Associate (Office of Thought Leadership)

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

Seoul, , KR

GGGI has a diverse portfolio of programs in developing countries and emerging economies around the world, 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. 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 activities which build a strong theoretical and empirical basis for green growth, and knowledge management and sharing activities that provide concrete options and guidance for policymakers, as well as help build the conditions for public and private green infrastructure investments.

The Office of Thought Leadership (TL) plays a critical part in supporting GGGI’s global, regional, and country-level programs and projects by:

  • demonstrating GGGI’s leadership in evidence-based program planning and implementation, research, analysis, tools and methodologies, and knowledge dissemination, exchange, and cooperation;
  • producing GGGI’s flagship and strategic knowledge products;
  • conducting applied or policy research and analysis, and designing and disseminating analytical tools and methodologies;
  • overseeing GGGI’s knowledge sharing (South-South cooperation) activities;
  • leading climate diplomacy programs and activities;
  • providing technical support to operational teams; and
  • building and supporting partnerships with international development and academic institutions.


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 as poverty reduction and job creation, as well as 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 the private sector to help build economies that achieve strong growth and are less carbon intensive, more resilient to climate change, and more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources.


The Associate will work with the Head of Thought Leadership to support effective operation of the TL Office. The Associate will support research and analysis and knowledge sharing teams within TL, and be responsible for a combination of technical support and administrative tasks.


The Associate will work closely with team members and relevant stakeholders to support the development of knowledge products, tools and methodologies, and knowledge sharing activities. S/he will also assist the team by supporting tasks related to technical and administrative management for the Office, editing and designing publications and other project deliverables, procurement actions, and TL-led workshops and related project events and activities (e.g., to process travel arrangements and other logistical arrangements) in coordination with GGGI country teams.


The Associate shall support engagement with in-house and external experts/organizations to promote GGGI’s Thought Leadership programs and activities. Where possible, the Associate will proactively liaise with staff across different Units, Departments, and Division to facilitate two-way communication and efficient business operations. This includes GGGI teams and staff in operational divisions, including country-based teams, as well as external counterparts in government ministries of GGGI member countries, research and academic institutions, and other organization with which GGGI collaborates.


The general roles and responsibilities of the Associate include:

  • Providing general management, administrative, and technical support to the Office of Thought Leadership, simultaneously reporting to the Head of the office and working with various TL teams and staff;
  • Coordinating meeting schedules with internal and external stakeholders, preparing official correspondence, attending relevant meetings and drafting minutes, and regularly updating the office calendar (events, travel, and leave);
  • Serving as the lead custodian for organizing, processing, recording, controlling, and archiving relevant TL documents, including but not limited to approval memos, contracts, logframes, deliverables, reporting documents, knowledge products, and administrative documents for payments, procurement, and financial reporting/audit;
  • Collaborate with other units and divisions of GGGI on identified joint activities to ensure integrated delivery as ‘One GGGI’;
  • Supporting background research for TL subject matter experts in developing and sharing knowledge products, including capturing GGGI’s green growth experience;
  • Editing and designing reports and other publication materials in accordance with GGGI publication policy;
  • Supporting the preparation and logistical planning for various events when required (i.e., workshops, trainings, conferences);
  • Maintaining current distribution lists, phone/email address lists of project/other contacts;
  • Other duties assigned by the Head of Thought Leadership.



  • Education: A university degree (Master’s degree is a plus) in economics, public policy, business administration, international development, environmental management, or other related disciplines related to green growth, climate change, and/or sustainable development;
  • At least 2 years of professional experience in a relevant sector with a public of private sector organization.


  • Understanding of the concept of green growth and sustainable development challenges in developing and emerging countries;
  • Team orientation, with excellent interpersonal and communications skills;
  • Research experience and knowledge of research tools and methodologies are a plus;
  • Experience supporting administrative tasks and using Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) or similar software platforms is a plus;
  • Experience working with developing countries, preferably on policy consultation and project development is a plus;
  • Experience with formatting and designing publications using graphic design software such as InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, or Photoshop is an asset;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is a must; knowledge of another relevant language is an asset.


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, someone who is proactive, dynamic, and able to work together with minimal supervision. The successful candidate should be a skillful team member with an ability to interact within and beyond GGGI, a thoughtful communicator, a deep thinker, and a diplomatic change agent who understands the dynamics and tensions in this kind of diverse, global landscape. The individual should be:

  • Able to work on multiple tasks with strict deadlines;
  • Able to develop new skills and knowledge;
  • Ready to anticipate and provide necessary support to the team;
  • Able to handle complex multi-stakeholder relationships;
  • Able to maintain a high degree of professional integrity;
  • Able to effectively communicate, listen to others, and create and promote an environment for open communication; and
  • Able to work effectively both independently and in teams with a high degree of cultural/professional diversity.