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Senior Transport Specialist

Date: May 4, 2021

Location: Korea (KOR), KR

Company: Green Climate Fund

Grade: IS - 5

Deadline: 04 June 2021 (11:59 PM KST)

Location: Songdo, Incheon, South Korea

Contract Length: 3 years

Entry Salary: 128,6000 USD 


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 173 projects in 99 countries and has committed USD 8.3 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.

GCF's low emissions transport outcome area is built around the principles of "Avoid-Shift-Improve" for urban mobility and long-distance land transportation for meeting the goals of Paris Agreement. mitigation targets from transport low emissions urban transport and land-based long haul transport.



Position description 

The Senior Transport Specialist, reporting to the Deputy Director, Mitigation of DMA, is responsible for the expansion and evolution of GCF's transport pipeline and management of portfolio, aligned with wider organization policies. 

Working closely with accredited entities, national designated authorities and other internal/external stakeholders, the Senior Transport Specialist leads on project origination for the pipeline, manages the review of the proposals, supports the improvement of the projects under review, and provides technical oversight of the portfolio of investments in low emissions and climate resilient Transport.


Duties and responsibilities


  • Provide thought leadership on low emissions transport and create a deeper understanding among partners and team members on investment priorities for meeting the GCF mandate;
  • Lead the development of guidelines and tools, and support the development of strategy and policies related to this sector; and
  • Promote innovative investment models in Transport to address climate change mitigation and adaptation.


  • Advocate Transport planning, implementation approaches, and relevant technologies, 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 Transport investments and provide technical support to the monitoring of project and programme implementation;
  • Lead the development of lessons learned papers and provide technical support 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*

  • Masters' degree or higher in transport planning, investment or related field. A certificate or training in climate finance or investment will be an added advantage;
  • 11 years or more experience in a lead role in project origination, development, evaluation and management and/or financing with specific emphasis on low emission and climate resilient Transport;
  • Substantive experience in developing and implementing low emissions and climate resilient Transport investments in developing countries settings; 
  • 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, 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. This is an open recruitment and candidates will be assessed on an ongoing basis. Selection among short-listed candidates will also take into account performance at interview, appropriate testing, and references. The position will be closed as soon as a suitable candidate is found so prospective candidates are encouraged to apply early. Applications from women and nationals of developing countries are strongly encouraged.