Call for Int'l Experts for independent TAP
Call for International Experts to serve in the Independent Technical Advisory Panelof the Green Climate Fund I. Background
1. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) was established by Parties to the UNFCCC at its meetingin Cancún in December 2010, and formally launched in 2011 when the Governing Instrument of the GCF was adopted and approved.
2. The GCFis set to become a main international financial institution for the delivery ofclimate financein support of mitigation and adaptation activities in developing countries. 3. The GCFis governed andsupervised by a Board that has full responsibility for funding decisions. The GCF has a Secretariat with responsibility for the executive management and operations of the GCF. The GCF also has a Trustee incharge of the management of the GCF’s financial assets and financial reporting thereof.
4. The Board, through its decision B.07/03, agreed to establish an independent Technical Advisory Panel (the Panel). The Panel will be accountable to the Board and provide anindependent assessment of, and advice regarding the performance of the project or programme against activity- specific criteria. At its ninth meeting, the Board approved the terms of reference (TOR) of the Panel through decision B.09/10, which is included as an annex to this document. 5. In the GCF’s proposal approval process (decision B.07/03), entities accredited to the GCF will submit funding proposals to the Secretariat for consideration, with a no-objection from the relevant national designated authority. The Secretariat will review the funding proposals from accredited entities and will perform second-level due diligence on the proposals. The Panel will provide its independent assessment on the expected performance of the project/programme against the investment criteria. The Board, having received the full funding proposal package from the Secretariat, will then takethe funding decision.
6. Following the decisions, B.07/03 and B.09/10, at its tenth meeting, the Board endorsed the nomination by the InvestmentCommittee of four experts of the independent Technical Advisory Panel for one term through the decision B.10/09. Furthermore, the Board reaffirmed that the Panel willcomprise sixmembers as per the terms of reference approved in decision B.09/10 and that the remaining Panel members will be selected before the twelfth meeting of the Board with due consideration to the UNFCCC roster of experts and to the geographic and specialty coverage, as appropriate.
II. Minimum required qualifications and key fields of competencies
7. In accordance with guidance from the Board, the Panel is to be comprised of six international
experts: three from developing countries and three from developedcountries, with gender balance. 8. Individuals interested toserve as international experts must demonstrate recognized capacityand expertise in the following fields of key competency, supported bysuccessful career experience at asenior level in an international environment with at least 10 years of relevant
professional experience across the following areas:(a) Wide technical expertise, operational experience and good understanding of the applied technologies related to the GCF’s result areas:
i. Reduced emissions from:
• Energy access and power generation
• Low emission transport
• Buildings, cities, industries and appliances
• Forests and land use
ii. Increased resilience of:
• Livelihoods of people, communities and regions
• Health and well-being, and food and water security
• Infrastructure and the built environment
• Ecosystems and ecosystem services;
(b) Professional experiencein the financing, development and implementation of public and/or
private sector projects indeveloping countries;
(c) Working knowledge of the project management cycle, includingorigination,implementation,
and activity oversight;
(d) Familiarity with United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the
Intergovernmental Panel on ClimateChange, and other relevant processes is highly
(e) Understanding of governance issues (e.g. financial public management, political
economy and other relevant areas) is a plus.
9. In addition to the above,interested individuals must demonstrate an unquestionable
personal reputation,integrity and ethical behaviorthroughout his or her professional career.
10. The working language of the GCF is English. Fluency in another language, particularly an
official language of the United Nations, is a plus.
III. Application and selection procedure
11. Interested individuals should submit their expression of interest by providing a full
documented CV and a cover letter specifying the fields of keycompetencies that match their skills.
12. Responses to this call should be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
13. The subject line of the email message should followthe following format:
Subject: Expression of interest TAP – [FIRST NAME] [FAMILY NAME]
14. The filecontaining the curriculum vitaeshould be named“CV [FAMILY NAME]” (e.g. CV
SMITH), and similarly, the file containing thecover letter should be named“Cover letter [FAMILY
15. Please specify in the cover letter and CV your professional affiliation(s), including the
UNFCCC roster of experts.
