Senior Manager, TNFD Membership & Operations

Location : Home Based
Application Deadline :29-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :IPSA (Regular)
Post Level :IPSA-12
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment :1 year

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


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The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

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.

A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

International mission travel may be required; 

  • The BSAFE course must be successfully completed prior to commencement of travel;
  • The incument is responsible for obtaining any visas needed in connection with travel with the necessary 
  • support from UNDP and for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director;
  • S/he is required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under
  • The incumbent will be responsible for making his/her own mission travel arrangements in line with UNDP travel policies; 
  • All related travel expenses will be reimbursed as per UNDP rules and regulations upon submission of an F10 claim form and supporting documents.

Office/Unit/Project Description:

As the largest single operational and financial UN player in the field of environmental sustainability, UNDP is widely recognized as a global leader in supporting governments to sharpen policy, access finance and develop capacity for the management of biodiversity and ecosystems for sustainable development and poverty eradication. Under the Strategic Plan covering the period 2018-2021, UNDP’s work in Ecosystems 
and Biodiversity (EBD) has as an overall strategic objective to maintain and enhance the goods and services provided by biodiversity and ecosystems in order to secure livelihoods, food, water and health, enhance resilience, conserve threatened species and their habitats, and increase carbon storage and sequestration. 

One of the focus area of UNDP’s EBD work is biodiversity finance and UNDP is one of the founding member of the Taskforce on Nature Related Financial Disclosures (TNFD). Nature sits at the heart of climate  mitigation and adaptation strategies for government and the private sector. The world’s natural capital is fundamental to economic stability and growth. Approximately $44 trillion, i.e. 50% of global GDP is moderately or highly dependent upon nature according to a WEF Report.

There is a need to rapidly increase the resilience of the global economy by re-establishing economic support for nature in line with existing agreements such as the Paris Agreement, Post 2020 Biodiversity Targets and the UN SDGs. 

TNFD was launched in June 2021, with Nature In Scope document published, following an informal preparatory phase during which foundations were laid for the initiative’s proposed technical scope, governance and workplan. The goal of this market-led body is to provide a framework by 2023 for corporates and financial institutions to report and act on evolving nature-related risks, in order to support a shift in global financial flows away from nature-negative outcomes and toward nature-positive outcomes. The Framework will aim to both incorporate existing standards and frameworks whilst being agile enough to be integrated into and enhance existing disclosures and standards. Allowing financial institutions and real economy actors, to better measure and manage their nature-related risks and opportunities.

Institutional Arrangement:

 The incumbent will work from home; 

  • The incumbent will report to, and be directly supervised by, the Principal Technical Adviser  (Ecosystems and Biodiversity ). S/he will report to the Executive Direcctor of the TNFD Secretariat on the daily basis;
  • The incumbent will be given access to relevant information necessary for the execution of the tasks under this assignment;
  • The incumbent will be responsible for providing her/his own work station (i.e. laptop, internet, phone, scanner/printer, etc.) and must have access to reliable internet connection; 
  •  Given the global consultations to be undertaken during this assignment, the incumbent is expected to be reasonably flexible with his/her availability for such consultations taking into consideration different time zones.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work
The Senior Manager will work as the Engagement and Operation Director as part of the TNFD Secretariat hosted by the UK Green Finance Institute supported by UNDP and UNEP Finance Initiative. S/he will be required to liaise with and coordinate TNFD Membership, Stewardship and Stakeholder Groups, and ensure timely and quality execution of the TNFD work plan. S/he will support the TNFD Co-Charis and 
Executive Directors as require, keeping them and other stakeholder groups informed of develoments, challenges and opportunities; and ensuring that their strategic inptus and expertise are effectively integrated. You will develop an overarching engagement and communications strategy and embed solid project management discipline across the TNFD. 

Secretariat Management and Strategic Partnerships 

  • Establish effective systems of programme and project management across the TNFD including effective internal and external communication Manage and coordinate TNFD Membership, Stewardship and Stakeholder Groups across all 5 phases of the development of the TNFD Framework, as part of the TNFD Secretariat.
  • Establish SOPs to accelerate execution of the TNFD work plan across all membership groups, based on the engagement analysis of the market. This includes supporting the operational needs of Working Group leads, as part of the TNFD Secretariat, to ensure market relevancy of the framework’s phased development.
  • Horizon scanning of the market to anchor partnerships with strategic standard-setting organizations, regulators, ecosystem architects and market enablers.
  • Manage multiple stakeholders and balance often contradictory expectations, building and maintaining relationships.

Stewardship | Coordinate & Advise.

  • Strengthen TNFD outcomes by enhancing strategic links to sectoral and political mandates and institutional policies to amplify the goal and principles for Framework uptake.
  •  Draft position papers and option papers to strategically anchor the TNFD in the wider financial and political ecosystem and processes -- in line with existing agreements like the Paris Agreement, Post 2020 Biodiversity Targets, SDGs as well as G7 and G20 communique etc.
  •  Advise on considerations across all membership groups, both opportunities and risks, in alignment with TNFD’s goal, principles (especially on being globally inclusive, purpose-driven and integrated) and work plan.
  • Manage the MPTF contributions to the TNFD initiative including workplanning, implementation oversight and progress and financial reporting. 
  • Coordinate UNDP’s contribution, both substantive and financia, to the TNFD’s set-up and execution including governance, scope, work plan, resourcing, advocacy and endorsement.
  • Deepen the pool of solutions to advise UNDP leadership on engagement and policy opportunities and risks.


Ability to persuade others to follow

Stakeholer Management:
Ability to manage multiple stakeholders and balance often contradictory expectations, building and maintaining

Knowledge, result management: 
 Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge. 
Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstratable results.

Collaboration and Partnership building:
Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships.

Internal Reporting and Accountability:
 Ability to create internal reporting and accountability processes and standards Quality Assurance:

Project Management:
Ability to plan, organize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals

Required Skills and Experience

Min. Academic Education

Masters Degree or equivalent Advanced Degree in economics, finance or related field with specific focus on development.

Bachelor's degree in related field with additional 12 years of experience may be accepted in lieu of the Masters degree. 

Min. years of relevant Work experience

A minimum of 10 years of professional working experience of growing responsibility in building multi-stakeholder engagements and relationships in particular with financial and business sectors.

Proven expertise in growing and managing operations of new service lines/ start-ups to grow ownership, consensus and commitments at the UN.

Track record of positioning and catalyzing high visibility initiatives via policies and mandates for systems change.

Deep expertise in project management of flagship corporate initiatives support.

Proven expertise in the field of creating adaptive monitoring systems to shape new agendas and service lines at UNDP or other UN agency.

Required skills and competencies


 Highly developed inter-personal, negotiation and teamwork skills, as well as networking aptitude.

Strong nuanced teamwork skills - balancing initiatives with the collaborative approach that is required for the distributed team and network of partners.

Proven analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills to manage complex partnerships.

Desired additional skills and competencies

Working experience in an international organization is an advantage as is knowledge of UNDP policies, procedures and practices.

Required Language(s) (at working level)

Fluency in English, with strong writing, presentation and communication skills;



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