Senior Researcher

Songdo, , KR

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 Senior Researcher in the Division of Mitigation and Adaptation will be responsible for supporting Division management and Sector Specialists in the development of policy papers, sector guidance, and other relevant tasks as deemed necessary.

Duties and responsibilities
  • Provide analytical and operational support for the development of policy and guideline documents including but not limited to, inter alia, sector guidances, the Fund’s investment framework, initial proposal approval process, operational guidelines, procedures and toolkits. This may include background research, collecting and analyzing data, conducting specific research and analytical work, drafting written reports, engagement through email and phone calls with the Fund consultants and experts, and oversight and coordination of the relevant document internally up to the point of publication;
  • Deliver background support and market research to aid project and programme pipeline development, including initial screening and review of project/ programme funding proposals and concept notes, interactions with accredited entities in bilateral meetings, preparation of assessment findings, maintenance of the operations database, monitoring of implementation of the approved projects or programmes;
  • Provide organizational and substantive support for the Fund’s Board meetings and other events and meetings related to the functioning of the Fund. This may include assisting in the preparation of relevant documentation, taking meeting minutes, preparing summaries of discussions for the Report of the Meeting, and providing support for the drafting of decisions; and
  • Support any additional analytical and operational tasks as assigned by the Division Management.
Expected experience and qualifications*
  • Master’s degree in economics, finance, sustainable development, climate policy, environmental sciences, law or related fields plus at least two (2) years of relevant work experience, or Bachelor’s degree plus at least seven (7) years of work experience, or recent PhD graduates;

  • Research Skills;

  • Experience in climate finance or carbon finance experience is highly desirable;

  • Experience in an international setting, and ability to work independently and take initiative in response to the Fund’s needs;

  • Experience in developing policy documents, conducting research analysis and articulating findings and recommendations;

  • Familiarity of multilateral climate funds, project financing, and UNFCCC framework;

  • Excellent business writing and presentation skills;

  • Ability to articulate complex issues verbally and in writing in a concise manner;

  • Strong competence and autonomy in the use of standard software programmes: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook; 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 experience and skills that would qualify candidates for consideration. 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 name]” (e.g. Peterson, Anna) Subject line: “Senior Researcher” 

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Applications from women and nationals of developing countries are strongly encouraged. However, please note that the terms and conditions of appointment are based on a local recruitment.