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Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PANAMA CITY
Posting Period: 06 August 2020 - 19 September 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Programme Management-UNEP-138538-R-Panama City (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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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.

The UNEP/Latin America and the Caribbean Office helps to implement UNEP's programs by initiating, coordinating and catalyzing regional and sub-regional cooperation and action in response to environmental, challenges, opportunities and emergencies. This post is located in the Latin America and the Caribbean Office at the Panama duty station. Under the direct supervision to the Climate Change Coordinator, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:


1. Coordinates the conceptualization, formulation and implementation of a climate-finance related project portfolio in Latin America and the Caribbean within the scope of the UN Environment Programme´s climate change programme of work and strategy for private sector engagement:
•Contributes to the UN Environment Programme's climate change resource mobilization strategy through the identification of climate-finance related projects and development of project proposals based on the expressed needs of countries.
•Jointly develops project proposals focused on the design of financial mechanisms for climate transition across thematic sectorial areas, such as cities, transport, energy and nature-based solutions.
•Liaises with relevant government officials, donors, private sector, UN Agencies, international organizations, and other partners to ensure and strengthen the project design, approval and implementation process.
•Builds strategic and result-oriented partnerships with international, regional, national and local financial institutions, focusing on banks and investors, that operates in Latin American and the Caribbean to enhance enabling frameworks, institutional capacities and instruments for climate change finance and investment.
•Identifies synergies with other ongoing initiatives and platforms within UN Environment Programme and develops and maintains strategic partnerships for the implementation of the climate change programme of work in the region.
•Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects, etc.; monitors and analyzes 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.

2. Provides technical advisory services to governments and strategic partners on climate finance to support the implementation of the UN Environment Programme´s climate change programme of work in the region:
•Assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies to the related areas of work.
•Researches, analyzes and presents information to assist decision-making related to the areas of work
•Prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
•Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
•Participates in or lead field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
•Provides backstopping to the Climate Change Coordinator in carrying out additional technical and policy-relevant tasks as assigned.

3. Supports the Regional Getaway for Technology Transfer and Climate Change Action for Latin America and the Caribbean (REGATTA) Steering Committee as follows:
•Establishes REGATTA and develops of its work, in particular its newly energy sub-group, acting as its co-secretary:
•Coordinates the implementation of the REGATTA's Distributed Solar Generation Finance Programme in Panama and Colombia; develops a detailed implementation plan to be agreed by the Steering Committee; ensures the in-time and in-budget delivery of the Programme´s deliverables, analyses the quality of the programme outputs and coordinates support to improve their quality when necessary; carries out Programme related budgeting, recruitment and contracting activities, and monitors and reports programme progress and performance, informing the Climate Change Coordinator of any significant risks or programme problems and taking action and following up on decisions made;
•Develops partnerships with the banking sector, mainly private, to facilitate the creation of new instruments for financing decentralized solar solutions to power generation.
•Provides backstopping to the Climate Change Coordinator in managing internal and external programme-related communications and interactions between the REGATTA Steering Committee, the UN Environment Programme´s Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Change Unit and country beneficiaries and partners with the aim of responding to queries, providing information and liaising as appropriate.
•Explores opportunities for replication and scalation of the Distributed Solar Generation Finance Programme in the region and develops project proposals for additional resource mobilization.
•Coordinates the construction of the REGATTA´s energy sub-group knowledge platform in Latin America and the Caribbean, including the organization of periodical webinars for representatives of public and private sector and other relevant stakeholders on distributed solar generation.
•Ensures effective promotion and dissemination of the Programme results through REGATTA Platform´s energy sub-group and among relevant stakeholders and identifies needs for knowledge and advisory services and assists in the provision of such services through the REGATTA Platform´s energy sub-group.

4. Performs operations activities:
•Coordinates activities related to budget and funding (project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).

5. Performs other duties as required


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to climate change issues, climate finance trends and climate technologies. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. 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.

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.

PLANNING & 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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) is required with preference in business administration, management, economics, finance or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area is required.
Experience working with financial institutions on climate matters is required.
Experience with fund raising processes involving international agencies, financing institutions, NGOs, government agencies or private sector organizations is desirable.
Experience in analytics, business development and management is desired.
Experience working in the UN system or similar organization on climate change and experience in working with governments in the Latin America and the Caribbean region are desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English and Spanish is required.


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

Special Notice

This position is open for recruitment 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. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. 1. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible
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Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

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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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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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