Lead on Strategic Relations and Outreach

Green Climate Fund (GCF)

Incheon, South Korea 🇰🇷

Date: Aug 19, 2022

Location: Incheon, South Korea (ICN), KR

Company: Green Climate Fund

Grade: IS – 6

Deadline: 11 September 2022 (11:59 PM KST)

Location: Songdo, Incheon, South Korea

Job Category: International

Salary: USD 152,100 net (plus attractive benefits, that include the following allowances (as appliable): Relocation, dependency, education assistance and home country travel)

The mission of the Green Climate Fund is to assist developing countries to respond to climate change while bringing prosperity to their people. 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 that 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 approved 192 projects in 123 countries and has committed USD 10.1 billion in climate finance. In addition, it has built up an extensive program to support developing countries to identify their needs, in particular, those who are most vulnerable to climate change impacts. The GCF’s diverse workforce is advancing its mission from its headquarters in South Korea. Our talented staff makes unique contributions to the Fund, enriching the institution through their combined expertise and professional commitment.

Position Description

The Lead on Strategic Relations and Outreach, reporting to the Deputy Director of External Affairs, will be responsible for the operationalization of a strategic partnership function in GCF to enhance the credibility and visibility of GCF as a partner in supporting developing countries on low emissions climate resilient pathways. S/he will manage strategic relations, partnerships and outreach function helping the fund to proactively shape the fund’s strategic relations with external stakeholders. S/he will also contribute to promoting a ‘culture of partnership’ in the Fund to enhance strategic engagement with key partners – governments, multilateral organisations, private sector, civil society, academia as well as multi-stakeholder initiatives among others – to help the organization deliver on programming, resource mobilisation and brand-building goals

Duties and responsibilities


•    Lead the implementation of the partnership strategy; develop the annual partnerships and outreach plans targeting key stakeholders and leadership initiatives for strategic and systematic engagements key to profile the organization as a partner on climate action
•    Lead the implementation of strategic partnership tools to promote a ‘culture of partnership’ in the organization through evidence-based tools such as perception surveys, partnership mapping among others that contribute to strategic and responsive institutional engagements. 
•    Advise Senior Management on strategic relations, partnership and outreach opportunities.


•    Oversee the identification of trends, strategic partnership opportunities and ensure effective relationship management with key organisations, global leaders and multi-stakeholder leadership networks which include governments, multilaterals, private sector and civil society organisations among others. 
•    Identify and co-ordinate GCF’s engagement in key multi-stakeholder initiatives/coalitions that promote programming goals, proactively supporting shaping the fund’s programming, while also enhancing political capital and visibility for the Fund. Assess the opportunities to join/shape global climate initiatives, 
•    Conduct outreach activities to current and potential programming partners (NDA/AEs) at a senior level; manage high-level political relationships to enhance the fund’s visibility


•    Oversee the planning of high-level missions and engagement including in key events and inter-governmental processes.
•    Ensure quality assurance of deliverables for the team including political analysis, advocacy messages and engagement. Co-ordinate internally with DEA and with related divisions to develop strategic advocacy tools to promote effective engagement with diverse stakeholder groups and partners.
•    Manage the strategic relations function of the division, including overseeing and managing the work of assigned staff, effective use of human and financial resources; training, motivating and coaching staff, evaluating performance, advising on career development. Support divisional management tasks as requested. 

Required experience and qualifications*

•    Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree), in particular in international relations, finance, communication, economics, social sciences, or related fields. 
•    More than twelve years of relevant and progressively responsible professional experience in external relations, resource mobilization and strategic partnerships, including in international organizations
•    Experience in managing a team; comfortable working in a fast paced and evolving environment
•    Experience in setting up and nurturing new partnerships. Experience in strategic planning is an asset. 
•    Relevant work experience in multilateral organizations including external affairs, stakeholder engagement. 
•    Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are essential for this position; knowledge of another UN language would be an advantage.

*The person assessed by the Selection Panel as most suitable for the position will be proposed for appointment. 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.