Programme Management Officer

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Geneva, , CH

Org. Setting and Reporting

The UN 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. UNEP’s Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. This post is located in UNEP’s Freshwater, Land and Climate Branch and part of the Land Use Finance Unit as well as the Terrestrial Ecosystem Unit, within the Ecosystems Division, at the Geneva duty station. The incumbent will report to the Head, Land Use Finance Unit and will perform the following functions:


Programme Planning and Coordination:

1. Lead on business and finance-related aspects of the Land Use finance facilities that UN Environment has set up or is involved with, with the aim to ensure financial additionality is achieved.
2. Oversee Global Environment Facility (GEF) projects related to commodities and taking deforestation out of commodity supply chains.
3. Provide substantive support to the UN-REDD Programme on business and finance-related outputs of the programme.

Policy Analysis:

1. Provide expert advice on programmatic and policy issues related to financing the shift towards sustainable, deforestation-free food and commodity systems.
2. Analyse the potential for common approaches among several UN Environment projects and initiatives to work according to solid, underlying business models in the context of sustainable commodity financing, carbon markets and REDD+.

Project Development and Programme Implementation:

1. Ensure GEF projects related to The Restoration Initiative (TRI) and the Good Growth Partnership (GGP) are successfully implemented. Ensure that project interim and terminal reporting and evaluation requirements are met.
2. Contribute to finance facilities that UN Environment is involved in, from a programme management perspective, identifying and securing relevant partnerships and establishing solid governance structures.
3. Gather information from stakeholders (e.g., partner countries, UN agencies, civil society), and analyse their need for integration into the Land Use Finance Programme or the UN-REDD Programme.
4. Review, lead and/or analyze project proposals for suitability with programme objectives related to the Land Use Finance Unit and the UN-REDD Programme.

Advisory, Liaison and Representational Work:

1. Analyse and review specific projects or investment opportunities within the Land Use Finance Programme, and in the context of emerging carbon/REDD+ markets that are considered for investment by partner finance institutions and agribusinesses that UN Environment is working with, from a sound financial additionality perspective and in the context of the specific environmental, social and commodity specifics.

2. Provide substantive backstopping to national and regional-level work of UN Environment in the development of projects and programmes that directly and indirectly promote a shift to a more sustainable commodities and ecosystem resilience, including in relation to several private finance facilities that UN Environment is involved in through the Land Use Finance Programme.

3. Identify options to mainstream sustainable finance of agricultural commodities and forests through relevant initiatives such as UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) but also through financial regulatory bodies.

4. Represent UN Environment in country missions and in discussions with technical counterparts in Governments, private sector institutions, and other partner organizations;

5. Provide management support to the implementation of partnerships with donors.

Reports and Administration:

1. Research and analyse information from diverse sources and organize and prepare written outputs, e.g., draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports, studies, and inputs to publications, etc.

2. Provide input to and development of budget and work elements for the work programme of the unit.


PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter in the area of sustainable finance; sustainable landscape investments; and sustainable agricultural economics; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Ability to develop strategies and empower others to accomplish objectives and solve problems.

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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

PLANNING & ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in sustainable finance, economics, business analytics, environment or agricultural economics; or related discipline, or the equivalent combination of education and experience in a relevant field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of professional working experience relating to finance and the environment, including at least three (3) at the international level is required.
Proven technical skill in the area of Finance and Economics, including but not limited to, Financial Valuation, Financial Risk Management, Environmental Economic Theories and Econometrics is desired.
Work experience in financial risk management and quantitative finance will be an advantage.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in written and oral English is required. Exceptional writing, presentation and communication skills is desirable. Knowledge of French or Spanish is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This is a project post. This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by Him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. 1. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided.

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