REDD+ and Fiscal Policy Consultant

Finance Initiative
Changing Finance, Financing Change
REDD+ and Fiscal Policy Consultant
United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative
Consultant, REDD+ and Fiscal Policy (UNEP FI)
30 days, beginning 30th January 2015 (with possibility of
22 January 2015
Organizational Setting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system’s designated entity for
addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. 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. The United Nations Environment
Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is a unique partnership between the United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP) and the global financial sector.
UNEP FI works with over 230 banks, insurers and investment firms to understand the impacts of environmental,
social and governance issues on financial performance and sustainable development. Through its Industry
Commissions, Thematic Groups and Regional Task Forces, UNEP FI carries out its mission to identify, promote,
and realise the adoption of best environmental and sustainability practice at all levels of financial institution
Duties and Responsibilities
In line with the Work Programme delivered to the UNEP Finance Initiative's Annual General Meeting, the
consultant will carry out the tasks related to the REDD+ and Sustainable Land Use workstream of UNEP FI. The
Consultant will report directly to the Programme Officer, REDD+ and Sustainable Land Use, and will operate
under the direction of the Head and Deputy Head of UNEP FI. The consultant will focus on examining the
complementarity of fiscal instruments in the agriculture sector and REDD+ as well as the implications of fiscal
policy instruments on investment decisions contributing to deforestation and forest degradation in Indonesia,
Ecuador and Ghana.
Finance Initiative Unit, Economics and Trade Branch, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics
15 Chemin des Anemones, 1219 Chatelaine, Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: (+41 22) 917 8178 Fax: (+41 22) 7969240 Email: [email protected]
Specifically the Consultant will perform the following tasks:
Review existing work on fiscal policies and REDD+ carried out in Ecuador, Ghana and Indonesia and
consolidate the findings of initial work carried by UNEP FI on fiscal policies and REDD+ in Ecuador,
Ghana and Indonesia and develop a succinct policy brief about possible avenues for enhancing the
complementarity of fiscal instruments in the agriculture sector with REDD+ objectives.
Conduct interview with at least 10 experts from the public and private sectors in Ecuador, Ghana and
Indonesia to validate the findings of the research
Research and identify success stories of REDD+ countries addressing perverse incentives that can be
highlighted as role models for other REDD+ countries.
Work with the UNEP FI programme officer to develop the initial findings into a Powerpoint slide deck
(no more than 50 slides) outlining initial findings.
Incorporate feedback and next steps into slide deck of findings
Performs other duties as assigned.
Professionalism: Knowledge of project development and planning; Excellent coordination, organization and
planning skills, with the ability to work under pressure; Focus on impact and results; Conscientious and efficient
in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Shows persistence when faced with difficult
problems or challenges; Demonstrates thoroughness and looks for ways to improve and promote quality and
applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality; Manages competing demands
and changes approach or methods to suit the situation.
Planning and Organizing: Ability to identify priority activities and assignments, handle multiple activities
and projects concurrently and make necessary adjustments as required; Ability to foresee risks and allow for
contingencies when planning; Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority
activities and assignments; Uses time efficiently; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops
alternative solutions and is objective even when dealing with stressful situations.
Teamwork: Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic
environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; Ability to lead and gain assistance and cooperation of
others in a team endeavor; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts
success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives;
Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
Education: Master’s Degree in one or several of the following areas: business administration, environmental
studies, economics, management, finance, or sustainable development.
Experience: At least eight years working experience in any of the following areas: business administration,
environmental studies, management, finance, and sustainable development. Knowledge of REDD+ and the UNREDD Programme and/or private sector experience is considered a strong advantage.
Languages: Fluency in English is required for this position.
Other Skills: Have knowledge of the dynamics related to deforestation and forest degradation in developing
countries as well as expertise in reviewing fiscal policy instruments in the agriculture sector.
Knowledge of REDD+ and other landscape-level initiatives will be considered a strong advantage.
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If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your CV and a Cover Letter in English to
recruitment[at] by the closing day mentioned above. Only short-listed candidates will be
Please ensure that you attach your cover letter as a separate document, rather than in the e-mail body.
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