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Job Purpose and Organizational Context
UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.
Within the GPN, the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. BPPS’s staff provides technical advice to Country Offices; advocates for UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogues, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas. BPPS works closely with UNDP’s Crisis Bureau (CB) to support emergency and crisis response. BPPS ensures that issues of risk are fully integrated into UNDP’s development programmes. BPPS assists UNDP and partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results-based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working. BPPS supports UNDP and partners to be more innovative, knowledge and data driven including in its programme support efforts.
UNDP’s 2018-2021 Strategic Plan emphasizes the critical links between environmental sustainability, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and broader efforts to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement. As part of the Global Policy Network in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP’s Nature, Climate and Energy (NCE) Team promotes and scales up integrated whole-of-governance approaches and nature-based solutions that reduce poverty and inequalities, strengthen livelihoods and inclusive growth, mitigate conflict, forced migration and displacement, and promote more resilient governance systems that advance linked peace and security agendas.
The NCE Team works with governments, civil society, and private sector partners to integrate natural capital, environment and climate concerns into national and sector planning and inclusive growth policies; support country obligations under Multilateral Environmental Agreements; and implement the UN’s largest portfolio of in-country programming on environment, climate change, and energy. This multi-billion dollar portfolio encompasses: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services including forests; Sustainable Land Management and Desertification including food and commodity systems; Water and Ocean Governance including SIDS; Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation; Renewable and Modern Energy; Extractive Industries; Chemicals and Waste Management; Environmental Governance and Green/Circular Economy and SCP approaches. This work advances crosscutting themes on innovative finance, digital transformation, capacity development, human rights, gender equality, health, technology, and South-South learning.
In addition to UNDP’s bilateral partnerships on natural capital, environment and climate, UNDP is an accredited multilateral implementing agency of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Multilateral Fund (MLF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) which includes the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund (GEF Trust Fund); the Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund (NPIF); the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF); and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF)). As part of UNDP’s partnership with these vertical funds, UNDP provides countries specialized integrated technical services for eligibility assessment, programme formulation, capacity development, policy advice, technical assistance, training and technology transfer, mobilization of co-financing, implementation oversight, results management and evaluation, performance-based payments and knowledge management services.
In Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), UNDP recognizes that the growing risks and impacts of climate change and the accompanying loss of ecosystem services requires the region to urgently invest in a new green development paradigm. Based within UNDP’s Bureau of Development Policy and the Global NCE team, the LAC regional NCE team helps countries make green, low emission and climate resilient development not only possible, but also economically attractive. To achieve this, the LAC NCE team works closely with UNDP country offices, the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (RBLAC) and Governments in the 33 countries of the region to help countries develop and implement programmes and projects which advance their capacity to put in place the right mix of regulatory and financial incentives, remove institutional and policy barriers, and create enabling environments that attract and drive private sector investment into green development.
The LAC NCE team assist partner countries to develop and implement programmes and projects that combine and sequence resources from a wide range of global environment and climate funds, financial mechanisms, and instruments including, but not limited to: the GEF managed family of vertical funds such as the GEF Trust Fund, the Special Climate Change Fund, and the Least Developed Countries Fund; the Adaptation Fund; the Clean Development Mechanism, Joint Implementation, voluntary carbon markets and other innovative sources of carbon, climate, and ecosystem finance, as well as a variety of multilateral, bilateral, national, sub-national and private sector sources.
The LAC NCE team operates out of the UNDP Regional Hub for Latin America and the Caribbean based in Panama. As such, its coordinates closely its activities with UNDP´s RBLAC based in the UNDP New York Headquarters, the Regional Hub Management and the Global BPPS/NCE Directorate. The LAC NCE team consists of a Regional Team Leader overseeing the work of Regional Technical Advisers, Policy Specialists, Programme Associates (PA), Financial Associates (MPSU) and outsourced consultants distributed across technical units covering the different technical areas of work relevant to the NCE operations in LAC (including all of those mentioned above).
