Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) - Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance (NZNOA) Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Reporting Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 23 November 2022 - 17 December 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Environment Programme-196056-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

Through these services the Initiative will be able to:

i) Provide further quality assessments to the growing number of Alliance members
ii) Enhance the progress reporting template including details captured and interoperability with other reporting requirements
iii) Provide analysis of overall GHG emissions reductions
iv) Prepare data inputs to the AOA Progress Report
v) Provide the Alliance Reporting Review group with a secretariat assessment of alliance member reporting’s, flagging areas where criteria may not fully implement the requirements of the Protocol

Work Location

Working remotely

Expected duration

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 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 promotes sustainable finance and helps the financial industry align with and contribute to the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals.

In June 2021, UNEP FI and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) launched the Investment Leadership Programme. The Investment Leadership Programme (ILP) is a joint initiative from UNEP FI and PRI created to accelerate the pace of collaboration amongst leading investors and boost action on achieving key global sustainability objectives such as the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. ILP includes projects such as the UN-Convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance and the Legal Framework for Impact.

The Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance was launched in September 2019, at the Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit. This international collaboration of asset owners was convened by UNEP in order to respond to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Paris Agreement Article 2.1.c and enable financial flows to support the transition to net-zero CO2 emissions economies by 2050. UNEP FI, together with the Principles for Responsible Investment, has been mandated to serve as Secretariat for the Alliance.

The Monitoring, Reporting and Verification Track of the NZAOA is seeking a consultant/individual contractor to support the work of the MRV Track of the Alliance in reviewing investors target setting and progress reporting.

This work is essential to the credibility and integrity of the NZAOA. The role will help ensure that targets meet the criteria as set out in the Protocol.

The objectives:

In line with the work programme delivered during the UNEP FI Annual General Meetings and under the direct supervision of Jesica Andrews, UNEP FI Investment Lead, in close collaboration with the Climate team.

Specific tasks and responsibilities:

The consultant will provide assistance in the following project/tasks for UNEP FI’s communications work:

• Update NZAOA reporting template
• Align with the reporting colleagues and processes of other teams
• Prepare the reporting review process
• Prepare inputs for the NZAOA progress report
• Identify key risk areas for NZAOA progress reporting overall

Outputs and Deliverables:

• Updated reporting template that enables UNEP FI and NZAOA to enhance the credibility and integrity of targets submitted by members
• Streamlined and fully capacitated review process
• Deepened analysis on GHG emissions features and findings
• Statistical analysis of where members can make improvements under existing approaches as agreed by membership

The consultant shall be under the overall supervision of the Head of UNEP FI and in line with the work programme delivered during the UNEP FI Annual General Meetings and under the direct supervision of the UNEP FI Investment Lead, in close collaboration with the Climate team.

Qualifications/special skills

Education: A University degree in Finance, Environmental Science or Statistics, Business Management, Social Sciences, Administration or similar academic background.


Professional Experience: At least 7 years working experience data assessment, data management, finance, and climate within national, international organisations, NGO’s or private sector.


Skills & Knowledge: Excellent oral and written communications skills in English, strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with digital technology; ability to cope with juggling multiple tasks across diverse projects in an organized and timely manner; attention to detail. Knowledge of social media and virtual communications channels is desirable, as is experience of writing copy for social media, online articles and press releases.

Languages

English is the working language of UNEP FI. Knowledge of other United Nations languages is an asset.

No Fee

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