Programme Management Officer

Panama City, Panama 🇵🇦

Special Notice

Appointment against this position is 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.

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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations 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 Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) 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 the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (in Panama). Under the supervision of the Regional Technical Advisors on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) in the Regional Offices, and in close consultation with the REDD+ Economics Advisor of UNEP, the incumbent will perform the following duties:


1. Provide assistance and guidance to catalyze large scale private investment in national emission reduction units;

2. Support countries interested in integrating the private sector within funding proposals to the Green Climate Fund;

3. Support capacity building and capital investment to achieve zero deforestation commodity production and trade;

4. Work with the colleagues in the region to carry out assessments of private financial flows to activities that drive forest loss;

5. Liaise with national REDD+ focal points, colleagues in the regional offices, and other relevant stakeholders on issues related to private sector engagement in REDD+;

6. Ensure the dissemination in the region of materials produced by the UNEP and UN-REDD private sector engagement teams;

7. Identify and track national and regional follow-up actions on priorities for private sector engagement in REDD+ and coordinate the delivery of such activities;

8. Provide substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc. related to private sector engagement in REDD+, including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparing documents and presentations, etc.

9. Participate in or lead field missions to conceptualize support to developing countries on private sector policies related to REDD+ and sustainable land use, and provide guidance on the topic, as required, to external consultants, government officials and other relevant stakeholders;

10. Perform any other relevant duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of REDD+, the global forest and climate change debate and the possible role of the private sector within it; knowledge and understanding of the private sector in general and the finance sector in particular; Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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.

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.

TEAMWORK: For this position, the team is the wider UN-REDD Programme team working on knowledge management, so it involves staff from FAO, UNDP, and UNITAR as well as UNEP. 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) in environmental economics, economics, business administration, finance, international relations or related field. A first-level university degree plus two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in environmental economics, economics, business administration, finance, international relations or related field is required of which two must be on REDD+ and sustainable land use. Experience in the private sector is an asset


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English required. Knowledge of Spanish is highly desirable. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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