UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Nature TNFD Internship
Application deadline 26 days ago: Monday 29 Aug 2022 at 23:59 UTCOpen application form
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Org. Setting and Reporting 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.
Located within the UN Environment Division of Economy, the Resources & Markets Branch (UNEP-RMB) seeks to conserve the environment, reduce poverty, and promote sustainable development by enhancing the capacity of governments, businesses, and civil society to integrate environmental considerations into economic, trade, and financial policies and practices in accordance with the partnership and integrated policy-making approaches of sustainable development.
As part of UNEP-RMB, the UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is a unique global partnership between the UNEP and the private financial sector. UNEP FI works closely with over 200 financial institutions that are signatories to the UNEP FI Statements of Environmental Commitment, and a range of partner organizations to develop and promote linkages between the environment, sustainability and financial performance. Through its industry commissions, thematic advisory groups and regional activities, UNEP FI carries out its mission to identify, promote, and realize the adoption of sustainability practice at all levels of financial institution operations.
UNEP FI is a founding partner of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD), alongside UNDP, WWF and Global Canopy and a funding partner to the TNFD (via the GEF project in support of TNFD). It is also a member of the Stewardship group and implementation partner through UNEP FI-led pilot program in support of the TNFD. The TNFD consists of various groups which compose the TNFD Alliance. At the centre up to 35 Taskforce Members, led by the TNFD Co-Chairs (Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and David Craig, former CEO and Founder of Refinitiv). The taskforce members have an estimated US$19,4tn in total assets, a global reach with 16 countries in 5 continents, they include 12 out 22 business sectors most at risk according to the WEF Nature Risk Rising report and have a 45% overlap in membership with the TCFD. The Taskforce is supported by the TNFD Forum, a consultative grouping of institutional supporters which has grown to over 500 members to date. The Taskforce and Forum are managed and coordinated by the TNFD Secretariat, which also convenes and directs a TNFD Knowledge Hub, consists of 16 Knowledge Partners.
UNEP FI executes the WWF-US-implemented GEF-funded project in support of the TFND. The GEF project objective is to support the establishment of TNFD to develop and disseminate a global framework for corporates and financial institutions to assess, manage and report on their dependencies and impacts on nature. The GEF funding, as the multilateral financing instrument of the Convention on Biological Diversity, complements other support to TNFD to provide a framework to report and act on nature-related risks, and also help support the enabling conditions for a shift in financial flows away from nature-negative and toward nature-positive impacts. The project will support development of the TNFD through UNEP FI execution in accordance with the work plan described in the GEF project document and annual approved work plan and budget. As GEF agency, WWF US works with UNEP-FI under Project Steering Committee guidance to adjust the GEF project as needed during implementation to support achievement of the TNFD deliverables. The intern will report to the Nature lead to successfully deliver on all expectations including meticulous and timely financial management, reporting and delivery of milestones. The intern will be supported and supervised by the Project and Technical Manager GEF TNFD project at the Nature team.
The UNEP FI Internship for Nature TNFD is for six (6) months.
The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.
Interns work five days per week (40 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.
Responsibilities The intern will work with the TNFD Project Management Unit (PMU) at the Nature team on the following tasks:
1.Research and content development: - Undertake desktop research on nature and finance-related themes requested and/or suggested by Nature team - Contribute to monthly journal club at the Nature team - Conduct content development and technical works related to his/her own research interest aligning with the nature team’s focus
2.Project management support - Coordinating and preparing quarterly financial reports (QFR) for submission to the WWF-GEF Agency; - Tracking, monitoring progress and deliverables of the SSFAs and contracts with sub-contracted partners including Bankers without Boundaries (BwB), Global Canopy and UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC) and their payments in compliance with contract and agreement terms; - Provide a completed and up to date data from Results Framework and Work Plan Tracking for writing annual Project Progress Report (PPR) for the WWF-GEF Agency; - Provide input and logistical support to annual reflection workshop . - Support setting up admin system for new funding sources and support internal fundraising support; - Coordination of work with PSI; - Support admin management for Nature team.
Competencies Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Client orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Education Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
a. Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); b. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent); c. Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.
Final year undergraduate or master’s degree student in Environmental Studies, Finance, Accounting, other related themes, or recently graduated (candidates are eligible for this position up to one year after the graduation date). The intern must be able to show proof of enrolment or of graduation date if selected for this position. Interns for whom the internship fulfills part of a graduate university accreditation preferred.
Work Experience No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.
Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.
NOTE: "Fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and "Knowledge of" equals a rating of "confident" in two of the four areas.
Assessment Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
Special Notice Your application for this internship must include:
1. A Completed application (Personal History Profile) through the UN careers Portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. In your Personal History Profile (PHP), be sure to include all past work experiences, IT Skills, and three references.
2.Proof of enrollment (click on link to access and attach to your application: http://unon.org/content/internship-programme) List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in using, and Explain why you are the best candidate for the internship and what you hope to gain from the internship.
3. A certified copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated). Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.
Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions.
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