Programme Specialist – REDD+, UNDP


UNDP Environment and Energy Group (EEG) is based in UNDP’s Bureau of Development Policy and is responsible for providing leadership and technical support to delivery of the Environment and Sustainable Development pillar of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. It’s main focus is on helping countries develop the capacity to fully incorporate environmental sustainability into development at national and local, but also global and regional, levels. The principal areas of work are in environmental mainstreaming, environmental finance, adaptation to climate change, and local governance of resources, including energy.

EEG REDD+ and the UN-REDD Programme

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation, as defined by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is referred to as “REDD+”. The work is primarily concentrated in the UN-REDD Programme, a collaborative partnership with FAO and UNEP. In addition, the team is responsible for other REDD+ initiatives and ensuring overall quality assurance. The team especially works closely with the National Communication Support Programme (NCSP), the Low Emissions, Climate Resilient Development (LECRD) team, and UNDP-GEF 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. Support to countries is provided through Regional Technical Advisors (RTAs) based in regional centres,coordinated closely with the Regional Bureaux.

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 (the regional team is part of the Global Programme). A UN-REDD Strategy 2011-2015 has recently been approved by the Policy Board, the governing body of the Programme. 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, as well as collaborating with FAO and UNEP in other work areas such as MRV (measurement, reporting, and verification) and monitoring.
EEG is accountable to the MDTF Office for all UN-REDD funds allocated through UNDP. For National Programme funds, EEG delegates authority to the UNDP country office, while ensuring overall quality through the RTAs and the REDD+ team. UNDP coordinates UN-REDD activities at the national level, working closely with the UN Resident Coordinators, and UNEP and FAO counterparts.

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.

EEG Green, Low-Emission and Climate-Resilient Development Strategies (LECRDS)

UNDP recognizes the critical need to support developing country governments to build on their existing development strategies and coordination experiences (e.g., National Communications, National Adaptation Plan of Action, National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, UN Development Assistance Framework, Country Assistance Strategy, Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action, etc.) to construct comprehensive policy frameworks that integrate climate and development policies, planning, and action across multiple sectors at national, regional and local levels. UNDP’s technical and financial services for preparing Green LECRDS strengthen the capacity of national and sub-national governments to transform their development path to a low-emission and ecologically sustainable future.


Duties and Responsibilities

With the recent developments on REDD+ negotiations under UNFCCC, a wide range of services and a higher degree of technical assistance are being requested from the participating countries. There is an increasing need to support new partner countries in developing national REDD+ readiness programmes, and to provide systematic and in depth technical support on key issues affecting REDD+.

A number of issues related to forest monitoring and reporting and MRV (measuring, reporting, verifying) remain to be determined under the UNFCCC negotiations, including the relationship of REDD+ and NAMA reporting requirements. While UNDP is not the leading agency for the MRV and monitoring work area of the UN-REDD global programme, UNDP has been requested to provide capacity building to assist Non-Annex I Parties to the UNFCCC in preparing REDD+ related reporting. This includes coordination with relevant climate change related initiatives on the national and regional levels. The Programme Specialist will provide technical support on national forest monitoring systems and REDD+ reporting to UNDP’s regional teams and country offices, in close collaboration with FAO’s Forestry Department. In addition, the Programme Specialist will contribute to UNDP’s overall experience and knowledge in supporting countries to develop the necessary REDD+ elements.

Specifically, the role of the Programme Specialist is to:

  • Support UNDP’s contribution to the capacity development for national forest GHG
    inventories and REDD+reporting
  • Coordinate with broader UNDP initiatives in the areas of MRV and GHG reportig
  • Coordinate with FAO’s Forestry Department in technical support to country-level development of national forest monitoring systems and REDD+ MRV
  • Provide technical support services
  • Support strategic initiatives and partnerships 

The key functions are:

Support UNDP’s contribution to the capacity development for national forest GHG inventories and REDD+ reporting. (25% of total time) 

  • Engage with FAO-led UN-REDD capacity development programme for MRV and monitoring through participating in its development of training courses, policy making discussion, and providing UNDP’s accumulated knowledge and experiences on supporting national communications and GHG inventories.
  • Organize UNDP-led activities on capacity development for national forest GHG inventory through planning and implementing trainings and providing technical support. Coordinate those activities with FAO and other partner’s work in capacity development
  • Enhance communications among multiple ministries and agencies of UN-REDD partner countries relevant to GHG inventories and REDD+ MRV to improve national GHG inventory and its process of reporting
  • Assist UNDP’s UN-REDD team building the capacity of National Joint Programme teams to contribute to national forest GHG inventory reporting and REDD+ MRV 

Coordinate with broader UNDP initiatives in the areas of MRV and GHG reporting (20% of total time).

