Climate Policy Specialist

Green Climate Fund (GCF)

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 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 Board mandates and the implementation of strategic Board decisions, as well as for liaising effectively with a range of stakeholders. 

Duties and responsibilities

Under the guidance of the International Climate Policy Specialist, s/he will be responsible for:

  • Lead analytical and advisory work to support the drafting of documents on policy aspects in response to Board mandates and in preparation of the meetings of the Board;
  • Lead the support to other divisions of the Secretariat in the Fund’s operations in response to mandates from the Board, including with regards to crosscutting matters
  • Lead in the development of key inputs to the Board, including updates and reports on the implementation of crosscutting decisions for the Fund;
  • Lead in identifying and developing analytical research needed to enhance the Fund’s policies and operations to respond to mandates from the Board;
  • Support across all work of the Office of Governance Affairs on board support and policy, including complementarity and coherence with other Funds, engagement with the UNFCCC, and analysis and operations of the Board;
  • Engage in cross-divisional tasks and committees of relevance for the implementation of Board mandates and follow up the implementation of Board adopted policies and mandates considering necessary recommendations for the Secretariat’s capacity to deliver;
  • Prepare analytical documents, talking points, and support materials, as required;
  • Monitor, analyse and socialize overall policy trends, particularly on climate finance;
  • Assist in the preparation of Board meetings by coordinating with internal and external actors before, during, and after the meetings; 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 international relations, environmental policy, economics, finance, sustainable development, climate policy or related fields;
  • At least 9 years of relevant work experience, including involvement in implementation of climate and environmental policy and finance processes;
  • Practical experience in the implementation of policies, project development and evaluation;
  • 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, and at high speed, for the delivery of tasks related to the post with high quality and timeliness;
  • Strong competence and autonomy in the use of standard software programmes: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access;
  • Suitability to undertake the responsibilities mentioned above at the required level, with the following: Proven application of expertise; Able to act as a team leader when required, with supervision from the team head; A team-player with a proactive and can-do attitude;
  • Experience of establishing strong working relationships with colleagues from different functions and cultures;
  • Familiarity in communication with government officials, representatives of regional groups and a range of stakeholders is an advantage;
  • Ideal candidates will hold effective analytical and organizational skills, sound judgement, decision making abilities, be tactful and diplomatic and be capable of working under strict timelines;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact with a broad range of stakeholders to communicate at various levels and maintain good working relationships;
  • Outstanding planning and organizational skills are required;
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
  • Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required;
  • Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards;
  • Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; and
  • Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; and
  •  Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are essential for this position; knowledge of Portugese and other UN language is 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.

Eligibility for certain benefits shall depend on the place of recruitment and residence, as determined by the Fund in accordance with its rules.

Required competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Client-orientation
  • Creativity
  • Planning & organizing
  • Accountability

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: “Climate Policy Specialist”

Applications from women and nationals of developing countries are strongly encouraged.