16. Only the followingformats will be accepted: MS Word, PDF, and RTF.
17. Shortlisting will start on 26 October 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.
18. The panel members will be selected through an open, transparent andcompetitive process
basedon the criteria above and the annexed terms of reference. They will then be nominated bythe
GCF’s Investment Committee and endorsed bythe Board.19. The panelmembers will be expected to work remotely on a part-time basis with the possibilityto attendmeetings of the Panel, the Committee, and the Board, either physically or
virtually.The Secretariat willcommunicate and assist with any travel requirements relating to the
work of the Panel. The time required per month for proposal review will depend upon the volume
and complexity of funding proposals received.
20. Unless otherwise requested by the applicant, CVs received during the Panel recruitment
process may be retained as part of a roster of experts that the GCF can draw upon as needed.Annex: TermsofreferenceoftheindependentTechnicalAdvisoryPanel I. Role and mandate
1. The independent Technical Advisory Panel (the Panel) will provide independent technical
assessment of, and advice on, funding proposals for the Board.
2. The Panel will conduct technical assessments of funding proposals submitted through the
Secretariat by accredited entities of the Fund at the analysis and recommendations to the Board stage of
the Fund’s project and programme activity cycle. This will be done in accordance with the Fund’s initial
proposal approval process, and in order to provide objective technical advice on funding proposals for
3. The Secretariat will engage the Panel on all funding proposals, in particular the medium and
large funding proposals. This shall not prejudge the proposed simplified processes for the approval of
certain activities, in particular small-scale activities that are planned to be discussed at the tenth
meeting of the Board.
4. The Panel will operate as an independent technical advisory body of the Fund. The Panel and its
members will be bound by these terms of reference (TOR) as well as by any relevant policies and
procedures of the Fund, including the policy on ethics and conflict of interest for external members
serving on panels, sub-committees and working groups of the Board. The rules of procedures of the
Board, as well as any other relevant rules and guidelines to be adopted by the Board, will apply mutatis
mutandis to the Panel.
5. The Panel will independently assess the performance of the funding proposals submitted to the
Fund against the Fund’s activity-specific criteria in accordance with the initial investment framework.
6. The Panel, in the conduct of its technical assessment of funding proposals, will be provided with
the final funding proposal; the Secretariat’s assessment of compliance with safeguards, policies and
performance of the project or programme against activity-specific criteria; and other necessary
information that may reasonably be requested from the Secretariat. As needed, the Panel may seek
inputs from stakeholders.
7. Upon decision by the Board, the Panel may expand its mandate in the future in order to provide
strategic insights and share lessons learned.
8. An open and transparent process for selection of Panel members will be launched immediately
after the Board adoption by the Board of the terms of reference of the Panel.
9. Pursuant to this mandate, and in accordance with stage IV of the Fund’s project and programme
activity cycle (Annex VII to decision B.07/03, Initial Proposal Approval Process), the Panel’s advice will
be submitted to the Board by the Secretariat as part of the documentation pertaining to the funding
proposal. The advice provided by the Panel will consist of the outcome of its independent technical
assessment and its recommendation on each funding proposal that it considers.10. Upon request by the Board, the Panel may be invited to report orally to the Board at future Board meetings.
III. Composition and structure
11. The Panel will comprise six members: three from developing countries and three from
developed countries, with gender balance. The Panel will nominate its Chair. On a case-by-case basis,
members of the Panel may call additional experts if the need for specialized knowledge arises, as
deemed necessary and in consultation with the Secretariat. When this occurs, the required expert will be
procured and selected by the Secretariat in consultation with the Panel and will be contracted by the
Secretariat on behalf of the Fund as an external consultant. Furthermore, a roster of experts in major
mitigation and adaptation areas will be established over time.
12. The Panel’s collective expertise will cover a range of specialties related to adaptation, mitigation,
the private sector, financing, development and implementation of projects in developing countries.
