Technical Review Consultants, Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme

Green Climate Fund (GCF)

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The Green Climate Fund (“the Fund”) is a 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.

The Fund 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, the Fund 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.

The Fund is governed by a Board, composed of an equal number of members from developed and developing countries. The Fund is operated by an independent Secretariat headed by an Executive Director. The Fund pursues a country-driven approach in its operations. The Board has established the Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme (RPSP, or, the Readiness Programme) as a critical vehicle to enhance the country-driven approach and to further enable direct access to GCF resources by developing countries. The Readiness Programme provides grant-based capacity building and technical assistance support to developing countries to enable them to programme, access, deploy and monitor climate finance investments.

The Technical Review Consultants will be home-based and report to the Readiness Programme Senior Specialist located at the headquarters of the GCF in Songdo, Incheon, Republic of Korea.


The Technical Review Consultant(s) will be responsible for providing high-quality and timely inputs to the Secretariat review process for grant and technical assistance -requests under the Readiness Programme. S/he will provide technical support for the review of Readiness grant proposals submitted to the GCF. The consultant will ensure proposals contain elements central to the objectives of the Readiness Programme, including from the perspective of effective and efficient implementation and delivery of anticipated results. The consultant will review officially submitted proposals, provide specific and actionable feedback to those requesting grant support, and further review resubmitted grant proposals to advance the proposals through the Secretariat’s review and endorsement process. S/he will also check consistency of Readiness proposals with GCF’s policies, procedures, templates and guidelines, including appraisal criteria and the quality assurance checklist.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Readiness Programme Senior Specialist, related to the required work, s/he will be responsible for but not limited to:
•    Undertake review of Readiness proposals and supporting documentation submitted to the GCF under Readiness Programme (including NAP/adaptation planning requests) against the quality assurance and appraisal criteria established by the Secretariat and the objectives of the GCF more broadly;
•    Provide substantive comments for the applicant to consider in improving the overall quality and results orientation of each proposal;
•    Review submitted proposal supporting documentation for consistency with GCF templates, guidelines, policies and procedures and provide targeted and actionable feedback;
•    Support the preparation of documents, reports, operational guidelines, tools and other products with respect to Readiness Programme and other matters as requested, including through analyzing and incorporating lessons learned in the review process;
•    Maintain regular communication with members of the Secretariat to discuss Readiness proposal reviews, 
•    Perform other tasks as deemed necessary by the Readiness Programme Senior Specialist.

•    50 Readiness proposals and their related submitted documents reviewed per consultant for quality assurance and adherence to the strategic objectives of the Readiness Programme;
•    Completed quality assurance checklist for each reviewed proposal submission;
•    Completed review sheet for each reviewed proposal submission, specifying areas for improvement and strengthening of the proposal, through revisions or clarifications from the applicant;
•    For resubmitted proposals, review of revised proposals with corresponding review sheets completed, specifying areas for improvement and strengthening of the proposal, through further revisions or clarifications from the applicant;
•    One knowledge product analyzing emerging lessons learned from the Readiness Programme pipeline and portfolio, and;
•    Regular progress reports over the duration of assignment

Required Experience and Qualifications
•    Advanced degree in public policy/administration, economics, environmental sciences, development studies or other relevant field;
•    At least 10 years of experience in project and programme design, development and implementation, including for climate change projects and programmes, in a developing country setting;
•    Experience with design and management of capacity building, technical assistance and advisory services for governments, civil society and/or private sector actors in developing countries;
•    Experience with the processes to develop and implement national climate change policies and actions plans, including nationally determined contributions (NDCs), national adaptation plans (NAPs), low-emission development strategies (LEDS), is highly desirable;
•    Familiarity and prior experience with providers and channels of climate finance, including the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Adaptation Fund, multilateral development banks, UN agencies and/or bilateral donors;
•    Demonstrated expertise in one or more sectoral/thematic areas (e.g. renewable energy, transport, infrastructure, agriculture, forestry), especially in the preparation of projects and programmes for investment by providers of climate finance, will be considered an advantage;
•    Excellent communication skills and the ability to prepare and communicate complex information in written format;
•    Exceptionally strong organizational skills and focus on details;
•    Ability to multi-task and meet strict deadlines; and
•    Fluency in English is essential; knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.

  • Applications from women and citizens from developing countries are strongly encouraged.
  • Closing date for the application is 31 December 2020 (KST). Application received after the closing date may not be considered