Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Events and capacity building assistant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 21 March 2023 - 27 March 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-United Nations Environment Programme-205015-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Through these services the Initiative will be able to engage a broad range of financial institutions, including commercial banks, asset managers, insurers, and multi-lateral development banks and agencies in implementing global finance sector principles to catalyze integration of sustainability into financial market practice. The frameworks UNEP FI is supporting implementation include Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB) now committed to by more than 250 banks collectively holding USD 53 trillion in assets, or one third of the global banking sector, and the Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI), established 2012 by UNEP FI and today applied by one-quarter of the world’s insurers (25% of world premium).

UNEP FI offers several events and capacity building activities to help implement these initiatives throughout the year, including in person and virtual conferences, webinars and capacity building workshops.

The services will also help promote sustainability into all aspects of the financial sector’s operations and services. Finally, the services will help the Initiative to broaden its outreach both within UNEP / UN and external to banks, insurers and investors, governments, regulators, private sector and multi-stakeholders, including supporting institutions.

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 450 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.

UNEP FI needs a consultant to work on their events, capacity building activities and related communications requirements, including trainings, virtual events and webinars, and currently does not have the relevant professional expertise internally to carry out the stated tasks as shown below.

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

• Assist with the planning and delivery of UNEP FI’s Regional and Global Roundtables and webinars in 2022/2023.
• Coordinate event registrations speakers, invitations, briefs and related content
• Coordinate event programmes and materials/presentations with UNEP FI secretariat
• Wider knowledge management to support the implementation of initiatives such as the Principles for Responsible Banking through capacity building workshops.
• Assist with the coordination of regional capacity building/project delivery /peer exchange/technical assistance materials, workshop content across Africa & Middle East, Latin America & Caribbean and Asia Pacific to ensure quality and consistency in content and style
• Provide technical assistance on event platforms such as BrightTalk and WebEx during live and test webinars and events
• Assist with outreach to media on key projects and events
• Update and assist management of UNEP FI’s website with particular emphasis on content for events and webinars
• Assist with the management and production of content for social media channels in coordination with communications colleagues and other UNEP FI secretariat
• Assist with the production of ad hoc mailings advertising events
• Assist with production of web and social media analysis
• Assist with the production of event summaries

Outputs and Deliverables:

• Assist with delivery of 4 Regional Roundtables and biweekly webinars in 2022/24.
o Asia Pacific – 24-25 May
o Africa and Middle East – 14-16 June
o Europe 12-14 September
o Latin America and Caribbean – November

• Assist with and implement communications campaigns around UNEP FI’s events and webinars in 2022/2023, including but not limited to email campaigns, social media and partner outreach
• Gather statistics and feedback after each event and webinar and produce event summaries
• Events and workshops held for capacity building/peer exchanges/technical assistance, project delivery materials, workshop content across multiple regions to ensure consistency in content and style

The consultant shall be under the overall supervision of the Head of UNEP FI and report directly to the Programme Management Officer, UNEP FI. The consultant will with closely with colleagues in communications, digital and events.

Qualifications/special skills

Education: A Master’s degree in communications, marketing, PR, media, international relations, business, event management, Administration, public relations or a related field. A First degree could be taken in lieu of advanced degree provided the selected candidate has 5 years of relevant experience.

Professional Experience: At least 3 year’s working experience in communications, PR, or marketing. Up-to-date proficiency with communications best practices, including digital communications particularly social media. Experience in using webinar and online meeting platforms, online content management systems (ideally Wordpress), social media packages such as Hootsuite and Canva.

Skills & Knowledge: Excellent oral and written communications skills, strong interpersonal skills and ability to organize engaging webinars and events; 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 online audiences. The consultant is expected to support the secretariat in delivering engaging events and implementing related communications strategies. The consultant should have the ability to establish and maintain good working relations in a multicultural and geographically dispersed environment across teams. A hands-on, pragmatic approach is desirable.


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

No Fee


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