Environmental and Social Safeguards Intern

Incheon, South Korea
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The mission of the Green Climate Fund is to assist developing countries to respond to climate change while bringing prosperity to their peoples.

Established in 2010, the GCF invests in transformational climate projects in the developing world. The Fund makes an ambitious contribution to global climate action and channels significant financial resources into developing countries to help build low-emission and climate-resilient societies.  It is country-driven and undertakes actions which reflect the circumstances of each country concerned and its national aspirations. The GCF is a key enabler of the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Since its establishment, the GCF has mobilized 10.3 billion USD, accredited 75 entities to channel its resources and approved 93 funding proposals for a total investment from the GCF of over $4.6 billion. In addition, the decision  has just been made to launch the first replenishment of the Fund.

The GCF’s diverse workforce is advancing its mission from its headquarters in South Korea. Our talented staff make unique contributions to the Fund, enriching the institution through their combined expertise and professional commitment.

Internship Assignment

The Intern will provide operational and administrative support to the Sustainability Unit of the Division of Country Programming. The Intern will have the opportunity to learn and expand her/his experiences by providing assistance in the development and administration of the Fund’s environmental and social safeguards and gender issues.

Under the overall guidance of the designated primary and alternate supervisors within the Division of Country Programming the Intern is expected to:

  1. Support the establishment of a database of project-level environmental and social safeguards and gender-related information, taking into consideration good international practices and the specific requirements of the Fund;
  2. Support the consolidation and migration of project-level environmental and social safeguards and gender-related information into the database;
  3. Undertake targeted researches to support the environmental and social and gender due diligence of the GCF Secretariat; and
  4. Provide technical and administrative support to activities related to the development of the Fund’s own environmental and social safeguards.

Requirements and qualifications

  1. Enrolled in Master’s program related to environmental or social sciences, management or policy, environmental and social management systems, gender studies, safeguards and impacts assessments  or related fields;
  2. Knowledge and experience with environmental and social management systems, impacts assessment, gender and climate change, safeguards, knowledge management, and other related fields.
  3. Good understanding and experience in operations of international organizations are added advantage;
  4. Proficiency in using standard software programs: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access;
  5. Excellent writing and presentation skills;
  6. Fluency in English is essential; knowledge of another United Nations language, in particular, French and Spanish, and/or Portuguese is an advantage.

*The person assessed by the Selection Panel as most suitable for the position will be proposed for appointment. The above criteria should be seen as indicators of the experience and skills that would qualify candidates for consideration. Selection among short-listed candidates will also take into account performance at interview, appropriate testing, and references.

Applications from women and nationals of developing countries are strongly encouraged.