Governance and Climate Policy Research Consultant

Green Climate Fund (GCF)

South Korea 🇰🇷

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

GCF will contribute to the achievement of the ultimate objective of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In the context of sustainable development, GCF will promote the paradigm shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways by providing support to developing countries to limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the impacts of climate change, taking into account the needs of those developing countries particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.

GCF is governed by a Board, composed of an equal representation of developed and developing countries. The Fund is operated by an independent Secretariat headed by an Executive Director. GCF will pursue a country-driven approach in its operations.

The Fund seeks to recruit research assistant to support a range of analytical and operational tasks necessary for responding to Board mandates and guidance from the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC to join its team at its headquarters in Songdo, Republic of Korea, for a period of 1 year.


Under the overall guidance of the Secretary to the Board and Head of Governance Affairs and supervision of the Multilateral Governance Manager, the Consultant will assist the Office of Governance Affairs in support a range of analytical and operational tasks necessary for responding to Board mandates and guidance from the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC.

Duties and responsibilities

The Consultant will be responsible for but not limited to:

•    Conducting analytical and advisory work to support policy development in response to Board mandates and COP guidance;
•    Providing technical and strategic inputs to working groups, initiatives and joint reports on multilateral governance and board related issues.
•    Preparing analytical documents, policy briefings, concept notes, operational plans, and other support materials, as required, on subjects such as UNFCCC negotiations, GCF events, Board-related matters;
•    Liaising with divisions within the Fund to facilitate the implementation of COP guidance/Board mandates and strengthening OGA’s role within the Secretariat;
•    Assist in the preparation of Board meetings, including through providing organizational and analytical support, as required;
•    Support the organization and development of technical sessions and informal events in preparation of matters for Board consideration, including prior to the Board meeting.;
•    Support in preparing input to and the organizing of, meetings with other climate finance delivery channels, UNFCCC constituted bodies and virtual missions and discussions with countries and accredited entities, including documenting the outcome.
•    Support in research and inputs on matters related to complementarity and coherence with other climate funds, including in support to GCF Programming work of GCF-1. 
•    Other as required by the supervisors.

Required experience and qualifications:

•    Masters level in economics, finance, sustainable development, climate policy, environmental sciences, law, or related fields;
•    Four years of relevant work experience. Climate finance or international negotiations experience is highly desirable;
•    Knowledge of the GCF and experience with working climate funds and decision-making bodies is highly desirable;
•    Experience in an international setting is an advantage;
•    Strong competence and autonomy in the use of standard software programmes: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access;
•    Excellent writing and presentation skills;
•    Fluency in English is essential; knowledge of another United Nations language is an advantage.

Applications from women and citizens from developing countries are strongly encouraged.
Candidates of all nationalities are welcome to apply. However, the compensation and benefits package for this position will be determined on the basis of a local recruitment.                                                                             

Please indicate your earliest availability to take up assignment, and notice-period required, if employed.

Closing date for applications is 28 December 2020 (KST). Applications submitted after the closing date may not be considered.