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Associate Professional - Project Preparation Facility

Date: Feb 11, 2019

Location: Korea (KOR), KR

Company: Green Climate Fund

Grade: IS - 1

Deadline:  7 March 2019 (11:59 PM KST)

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 75 entities to channel its resources and approved 93 funding proposals for a total investment from the GCF of over $4.6 billion. In addition, the decision  has just been made to launch the first replenishment of the Fund.

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.

Position description


The Associate Professional of Project Preparation Facility (PPF) in the Country Programming Division will be responsible for supporting the PPF team with a range of operational and analytical tasks necessary for the efficient operationalization of this Facility, particularly in the areas of assisting the PPF application review and approval process in the Secretariat.

The Associate Professional for the Project Preparation Facility will report to the Senior Specialist for Project Preparation and Adaptation Planning and will also support other areas of work within the Country Programing Division upon the request of the Director of Country Programming.


Duties and responsibilities

  • Assist the PPF process for submission, review and approval of PPF applications and their associated project Concept Notes from Accredited Entities, in collaboration with colleagues from the Divisions of Country Programming, Mitigation and Adaptation, and Private Sector Facility, and others across the GCF Secretariat.
  • Contribute inputs to PPF applications and their resubmissions by Accredited Entities for consideration of senior team members, including consolidating inputs of colleagues across the Secretariat on PPF applications and associated Concept Notes
  • Organize and participate in virtual and in-person meetings with Accredited Entities (AEs) and country representatives and other partners to communicate PPF policies and procedures, as well as feedback and next steps on specific PPF applications;
  • Coordinate preparation of documentations for PPF applications approval, Notification letters for Approval, Grant Agreement, first disbursement and coordinate with the Office of Portfolio Management on monitoring PPF implementation;
  • Manage the PPF service account on general inquires, coordinate with ICT in setting up the PPF database on iPMS and Fluxx and provide maintenance of data;
  • Support coordination of the deployment of PPF technical assistance for development of concept notes and associated PPF applications; and
  • Additional operational tasks as assigned by the Senior Specialist for Project Preparation and Adaptation Planning and the Director of Country Programming Division and secondary supervisors.


Expected experience and qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in economics, finance, international development, climate policy, environmental management, law, or related fields
  • More than two (2) years of relevant work experience. Climate finance, project development or project implementation experience in developing countries is highly desirable
  • Experience in an international setting is an advantage
  • Understanding of climate finance issues is required
  • Expertise in coordinating project review and technical assistance processes is highly desirable
  • Expertise in conducting feasibility studies for design of climate change mitigation and/or adaptation project would be an advantage
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are essential for this position; knowledge in one or more other UN languages would be 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.

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