The Programme Analyst will work under the direct supervision of the LAC Regional Team Leader and will directly support him and the LAC NCE team as needed to deliver timely and effectively on the NCE business plan as well as corporate priorities in close coordination with the NCE Global Directorate, the Regional Hub Management and the RBLAC. The functions of the Programme Analyst will be heavily focused on providing efficient monitoring and evaluation support as well as ensuring close follow-up to compliance requirements. The Programme Analyst will also support planning, coordination and communication efforts of the LAC NCE team.
Duties and Responsibilities
Regional portfolio management and monitoring
- Undertake analyses of data and information, compiling comprehensive syntheses, reports, charts, tables, graphs, presentations, etc. as required.
- Prepare relevant background materials, briefing notes, presentations, monitoring reports, and/or talking points synthesizing relevant LAC work as requested by the LAC Regional Team Leader in a well-organized, visual and timely manner.
- Locate and obtain data and information as required by the LAC Regional Team Leader and organize, monitor and maintain such data in files, databases, etc. as appropriate.
- Substantively review and critically analyze key documents to ensure all briefs and presentations are complete and accurate.
- Track action items for the LAC Regional Team Leader, the Global Directorate, the Regional Hub Management and the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean and ensure follow-up.
- Track and keep record of all SOPs relevant to the work of the LAC NCE team
- Coordinate and organize the Pre-Investment Screening Committee for new project ideas as per existing SoPs
- Monitor status of Mid Term Reviews, Terminal Evaluation, project closure and extension requests. Work actively with relevant PAs and RTAs to address delays and contingency plans
- Monitor and keep track of project start-up time. Support and supervise management actions with relevant PAs and RTAs
- Reviews and monitors information provided by the MPSU on project delivery status. Prepare visual analysis of delivery status
- Supports the recruitment process and the development of ToRs of new staff and outsourced consultants in close coordination with the Hub Management, the NCE Global Directorate and the Human Resources Office.
- Undertake preparations of regional and global retreats as needed including supervising logistical needs.
- Supports the coordination of inputs for regional reporting and planning exercises such as CPD, ROAR, IWP and other relevant regional and country planning, reporting and programming processes
- Prepares relevant material to support inter-agency work in the region as well as regional foras and events. Follows- up on requests and participate in regional meetings as requested
- Facilitate the coordination with other UNDP teams to achieve synergy and integration where possible with the Regional Hub´s thematic clusters (inclusive growth, gender equality, governance, disaster risk reduction and healt.
- Communicate and incorporate the result and impact of the regional programme into UNDP’s overall results framework;
- Undertake specific ad-hoc assignments as requested by the LAC Regional Team Leader UNDP of a substantive nature under his guidance
Strategic planning and overall programme coordination
- Actively supports the development and the revision of the UNDP LAC NCE business plan actively identifying business opportunities and priorities, reflecting relevant portfolio data as required, coordinating and incorporating the various inputs received from the LAC NCE sub-technical teams and incorporating the observation and comments from the NCE Directorate. Monitor the implementation of the LAC NCE business plan
- Assist the LAC NCE Team Leader with relevant portfolio data and regional analysis to support the development and update of the UNDP LAC offer and programme strategy
- Participate in country portfolio discussions and follows-up on task-team established to ensure proper country programme coordination and strategies to support project delivery.
- Lead on regional progress management and tracking exercises ensuring full compliance with the reporting requirements of the RBLAC and the NCE Directorate by deliver on time planning and progress reports, reviewing them for quality assurance, incorporating the various inputs received from all technical teams.
- Coordinate with the Regional Hub on the preparation of annual budgets for the regional engagement facility. Monitor and keep track of disbursements.
- Monitor and systematize the performance indicators set up by the NCE directorate and the RBLAC and provide suggestions and guidance to the NCE LAC Regional Team Leader on the improvement of performance indicators;
- Backstop the LAC Regional Team Leader while he is on mission by liaising with staff, preparing and sending materials, managing updates to his schedule, etc.
