Community of Practice Development - Consultant
United Nations
PANAMA CITY
hace 3 días

1. Purpose.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading 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 UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean Office (ROLAC), located in Panama City, works closely with the 33 countries of the region and.

its activities are integrated into the Medium Term Strategy and the Programme of Work approved by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).

According to the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2021 Global Risk Report, Climate Change is classified as a catastrophic risk, considering this the most impactful risk and the second most likely long-term risk.

WEF 2021) . The lack of action will result in global temperatures rising by more than 3 C, and the world economy could shrink by 18% in the next 30 years.

At the same time, significant economies could lose roughly 10% of Gross domestic product (GDP) in 30 years (Swiss RE, 2021) .

In particular, according to the Global Commission on Adaptation, climate events are the greatest threat to development gains in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region.

Given LAC climate change vulnerabilities, the region is prone to climate-related natural disasters, such as tropical storms, floods, droughts, fires, among other consequences.

Climate-related natural disasters have occurred more frequently in recent decades with a significant bearing on the population and the economy.

Climate effects are expected to be increasingly severe and frequent. Therefore, the region also suffers even larger economic losses and social impacts that will accelerate and accumulate over time.

By 2050, it is estimated that 17 million people (2.6% of the total population) could be displaced, and 2.6% of GDP could be lost due to climate events.

This adds to the 1.7% of GDP already lost to climate-related disasters over the past two decades (equivalent to USD$11 billion in economic damage per year) .

Suppose the current trend in temperature increase continues ( 3 C). In that case, the six largest economies in the region (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru) could lose on average up to 17% of GDP by mid-century .

The immense magnitude of estimated economic losses due to climate-related risks, along with the rapid materialization of those losses and how nonlinear some of the climate change impacts are, affect not only LAC macroeconomic stability of national economies, but also the financial stability of the financial sector and, therefore, the most relevant activities of central banks, financial regulators and others critical financial market participants, such as insurance companies.

Considering this context, financial actors across the financial sector indisputably recognize unmitigated climate change rises to the level of financial systemic risk, with high-impact and high-probability of occurrence.

Many leading initiatives by central banks and other private financial actors are already underway with more under development - on embedding climate-change data into financial decision-making.

Although the financial sector is becoming aware of the risks and challenges of climate change, attempts to incorporate climate-related risks, as a systemic risk, into risk management are in a very early stage in LAC, given the lack of knowledge, tools, and capacities available in the financial sector related to map climate-related risks onto their portfolios and quantify the financial impact of climate change, added to the absence of regulatory demands.

A recent survey, conducted by UNEP and the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), among 78 LAC financial institutions, which together hold 54% of the total assets managed by the region's banking sector, revealed that only 38% incorporate climate-change guidelines in their strategy and operations, and only 24% have a policy on climate risk evaluation and disclosure .

  • Central banks and financial regulators and supervisors in the LAC region are also becoming aware of the implications of climate change for macroeconomic and financial stability;
  • however, attempts to incorporate climate-related risks into regulatory frameworks have also stalled given the difficulties of modeling climate change and its financial impacts.

    Central banks and financial regulators and supervisors have started to collect the data necessary to assess climate-related risks through engaging with scientists, climate economists and climate local modelers.

    However, central banks and financial regulators and supervisors should not wait until achieving a modelling approach that precisely assess climate effects or the exact future course of these risks in the economy and the financial system to halt action today.

    The current cost of climate-related risks to the LAC countries’ economies and their financial systems, and these risks are only intensifying over time, is too big for financial regulators to wait.

    Given the complex nature of these risks, a significant level of uncertainty will persist. Therefore, it will be crucial to make progress, even if it is initially not perfect, to safeguard the financial system from these risks and prepare the financial institutions for the opportunities that come along with the transition towards a low-emission and climate-resilient economy.

    To reduce the barriers that the financial actors in the 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean are currently facing to implement the needed strategic approach to address climate-related financial risks, UNEP LAC Office and United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) will launch a Community of Practice (hereinafter CoP).

    The CoP will promote open discussion, build capacity, and share knowledge and best practices between financial actors across the financial system to encourage a deeper understanding of the implications of climate-related risks for the LAC economies and their financial systems, and how in practice the financial sector can take immediate action against these risks.

    Such a platform will reinforce the case for an urgent, ambitious, and coordinated action between policymakers, central banks, financial regulators and supervisors, and financial entities.

    The CoP aims to help users to :

  • further deepen the knowledge about climate change as a source of financial instability;
  • discuss global and regional insights on how to better identify, measure, manage, disclosure, and report climate-related risks (best practices);
  • discover climate-risk management and mitigation strategies from government officials, central banks, and financial entity executives;
  • identify and discuss potential practical solutions to address climate financial risks;
  • assess the response to regulatory and disclosure frameworks that strengthen the resilience of the financial system to climate-related risks and discuss the standardization of disclosure practices;
  • hear about the decision-relevant climate data and how put climate models and scenarios to practical use to mitigate and manage climate-related financial risks and identify current limitations;
  • learn about innovative technological solutions to inform decision-making process related to climate risks;
  • create a sense of coordinated action and cooperation and explore public-private sector partnerships to combat climate risks.
  • network with policymakers, central banks and financial regulators and supervisors representatives, financial entity C-level executives, business leaders, climate data providers, scientifics, and academia, addressing the key issues around climate-related risks through high-level regional forum, a series of technical panel conversations, workshops, and roundtables.
  • In this sense, the Climate Change unit is looking for hiring a Community of Practice Development Consultant who will be supervised by the Programme Management Officer for Climate Finance within the Climate Change Unit at UNEP’s ROLAC Office and will work from home.

    Qualifications / special skills

    Academic Qualifications :

  • Masters degree in systems engineering, computer science, communications, graphic design, social sciences or similar;
  • Experience :

  • Work experience of at least 7 years of professional experience working on different aspects of high-level communications such as media relations, content production, community of practice management, UX / UI design, and social media management, required;
  • Experience in the creation of visual identities, advertising campaigns and communication strategies development.
  • Experience in projects of the size of this project;
  • Excellent ability to communicate both written and spoken, and to work in a team;
  • Language :

  • Fluent in Spanish and English both written and spoken.
  • Skills :

  • Proven experience in using Wordpress, required;
  • Proven experience in UI / UX design,(desirable);
  • Proven experience in DevOps, (desirable);
  • Proven experience in front-end, back-end, and full-stack development, required;
  • Proven experience in knowledge management within an international organization, required;
  • Proven experience in working in community / networks,(desirable);
  • Proven experience in the methodological design of workshops and / or communities of practice using participatory methodologies of joint learning, application of surveys and / or analytical work on climate change, required;
  • Proven experience in organizing and managing online and in-person events, workshops, webinars, including developing presentations, required;
  • Proven work experience in Latin American and Caribbean region, required;
  • Proven work experience in creating and managing online platforms (required);
  • Experience with international organizations or with UN (desirable).
  • Proven ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines, and to deliver in a timely manner within cost and quality standards.
  • Experience working with financial sector, desirable.
  • 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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