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Consultant: State of Finance for Nature Coordinator
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Consultancy
Closing soon: 24 May 2022
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Job Description

Result of Service

- High quality State of Finance for Nature 2022 report produced and contribute to making SFN a global, authorative resource on financing nature-based solutions.
- Partnership/consortium of SFN managed and enlarged by inviting other relevant international organisations/think tanks/universities to become part of this consortium.
- Successfully engage with the consultants/organization that are leading the data analysis and drafting, including through weekly meetings, editing, drafting and quality control.
- Report to donors about deliverables met with regards to this novel strategy of the Climate Finance Unit.
- Contribute to high quality communication and knowledge management products (including the online SFN hub) by working closely with the CFU Lead Communication & Knowledge Management.
- Review and outline options to continuously improve the methodology underlying the data and analysis of the State of Finance for Nature.

Work Location

Geneva

Expected duration

12 months with effect from 1 July 2022

Duties and Responsibilities

UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that 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. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UNEP's Ecosystem Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

The loss of forest, and the accompanying loss of ecosystems and the services they provide, threatens the security and livelihoods of local communities, reduces access to clean water, decreases soil productivity and accounts for 12 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. In recent years, it has become apparent that the most significant threat to the world’s remaining forests is conversion for commercial agriculture – whether from large-scale operations or smallholder farmers – as well as other non-forest use. Many of the environmental benefits of intact forest are unpriced ‘externalities’, resulting in the market mispricing natural forest assets. By converting forest to land and then producing tradeable commodities that the market can price, land users are able to take advantage of this perceived arbitrage opportunity. Anticipated global economic growth and changing diets will strengthen the demand for agricultural commodities and place additional pressure on forests in the foreseeable future, meaning that the pressure will get even bigger than it is today without a changing paradigm how land is managed and agricultural commodities are produced. The challenge is to advance sustainable land use by developing business models that can manage sustainable commodity production while also maintaining forests and forest ecosystem services.

Against that background, UNEP initiated a new Climate Finance Unit that seeks to actively unlock and (re)direct public and private capital towards sustainable land use, including deforestation-free soft commodity production that lead to ‘net zero, nature positive’ impacts on the environment and improves rural livelihoods. Initially CFU focused on developing and supporting a number of (blended) finance facilities and business incubators as concrete solutions to unlock private finance for ‘net zero, nature positive’ land use practices. More recently, CFU is advancing the normative work through a number of strategies, including by tracking public and private finance through the ‘State of Finance for Nature’ (regarded as a flagship report by UNEP). The objective is to establish the ‘State of Finance for Nature’ series as a global initiative and authorative source of data and information to track public and private investment going towards nature-based solutions that governments can use to inform public policy and for businesses including financial institutions to be stimulated to scale up investment in assets and activities that constitute nature-based solutions. Against this background, UNEP’s Climate Finance Unit is seeking an experienced and motivated professional to help shape, enlarge and improve the State of Finance for Nature.

Under the supervision of the Head, Climate Finance Unit and in direct collaboration with Lead Communication and Knowledge Management as well as the Project Manager of the Climate Finance Unit, he/she will lead this novel area of work.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

- Report and production: Lead the development and production of the 2022 State of Finance for Nature (SFN) report as well as any country-related briefings or other derivative reports/products.

- Data analysis: Coordinate with the consultants/organistion who are carrying out the data analysis and drafting of the SFN report, including weekly calls, setting milestones, editing, reviews, and quality assurance.

- Continuously improve the methodology by which data from a variety of sources of extracted and used as well as methodologies to quantify investment needs related to nature-based solutions. In addition, engage with organisations who can help to improve the accuracy of data on nature-based solutions to ensure that the underlying that is being used progressively has lower uncertainty ranges (e.g. OECD)

- Management: Coordinate with existing consortium members, including WEF and ELD/GIZ about the State of Finance for Nature

- Partnership building: Identify other international/multilateral organisations who could be invited to join the consortium that was originally formed by UNEP, WEF and the ELD/GIZ to build growing momentum and authority for SFN to become the de-facto lead source of data and information on financing nature-based solutions.

- Engage with the Lead Communication & Knowledge Management of CFU to ensure that high quality communication and knowledge management products are produced that can increase the uptake and exposure of this work. Also ensure that the online SFN hub is continuously improved by working in close coordination with the CFU Lead on Communication & Knowledge Management.

- Support engagement with donors who are funding the State of Finance for Nature work (whether the global report, country-related analysis and/or communication) in close coordination with the Chief, Climate Finance Unit.

- Identify opportunities to further extent and expand the scope of the State of Finance for Nature series, including through country-related analysis, briefings for the G7, G20 or otherwise.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: The consultant should have a Masters’ Degree in natural resource management, international development, economics or finance
Experience: Seven (7) years of professional experience working on nature or climate analytics, partnership building, preferably in areas related to finance, agriculture, forestry or marine environment is required.

In addition, it would be an asset if the consultant has an excellent network think tanks, NGOs and (consulting) companies, as well as a broad network with international organizations.

S/he should be autonomous and computer literate in standard software applications; have excellent writing and communication skills; good analytical skills with an interest in the topic of sustainable land use and green finance; have good interpersonal skills. Although, he or she will work in a small team, it is essential that the chosen candidate can work in an independent manner to complete the given assignments.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this consulting position, fluency in oral and written English is required.

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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