Climate Policy Specialist

Songdo, , KR

Grade IS – 4 Specialist Duty station Songdo, Incheon – Korea

Contract type 3 years

Number of posts 1

Recruitment type International Unit Office of Governance Affairs

Closing date 18 Feb 2018

Reporting to Secretary to the Board

Vacancy code GCF/Recruit/191

The mission of the Green Climate Fund 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. The Fund 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. It is country-driven and undertakes actions which reflect the circumstances of each country concerned and its national aspirations. The GCF is a key enabler of the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Since its establishment, the GCF has mobilized 10.3 billion USD, accredited 54 entities to channel its resources and approved 43 funding proposals. In addition, it has built up an extensive program to support developing countries identify their needs, in particular those who are most vulnerable to climate change impacts. 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. We are looking to expand our team with more highly skilled and adaptable people who are driven by our mandate, people who appreciate challenges and know how to deliver and thrive in a fast moving, dynamic environment. 

Position description The Climate Policy Specialist as part of the Fund’s Songdo-based headquarters team will be responsible for assisting the team with a range of operational and analytical tasks necessary for engaging and responding to the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, as well as for liaising effectively with a range of relevant thematic bodies.

Duties and responsibilities 

• Support the linkage between the Fund and the UNFCCC thematic bodies;

• Lead on the planning and execution of activities design to respond and collaborate with strategic stakeholders, including the UNFCCC thematic bodies, its Secretariat, etc; Climate Policy Specialist

• Provide policy advisory services and intellectual leadership to support the policy formulation and implementation of crosscutting issues (technology, capacity building, etc) to the operation of the Fund, including in the implementation of the MOU between the GCF and UNFCCC;

• Prepare strategic policy briefs and position papers: on status of climate change negotiations, forthcoming events, and strategic issues to inform action by the Fund in international climate processes;

• Coordinate the development of the annual report of the GCF to the Conference of the Parties and liaise with relevant divisions within the Secretariat on the implementation of the Guidance from the COP to the Fund and related Board mandates;

• Facilitate efforts within the Fund to enhance the response, awareness and understanding to the Guidance of the Conference of the Parties and the relationship with the UNFCCC;

• Support across all work of the Office of Governance Affairs on climate policy, including complementarity and coherence with other Funds, input to operations of the GCF, and analysis and operations of the Board;

• Liaise with international climate processes and relevant thematic bodies, positioning the work of the Fund in the wider climate international context;

• Represent the Fund in climate finance events, meetings, and relevant fora as required;

• Outreach to a wide diversity of stakeholders and partners of the Fund;

• Prepare analytical documents, talking points, and support materials, as required;

• Monitor, analyse and socialize overall climate policy trends, particularly on climate finance;

• Track and maintain a calendar of climate finance events, meetings, and relevant fora; and

• Other activities as required and instructed by the Head of the Office of Governance Affairs and the International Climate Policy Specialist. 

Expected experience and qualifications* • Master’s degree in economic, environmental studies, international relations, environmental policy, economics, finance, sustainable development, climate policy or related fields;

• Advanced Knowledge of and experience with the UNFCCC and other international climate related processes;

• Demonstrated ability for complex problem solving and critical thinking on matters related to governance and coordination with others;

• Advanced university degree in international relations, environmental policy, economics, finance, sustainable development, climate policy or related fields;

• At least 9 years of relevant work experience, including involvement in international climate negotiations and/or climate finance processes;

• Ability to read and communicate (written and spoken) fluently in English; the ability to read and communicate in one or more other major languages (French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic) is desirable;

• Ability to work under pressure, under strict timelines, demonstrating complex problem solving with independent judgment and decision-making, for the delivery of tasks related to the post with high quality and timeliness;

• Suitability to undertake the responsibilities mentioned above at the required level, with the following: (a) Proven application of expertise; (b) Able to act as a team leader when required, with supervision from the team head; (c) A team-player with a proactive and can-do attitude;

• Experience of establishing strong working relationships with colleagues from different functions and cultures; and

• Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are essential for this position; knowledge of another UN language an advantage.

*The person assessed by the Selection Panel as most suitable for the position will be proposed for appointment. The above criteria should be seen as indicators of the qualifications, experience and skills that would qualify candidates for consideration. Other combinations of academic qualifications and years of experience may be considered. Selection among short-listed candidates will also take into account performance at interview, appropriate testing and references. Required competencies • Communication • Teamwork • Planning & organizing • Accountability • Client orientation

How to apply Interested candidates are requested to send their CV and a letter of interest in a single PDF file to: [email protected] File name: “[last name], [first naame]” (e.g. Peterson, Anna) Subject line: “Climate Policy Specialist” Upon submission of your application, you will receive an automatic e-mail acknowledging receipt of your application. Should you not receive a response, however, please check your spam/clutter mail before resubmitting your application. Please also ensure to use the correct spelling for the subject line of your e-mail. Thank you.