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Office of the General Counsel Intern

Date: Mar 1, 2019

Location: Korea (KOR), KR

Company: Green Climate Fund

Deadline: 20 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 54 entities to channel its resources and approved 74 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.

Internship Assignment


The Intern will have the opportunity to learn and be trained by assisting the Fund’s Office of the General Counsel (OGC) in providing legal support to the Fund. Within the Secretariat, OGC is responsible for all legal matters relating to the Fund, including  institutional matters, advising Board members on legal issues, relationships with other international organizations, contractual arrangements with intermediaries and implementing entities, legal due diligence on projects and programme activities and HR and procurement matters.


The intern will principally assist OGC on matters relating to projects and programmes financed by the Fund. The work of OGC in such matters includes negotiating accreditation master agreements; advising on legal matters relating to projects and programmes including the legal structures to be used, negotiating term sheets, negotiating template and project/programme-specific funded activity agreements; and advising on policy matters related to projects and programmes. The intern may also assist on institutional matters on which OGC provides legal advice, as required.


Under the overall guidance of the designated primary and alternate supervisors within OGC, the Intern will:


  1. Assist OGC in:


  • Preparing legal agreements and policy documents, as well as Board and other documents;
  • Conducting research and preparing reports;
  • Developing and maintaining systems for contract management and general knowledge management;
  • Drafting routine correspondence and responding to routine requests for information; and
  • Providing administrative and logistical support, if necessary; and


  1. Carry out any other task as may be assigned by OGC staff.


Requirements and qualifications


  1. Master’s level in law or recent graduate from law school;
  2. Preferably demonstrated interest in public international law and contracts;
  3. Ability to work under pressure; take initiative in judging priorities and organizing work accordingly;
  4. Proficiency in using standard software programmes: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook;
  5. Good interpersonal skills, and cultural sensitivity in communicating with all levels of staff and external clients, both orally and in writing;
  6. Willingness to cooperate with other staff in a team and contribute to a harmonious environment;
  7. Balanced judgment and absolute commitment to confidentiality;
  8. Excellent writing and presentation skills; and
  9. Fluency in English is essential; knowledge of another United Nations 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 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.

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