Readiness Technical Assistance Consultant (Latin America)

Green Climate Fund (GCF)

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The Green Climate Fund (“GCF”) is a multilateral fund created to make a significant and transformational contribution to the global efforts towards attaining the goals set by the international community to combat climate change. The mission of the GCF 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. It 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.

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. 

The Readiness Technical Assistance Consultant for Latin America will work remotely for up to one year and be available on an on-call basis. This is a unique opportunity to be part of a multilateral climate finance system that offers stimulating challenges

The Readiness Technical Assistance Consultant for Latin America will report to the Regional Manager for  Latin America and will have as key role to support developing countries to identify their institutional readiness needs (in terms of accessing GCF resources), identify action plans to address these needs through the GCF’s Readiness, Preparatory Support Programme and support National Designated Authorities, Direct Access Entities and Delivery Partners to develop good quality GCF Readiness and project proposals. This is a part-time and remote-based consultancy.
Duties and responsibilities

At the request and guidance of the Regional Manager for Latin America, s/he will be responsible for:
•    Providing specialized technical assistance to the National Designated Authorities (NDAs) and Direct Access Entities (DAEs) – and to the developing country’s Readiness Delivery Partners as may be required by the GCF – in developing or strengthening Readiness, PPF and project proposals that meet GCF requirements, for submission to the GCF. 
•    Conducting in-country missions and calls when required to provide such technical assistance with the aim of also building capacity in the countries.
•  Contribute towards knowledge management on countries and direct access entities for Latin America;  
•    Additional supportive tasks as assigned by the Regional Manager for Latin America or the Deputy Director of Country programming from time to time. These can be expected to include:
•    Providing research and analytical capacity towards development and strengthening of a credible knowledge database on the climate policy and strategic context in the countries of Latin America, and towards building a comprehensive understanding of country programming needs that will serve to produce or promote the development of a prioritized pipeline of projects/programmes.
•    Contribute to the development of briefing notes, background papers, and other materials as requested by the Regional Manager for Latin America to inform broader corporate processes and requirements.
•    Contributing professional advice and intellectual expertise in the proposition of key measures that will contribute to informing Latin American countries in transitioning towards a development pathway aligned with the GCF’s strategy and the goals of the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement.
For each specific assignment, the Readiness Technical Assistance Consultant will be requested to produce and seek approval of a work plan from the Regional Manager for Latin America (or Deputy Director of Country Programming, as may be required from time to time). When the work plan targets development of GCF Readiness proposals, deliverables will be expected to include, as applicable: 
•    National level capacity assessments of relevant developing country institutions (e.g. NDA, finance institutions, GCF Direct Access Entities);
•    Aide Memoire agreed between NDA (of target country) and GCF, and mission reports for missions undertaken; and
•    Based on readiness deliverables, support Country and Entity Programmes, PPF and project proposals to be strengthened. 
In addition to the quality of deliverables, the consultant’s performance assessments may also be linked directly to:
•    Client satisfaction ratings (to be assessed periodically/annually);
•    Number of draft readiness proposals delivered to NDAs.

Required experience and qualifications 
•    Minimum of Master’s degree in economics, engineering, environment, climate change, international development, business administration, or related fields;
•    At least 8 years of relevant work experience in climate change related planning or project development in an international setting;
•    Extensive operational experience in providing specialized climate change-related technical assistance to government officials and/or government organizations in developing country contexts; similar experience with civil society and private organizations will be a plus.
•    Proven track record in institutional strengthening and proposal development at the government level, particularly in the field of climate change capacity building (mitigation and adaptation); 
•    Experience in Latin American Countries;
•    Excellent communication skills and the ability to prepare and communicate complex information in written format; and
•    Fluency in both English and in Spanish is essential. The Readiness Technical Assistance Consultant will be expected to work closely with GCF partners in Spanish speaking countries and excellent language skills in other UN languages is highly desirable, mainly Portuguese and French.

Necessary skills:

•    Excellent levels of oral and written communication (English and Spanish)
•    Strong competence and autonomy in the use of standard software programmes: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, among others.  
•    Ability to work independently
•    Experience in working across cultures and in multi-cultural international environments, preferably in the Latin American context. 
•    Excellent understanding of the regional and countries’ economic, political, social contexts.  
•    Proven skills in developing partnerships with, and providing advisory support to high level government representatives and policy makers. 

  • Applications from women and citizens from developing countries are strongly encouraged.
  • Closing date for the application is 24 July 2020 (KST). Application received after the closing date may not be considered.