Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) - Assist Joint Programme Junior Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 30 September 2022 - 07 October 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-192120-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Project partner bank(s) develop and offer new sustainability linked loans for SMEs in Indonesia. SMEs will commit to adopt new sustainability practices and gain access to the new sustainability linked loans.

Work Location

Home based in Jakarta, Indonesia

Expected duration

7 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 28 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.

By 2100, climate change is expected to result in up to a 7% drop in Indonesia’s GDP, yet 38% of the country’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) to the Paris Agreement remain underfunded. Indonesia requires around USD 20.6 billion annually to implement climate action by 2030. If funding gaps are not addressed, Indonesians will experience direct negative impacts from climate change. These negative impacts will directly harm Indonesia's most vulnerable populations and particularly women. Market failures and the lack of enabling environment are impeding public and private investments at scale.

UNEP is part of the Participating UN Organisations (PUNOs) to the UN Joint SDG Fund project, “Accelerating Sustainable Development Goals Investments in Indonesia Joint Programme”. The Joint Programme (JP) intends to support the Government of Indonesia in reducing the financing gap and accelerating the achievement of the SDGs through increased financing from innovative financing mechanisms and instruments from both government and non-government sources.

Within this JP, this consultancy aims to support UNEP whom together with UNIDO are providing technical assistance to Indonesian banks and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to improve institutional capacities to access and utilize finance towards the achievement of the SDGs through the development of a series of SDGs-linked loans. The Junior Consultant will work to assist the Indonesia SME Financing Consultant with the implementation of the JP (80% of total consulting time). The Junior Consultant will be expected to assist UNEP’s Programme Management Officer in the coordination of projects in Indonesia (20%).

Objective is to support Indonesia to mobilize domestic SDGs financing by supporting the capacity development and experience of bank managers in rural branches.

Specific tasks and responsibilities:

Related to the JP (80%)

• In coordination with the Indonesia SME Financing Consultant, to create a synchronized Workplan for the project activities.
• Support the coordination of the activities of the project. In particular, coordinate with project partners - UNIDO Indonesia, bank(s) and Indonesia national and local governments.
• Coordinate events, training, and other dissemination of project activities.
• Coordinate with UNIDO to engage with SMEs to raise awareness of the SDG linked loan.
• Support partner bank in its marketing campaign for the SDGs-linked loan.
• Support the communication and procurement activities of the project.
• Support the research and consultation with project stakeholders to develop candidate list of projects for the second SDGs-linked loan.
• Support the securing of partner bank(s) for the second loan project.
• Support the loan disbursements from the first loan project. Minimum target is 10 loans.

Related to assisting UNEP’s Programme Management Officer (20%)
• Support UNEP’s Programme Management Officer in scheduling necessary meetings with partner institutions and governments.
• Support the communication activities of UNEP Indonesia.

The consultant shall be under the overall supervision of the Head of UNEP FI and report directly to Programme Officer - Signatory Relations at UNEP FI and the Assist Indonesia Joint Programme.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic background : A Master's degree is required in one or several of the following areas: finance, business administration, economics, urban studies, science, social sciences, environmental studies or sustainable development
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Experience : At least two years of working experience in sustainable development. Knowledge of and experience in sustainability is considered a strong advantage. Experience in project management is desired.

Skills & knowledge : Knowledge of project development and planning; Good coordination, organization and planning skills, with the ability to work under pressure; Manages competing demands and changes approach or methods to suit the situation. Has good knowledge of banking sector or sustainable finance.

Languages

English is the working language of UNEP FI. Bahasa Indonesian is also required for this position. Knowledge of other United Nations 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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