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Associate Counsel

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Date: Sep 19, 2022

Location: Incheon, South Korea (ICN), KR

Company: Green Climate Fund

Grade: IS - 2

Deadline: 10 October 2022 (11:59 PM KST)

Location: Songdo, Incheon, South Korea

Job Category: International

Salary: USD 87,700 net (plus attractive benefits, that include the following allowances (as appliable): Relocation, dependency, education assistance and home country travel)

 

The mission of the Green Climate Fund is to assist developing countries to respond to climate change while bringing prosperity to their people. 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 that 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 approved 200 projects in 141 countries and has committed USD 10 billion in climate finance. In addition, it has built up an extensive program to support developing countries to 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 makes unique contributions to the Fund, enriching the institution through their combined expertise and professional commitment.

 

Position Objective

The Associate Counsel will be part of the Office of the General Counsel providing legal support to the Fund’s Readiness Programme on operational matters, specifically on drafting, reviewing and negotiating readiness and project preparation facility legal agreements, conducting legal due diligence in connection with readiness and project preparation facility proposals; and preparing legal advice on the interpretation of statutes, contracts and other legal documents.

 

Duties and responsibilities

Purpose

  • Review, under the supervision of Legal Counsel or Senior Counsel, of readiness and project preparation facility proposals;

  • Draft, review and negotiate, under the supervision of Legal Counsel or Senior Counsel, legal documents and legal arrangements required by the Fund for its readiness operations, and ensure they are coherent with best practice and the legal framework of the Fund;

  • Draft and review, under the supervision of Legal Counsel or Senior Counsel, documents (policies, templates, instructions, guidelines) under the legal framework of the Fund especially as they relate to the Readiness Programme and Project Preparation Facility;

  • Participate in GCF’s Board meetings and other events and meetings of the GCF. This may include assisting in the preparation of relevant documentation, preparing summaries of discussions and presentations;

  • Demonstrate solution-oriented behaviour and the ability to think critically and creatively so as to resolve complex issues which arise from time to time in the course of transactions; and

  • Perform additional tasks as assigned by the Deputy General Counsel or General Counsel, as relevant.

 

Engagement

  • Provide legal assistance to the Readiness Working Group (RWG) or such other body or unit which performs the functions of the RWG;

  • Provide legal support to other divisions on matters relating to the readiness operations of the Fund;

  • Provide legal support and advice to consultants and interns within the Office of the General Counsel and coordinate/supervise their work when required;

  • Perform the activities listed above independently under the supervision of Legal Counsel, Senior Counsel, Deputy General Counsel or General Counsel based on the complexity of the task; and

  • Perform additional tasks as assigned by the Deputy General Counsel or General Counsel, as relevant.

 

Delivery

  • Collate information on key activities of the Readiness Program and maintain a database of such information, under the supervision of Legal Counsel or Senior Counsel;

  • Timely delivery of review of proposals and other legal documents necessary for the Fund’s legal and policy framework, especially as they relate to the Readiness Programme and Project Preparation Facility;

  • Apply creative solutions to common issues which arises in transactions from time to time;

  • Keep the senior officers within the Office of General Counsel abreast of the latest trends/developments in relevant legal and financial areas;

  • Provide sound and practical legal advice on the legal policy framework, especially as they relate to the Readiness Progamme and Project Preparation Facility, and advice regarding the readiness operations of the Fund, under the supervision of Legal Counsel or Senior Counsel; and

  • Provide effective and accountable supervision of interns and consultants.

 

Required experience and qualifications*

  • Juris Doctor, Doctor, LLB, or equivalent law degree (a higher degree in law is an advantage);
  • Qualification to practice law in at least one jurisdiction;
  • At least four (4) years of relevant work experience practicing law related to public law and/or international organizations with a well-recognized law firm, an international financial institution and/or a development institution;
  • Experience providing legal support to capacity development or project preparation in international or regional contexts is an advantage;
  • Solid legal drafting skills, specifically of drafting co-financing or grant agreements;
  • Experience developing, drafting and interpreting institutional policies is an advantage;
  • Experience liaising with, and advising, senior members of staff; experience advising management is an advantage;
  • Experience managing the work of consultants and interns;
  • Experience in, or working with, developing countries;
  • Emotional intelligence and values-driven work ethic; and
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are essential for this position; knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.

 

*The person assessed by the Selection Panel as most suitable for the position will be proposed for appointment. Selection among short-listed candidates will also take into account performance at interview, appropriate testing, and references. Applications from women and nationals of developing countries are strongly encouraged.