Principal (Land Use, Policy Solutions)

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

Seoul, South Korea 🇰🇷

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 main focus areas) 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 Index);
  • Contributing to the preparation of corporate communication material;
  • Managing GGGI’s involvement in knowledge management networks such as the Green Growth Knowledge Platform or other international platforms as appropriate.

The Division expects to expand its technical capacity and broaden intellectual base by hiring a Principal for Land-Use, particularly on policy analysis, development of market-based approaches, and knowledge sharing.


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 has a diverse portfolio of programs in developing countries around the world. These in-country programs, together with global products and services, focus on delivering results through an integrated approach of evidence-based green growth planning and implementation aligned to countries’ development priorities. The organization also focuses on knowledge development and management activities which build a strong theoretical and empirical basis for green growth, while providing concrete options and guidance for policymakers; as well as building the conditions for public and private green infrastructure investments. 


GGGI is now hiring a seasoned professional who is passionate about building an extraordinary organization that continues to drive innovation in accelerating green growth worldwide. 

A summary of this job is described below:

  • Identifying, refining, and expanding a niche for GGGI value-add in Land-Use theme
  • Originating innovative initiatives/programs that contribute to the organization’s strategic objectives
  • Working with the Green Growth Planning and Implementation Division (GGP&I) and the Green Investment Services department on the development of service offerings for Land-Use, and associated “delivery” methods (i.e. “how” GGGI will engage/what GGGI will do)
  • Providing innovative/novel technical know-how and content-based advice to country programs
  • Advocating for green growth through analytical insights gained from country activities, elements of South-South cooperation programs, findings from regional knowledge sharing programs, and outcomes of national level capacity building activities;
  • Defining and reshaping project processes and cycles to ensure effective delivery
  • Managing GGGI’s involvement at international forums, knowledge networks and other forums.


GGGI wishes to support client countries and counterparts take an integrated approach to solving major Land-Use issues through a combination of finance, policy, and knowledge sharing. The role of this position is to advocate for such an approach through innovative projects/programs that influence a new way of thinking on Land-Use theme and green growth.

GGGI has an expanded global portfolio in developing countries managing a diverse set of programs and projects focused on four key thematic areas of energy, green cities, water, and land-use, which hold significant potential in achieving green growth in developing countries. Accordingly, the Policy Solutions department is divided into four thematic streams, with each stream delivering policy advice to projects and programs in countries; conducting sector assessments, designing relevant models, assessing technology options where relevant; engaging with the GIS and country teams at the time of project identification, design, preparation and structuring; and leading the content side of GGGI knowledge sharing programs. The thematic streams also strive to contribute to the global debate on issues related to green growth and to that extent engages with global partnerships on an as-relevant basis.

The Principal, Land-Use will oversee the thematic stream’s primary mandate by working closely with GGGI’s in-country teams and producing outputs that catalyze implementation and are immediately deployable/applicable. The Principal shall also contribute to the expansion of GGGI’s international role and presence by presenting its outputs at international events, building relationships with other development/research organizations, and participating in joint partnerships/initiatives.


By partnering with in-house and external experts or organizations who have contributed to mainstreaming green growth in Land-Use theme, the role of the Principal is to leverage that knowledge and expertise, as well as the unique culture GGGI has built globally, and serve as the ultimate trusted advisor to our partner countries. 

S/he shall oversee and guide relevant projects and activities on Land-Use with GGGI country operations while effectively communicating with other relevant staff to collaborate in translating thematic agenda into innovative service offerings and in-country initiatives.

S/he shall originate knowledge sharing programs concerning Land-Use to contribute towards the building of a knowledge sharing program.

S/he will represent GGGI in national and international forums and other key meetings and events, as designated/appropriate to advocate for green growth, and build and maintain partnerships with governments, development agencies, leading research institutions, and the private sectors working in Land-Use related matters.


The major deliverables are to originate innovative projects and initiatives, provide technical support to in-country programs and to contribute to thought leadership and knowledge sharing, analyze best practices and lessons learned of in-country programs or (potential) member countries that can be fed into the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, and work closely with the GIS department to translate Land-Use project ideas into financing and investment.

In doing so, the general role of Principal, Land-Use is to work with GGGI in-country teams to originate and expand thematic programs/projects as well as other collaborative projects on thought leadership and knowledge sharing. Tasks include:

  • Originating innovative projects and refining/expanding existing ones to reflect country needs and corporate objectives as outlined in GGGI Strategic Plan 2015-2020 and biennium Work Program and Budget 2017-18.
  • Scoping, identifying, and planning innovative projects for country programs related to Land-Use through (but not limited to) consultation with government stakeholders, jointly with country teams.
  • Planning, leading and developing applied/practical knowledge products and project outputs on Land-Use in accordance with thematic focus areas and service offerings.
  • Conducting expert review on project outputs for quality control.
  • Defining the project cycle to ensure integration between policy, financing, and knowledge sharing outputs for a given country program.
  • Conceptualizing the development of innovative implementable products and solutions in Land-Use including drafting substantive papers such as working papers, policy briefs, country case studies, and analytical papers on salient Land-Use issues based on consultation with relevant stakeholders;
  • Mentoring staff and building their capacity with respect to the understanding of Land-Use-related topics, relevant skill-sets, and general project management.
  • Advocate for green growth and demonstrate GGGI’s thought leadership by participating in internal / external events such as seminars, training sessions, knowledge sharing events on Land-Use-related topics;



  • An advanced degree (Masters) relevant to green growth policies is a requirement; a specialization in development economics, Land-Use topics (Land-Use infrastructure, Land-Use technology, Land-Use planning and policy, Land-Use economics, etc.), climate change, or other related disciplines is an asset.
  • A minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience that combines intellectual, strategic and managerial leadership in project management, in an international setting with a public or private sector organization.
  • Must have applied experience – no exceptions.
  • Proven managerial skills to lead a team effectively and deliver expected outputs on time and manage multi-cultural team.
  • Experience in international organizations working with developing countries is a strength.  Proven records of providing policy advisory services to developing countries are a plus.
  • Fluent in English, knowledge of another relevant language is an asset.


Comprehensive understanding of a green growth concept in the context of developing countries; Land-Use issues and Land-Use policy and regulatory approaches in developing and emerging countries; recent developments in Land-Use arena.


GGGI needs a person who can bring more than knowledge and passion to the role: someone who has the grit and resilience to do this work. The successful candidate is a skillful coach with an ability to diagnose challenges in an organization and a team, an innovator, a decision-maker, a powerful advocate, and a diplomatic change agent who understands the dynamics and tensions in this kind of diverse, global landscape. S/he should be:

  • excellent in knowledge development
  • able to handle complex multi-stakeholder relationships
  • keen on maintaining high degree of professional integrity with a stewardship of public resources
  • proactive in providing mentorship and guidance to staff
  • able to effectively communicate, listen to others, and create and promote an environment for open communication
  • able to work effectively with other teams of a high degree of cultural/ professional diversity