Use this sample and step by step explanation for setting meaningful and inspiring employee performance goals for a senior associate, climate and energy program.

A Senior Associate, Climate and Energy Program is tasked with the primary responsibility of conducting research and analysis on various aspects of climate change. He/she also develops tools and information sources to enable policy maker to make decisions on the issue about climate change. In addition, he/she will get to develop and maintain good partner relations.

Besides that he/she is also tasked with the responsibility of developing project proposals and concept notes; manage large projects on climate change and energy; establish ways in which climate-related problems can be tackled; participate in climate and energy related research projects and attend climate change and energy meetings from time to time.

Employee Performance Goals Sample

Employee's Name: Title:
Review Period: __/__/__ to __/__/__ Employee SSN:
Work Location: Supervisor's Name:


  1. Setting Goals: List specific goals in the space provided below each competency under "Performance Goals". Assign an appropriate timeline for each goal as well as numeric or financial terms to measure the goal.
  2. Employee Comments: The employee must comment next to each goal under "Employee Comments" with "Okay" for goals which he/she feels comfortable working with, and "Needs Clarification" for goals which he/she believes need to be discussed further. An employee who is comfortable with all the goals can sign the goals at this stage.
  3. Summary: Give a summary of the total time estimated for the employee to have achieved the goals. State action plans and specific milestones to track the goals. Any additional comments agreed between the employee and the supervisor should be noted here.
  4. Human Resources Review: Human resources personnel must confirm that the goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. He/she must then sign the goals in the "Human Resource" section provided under "Signatures".
  5. Signatures: When discussion of the goals has been completed and consensus has been reached, sign the goals and let the employee sign too. Send the final copy to the human resources for inclusion in the employee's professional records.

Performance Goals for Next Period

Performance Goals

Employee Comments


Give awards and offer direct praise on a regular basis when an employee does exemplary work or exceeds performance goals

Be ambitious, set big goals and accomplish them in order to inspire others that they, too, can make it happen as long as they stay committed and focused

[employee comments goal]

Expose oneself to different social situations and work to develop own social perceptiveness and the ability to engage others in a conversation

Create a vivid and compelling vision of the future that motivates all employees to want to achieve it

[employee comments goal]

Set targets for each individual in the group to ensure equality of tasks distributions

Do not overlook anything that may compromise the team work spirit

[employee comments goal]

Manage time wisely to get much accomplished within a short time

Don't be hasty with solutions, conclusions or statements but try to analyze a situation before issuing an answer entirely

[employee comments goal]

Set clear boundaries between work and home; avoid answering work calls or replying work e-mails when one is having some time off work

Be smart about the three fundamentals of releasing stress; enough sleep, exercising few times a week and eating healthy

[employee comments goal]

Develop inner energy and intensity in order to keep one strong and motivated during tough times

Build confidence in oneself in order to remain persistent even when things don't work out

[employee comments goal]

Proactively look for ways to improve the team and own role within the team

Focus oneself and team members on critical activities that yield a great impact on the company

[employee comments goal]

Set goals that are realistic and exciting in order to feel motivated to achieve them

Ask for regular feedback from others in order to identify own strengths and areas that need improvement

[employee comments goal]

Dedicate more resources for supporting diversity and always communicate the value of diversity

Avoid making jokes that might be offensive to others and be more respectful to people with diverse views

[employee comments goal]

Encourage team members to share concepts learned in training sessions

Encourage team members to put extra effort in taking part in crucial training sessions

[employee comments goal]


Sections 1-2: To be completed by the supervisor

Section 3: To be completed by the employee

1. Goals completed since last performance feedback

2. Goals for next period

3. Employee comments


I acknowledge that I discussed this performance feedback with my supervisor. My signature does not mean that I agree or disagree with this appraisal.
Employee: Date:
Supervisor: Date:
Human Resources: Date:

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