Costa Rica nationals: Programme Analyst (Sustainable Environment)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

San José, Costa Rica 🇨🇷


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On May 2021, Costa Rica entered as the 38th country in accessing the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OCDE), which entails more stringent international standards for the country but also an opportunity to position Costa Rica as a member country which showcases how climate action and the pursue of effective gender equality and social cohesion in developing settings are powerful tools for a green and inclusive recovery to the socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19 and to accelerate the achievement of the Agenda 2030. This creates a unique opportunity for the CO in terms of becoming the partner of choice to accompany the country in developing an actionable narrative for these sustainable development aims.

The Costa Rica CO is entering into a new era of programming and implementing development interventions financed by several vertical funds. It is the first time that the CO access the GCF and it does it by programming the largest project ever to be implemented by UNDP in Costa Rica (USD 54,1 M). The CO is also programming the largest intervention to be funded by the GEF in the country (USD 21 M for three projects, including two on international waters) and its implementation will take place under the NGO modality, an implementing modality that has never been used for GEF full-scale projects by the CO. This unprecedented resource mobilization requires a CO business model which enables proper management of the increased risks associated to implementing these funds. Implementing this USD 75 M along 2022-2025 will require stronger capacities for technical oversight and monitoring of stricter social and environmental safeguards, as well as for ensuring the proper quality assurance of the procurement and hiring to be made by the NGOs.

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the ARR and RR, the Programme Analyst is responsible for management of the UNDP programme in Sustainable Environment areas (Nature, Climate, Energy, Sustainable Livelihoods/Green Employment, Sustainable Development Finance and Disaster Risk Reduction). The Programme Analyst analyzes political, social, and economic trends and leads formulation, management, and evaluation of programme activities programmatic leadership of the Sustainable Environment programmes as well as technical, quality assurance and support the Assistant Resident Representative with business development and resource mobilization.

The Programme Analyst supervises and leads programme support staff, coordinates activities of the projects’ staff. The Programme Analyst works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, programme staff in other UN Agencies, UNDP HQs staff and Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UNDP programme implementation.

Position Purpose:

Provide a brief, one paragraph summary of the position’s key objectives, contributions, and scope of responsibilities to serve as an introduction to the Key Duties and Accountabilities: The key results have an impact on the success of country programme within specific areas of cooperation. In particular, the key results have an impact on the design, operation and programming of activities, creation of strategic partnerships as well as reaching resource mobilization targets.

Duties and ResponsibilitiesEnsures implementation of programme strategies focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Thorough analysis and research of the political, social, and economic situation in the country and preparation of substantive inputs to CCA, UNSDCF, CPD, CPAP and other documents.
  • Identification of areas for support and interventions within the thematic/sectoral areas assigned (Nature, Climate, Energy, Sustainable Livelihoods/Green Employment, Sustainable Development Finance, Water and Oceans, and Disaster Risk Reduction) aiming at reducing poverty and inequality.
  • Contribution to integrate gender equality concerns in all strategic planning documents including CPD, Office Annual workplans.
  • CO business processes mapping and preparation of the content of internal Standard Operating Procedures in Results Managemen

Ensures effective management of the CO programme within the thematic/sectoral areas assigned focusing on quality control from formulation to implementation of the country programme achieving the  following results

  • Provide technical oversight to vertical fund projects in strict compliance with OAI audit reports, exit notes and recommendations and ensuring portfolio execution is conducted in adherence to procedures in the POPP.
  • Effective application of RBM tools, establishment of management targets (BSC) and monitoring achievement of results.
  • Design and formulation of CO programme within the area of responsibility, translating UNDP’s priorities into local interventions. Coordination of programme implementation with the executing agencies. Introduction of performance indicators/ success criteria, cost recovery, targets, and milestones.
  • Ensure the use of the enablers of the UNDP Strategic Plan (strategic innovation, digitalization, and development finance) across the portfolio and seeks to co-programme development interventions with other CO clusters/areas.
  • Initiation of a project, presentation of the project to PAC, finalization of contribution agreement; determination of required revisions; coordination of the mandatory and budget re-phasing exercises, closure of projects through review. Programme Analyst can perform functions of Manager Level 1 in Atlas for POs and vouchers approval, participates in recruitment processes for projects.
  • Financial and substantive monitoring and evaluation of the projects, identification of operational and financial problems, development of solutions. Participation in audit of NIM projects.
  • Follow up on audit recommendations. All exceptions are timely reported.

Aggregate reports are regularly prepared on activities, outputs, and outcomes. Preparation of donor reports.

Ensures creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy in cooperation with the Management Support and Business Development Team   focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Development of partnerships with the UN Agencies, IFI’s, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society in the specific thematic areas based on strategic goals of UNDP, country needs and donors’ priorities. Leads the UN Technical 
  • Inter-agency Team on Environment and Climate Change and seeks synergies with other UN teams, including the Gender Interagency Group.
  • Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for initiation of new projects, active contribution to the overall office effort in resource mobilization.
  • Develop partnerships and close liaison with national decision-makers of vertical funds (GEF, GCF) and public fund allocation of projects.

Ensures provision of top-quality advisory services and facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Facilitation of collaborative action processes related with thematic areas assigned.
  • Support integration of the SDGs within programme interventions and interagency work.
  • Identification of sources of information related to policy-driven issues. Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to programme country policy goals.
  • Support to development of policies and institutions that will address the country problems and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners.
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Organization of trainings for the operations/ projects staff on programme issues.

Ensures the leading of the NCE cluster team:

  • The Programme Analyst will supervise, and lead programme support staff.
  • Lead the Project Specialists/Coordinators
  • Provide oversight to UNDP vertical fund projects executed by implementing partners. This includes regular visits to project sites, developing and implementing risk management plans and assurance plans, ensuring compliance with UNDP procedures, as well as audit and spot-check recommendations.

Core Competencies

Achieve Results:

LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking

Learn Continuously

LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning

Adapt with Agility

LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process

Act with Determination

LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously

Engage and Partner

LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion

LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making

Technical Competencies: 

Business Management

Results-based Management

Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results

Business Managemen

Partnerships Management

Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies

Business Management


Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals

Business Management

Portfolio management

Ability to select, prioritise and control the organization’s programmes and projects, in line with its strategic objectives and capacity; ability to balance the implementation of change initiatives and the maintenance of business-as-usual, while optimising return on investment


Resource Mobilization

Ability to identify funding sources, match funding needs (programmes/projects/initiatives) with funding opportunities, and establish a plan to meet funding requirements


Relationship Management

Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding

2030 Agenda: Planet

Nature, Climate and Energy

Climate Change Adaptation: Embedding adaptation into development policy/planning/decision making

Required Skills and Experience 


  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences, Social/Natural Sciences or related field is required.


  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing management advisory services, hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems.
  • Experience in terrestrial and/ or marine biodiversity conservation, natural resource management, chemical management or climate change project implementation with vertical funds is strongly desirable.
  • Experience in providing advisory services related to environmental economics interventions with the public sector is strongly desirable.
  • Experience in workshop and/or participatory processes facilitation is strongly desirable.
  • Experience in technical or scientific editing, proofreading and/or writing of documents is strongly desirable.  Experience in leading/managing a team.
  • Experience in gender mainstreaming is required.
  • Experience in crisis management and recovery strongly desirable.
  • Strong understanding of results-based monitoring is an asset.
  • Experience working in the UN System or international organization is an asset.
  • Language requirements: Fluency in English and Spanish.

Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period. 


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