Senior Strategic Advisory Consultant

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

, , CR


Based in Seoul, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is an intergovernmental organization founded to support and promote a model of economic growth known as “green growth”, which targets key aspects of economic performance such a poverty reduction, job creation, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. GGGI works with countries around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies that can impact the lives of millions. The organization partners with countries, multilateral institutions, government bodies, and private sector to help build economies that grow strongly and are more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources, less carbon intensive, and more resilient to climate change. GGGI supports stakeholders through complementary and integrated work streams – Green Growth Planning & Implementation and Knowledge Solutions – that deliver comprehensive products designed to assist in developing, financing, and mainstreaming green growth in national economic development plans. 

The Investment and Policy Solutions Division (IPSD), based at GGGI’s Seoul headquarters works with programs in countries and on (global) projects, by: 

  • Providing technical and financial know-how through advice to country programs in the areas of energy, green cities, land-use, and water
  • Working with the Green Growth Planning and Implementation Division (GGP&I) on the development of service offerings (in GGGI’s four thematic areas mentioned above) and related methodologies (delivery approaches)
  • Converting experience gained through country activities and engagement in international networks into elements of South-South cooperation programs, sub-regional knowledge sharing programs and national level capacity building activities
  • Developing global level tools such as the Green Growth Potential Assessment methodology and flagship products (such as the planned Green Growth Performance Measurement Tool)
  • Contributing to the preparation of corporate communication materials
  • Managing GGGI’s involvement in knowledge management networks such as the Green Growth Knowledge Platform or other international platforms as appropriate 

The Investment and Policy Solutions Division (IPSD) expects to expand capacity and an intellectual base by hiring a technical resource person for land-use thematic cluster, particularly about land-use policies and market-based methods for achieving ecosystem conservation. 

This project is to scope potential project opportunities for the Environment Bank Foundation (FUNBAM) of Republic of Costa Rica. It is aligned with GGGI’s strategic areas of interest to develop national financing vehicles (NFVs), particularly in the land use sector.


Objectives/Purpose of the Assignment: 

The objective of this assignment is to provide technical advisory support to the Environment Bank Foundation (FUNBAM) in close cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) of the Republic of Costa Rica. Through this short-term engagement, GGGI would like to develop action plans of establishing bankable projects in the land use sector and mobilizing relevant investment. 

Through this scoping assignment, the Consultant shall advise the Environmental Bank Foundation (FUNBAM) research and develop green business projects involving both private and public sectors in order to generate a revenue stream, which will help finance FUNBAM. The Consultant will report to the Senior Land Use Specialist and relevant staff, and based on the overall guidance of the Assistant Director-General of Investment and Policy Solutions division.

Scope of Work: 

  • Analyze the current scope of work of FUNBAM and identify GGGI’s potential intervention areas, in close consultation with the Director-General of FUNBAM;
  • Conduct market research on business models and project opportunities that can be applied to FUNBAM; and,
  • Recommend a specific course of actions in order to make identified opportunities into economically viable projects with a stable revenue stream.

Output/Reporting Requirements/Deliverables: 

The Consultant shall deliver the following Outputs:

  • Output 1: Report on market research results of business models relevant to FUNBAM’s strategic focus on developing projects in the areas of biodiversity, sustainable productive landscapes, and watershed management  (more or less 10 pages of MS Word; relevant PPT slides)
  • Output 2: Report on the design and development of local/international green business opportunities, implementation conditions, and viability for FUNBAM (more or less 10 pages of MS Word; relevant PPT slides)
  • Output 3: Final report with recommendations and an action plan proposal for national and international green business ventures for FUNBAM 2017–2018 (more or less 10 pages of MS Word; relevant PPT slides) 

All reports must be in English (United States usage), prepared in accordance with GGGI’s formatting requirements, and submitted in hard copy and electronic formats along with complete sets of raw data, research materials, and related information. 

Output Delivery and Payment Schedule are as follow: 


Due Date*

Payment %

Output 1

30 November 2016


Output 2

16 December 2016


Output 3

23 December 2016


* negotiable


  • Minimum of 15-20 years of experience in policy planning, business development and/or financing in the areas of land-use and biodiversity, with a Master’s degree (or equivalent combination on relevant education and experience)
  • Demonstrated technical and leadership experience working in developing countries (preferably in Costa Rica) in an applied capacity, dealing with a variety of stakeholders – government, private companies, financial institutions, small-holder farmers, etc. Sectoral experience in biodiversity, forestry and/or agriculture is a must.
  • Experience in developing business models and structuring finance mechanism in the land-use sector is highly preferred.
  • Specific knowledge required includes, but not limited to ecosystem services market, sustainable land-use management, climate finance (e.g. REDD+), and sustainable agricultural and forestry production.
  • Solid understanding and experience in financing mechanisms for ecosystem services (e.g. PES) and conservation finance. Experience in carbon market is a plus.
  • Strong strategic planning and impeccable analytical writing and editing skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills with a particular ability to communicate with stakeholders of public and private sectors.
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic advisory and consulting.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required; Spanish is an asset.