Policy Analyst (Natural Resources Management for Sustainable Development)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

New York, NY, United States 🇺🇸

The UNDP Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the achievement of UNDP’s Strategic Plan.  BPPS staff provides technical advice to UNDP Country Offices, advocates for UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogues, South-South and Triangular cooperation initiatives, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas. BPPS ensures that issues of risk are fully integrated into UNDP’s development programmes. The Bureau also 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 support for natural resources management and nationally-owned sustainable development pathways includes the following areas:
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Nature is critical to our own wellbeing and a sustainable future and provides the ecosystem services that underpin development and sustain our lives, including water, clean air, fertile soil, food, medicine, and spiritual and cultural wealth. Healthy ecosystems also help to buffer the adverse impacts of climate change and natural disasters from which the world’s marginalized communities suffer disproportionately. These services are particularly critical for many of the 700 million women and men living in or vulnerable to poverty who directly rely on natural resources for their livelihoods. Sustaining ecosystems services and biodiversity represents an essential pillar of the world’s efforts to achieve the SDGs. Smart investments in and effective management of natural resources contribute directly to all of the SDGs, The BPPS Sustainable Development Cluster oversees the work of the Global Environmental Finance Unit and Environment and Natural Capital Team, which represents the equivalent of approximately USD 640 million of programme delivery per annum. This work is aligned with UNDP’s Strategic Plan and corporate strategies on Ecosystems and Biodiversity, Oceans and Water Governance, Climate Change, and Energy.
  • Extractive Industries. Non-renewable natural resources such as metals, minerals, oil & gas, (extractive industries)–, also contribute to sustainable development in numerous ways, including by generating revenues that governments can invest in development and by catalyzing economic development and job creation through the investments made in the sector. However, many countries are unable to fully realize the benefits from their natural wealth. UNDP supports countries to reduce the risks and realize the benefits of resource extraction—contributing towards inclusive and sustainable development. UNDP’s ‘Strategy for Supporting Sustainable and Equitable Management of the Extractive Sector for Human Development’ guides the organization’s portfolio of country, regional and global level extractives projects and programmes.
The Policy Analyst, is responsible for supporting the development of UNDP policy advice and technical expertise, advocacy, relationship building and knowledge in the area of managing natural resources for sustainable development, including ensuring sustainable development outcomes from extractive industries as well as financing strategies, mechanisms and integrated tools that are critical for protecting biodiversity and promoting sustainable development. The Analyst will also work on promoting renewable and sustainable service sectors (e.g. sustainable agriculture, bio-trade and sustainable tourism). S/he supports the delivery of quality policy services to teams across BPPS, UNDP’s Regional Hubs, Country Offices and Global Policy Centers, in addition to supporting the advancement of the UNDP’s credibility in the thematic area. S/he is responsible for supporting the following:
  • Policy Research and Development; 
  • Policy Advice/ Programme and Project Delivery Support; 
  • Policy Positioning and Advocacy;
  • Partnerships and Resource Mobilization; 
  • Knowledge Management. 
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Policy Research and Development: 
Provide research support for the purpose of producing relevant analysis and guidance on emerging NRM issues of global significance; 
Conduct data analysis, case evidence and research findings to distill relevant lessons in support of NRM for SD policy and strategy development;
Draft applicable documents and prepare presentations to support the development of NRM for SD policy initiatives for different contexts on key emerging policy agendas;
Perform data analysis to identify potential new NRM research areas for commissioning including through the Global Policy Centers and focusing on demands and gaps at the country level; and
Provide relevant input to the team by analyzing data to support the quality assurance of NRM for SD policy services and foster policy innovation in the specific thematic area to enhance programme delivery.
2. Policy Advice/ Programme and Project Delivery Support:
Undertake research as necessary to enable provision of strategic policy advice to countries via UNDP Country Offices in order to support design of programmes and projects that responds to country needs and priorities on natural resource management for the SDGs; 
Support effective delivery of strategic global and regional projects in the area of natural resource management for sustainable development, including sector initiative in renewable and sustainable services sectors (e.g. agriculture, bio-trade and tourism) a extractive industry initiatives and cross-cutting efforts in the areas of biodiversity and sustainable finance; 
Support development and management of rosters of experts on natural resource management, including an existing UNDP roster of extractive industry experts;
Under guidance of supervisor, coordinate organization and conduct of policy events hosted or co-hosted by UNDP.
3. Policy Positioning and Advocacy:
Contribute to develop , and manage strategic relationships with UN entities, governments, civil society, private sector and other relevant actors in order to position UNDP and influence the global agenda in the area of natural resources for  sustainable development;
Draft briefings and speeches for senior management;
Prepare analysis and materials to support advocating the importance of the thematic area in various fora, including academia and civil society, with a view to deepen related political commitment and related reforms; and
Support the team’s engagement in interagency coordination in relevant policy areas by providing research insight in specific thematic area.
4. Partnerships and Resource Mobilization: 
Support the team in developing analysis and materials to aid the engagement with global partners;
Provide inputs and compile relevant data related to strategic UNDP global partnerships in the thematic area, including to fulfill corporate and donor reporting, advocacy and information-sharing requirements (in coordination with other teams and BERA as required); 
Support in the mobilization of strategic global relationships and partnerships with the private sector, including relevant industry associations and initiatives as well as with individual companies, in close coordination with BERA and the BPPS private sector team; and
Provide research and written materials to support the formulation of partnership strategies with UN and external partner institutions, including governments, private sector, academia, NGOs, and CSOs.
5. Knowledge Management:
Support keeping an up-to-date library of knowledge related to the thematic area, at the global, cross-regional or region-specific level  and proactively share documents with team members and respond to their specific requests for information;  
Support the development and management of content for the web based knowledge platforms managed by the team;
Under guidance of supervisor, coordinate organization and conduct of knowledge sharing events; and
Perform knowledge extraction, analysis, documentation, codification of results/lessons learned in the specific thematic area, to support knowledge management in the thematic area.
Corporate competencies:
  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
  • Ability to persuade others to follow.
People Management:
  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.
  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.
  • Ability to get things done.
Natural Resources Management, inclduingExtractive Industries Management:
  • Knowledge of NRM concepts, principles and policies and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
Sustainable Development:
  • Knowledge of sustainable development concepts, principles and issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
  • Ability to research, discover trends, and make recommendations pertaining to a particular topic.
  • Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships. 
Knowledge Management:
  • Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.
Social Cohesion:
  • Knowledge of methods and experience of supporting communities to achieve greater inclusiveness, more civic participation and creating opportunities for upward mobility.
Project and Programme Management:
  • Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.
Report and Brief Writing: 
  • Ability to prepare quality reports and briefs.
Required Skills and Experience
  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in natural capital/environment, development economics, business administration, social sciences or related disciplines.
  • 2 years of professional work experience delivering relevant work programmes in the area of natural resource management and as this relates to the three pillars of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental;
  • Experience working in developing country settings is an asset.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English, both written and oral. 
  • Working knowledge of another UN language will be desirable.

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