  • Contribute to the National Communications Support Programme and other UNDP’s projects/programmes such as Climate Change Capacity Building Programme regarding UNDP’s support on GHG inventory and NAMAs MRV. Ensure these activities and UNDP’s accumulated experiences are well-coordinated with the UN-REDD’s capacity development on forest GHG inventories
  • Through the UNDP regional centres, support the guidance to UNDP Country Offices and National Joint Programme teams concerning GHG reporting and REDD+ MRV systems
  • Coordinate with regional centres and units of BDP and Regional Bureaux to ensure UN-REDD’s capacity development activities for REDD+ MRV and GHG inventory are consistent with UNDP’s corporate priorities.
  • Collaborate with UNDP-GEF team, especially Ecosystem and Biodiversity cluster, to ensure relevant projects are consistent with national REDD+ frameworks for MRV and GHG reporting
  • Liaise with other relevant MRV initiatives as necessary 

Coordinate with FAO’s Forestry Department in technical support to country-level development of national forest monitoring systems and REDD+ MRV (20% of total time)

  • Support UNDP regional centres coordinate with FAO Forestry Department on the development of national forest monitoring systems
  • Contribute constructively to the development of national-level methodology for MRV and forest monitoring system, providing inputs from UNDP’s experience in supporting GHG inventories
  • Support regional centre to assist Country Offices to actively engage with forest GHG inventories and to liaise with FAO counterparts and national UNFCCC focal points regarding reporting of GHG emissions from forest lands 

Provide technical support services (20% of total time).

  • Provide in-depth technical support and guidance to UNDP regional centres and, as requested, to UNDP country offices, on MRV,forest monitoring, and GHG inventories.
  • Support the coordination and harmonization of UNDP’s work under the MRV & Monitoring Work Area of the UN-REDD global programme with other relevant Work Areas
  • Support UNDP’s regional teams coordinate and harmonize the MRV & Monitoring Work Area of the UN-REDD global programme with UN-REDD national programmes
  • Support the Principal Policy & Technical Advisor as needed; 

Support strategic initiatives and partnership (15% of total time)

  • Support EEG and UN-REDD representation in the work on MRV and forestry related international initiatives
  • Contribute to the maintenance of UN-REDD portfolio information and corporate information systems
  • Provide quality information and technical advice on communication materials for UNDP and UN-REDD
  • Any other activities as required  




  • Ability to apply technical knowledge relating to forest carbon MRV and GHG emissions reductions in forests, with a solid understanding of the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, the cost drivers of abatement actions, and the social fundamentals necessary for success;
  • Ability to conceive, and support the implementation of innovative approaches to optimize the UN-REDD support on establishing national forest monitoring system and GHG inventory

Core values

  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness by modeling UN values and ethical standards
  • Demonstrates professional competence and is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability


  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to convey complex concepts and approaches, both in writing and multi-media presentation forms, in a clear and persuasive style tailored to match different audiences.

Team work

  • Ability to interact, establish and maintain effective working relations with a culturally diverse team, both as a team member and as a team leader, to build trust, and to manage in a deliberate, transparent and predictable way.

Client orientation

  • Ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships with UN-REDD Agencies, technical service providers and stakeholders
  • Proactive in identifying partners’ needs and matching them to appropriate solutions.

Knowledge and Advisory Services

  • Willingly provides support to others in UNDP who request advice or help.
  • Makes valuable contributions (e.g. documented knowledge, community building) to UNDP practice areas


Required Skills and Experience


  • Masters degree or above in Forest Resources Management or a closely-related field such as Environmental Sciences or Natural Resources Management


  • 5 years of relevant experience. Specific experience monitoring and/or reporting forest carbon in developing countries highly preferable;
  • An understanding of the REDD+ agenda in the context of UNFCCC negotiations, especially with regards to forest carbon monitoring and MRV;
  • Understanding of the GHG inventory process of National Communications, forest and biodiversity conservation issues, environment policies, and governance systems;
  • Experience with project development, implementation and management;
  • Experience in the policy development processes associated with forest carbon and sustainable development issues in the natural resource sectors;
  • Demonstrated strategic technical and intellectual skills in substantive area;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strategic partnerships;
  • Demonstrated facilitation and coordination skills;
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial abilities and demonstrated ability to work in an independent manner;
  • IT literacy, familiarity with e-presentation techniques and ability to operate with on-line web-based applications; and
  • Working experience in an international organization is an advantage as is in-depth knowledge of UNDP policies, procedures and practices.

Language Requirements:

  • Excellent knowledge of the English language, with exceptional writing, presentation and communication skills;
  • Competency in other UN languages would be an asset.

Submission of Applications

Qualified candidates may submit their application, including a letter of interest, complete Curriculum Vitae and an updated United Nations Personal History Form (P.11) (available on our website), to the following email address:

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Additional Considerations

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