Familiarity with guidance stemming from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate
Change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, other relevant processes and an understanding
of governance issues (e.g. public financial management, political economy, etc.) is desirable.
13. Panel members and expert members will, therefore, demonstrate recognized capacity and
expertise in their fields of competency as it pertains to the Fund’s initial result areas, supported by a
successful career track record.
14. Each Panel member and expert member will have to have demonstrated unquestionable
personal reputation, integrity and ethical behaviour throughout his or her professional career.
15. Members of the Panel will be procured, selected and nominated by the Investment Committee,
with the support of the Secretariat, for endorsement by the Board soon thereafter.
16. The endorsed Panel members will enter into a consultancy contract with the Fund for a term of
three years, with the possibility of renewal. The Executive Director of the Fund may, in consultation with
the Ethics and Audit Committee, terminate the consultancy contract with a Panel member in cases of
unethical behaviour, negligence of duties, or any other breach of his or her obligations thereunder,
whereupon his or her term as Panel member will terminate automatically.
IV. Modalities of work
17. The Panel will conduct its review of funding proposals remotely, unless exceptional
circumstances necessitate physical meetings. The dates and timelines for reviews will be determined by
the Secretariat in accordance with the initial proposal approval process, and aim to not exceed two
weeks. A summary of each completed technical assessment will be made available on the Fund’s
website, subject to the Fund’s information disclosure policy.
18. The Secretariat will provide the necessary operational and administrative support to the Panel.V. Compensation
19. A fee will be paid to Panel members and expert members in accordance with the Fund’s rules
and regulations, subject to the terms of their consultancy contracts. The time required per month for
review of funding proposals will be determined in consultation with the Secretariat.
VI. Conflict of interest and confidentiality
20. A conflict of interest arises when a Panel member has an interest, which may include but is not
limited to a financial interest that could, or could be deemed to, improperly influence the performance of
his or her official duties or responsibilities as a Panel member. A conflict of interest applies to, among
others, Panel members who hold positions in government or
non-governmental organizations, or who are working in, or have any contractual arrangement as
consultants or otherwise with, an Accredited Entity of the Fund or an executing entity.
21. All actual or potential conflicts of interest, or the appearance thereof, shall be immediately
disclosed in writing to the Fund’s Integrity Unit.
22. It is the duty of the Integrity Unit to review these disclosures promptly and to decide whether an
actual or potential conflict of interest exists and, if so, whether to issue a waiver defining the extent to
which the Panel member in question may participate in any discussion of the issue that has given rise to
23. When the Integrity Unit determines that an actual or potential conflict of interest exists, the
Panel member shall not participate in the matter that has given rise to the conflict absent a waiver from
the Integrity Unit. The waiver may be designed to allow for any level of participation that the Integrity
Unit deems appropriate. Until the Integrity Unit is established, the Office of the General-Counsel will
perform the duties of the unit in the interim.
24. Furthermore, at the time of appointment, all Panel members will sign the oath contained in the
Appendix to the TOR.
25. Panel members shall adhere to the Policy on Ethics and Conflict of Interest for external members
serving on Panels, Sub-Committees and Working Groups of the Board, as may be amended from time to
26. Panel members shall adhere to the Fund’s information disclosure policy, as may be amended
from time to time, including in respect of the treatment of confidential information.
VII. Revision and termination of the terms of reference of the Panel
27. The Board may revise these TOR as necessary, and upon the advice of the Investment
Committee, in order to incorporate lessons learned and to reflect the evolving technical needs of the
28. The mandate of the Panel may be revised or terminated by the Board, if deemed necessary.
1Conflict of interest provisions reflect the draft Policy on Ethics and Conflict of Interest for external members serving on Panels,
Sub-Committees and Working Groups of the Board which will also apply to members of the Panel.
- Organization: GCF - Green Climate Fund
- Location: Multiple locations
- Grade: International Consultant
- Closing Date: