North America Regional Office
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.
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.
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.
The UN-REDD Programme inter-agency Secretariat
The UN-REDD Programme Secretariat is located in Geneva, Switzerland and is an inter-agency unit of the three UN-REDD Programme agencies. Among other things, the Secretariat supports the Policy Board by organizing meetings, producing reports and monitoring implementation of Policy Board decisions. It is a central point of contact for the UN-REDD Programme and liaises with other REDD+ initiatives. This includes liaising with existing and potential donors in order to mobilize funds. The Secretariat provides leadership in strategic planning, and the development and management of reporting, monitoring and evaluation frameworks for the Programme, raising awareness of, and championing the UN-REDD Programme and providing vital information to external partners. The Secretariat also facilitates interagency collaboration and communication, to ensure the Programme is implemented effectively. The terms of references for the Secretariat were strengthened in 2012 with a focus of 5 key results:
In particular, the Senior Programme Officer (SPO) will support the Secretariat’s delivery of these key results in relation to UN-REDD National Programmes and other support to the 46 UN-REDD partner countries.
The EEG REDD+ team is responsible for a growing portfolio of $100m. The work is primarily concentrated in the UN-REDD Programme, a collaborative partnership with FAO and UNEP (see below). UNDP is also a Delivery Partner for the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). In addition, the team is responsible for other REDD+ initiatives and ensuring overall quality assurance. The team especially works closely with the UNDP-GEF team to provide guidance on GEF-funded projects related to REDD+ and with the Low Emissions, Climate Resilient Development (LECRD) team to ensure UNDP’s efforts on REDD+ contribute to broader transformational change.
The EGG REDD+ team is a multi-practice initiative, working closely with the Democratic Governance Group (DGG), the Poverty Group, the Capacity Development Group, the Gender Unit and the Civil Society Unit. A team member is currently based in the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre and the team collaborates closely with the DGG Anti-Corruption Programme.
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 functions of the Senior Programme Officer (SPO) are:
The key results expected from the SPA are:
1. Management of inter-agency Quality Assurance of support to countries
Key Result: UN-REDD National Programmes are recognized as models for UN Joint Programmes in terms of coordination, harmonization and innovative mechanisms to ensure the UN Agencies deliver as one.
3. Partnership Development, Dialogue and Advocacy
Key Result: UN-REDD is widely recognized for its ability to drive change in the REDD+ discourse. UN-REDD is a “sought after” partner in supporting national REDD+ strategies.
4. Knowledge, Lessons and Tools Development
Key Result: UN-REDD is widely recognized as a source of cutting edge tools, knowledge and information on the development and implementation of national REDD+ strategies.
5. Programme Development and Resource Mobilization
Key Result: Continued growth in the quality, scope, impact and influence of the UN-REDD’s support to countries.
Impact of Results
The results of the work of the SPO impact directly on the standing and reputation of the UN-REDD Programme and UNDP as effective and trustworthy partners on all issues associated with REDD+. These range from being an effective contributor to countries’ development objectives, to being a trusted partner with other initiatives, through to demonstrating UNDP’s ability to meet the standards associated with delivering climate finance to developing countries. The knowledge, skills, networks, and decisions of the SPO will influence whether or not UNDP is effective in assisting developing countries to participate in a future UNFCCC REDD+ mechanism and use REDD+ financing to achieve transformational change and development outcomes.
The UN-REDD Programme inter-agency Secretariat is expected to enhance the standing and reputation of the participating UN Agencies through the provision of strategic services and enhanced coordination that will ensure the achievement of the UN-REDD Programme’s expected results.
Leadership & Management:
Human Resources Management:
Demonstrated integrity, ability to stand by the decisions that are in the Organization’s interest and resist undue pressure in decision-making.
Portfolio management at the regional or international level, with a track record of mobilizing resources, meeting deadlines and delivery targets.
Experience with multi-lateral or bilateral quality assurance measures and results-based monitoring frameworks for development projects.
Previous experience developing and appraising large-scale, complex ecosystem management projects/programmes in developing countries.
Demonstrable track record of developing networks and effective partnerships.
Experience working with UNDP, FAO, UNEP in delivering results at the national level is highly desirable.
Language Requirements: Excellent command of written and spoken English is essential; Proficiency in either Spanish or French is also required. Knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.