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Vacancy code VA/2012/B5004/1202
Position title Senior Policy Advisor – REDD+
Level ICS-12
Department/office NAO, UNDG
Duty station Jakarta, Indonesia
Contract type Fixed Term
Contract level P5
Duration 1 year initially, with potential for extension
Application period 21-Sep-2012 to 11-Oct-2012
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
This vacancy is closed.
Background Information - UNOPS

“UNOPS plays a critical role in providing management services for our life-saving, peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. I have seen many examples of how these activities help suffering people in troubled parts of the world.”
-Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General

UNOPS mission is to expand the capacity of the UN system and its partners to implement peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations that matter for people in need.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, UNOPS vision is to always satisfy partners with management services that meet world-class standards of quality, speed and cost effectiveness.

By assisting UN organizations, international financial institutions, governments and other development partners, UNOPS makes significant, tangible contributions to results on the ground.

UNOPS employs more than 6000 personnel and on behalf of its partners creates thousands more work opportunities in local communities. With its headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, a network of five regional offices and a further 20 operations and project centres, UNOPS oversees activities in more than 80 countries.

UNOPS is committed to achieving a truly diverse workforce.
Background Information - NAO

North America Regional Office

The UNOPS North America Regional Office provides services that help implement projects for a range of partners, and support operations run by the UNOPS Mine Action Cluster, Small Grants Cluster and Development Group Cluster. In addition, the office serves as a liaison between UNOPS headquarters and its Executive Board, which supports and supervises UNOPS activities globally.
Background Information - Development Group Cluster

Development Group Cluster

The UNOPS Development Group Cluster is based in the North America Office and supports a diverse and complex portfolio including partners such as the United Nations Development Programme (the Bureau for Development Policy, the Human Development Report Office, and the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation), the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Capital Development Fund, the United Nations Secretariat and a broadening community of primarily New York-based UN partners in the delivery of project management, implementation and administration services.

Background Information - Job-specific

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) is an effort to create a financial value for the carbon stored in forests, offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon paths to sustainable development. “REDD+” goes beyond deforestation and forest degradation, and includes the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks.

The UN Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID) was established under a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the United Nations System and the Republic of Indonesia in September 2011. UNORCID has a comprehensive mandate to support the Government of Indonesia and numerous stakeholders in implementing Indonesia’s REDD+ and related priorities.  

The incumbent will be responsible for high quality technical advice on all REDD+ related issues to numerous stakeholders through UNORCID.

Specific tasks and responsibilities are further detailed below.


Indonesia is one of the world’s largest emitters of CO2, largely from “agriculture, forestry and other land use.”  Over the past five years, Indonesia’s annual deforestation rate has averaged around 1 million hectares, which contributes a significant amount to Indonesia’s emissions. As Indonesia continues to develop, its total GHG emissions are expected to rise to 2.95 Gt by 2020 in a business-as-usual scenario (BAU). Peat and emissions related to LULUCF (Land Use, Land-use Change and Forestry) are by far the largest contributors to Indonesia’s current and expected future emissions under the business-as-usual scenario. They also represent the largest opportunities to abate emissions. Indonesia could achieve substantial GHG abatement by focusing efforts on just LULUCF and peat.  Because the average cost of emission reductions in Indonesia is relatively low compared to most developed country options, underwriting abatement opportunities in Indonesia should be economically appealing to developed countries. 

On May 26, 2010 the governments of Indonesia and the Kingdom of Norway signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) to establish a Partnership for REDD+ to tackle greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest and peat land degradation. As part of the partnership, Norway will provide up to USD 1 billion to Indonesia’s REDD+ efforts. Management of the partnership has been entrusted to a National REDD+ Task Force, which was established by Presidential Decree No.19 in September 2010 and further reconstituted by Presidential Decree No.15 in September 2011.

Following the establishment of the National REDD+ Task Force, the Government of Indonesia requested the UN Secretary General to consider establishing appropriate institutional structures in Indonesia to support the National REDD+ Task Force and other allied actors, both government and civil society in view of the enormity and complexity of the task. The Secretary General responded positively to the request and following high level inter-agency negotiations coordinated by the Chair of the UN Development Group, an MoU was signed between the United Nations System and the Government of Indonesia in September 2011 to establish the UN Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID) with a comprehensive mandate to support the Government of Indonesia and numerous stakeholders in implementing Indonesia’s REDD+ and related priorities. Following the signing of the MoU between the UN System and Indonesia, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO,  UNOPS, UNODC, ILO and FAO have joined as additional parties to the MoU. At this time, UN Women, UNIDO and several other UN Agencies are also actively considering their joining the MoU.

