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Associate Counsel

Date: Nov 20, 2020

Location: Korea (KOR), KR

Company: Green Climate Fund

Grade: IS - 1
Deadline: 18 December 2020 (11:59 PM KST)

Location: Songdo, Incheon, South Korea

Entry Salary: USD 79,000


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 

OGC is responsible for protecting the legal interests of GCF and advises on methods to limit GCF’s risk exposure appropriately.  It prepares or reviews documents which create and define the legal rights or obligations of GCF.

The Associate Counsel will be part of the Office of the General Counsel providing legal support to the GCF on operational matters. The work of the Office of the General Counsel in such matters includes: negotiating accreditation master agreements; conducting legal due diligence and advising on legal matters relating to projects and programmes including the legal structures to be used, negotiating term sheets, and negotiating template and project/programme-specific funded activity agreements; preparing legal advice on the interpretation of statutes, contracts, and other legal documents; and advising on policy matters related to projects and programmes.

Duties and responsibilities


  • Review, under the supervision of a Legal Counsel, Senior Counsel or Associate General Counsel, of funding proposals and legal documents required by the GCF for its operations, and ensure they are coherent with best practice and the legal and policy framework of the GCF;
  • Conduct and review, under the supervision of a Legal Counsel, Senior Counsel or Associate General Counsel, the legal due diligence in connection with the proposed funding structures;
  • Prepare, under the supervision of Legal Counsel, Senior Counsel or Associate General Counsel, the draft of legal arrangements with accredited entities.


  • Review and negotiation, under the supervision of Legal Counsel, Senior Counsel or Associate General Counsel, financing agreements and other legal documents required by the GCF for its operations;
  • Advise projects teams on the legal and policy framework of the GCF;
  • 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;
  • Coordinate the work of interns within the Office of the General Counsel; and
  • Perform additional tasks as assigned by the General Counsel, Associate General Counsel, and Senior Counsel.


  • Deliver high-quality initial drafts of AMAs, FAAs, and project agreements, as well as amendments and waiver letter, and actively participate in the negotiation of legal arrangements with accredited entities;
  • Assess and analyse risks in a clear and detailed manner arising out of AMAs, FAAs and project documents as well as proposing clear and practical advice to mitigate such risks;
  • Effective legal research on various legal issues as they arise in the operations division from time to time.

Required experience and qualifications*

  • Juris 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 2 years of relevant work experience practicing law in cross-border transactions involving debt and/or equity with a well-recognised law firm, an international financial institution and/or a development institution;
  • Experience working on novel areas of law, or innovative and/or complex financial transactions is an advantage;
  • Solid legal drafting skills specifically of drafting financing agreements;
  • Experience liaising with, and advising, senior members of staff; experience advising management is an advantage;
  • Experience in, or working with, developing countries; 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.