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Lead Advisor, Program Management

Multiple locations

  • Organization: UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme
  • Location: Multiple locations
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

Result of Service

• The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative delivered outputs as per global and country program work plans for 2023/2024.
• Senior religious leaders and faith-based organizations are contributing to the existing coalition of partners working on
forests, climate and the rights of indigenous peoples, globally and in program countries.
• Work plans organized around activities, results and indicators support the delivery of high-impact strategies to mobilize faith-
based action for the protection of forests and the rights of indigenous peoples.
• IRI country programs in Brazil, Colombia, DRC, Indonesia and Peru are fully supported to deliver impactful work on education, training and awareness
raising; mobilizing action in areas of the countries where forests face the greatest threats; and advocating for policies that protect forests and the rights of
indigenous peoples.
• Convening of global partners to the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative results in coordinated and concerted faith-based calls to action around forests, climate and
the rights of indigenous peoples.
• Due to exchanges and trainings, globally and in program countries, religious leaders are equipped with the science, data and knowledge to become effective
advocates for forests.
• Thanks to meetings, workshops and learning exchanges, best practices and lessons learned on mobilizing faith-based action for the protection of forests are
effectively transferred between IRI country programs and teams.
• Due to IRI communications strategies and products, the value added of the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative to the broader coalition of partners working on
forests, climate and the rights of indigenous peoples is recognized and appreciated, and religious leaders and faith-based networks are aware of the program
and entry points for their engagement.
• Thanks to promotional materials and fundraising proposals, the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative is able to broaden its donor base and mobilize the resources
necessary to deliver on its potential.
• Through Interfaith Rainforest Initiative events, globally and in IRI program countries, faith-based action advances efforts to protect forests and the rights of
indigenous peoples.

Work Location

Home Based

Expected duration

12 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

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 Interfaith Rainforest Initiative (IRI) is an international, multi-faith alliance convened by UNEP that brings moral urgency and faith-based leadership to global efforts to halt and reverse tropical deforestation. It is a platform for all religious leaders and faith communities to work shoulder-to-shoulder with indigenous peoples, governments, civil society and business on actions that protect tropical forests and safeguard those that serve as their guardians.
Multi-religious cooperation is essential for halting and reversing tropical deforestation. The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative is making the protection of rainforests and the rights of indigenous peoples a shared moral concern and religious priority. The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative works both globally and in five program countries – Brazil, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Indonesia and Peru – which contain more than 70% of the world’s remaining tropical forests.

The initiative has three primary goals: (i) educate and raise awareness about the deforestation crisis and equip religious leaders with the science, educational tools, and training needed to serve as effective advocates for rainforest protection; (ii) mobilize faith-based action by connecting religious leaders with allies from across sectors to multiply their collective impact; and (iii) influence policy and advocate for governments and companies to adopt, fulfill and expand upon their commitments to protect rainforests and the rights of the indigenous peoples that serve as their guardians.

This position is home-based, under the supervision of the CMU/UN-REDD Global Team Leader.

The consultant will perform the following tasks:

• Lead the development of work plans and strategies for the initiative, including global activities and IRI country programs.
• Lead the preparation of annual budgets and advise on the allocation of funds to various strategic activities, globally and in the five IRI country programs.
• Oversee the delivery of the five IRI country programs, supporting the identification of priority actions, ensuring overall implementation, and making linkages with IRI global activities.
• Lead communication with IRI global partners, particularly Religions for Peace, to ensure effective functioning of the program and partnership and linkages with relevant interfaith activities.
• Guide partner engagement and outreach for IRI global advocacy efforts
• Lead meetings and workshops between all IRI country programs (in coordination with the Program Officer and Strategy Advisor, Religions for Peace) to share lessons learned and transfer of best
• Lead regular bilateral meetings with IRI country programs (together with the Program Officer and Strategy Advisor, Religions for Peace) to explore the strategic value of the various interventions.
• Lead program development for an annual in-person learning exchange between the IRI country programs, ensuring the sharing of lessons learned and the transfer of best practices.
• Provide oversight of IRI communications strategies and content, including on websites, editorials, newsletters, press releases, social media channels and all public-facing content.
• Lead fundraising efforts and draft proposals to potential donors in government, foundations, and other sectors to mobilize resources for the initiative.
• Draft project concept notes and programmatic documents for expanding IRI in terms of partners, reach and funding.
• Oversee the preparation of fact sheets, issue primers and other IRI educational materials and knowledge products.
• Guide the program on the development of contracts for consultants, service providers and agencies when specialized services are needed for IRI.
• Prepare and compile IRI project performance reports for UNEP, ensuring alignment between Religions for Peace and

Qualifications/special skills

A master’s degree in social or environmental sciences is required.
• A minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience in project management is
• Experience working on forests, climate, and the rights of indigenous peoples is
• Experience working with faith-based organizations is desirable.
• Experience working with various stakeholders in Brazil, Colombia, the
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Indonesia and Peru is desirable.
• Experience working with international organizations is desirable.

• Strong, proven project management skills.
• Ability to work independently with limited supervision.
• Ability to convene partners and facilitate consensus.
• Ability to coordinate a wide range of different outputs and partners.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of any other official UN languages would be an asset.

No Fee


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