UNORCID has a finite life-span that, unless renewed by mutual agreement between the parties to the MoU, expires in September 2015. Based in the UNORCID Head Office in Jakarta, Indonesia, the Senior Policy Advisor, REDD+ will work in close collaboration with the UN System, Government of Indonesia and relevant civil society stakeholders both in the public and the private sectors to advance the REDD+ agenda.

The UN-REDD Programme

In response to the COP13 decision and requests from countries and donors, FAO, UNDP, and UNEP developed the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD Programme).  The UN-REDD Programme consists of two sets of activities: i) National Programmes which are UN joint programmes between the three agencies to assist developing countries prepare and implement national REDD+ strategies and mechanisms; ii) Global Programme to support country actions and provide the international community with confidence and understanding of the technical and social aspects of a post-2012 REDD+ mechanism.  A Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) is administered by the UNDP MDTF Office.  A UN-REDD Strategy 2011-2015 has been approved by the Policy Board, the governing body of the Programme.  An inter-agency secretariat has been established in Geneva to enhance the coordination of the Programme’s delivery by the three agencies. 
UNDP leads three of the six work areas set out in the UN-REDD Strategy: (i) National Governance; (ii) Stakeholder Engagement; and (iii) Transparent, Equitable and Accountable Management of REDD+ Funds.  UNDP’s involvement is led by the Environment and Energy Group (EEG), Bureau for Development Policy (BDP).  EEG coordinates country-level activities with the Regional Bureaux, working closely with the UN Resident Coordinators and Country Offices.  The EEG REDD+ team can support the REDD+ initiatives of the regions and country offices and provide quality assurance on a full cost-recovery basis.

The UN-REDD Programme and the EEG REDD+ team collaborate closely with the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF); the Forest Investment Programme (FIP) of the Carbon Investment Funds (CIF) of the World Bank; and other multilateral, bilateral and private sector REDD+ initiatives.
Functional Responsibilities

Consistent with UNDP’s work areas under the UN-REDD Strategy, the Senior Policy Advisor (SPA) REDD+ will provide the following functions:

  • Policy advice and strategic support;
  • Capacity development and innovation;
  • Quality assurance and accountability;
  • Delivery of results and impacts
  • Help build synergies between UN-REDD Programme and the National REDD+ Programme in Indonesia.
 The key results expected from the SPA are:

1. Provide Policy and Strategic Advice (25%)
 - Support the Government of Indonesia (GoI) efforts to ensure a coordinated response across the UN System, donor governments, the GoI and other partners for the implementation of REDD+ priorities at the national, provincial, district and sub-district levels
 - Work with the GoI in developing a strategy for a single and shared framework for implementing the REDD+ Programme in Indonesia
 -  Develop structured platforms for coordinated and coherent REDD+ related climate change mitigation and adaptation sstrategies.
Key Result:  UNORCID is widely recognized for its quality advice and contribution to the implementation of the REDD+ Programme in Indonesia.

2. Delivery of Results and Impacts (25%)
 - Effective delivery of results and impacts through high quality strategic oversight and implementation support including technical support, monitoring, troubleshooting, evaluation, reporting, and dissemination of results and impacts.
 - Analysis and synthesis of results and experience into guidelines, programming kits, training and other knowledge products
 - Effective establishment of strong links with the GoI, UN System, donor governments, and other partners
 - High-level contribution to the design, strategy, practices, and full establishment of UNORCID
Key Result:  UNORCID widely recognized for its ability to efficiently deliver timely and responsive high quality, strategic, cutting-edge, results and impacts.

3. Capacity Development and Innovation (20%)
 - Support to enhance the capacity of national and local institutions in planning, monitoring and implementing REDD+ activities to achieve equitable and sustainable development
 - Contribute UNDP’s expertise related to the strengthening of governance, social inclusion and capacity development, with particular reference to UNDP’s work under the UN-REDD “Support to National REDD+ Actions – global programme”
 - Develop high-level dialogue, aligned vision, engagement, and coordination with international REDD+ partners, private sector, innovative researchers and leaders
 - Develop other strategic opportunities for UNORCID to support relevant stakeholders
Key Result:  (i) UNORCID contributes to measureable changes in institutional performance, stability and adaptability in Indonesia; (ii) UNORCID work is on the cutting edge of current knowledge and thinking on REDD+.

