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Senior Agriculture and Food Security Specialist

Date: May 23, 2020

Location: Korea (KOR), KR

Company: Green Climate Fund

Grade: IS - 5

Deadline: 1 January 2021 (11:59 PM KST)

Location: Songdo, Incheon, South Korea

Entry Salary: USD 128,600


N.B. This position is being re-advertised in order to attract larger pool of potential candidates. Therefore, if you have previously applied for this position, you do not need to re-apply.


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 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 111 projects in 99 countries and has committed USD 5.0 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 description 

The Senior Agriculture and Food Security Specialist, reporting to the Deputy Director, Adaptation of DMA, is responsible for the expansion and evolution of GCF’s Agriculture and Food Security portfolio and pipeline, aligned with wider organization policies.

Working closely with accredited entities, national designated authorities and other internal/external stakeholders, the Senior Agriculture and Food Security Specialist leads in originating the pipeline, manage the review of the funding proposals, advises on the improvement of the projects under review, and provide technical oversight of the portfolio of investments in low emissions and climate resilient Agriculture and Food Security.


Duties and responsibilities


  • Lead the secretariat assessment of funding proposals by working closely with accredited entities and coordinating the interdivisional review;
  • Lead the development of working papers, guidelines and tools, and contribute to the development of strategy and policies related to this sector; and
  • Promote innovative investment models in Agriculture and Food Security to address climate change mitigation and adaptation.



  • Advocate on Agriculture and Food Security planning, implementation approaches, and relevant technologies, based on best practices and responding to country needs;
  • Advocate towards the development of transformative projects and programmes on the sector that respond to the identified needs and priorities of countries; and
  • Coordinate and negotiate with relevant external stakeholders as they access the Fund’s investment resources.



  • Lead on and oversee the origination of Agriculture and Food Security investments and provide technical advices to the monitoring of project and programme implementation;
  • Lead the development of lessons learned papers and contribute to knowledge management activities; and
  • Contribute to corporate and team activities and managing consultants, interns, and other GCF staff as necessary.


Required experience and qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in agricultural development, environmental science or engineering, natural resources management or other relevant fields;
  • 11 years or more experience in project origination, development, evaluation and management and/or financing with specific emphasis on low emission and climate-resilient Agriculture and Food Security;
  • Substantive experience in developing and implementing low emissions and climate-resilient Agriculture and Food Security investments in developing countries settings is required;
  • Relevant experience in climate finance operations and process management; familiarity with the UN and multilateral setting, and knowledge of the UNFCCC framework;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills required with ability to interact with multiple internal/external stakeholders and at different levels; and
  • Fluency in English with knowledge of Spanish and/or French (or 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.