• Deliver the next Banking Board meeting. Coordinate the roll out of the communications strategy and materials for the 4-year anniversary and collective progress report

The consultant shall be under the overall supervision of the, Head UNEP FI and report directly to the Banking Team Lead.

Qualifications/special skills

Special Skills/knowledge: Strong communication skills and proven ability to manage several processes simultaneously. Well organized and able to plan processes and foresee steps required to achieve agreed outcomes. Reliable - delivers consistently high quality within agreed timeframes.

Academic Qualifications: Master’s degree in business, finance, international relations, environmental studies, Administration or related field. A bachelor’s degree could be taken in lieu of advanced degree provided the selected candidate has 9 years of relevant experience.

Experience: Professional Experience: At least 7 years of professional experience and expertise in sustainable banking or sustainable finance. You have proven experience in managing governance bodies and/or processes, ideally in the field of sustainable finance or sustainable banking. You are well acquainted with and have been directly involved in engaging and managing stakeholders, including civil society. You have proven leadership experience, having successfully managed a team towards shared objectives and goals. Project management experience is an advantage.

Language: English is the working language of UNEP FI. Knowledge of other official UN 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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