4. Quality Assurance and Accountability (20%)
 - Support UNORCID’s REDD+ quality assurance, in-line with UNDP’s  other REDD+ work
 - Ensure the UN Systems’ best practice for REDD+ on environmental & social sustainability and accountability mechanism are applied
 - Support the development of GoI’s social safeguards, through the application of UN-REDD principles, criteria, guidelines and experience
 - Assist the GoI develop effective and sustainable systems for stakeholder engagement that are consistent with UN-REDD guidelines, including operating the principle of Free, Prior, Informed Consent
 - Assist the GoI develop its Safeguard Information System
 - Ensure the integration of equity and gender considerations
Key Result:  UNORCID’s support to Indonesia is recognized as meeting best practice social and environmental standards.  UNORCID is duly accountable for the social and environmental impacts of its work.

5. Help build synergies between UN-REDD Programme and the National REDD+ Programme in Indonesia (10%)
 - Provide policy and technical advisory support to national counterparts  and ccoordinate with FAO and UNEP counterparts to ensure UN-REDD inputs are integrated into the national REDD+ Programme as appropriate
 - Coordinatee with the REDD+ focal points in all UN Agencies that are parties to the UNORCID MoU
Key Result
:  Enhanced synergies between the UN-REDD Programme and the National REDD+ Programme in Indonesia.
The results of the work of the SPA impact directly on the standing and reputation of UNORCID and the UN System globally as effective and trustworthy partners on all issues associated with REDD+.  The knowledge, skills, networks, and decisions of the SPA will determine whether or not UNORCID is effective in assisting Indonesia to participate in a future UNFCCC REDD+ mechanism and use REDD+ financing to achieve transformational change and development outcomes.

UNORCID is expected to enhance the standing and reputation of the UN System in the country through the provision of quality and strategic advice to the National REDD+ Programme that will ensure the achievement of the United Nations’ country pprogramme outcomes on Climate Change mitigation and adaptation to the extent they relate to activities foreseen in its mandate. The results will also serve as significant inputs to the UN’s climate change mitigation work on greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest and peat land degradation at the regional and global level.

Given the highly complex technical and political nature of REDD+ and the fact that it cuts across many development issues, the position of SPA requires a complex combination of advanced technical, managerial, policy, strategic, networking, and leadership skills together with a full understanding of the complexity of development, climate change, and forest and land use issues, policies and negotiations, all at the local and global levels. 
Functional Competencies
The SPA must have:
 - Proven knowledge and detailed understanding of the concept of REDD+, from the perspectives of multiple stakeholders
 - Established reputation in international climate change and land use policy, preferably with strong existing connections to the GoI, donor countries, the UN System, international REDD+ partners, private sector, innovative researchers and leaders
 - Excellent ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with leaders from a diverse array of sectors and countries
 - Strong leadership qualities and expertise in formulating innovative, results-based approaches
 - Demonstrated ability to provide nationally-relevant policy advice to high-level decision-makers
 - Demonstrated capacity to work effectively in matrix-managed, multi-disciplinary teams and to operate effectively in a highly complex organizational context
 - Demonstrated ability to develop and implement innovative forest conservation/sustainable-use strategies in developing countries
 - Proven track record of innovation and business development in the area of REDD+
 - Excellent drafting ability and communication skills, both oral and written; ability to defend and explain difficult and complex issues with respect to key decisions and positions to staff, senior officials and members of legislative and oversight bodies.
 - Excellent presentation skills.
Corporate Competencies
 - Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN values and ethical standards;
 - Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
 - Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
 - Treats all people fairly without favouritism.
 - Demonstrated integrity, ability to stand by the decisions that are in the Organization’s interest and resist undue pressure in decision-making
Education/Experience/Language requirements

Master’s degree in environmental policy, law, natural resource management, or environmental economics. A first level university degree with a combination of equivalent relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced university degree.

 - 10 years or more of progressively responsible relevant leadership and management in the field of development, climate change, and forest and land use, with an emphasis on strategy development and building networks to support and implement strategies in complex and contested arenas
 - 2 years of International leadership experience with a REDD+ initiative
 - Previous work experience in Indonesia is highly desirable
 - Experience in working with UNDP, FAO, UNEP or other UNORCID partner UN agency is highly desirable.

Excellent command of written and spoken English is essential; working level proficiency in Bahasa Indonesia would be desirable.
Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: FIXED TERM
Contract level: P5
Contract duration: 1 year initially, with potential for extension

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Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level below the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  
This vacancy is closed.