Intern (Green Growth Knowledge Platform)

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

Seoul, , KR

We are looking for a talented individual to work with us in the Climate Action and Inclusive Development Department (CAID) in the Investment and Policy Solutions Division (IPSD) to support the knowledge generation, management and sharing of the Green Growth Knowledge Partnership (GGKP).

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.

The Climate Action and Inclusive Development (CAID) Department plays a critical part in supporting GGGI’s global, regional, and country-level programs and projects by:

  • developing long-term low-emission development strategies (LT-LEDS),
  • strengthening measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) analysis and guidelines, including capacity building,
  • supporting NDC revisions through defining or updating quantified mitigation and/or adaptation targets; enhancing scope of NDC to cover a greater part of the economy/society; including and assessing macroeconomic impacts of climate action and socio-economic co-benefits,
  • leading climate diplomacy programs and activities,
  • applying tools to integrate poverty reduction and gender equality into climate and green growth planning and investments to enhance prosperity and welfare,
  • measuring the Green Growth Index performance to support policy planning,
  • providing technical services related to Environmental and Social Safeguards in order to meet investor and financier requirements; and
  • producing GGGI’s flagship and strategic knowledge products.

Co-hosted in GGGI (Seoul) and UNEP (Geneva), the Green Growth Knowledge Partnership ( was launched in January 2014 to support a global partnership of over 60 leading international organizations, research institutes and think tanks focused on:

i.              Collaboratively identifying knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice;

ii.            Catalysing knowledge generation to address these gaps; and

iii.           Sharing and disseminating green growth knowledge.

The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the World Bank comprise GGKP’s Steering Committee, and provide strategic direction and oversight for the initiative.

The Global Green Growth Institute internship program (also called “Grow Green” Program) provides a unique learning opportunity for students and recent graduates from diverse academic backgrounds. The program is designed for talented and motivated individuals skilled in areas relevant to GGGI’s operations. The program allows selected candidates to gain insight into the work of the Institute and provides assistance and training in various professional fields in a multicultural environment. We encourage qualified women and men, in particular, nationals of developing countries, with diverse professional, academic, and cultural backgrounds to apply.

Current Opportunity

The assignment will include the followings but not limited to:

  • Work closely with the Senior Knowledge Management Officer in the collection, curation and dissemination of green growth knowledge, including case studies, impact stories, lessons learned and technical reports.
  • Identify, suggest and assist implementation of potential improvements to the knowledge management process of GGGI.
  • Support the development and management of initiatives and solutions of the GGKP, including Expert Connect network of policy experts and Green Learning Network of learning professionals.
  • Draft, edit and promote digital and printed promotional and informational materials on green growth topics, and
  • Assist in the regular management of the GGKP web platform and social media accounts, including content upload, functional improvement suggestions.

To be eligible for an internship, candidates must:

  • Be enrolled in a Bachelor’s (final year), Master’s or PhD program prior to internship assignment, or a recent graduate within the last 12 months.
  • Be engaged or recently engaged in academic study in a field directly related to the Institute’s work
  • Possess an excellent command of English.
  • Be enrolled in a Bachelor’s (final year), Master’s or PhD program or a recent graduate within the last 12 months in public policy, international studies, environmental policy, economics, human development, communications or a related field preferred.
  • Previous experience in writing case studies, summarizing reports, or otherwise communicating success stories in policy and/or international development preferred.
  • Proven computer literate in standard office software applications skills, as well as background in or willingness to learn Drupal.
  • Excellent English communication skills, particularly writing and/or editing experience in one or more fields related to green growth, preferably in a policy context.
  • Ability to work/deliver under time pressure.
  • Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from diverse cultural backgrounds and timezones.
Selection Process
  • Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Closing date: 20 April 2020
  • GGGI evaluates applications based on: eligibility requirements, relevance of academic study and work experience (if any); and the level of interest and motivation to contribute to development work.
  • Due to high volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Important information

Duration: The internship program is for at least three months and up to six months. Once selected, interns must begin your internship either prior to or within 12 months of graduation. 

Stipend: GGGI interns receive a monthly stipend of USD$500 per month. All costs related to travel, insurance, accommodation, and living expenses must be borne by either the interns or their sponsoring institutions.  

Visa: GGGI will provide a supporting letter for visa. Interns will be responsible for obtaining and financing the necessary visas.  

Travel: Intern will arrange and finance their travel to the internship location.  

Medical Insurance: Interns must present proof of valid medical insurance to GGGI upon returning the signed internship contract.

Confidentiality: Interns must keep confidential any and all unpublished information obtained during the course of the internship and may not publish any documents based on such information.  

Academic Credit: Interns may get academic credit from their institution of higher education for the internship. Interns need to check with their university to confirm their academic credit policy for internships.  

Working Hours: interns are expected to work during normal working hours. Leave should be pre-approved by the Intern Manager, and the latter should inform the Office of HR accordingly.

Learning Outcomes: before completion of the internship, Intern Managers are expected to review the learning outcomes with the intern.

Certificate: provided upon successful completion of the internship, upon request.