Programme Management Officer (Forest Affairs)

United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFFS)

New York, NY, United States 🇺🇸

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This vacancy is subject to availability of post. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat (UNFFS), Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The Programme Management Officer, Forest Affairs will work under the overall guidance of the Director of the UNFFS and the direct supervision of the Senior Forest Policy Officer.
The UNFFS provides leadership in promoting the implementation of sustainable forest management of all types of forests at all levels, including the achievement of the Global objectives on Forests, and the effective implementation of the UN Forest Instrument. The UNFFS also contributes to the implementation, follow up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including its forest-related Sustainable Development Goals and targets. It provides substantive secretariat support to the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF). The UNFF is composed of all Member States of the United Nations and specialized agencies. More information on UNFF and the UNFFS can be found from


Within delegated authority, the Programme Management Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

•Participates in the formulation, development, implementation and management of policies on forest biodiversity, climate change and desertification related to sustainable forest management and capacity development programmes/projects etc; monitors and analyses programme; project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow up actions
•Researches, analyses and presents information gathered from divers sources on energy, water, food security, hunger and other subjects related to sustainable forest management
•Assists in policy development in relation to forests and biodiversity, climate change and desertification analysis, including the review and analysis of new and emerging issues and trends, preparation of impact evaluation or equivalent studies etc.
•Undertakes outreach activities; conducts expert group meetings, training workshops, seminars, etc; makes presentations on assigned subjects/topics
•Participates in international, regional and national meetings to collect information and hold discussions with colleagues in other institutions
•Prepares various written outputs, e.g draft policy recommendations, background papers and briefing notes, speeches and presentations, reports and studies, inputs to publications etc.
•Assists in monitoring the achievement of the forest related Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 UN Development Agenda
•Assists in the development and drafting of policy recommendations pertaining to forest monitoring, assessment and reporting and assist in identifying indicators to facilitate reporting to the UNFF on implementation of the UN Forest Instrument and its Global Objectives on Forests
•Provides support and organization of UNFF’s intergovernmental meetings; prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies
•Performs other duties as required, including a variety of administrative and budgetary tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work


•Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of sustainable forest management issues, policy analysis, and related monitoring, assessment and reporting frameworks the national and international levels . Knowledge of relevant institutional mandates, policies and guidelines including those of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests. Understanding of the political environment and the programmes and activities of the UN system in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

•Planning and 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.

•Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in forest economics, forest policy/sciences, environmental, natural resources management or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, policy-oriented work in a broad range of forests and sustainable development issues is required. Three years of work experience in a forests/environment related international organization on issues related to monitoring, assessment and reporting is required. Experience in development and implementation of policies and measures furthering sustainable forest management in an international organization is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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