International Jobs

Climate Policy Analyst Opportunity at UNDP Headquarters

Climate Policy Analyst Opportunity at UNDP Headquarters

The United Nations does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Should you receive a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it.

Climate Policy Analyst Opportunity at UNDP Headquarters

UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels, forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan. 

Within the GPN, the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. BPPS’s staff provides technical advice to Country Offices, advocates for UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogues, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas. BPPS works closely with UNDP’s Crisis Bureau (CB) to support emergency and crisis response. BPPS ensures that issues of risk are fully integrated into UNDP’s development programmes. BPPS assists UNDP and partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results-based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working.  BPPS supports UNDP and partners to be more innovative, knowledge and data driven including in its programme support efforts.

The newly established UNDP Climate Hub will be the arrowhead of UNDP’s commitment to the “Climate Promise” that aims to support programming countries designing and implementing ambitious national climate pledges to the Paris Agreement – or National Determined Contributions, with climate change mitigation and adaptation interventions fully embedded in the national development planning and budgetary processes. The Climate Hub will build on UNDP’s existing over USD 4 billion country-level climate portfolio on Climate Change Policies and Strategies, Climate Change Adaptation, Climate Change Mitigation, Climate and Forests, covering over 142 countries, as well as on key offers across UNDP, including UNDP’s Nature portfolio, UNDP’s Sustainable Finance Hub and UNDP’s Digital offer. 

The UNDP Climate Hub is responsible for: 

  • Thought leadership on Climate and to be the custodian of UNDP policy positions on Climate; 
  • Strategy and vision formulation; 
  • Pipeline development in coordination with the other hubs and the Vertical Fund Programme Support, Oversight and Compliance Unit; 
  • Provision of integrated policy and programme support to Country Offices; 
  • Global engagement, advocacy in collaboration with BERA; 
  • Integration across thematic areas;
  • Strategic Partnerships development and resource mobilization; 
  • Lead and Support global flagship initiatives and partnerships on Climate; 
  • Serve as focal point with relevant UN coordination mechanisms and Conventions (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change); 
  • Cross-organization knowledge and learning; and 
  • Innovation.

The UNDP’s Climate Strategies and Policy Team (CSPT), which is located in the Climate Hub of UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, leads the implementation of the Climate Promise: From Pledge to Impact. In this context, the Team is in search of a Climate Policy Analyst to perform policy analysis and research, knowledge management and reporting to help strengthen the foundation and the impact of the data across the Climate Hub. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Policy analysis and research: 
    • Analyse contents of countries’ climate plans (i.e. NDCs, LTS, National Adaptation Plans, etc.) to assess ambition and quality, draft headlines, and identify trends and good practices; 
    • Analyze and synthesize key research and reports to inform and maintain master briefs on Least Developed Countries, Small Island Developing States, and higher emitters;
    • Identify and explore emerging trends from country reporting and portfolios that are relevant to NDC implementation and revision cycles.
  • Knowledge management
    • Work with thematic leads and data analyst to maintain updated data in Climate Promise database on key thematic areas (green recovery, just transition, youth, and finance), and assist with data analysis and summaries of thematic results trackers;
    • Work closely with Communications team to ensure that the Climate Promise website and newsletter are regularly updated with latest information on NDC submissions;
  • Results-based reporting:
    • Contribute to quarterly and annual progress reporting efforts through analysis of reported results, and identify key results that are relevant for briefing notes, speeches, and other global advocacy efforts.

The incumbent performs other duties within their functional profile as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the Office and the Organization.

 Institutional Arrangement

The Climate Policy Analyst will report directly to the Global Knowledge Management and Learning Specialist. S/he will be part of the larger Climate Strategies and Policy team.


Core Competencies

  • Achieve Results:  LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work
  • Think Innovatively:  LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems 
  • Learn Continuously:  LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning
  • Adapt with Agility:  LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands 
  • Act with Determination:  LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
  • Engage and Partner:  LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion:  LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making 

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies:

  • Digital & Innovation – Data analysis: 
    • Ability to extract, analyse and visualize data (including Real-Time Data) to form meaningful insights and aid effective decision making
  • Business Development – Knowledge generation:
    • Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need
  • Programme and policies  – Climate:
    • Understanding of climate change policies: Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)
  • Programme and policies –  Climate: 
    • Understanding of climate finance
  • Programme and policies – Climate:
    • Understanding of international climate regime and application

Desired additional skills and competencies: 

  • Understanding of climate and energy policy strategies and incentives;
  • Understanding of climate finance concepts;
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
  • Self-motivated, with ability to work with minimum supervision on tight deadlines;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of teams and partners.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree in Business Administration, Environmental Sciences, International Development, or other related field


  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible work experience on climate policy and negotiations and/or climate finance issues.

Required skills:

  • Demonstrated experience in assessing NDCs, LTS, and National Adaptation Plans across a range of characteristics and development contexts;
  • Demonstrated understanding of UNFCCC negotiations and climate diplomacy issues;
  • Demonstrated research and analytic skills;
  • Proficient user of Microsoft Office productivity tools; advanced knowledge using MS Excel is an asset.


  • Excellent oral and written skills in English.

The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

  1. Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.
  2. A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as  reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials

DEADLINE: 02 November, 2023

If you want more similar opportunities, please CLICK HERE to join our WhatsApp Group

Click Here to Follow our LinkedIn Page

MORE OPPORTUNITIES: Graphic Design Internship Programme at UNDP (Regional Bureau for Africa)

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button