- Organize meetings, including planning and logistics as needed and in coordination with the Regional Team Leader.
- Maintain NCE records, files, and documents as needed and in line with established deadlines.
- Intercept and route incoming corporarte communications and requests to the Regional Team Leader, monitoring responses and ensuring timely follow-up.
- Participate in UNDP meetings, prepare meeting minutes, report back to the Regional Team Leader and follow up on research issues as needed.
- Provide the LAC Regional Team Leader UNDP-GEF with other support as needed in carrying out the day-to-day activities of the LAC NCE Unit
Risk management and Compliance
- Lead regular risk assessment in the LAC NCE portfolio using existing corporate tools and systems developed by UNDP and NCE directorate, identifying risks related to the overall performance of the portfolio, UNDP and donor policies and providing inidcations to the Regional Team Leader on the risk management actions;
- Review the risk mitigation action plan of the NCE team. Monitor the implementation of mitigation actions for high risk projects and report the result to the Regional Team Leader. Communicate the risks and responses with NCE directorate in line with the risk management guideline and as requested by the Regional Team Leader;
- Supervise and monitor status of risk projects using the risk dashboard
- Monitor regular reviews of compliance of the LAC NCE portfolio with the social and environmental safeguard policies (SESP) in close coordination with regional adviser supporting SESP work in LAC , summarize the experiences and lessons learned, and identify the necessary actions for improvement in coordination with relevant technical teams;
- Supervise and support the preparation of briefing notes for HQs when risk alerts are triggered
- Learn from identified cases with safeguard problems and communicate with the Regional Team Leader to avoid the same issues.
- Actively coordinate and participate in regional and national training exercises as required
- Provide information as required and as appropriate, to internal and external parties.
- Maintain informal communication channels and networks with other Programme Assistants, Programme Associates within the NCE team as well as the broader GPN network and other contacts close to key partners to facilitate communication and access.
- Keep track and record of all publications produced by the Panama based LAC NCE team as well as relevant global publications
- Draft and coordinate inputs to the preparation of publications the LAC NCE team, the Regional Hub, the RBLAC and global Directorate publications, including regional newsletters
- Liaise and coordinate with RBLAC and NCE Directorate based communication specialists on the preparation of relevant material
- Act as the LAC NCE team´s focal point for guidance on UNDP and Vertical Funds programming and project cycle management policies.
- Manage and coordinate communications with authors and designers of Regional publications as needed
- Keep track and prepare ToRs for new publication as requested
- Organize printing and distribution of material as needed.
- Ability to make new and useful ideas work
- Ability to persuade others to follow
- Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
- Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
- Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
- Knowledge of climate finance concepts and instruments and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations
Poverty and Human Development
- Knowledge of poverty, human development and inclusive and sustainable growth issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations
Brief & Speech Writing
- Ability to prepare quality briefs and/or speeches
Data Analysis and Visualization
- Ability to evaluate, transform and model data to derive relevant findings- undertake & provide analysis of data to assess Org performance and or global trends
- Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results
- Ability to prepare quality reports
Monitoring and Evaluation
- Knowledge of methodologies, asessment tools, systems and apply practical experience in planning, monitoring, evaluating and reporting and ability to apply to practical situations
Required Skills and Experience
- Master's degree in social policy, public policy, politics, economics, environment, development studies or a related area.
- Minimum of 2 years of work experience, with increasing independence, in an environmental field in an international organization.
- Pre-existing knowledge of the UN and UNDP Rules and Regulations, organizational structures, and tools such as Atlas, would be a great asset.
- Strong analytical skills.
- Experience in monitoring and evaluation of programme and projects
- Expert Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint skills, familiarity with e-presentation and tools for visual data analysis.
- Ability to operate with on-line web-based applications and digital tools.
- Excellent drafting, presentation and communication skills, both oral and written
- Proficiency in English and Spanish.
- Working knowledge of other UN language desirable
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