Job Opening

Posting Title: Energy Efficiency Finance Consultant
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 07 February 2017 - 16 February 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-United Nations Environment Programme-74279-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The overall objective of this assignment is to assist UN Environment and its Finance Initiative in the productive policy/finance dialogue developed so far with the European Commission, and to be further developed at country level, raise the visibility of energy efficiency and its financing on the international agenda, through awareness raising on the actual barriers and existing/developing good practices, and mobilization of financial actors, implying an active involvement and engagement with parties.

The consultant will help produce the expected deliverables under the 2017 work plan of the G20 energy efficiency finance task group, as well as co-convene the European policy/finance dialogue on the topic, and develop regional activities.

This work on energy efficiency finance is at the crossroads of climate change, and positive impact investment, two pillars of the Finance Initiative’s work. It shall bring value to members of the Finance Initiative, by associating them most efficiently, providing them knowledge, and enabling the dialogue between policy and finance, needed to lead to increased financial flows.

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Expected duration

The duration of this contract is 12 months, starting ASAP.

Duties and Responsibilities

United Nations Environment 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 United Nations Environment 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 Consultant will report to both, the Energy, Climate, and Technology Branch and the Finance Initiative.

The Energy, Climate, and Technology Branch supports developing countries to improve energy efficiency and increase use of renewable energy as part of their effort to achieve low-carbon and climate resilient development pathways. It does so by providing guidance on sound policy, technology and investment choices and thereby assists countries to reduce emissions and drive sustainable development. With its team of experts and a network of partners, it supports the deployment and scaling up of cutting-edge clean energy technologies, and removal of financial and other barriers to renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The Finance Initiative is the global partnership created in 1992 at the Rio Earth Summit, between UN Environment and the private financial sector, on sustainable finance. Its 200+ members include actors from all financial subsectors, i.e. in banking, investment, and insurance.

The consultant is needed to perform tasks of organizational, analytical, and communication nature, for the energy efficiency finance work, with a focus on issues for buildings and industry/SMEs, in close cooperation with UN Environment Finance Initiative team, and under the supervision of the Special Advisor Long-Term Finance & Energy Efficiency and overall direction of the Head of UN Environment Finance Initiative.

The overall objective of this assignment is to assist UN Environment Finance Initiative expand and deepen the work successfully initiated on energy efficiency finance.

In the context of the Finance Initiative’s engagement in the G20 energy efficiency finance task group, the consultant will support the private finance component of the 2017 work plan and further developments. The consultant will assist on the implementation of activities, engage with financial institutions and contribute to the identification and promotion of best practices of energy efficiency finance, available tools and the work aiming to enhance private financial flows for energy efficiency. The consultant will support the organization of a Policy-Industry Dialogue focusing on energy efficiency finance expected to take place in Brazil during the summer of 2017.

All this will contribute to the achievement of UN Environment Finance Initiative’s goals and targets, in particular through the ongoing and active reaching out of members on the topic of energy efficiency, informing them on developing activities, raising their awareness and interest on what is most relevant to them, in close coordination with regional coordinators and other subsector colleagues of the Finance Initiative. Understanding where the financial institutions stand, the barriers they have encountered so far, and the conditions identified to do more is also part of the scope covered in the activities with members. The consultant’s mission will also comprise support on coordination with partners, and assist in general project activities, support activities.

Contacts for potential funding of additional work on energy efficiency finance will be under the main responsibility of the consultant, supervised by the Special Advisor on Long-Term and Energy Efficiency Finance.

Qualifications/special skills

Competency: General knowledge of economics, finance, sustainable development, and energy/climate challenges. Strong ability to proactively seek and identify relevant lessons and case studies, when contacting financial institutions, and hearing about their current practice. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence and flexibility when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Capacity to meet short-term deadlines, and deliver superior mobilization, when needed, in particular given the high-level international involvement.

Skills: • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly, concisely and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify perceptions, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates proactivity and openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

• Group coordination and mobilization: a prior experience working with an international network of members would be a real plus.

Mostly required here: to be very proactive and dynamic, to conduct productive direct engagement with financial institutions, or during meetings (participation in finance events, Finance Initiative’s events, or others in the context of the policy/finance dialogue), have a good sale ability, pragmatism, a lot of energy and good reactivity, with a deep motivation for the topic and project, a high capacity to communicate and connect well with others, while understanding the general context of the financing activities discussed.

Perseverance might sometimes be needed to overcome initial barriers, reach out to parties, raise their interest in a space crowded with initiatives, and convince them of the importance of the topic and of their support.

• Planning & Organizing: given the multiple groups of actors to approach, and geographies, good organization skills are absolutely required, to develop clear action plans consistent with agreed strategies, identify priority activities, and adjust them as required. The consultant will proactively follow up, and allocate appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresee risks and allow for contingencies when planning; monitor and adjust plans and actions as necessary; use time efficiently. Consider outputs achieved according to effectively delivery, as opposed to the amount of time given to tasks.

The consultant shall be able to develop work with a certain autonomy, when his/her reporting line is on mission, or involved in frequent presentations, meetings, events, etc.

Academic Qualifications: Advanced University degree (Masters or equivalent) in Economics or Finance. A first level university degree in combination with five years of experience in sustainable development, energy, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: A minimum of five years in a relevant field of work, preferably with experience in several aspects of sustainability, energy, environment, climate, to facilitate exchange and understanding with targeted contacts. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first level university degree recognized by the United Nations.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and oral English is required. French would be a plus, given the extensive work done with France, and with the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, and Energy co-chairing the G20 working group on energy efficiency finance, with whom the Finance Initiative works a lot, given its geographic proximity.

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