UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) – Implementation Guidance Coordinator Principles for Responsible Banking

  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / YEAR
  • Job type:
    CONTRACTOR
  • Posted:
    2 months ago
  • Category:
    Climate and Disaster Resilience, Economics, Environment and Natural Resources
  • Deadline:
    10/01/2024

JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Opening
Job Opening ID: 224691
Job Network : Economic, Social and Development
Job Family : ENV
Category and Level : Consultants, CON
Duty Station : GENEVA
Department/Office : United Nations Environment Programme
Date Posted : Dec 27, 2023
Deadline : Jan 10, 2024

Result of Service
The Implementation Guidance Coordinator will provide assistance in the following project/tasks:

• Update the guidance document on climate adaptation that will be used by banks having identified adaptation as a significant impact area by focusing on sectors and/or impact level target setting
• Provide practical support to banks working in the area of climate adaptation.
• Update existing guidance on PRB assurance
• Lead on the PR framework review process, a key strategic process to maintain the effectiveness of the framework
• Develop guidance documents for the delivery of target implementation as pre-defined by the PRB 2030 process on topics like transition planning, client engagement or integrated target setting
• Work with Banking Team colleagues and regional Coordinators on other PRB capacity building priorities, e.g. on adaptation or nature
• Close coordination with the Banking Team and Regional Coordinators to ensure consistency and streamlined delivery of support at global and regional levels
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 requires an Implementation Guidance Coordinator to deliver implementation support to PRB signatories in areas including target setting for different impact areas (specifically focusing on environmental topics such as climate mitigation and adaptation, nature and biodiversity, pollution, amongst others), developing guidance on topics like client engagement, setting practice targets or addressing interlinkages, developing and updating/ refining existing guidance documents, as well as daily implementation support for PRB signatories to strengthen their progress on implementing the Principles, and other tasks that may be required.

Objectives:

UNEP FI requires an Implementation support coordinator to work in tandem with subject matter experts, key stakeholders and Signatory banks to deliver

• individual implementation support to PRB signatories
• development of PRB guidance documents (including updating and refining existing guidance, e.g. on adaptation and assurance, as well as developing new guidance on topics like client engagement, setting practice targets or addressing interlinkages

Specific tasks and responsibilities:

The consultant will provide assistance in the following project/tasks:

• Update the guidance document on climate adaptation that will be used by banks having identified adaptation as a significant impact area by focusing on sectors and/or impact level target setting
• Provide practical support to banks working in the area of climate adaptation
• Update existing guidance on PRB assurance
• Lead on the PR framework review process, a key strategic process to maintain the effectiveness of the framework
• Develop guidance documents for the delivery of target implementation as pre-defined by the PRB 2030 process on topics like transition planning, client engagement or integrated target setting
• Work with Banking Team colleagues and regional Coordinators on other PRB capacity building priorities, e.g. on adaptation or nature
• Close coordination with the Banking Team and Regional Coordinators to ensure consistency and streamlined delivery of support at global and regional levels

Outputs and Deliverables
• One or several guidance documents on one or several of the PRB 2030 milestones (to be defined, potential topics could be transition planning, client engagement, practice target setting, integrated target setting)
• An updated guidance document on climate adaptation
• An updated guidance document on assurance
• Monthly meetings with a small group of PRB signatory banks to deliver practical guidance on setting environmental targets
• Daily, upon request implementation support calls for queries related to PRB implementation
• A series of workshops and webinars, including peer learning sessions (with a focus on environmental topics), to facilitate learning and capacity building for strengthening PRB banks progress in implementing the Principles

The consultant shall be under the overall supervision of the Head UNEP FI and will be reporting directly to the Programme Officer responsible for Banking. Will also work closely with UNEP FI thematic leads and regional coordinators.
Qualifications/special skills
Education: Master’s degree in the following areas: environmental or sustainability studies, economics, business administration, marketing/communications, business development; geography; International relations, administration or finance studies. A First degree could be taken in lieu of advanced degree provided the selected candidate has 7 years of relevant experience.

Professional Experience: At least 5 years of professional experience and expertise in sustainable banking or sustainable finance. At least 2 years of professional experience in the field of environmental impact areas (e.g. climate, biodiversity, resource efficiency & circularity). At least 2 years of professional experience in stakeholder engagement and management and/or project management.
Languages
Languages: Fluent in English, as this is UNEP FI’s working language. Beyond English, fluency in other languages, especially other official UN languages, is highly desirable.

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