Specialist (Climate Diplomacy - Thought Leadership)

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

Seoul, South Korea 🇰🇷

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.

GGGI is launching a new climate diplomacy initiative that aims support GGGI Member countries in the global climate negotiations. This initiative is expected to include, among other things, supporting: the Government of Ethiopia as it serves as Chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group under the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); GGGI’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) implementation partnership involving more than 20 Member countries; development of national Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) systems; expanded developing country access to climate financing; South-South cooperation and knowledge sharing on climate change issues; and GGGI’s partnership with the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

To help lead parts of this initiative and contribute to others, GGGI is seeking to hire a dynamic, action-oriented individual with significant experience in climate diplomacy, particularly as it involves advocacy, awareness-building, and otherwise supporting developing countries to effectively engage in global climate negotiations and address domestic climate change challenges with respect to climate change adaptation, mitigation, finance, and other relevant issues.


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 Specialist will work closely with team members and relevant stakeholders to champion and coordinate GGGI’s climate diplomacy programs and activities. General responsibilities will include identifying climate change analytical and capacity building priorities among GGGI member countries, lead GGGI’s efforts to partner and collaborate with international partnerships and institutions working to address climate change (such as the International Centre for Climate Change and Development and the GCF), contribute to GGGI’s and its Members’ engagement in the annual UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP), and coordinate support of analytical and capacity building activities by TL and other (internal and external) subject matter experts.


The Specialist is expected to be a seasoned professional who is passionate about building an extraordinary organization that continues to drive innovation in accelerating green growth and action to address climate change worldwide. The Specialist shall manage relevant projects and activities spearheading GGGI’s engagement in climate diplomacy among key GGGI member countries. As part of the Thought Leadership team, the Specialist will help define GGGI’s priorities and direction in climate diplomacy and play a leading role in working with key international and external experts as well as country counterparts and other organizations externally.


The Specialist will engage GGGI country teams and subject matter experts, country stakeholders (including government officials and other country representatives involved in climate negotiations and alliances), and other international partners and organizations. This will include leveraging resources, expertise, and the Specialist’s own professional network to support GGGI member countries to build capacity in key areas of climate change by engaging GGGI country teams and country counterparts, subject-matter experts, international partners (including intergovernmental, donor, think tank, research, academic, and other organizations), and multi-country platforms such as the LDC Group.


The general roles and responsibilities of the Specialist include:

  • Promoting GGGI thought leadership by originating, leading, and disseminating flagship/core knowledge products concerning climate change challenges and solutions facing GGGI member countries, such as development of NDCs and MRV systems, promoting climate adaptation and resilience, and accessing climate finance;
  • Convening and organizing capacity building, South-South cooperation, and knowledge sharing events and other activities addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation, finance, and related challenges and opportunities;
  • Coordinating and managing GGGI’s engagement and collaboration with country stakeholders and key international partners (including those mentioned above, and others) on climate diplomacy matters;
    • Leveraging expertise and input from internal and external subject matter and capacity building experts, and country teams, to deliver/share knowledge, resources, capacity building/training, and lessons learned to country counterparts; and
    • Contributing to GGGI’s strategic communications and outreach on climate change programs, issues, and successes.
  • Coordinating GGGI’s climate diplomacy engagement in the COP and collaboration with key alliances and platforms under the UNFCCC;



  • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental science, international development, environmental law, public policy, or other disciplines related to climate change, sustainable development, environmental management, or green growth;
  • At least 7 years of professional experience demonstrating increasing responsibilities with an emphasis on international climate change negotiations and directly supporting developing countries in climate change mitigation, adaptation, or closely related topics.


  • Comprehensive understanding of development and climate policies and finance, as well as other measures to address global climate change and promote green growth in developing and emerging countries, as well as of recent developments and global trends in climate change science, geo-politics, and international negotiation processes;
  • Direct and extensive understanding of the global climate negotiations, including negotiations processes and positions, such as through experience working as a climate negotiator within government, is a key asset, as is experience liaising with international organizations working with developing countries on climate change issues; proven record of providing policy and technical advisory services to developing countries is a plus;
  • Solid experience in developing and launching programs/initiatives addressing climate change or related issues, policy analysis, and multi-stakeholder engagement at an international level and with (or in) developing countries;
  • Proven skills to effectively manage stakeholder relationships and team collaboration in a multi-cultural context, including engaging senior government and non-government officials, as well as to deliver expected outputs on time;
  • Well-established and extensive professional network in climate diplomacy is an asset;
  • Exceptional written and oral communication and strong presentation skills; and
  • Fluency in English; 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. The successful candidate is a skillful coach with an ability to diagnose challenges in an organization and a team, an innovator, a decision-maker, a powerful advocate, and a diplomatic change agent who understands the dynamics and tensions in a diverse, global landscape. S/he should be:

  • Excellent in knowledge development;
  • Able to handle complex multi-stakeholder relationships;
  • Keen on maintaining high degree of professional integrity with a stewardship of public resources;
  • Proactive in providing mentorship and guidance to staff;
  • Able to effectively communicate, listen to others, and create and promote an environment for open communication; and;
  • Able to work effectively with other teams of a high degree of cultural/ professional diversity.