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Korea (Korea (Republic of))

  • Organization: GCF - Green Climate Fund
  • Location: Korea (Korea (Republic of))
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Climate Change
    • Public, Private Partnership
    • Sustainable trade and development
  • Closing Date: 2020-09-30

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Date: Aug 31, 2020

Location: Korea (KOR), KR

Company: Green Climate Fund


The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is the world’s largest dedicated fund helping developing countries reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and enhance their ability to respond and adapt to climate change. GCF aims to drive a paradigm shift in the global response to climate change. To support this goal, the GCF will introduce the GCF Global Climate Fellowship as of January 2021. The first cohort of the program will include two talented individuals that will support the work of the GCF by infusing new ideas into the organization and contributing to research for a period of 12 months. The fellowship program is governed by a dedicated steering committee.

The fellows will support the work of the GCF in three areas:
•    Through an individual research project, fellows will work on a specific research topic in their field of expertise to support the thematic strengthening of the work of their primary host division (50% of the time);
•    The fellows will support their host division with several short-term projects (25% of the time); 
•    Implement two joint research projects with other fellows on topics of strategic relevance for the GCF (25% of the time).

This fellowship provides professional development opportunities through training, Multi-dimensional mentorship, workshops & knowledge exchange, research alongside senior climate change and policy experts, in a multicultural environment.  


The Fund seeks to recruit a Global Climate Fellow to support the work of the Private Sector Facility (PSF). The fellow will be tasked with identification and assessment of impact potential and other parameters alongside GCF investment criteria of advanced technological solutions and innovative ideas relevant for mitigation and adaptation activities of the private sector actors in connection with the climate change.  



As overarching goals, the GCF seeks fellows who infuse cutting-edge knowledge into the organization through conducting research as the main element of the fellowship program, and who support their host division with their work as a complementary element. The fellow will support the thematic strengthening of the work of the GCF in his/her specific thematic field of expertise, which relates to the work of PSF. As overarching priority topics, PSF defines:

  • Screening and identification of advanced technologies and innovations aiming at decreasing GHG emissions in the developing countries and capable to become integral part of viable private sector business models;
  • Screening and identification of advanced technologies and innovations aiming at increasing climate adaptation resilience in the developing countries and capable to become integral part of viable private sector business models;
  • Design and structuring a project concept in compliance with GCF operational requirements and involving one of the mitigation or adaptation technology/innovation identified during screening stage to facilitate its development into a GCF funding proposal for review, approval and implementation.

Within the realm of these overarching priority topics, the fellow can propose an individual research topic of her / his choice. Throughout her/his work, the fellow will be guided by a dedicated advisor from PSF.

Furthermore, the fellow will support PSF with selected short-term projects. Possible short-term projects may include:

  • Involvement with PSF task team(s) on developing 1-2 project / programme ideas into concrete proposals for consideration of the senior management, to develop a keener understanding of GCF’s processes and considerations, along with any limitations 
  • Development of a tangible analytical framework / tool to guide PSF’s pipeline development endeavors. The tool would facilitate the identification of country context driven additionality, which will help narrow the focus to areas of potential GCF involvement in the private sector  
  • Support the development of the PSF strategy with identification of specific areas of GCF intervention that require GCF’s intervention to demonstrate and de-risk
  • Assist the task team in identification of specific and tangible investment opportunities aligned with the aforementioned strategy
  • Mapping of targeted sectors with countries’ NDCs and potential sectors that hold promise from a climate additionality perspective
  • De-risking climate investments and addressing barriers.
  • Other day-to-day activities and tasks

At the outset of the fellowship program, the fellow will select the projects s/he will realize in coordination with PSF. 

Each cohort will focus on two overarching focus topics related to the GCF’s corporate areas — one in the first half of the program, one in the second half. The focus topics for the first cohort include how GCF host countries can best leverage technology usage for climate action. Based on the profile of the final candidates, the GCF will define a specific and practice-oriented research question for each of the focus topics. The fellows will advance these research questions together through the joint research projects.



Major tasks of the Global Climate Fellow include: 

o    Discuss and refine individual research projects with dedicated advisor, and agree on, follow and discuss work plan;
o    Agree on and support PSF with selected short-term projects, and follow up regularly on work progress;
o    Agree on division of work tasks and joint milestones of joint research project and drive forward work on joint research project in collaboration with other fellow;
o    Participate in overarching program activities, including trainings and knowledge exchange events and co-organize selected activities in this context.

The fellow will deliver several outputs as part of the Global Climate Fellowship:

•    The fellow will deliver at least one GCF publication highlighting the findings of his/her individual research until the end of the program. In addition, the fellow is expected to disseminate the findings via a dedicated blog post or a webinar. 
•    For each of the two joint research projects, the fellows will jointly deliver at least one GCF publication. The first publication is to be finalized after six months in the program, and the second publication is to be delivered at the end of the program. 
•    The fellow will deliver all agreed-upon deliverables in the context of the short-term projects for PSF until the end of the program.



To be eligible for the GCF Global Climate Fellowship, fellows must have the following qualifications (only those candidates that fulfil all of these qualifications are considered in the selection process).

•    At least a Master’s degree; a PhD (or enrolment in PhD program), in Economics or Finance, is desirable
•    At least three years of relevant work experience (academic experience may be considered professional work experience; internships do not count)
•    Written and verbal proficiency in English 
•    Outstanding academic achievement
•    Commitment and strong motivation
•    Leadership and team skills
•    Ability to work independently and maturity
•    Experience working in / with developing countries and multicultural environments
•    Analytical and out-of-the-box thinking

Specific to the position, the following additional qualification(s) / experience are desirable:
•Hand-on experience of financial structuring
• Familiarity with climate investments and / or climate policies and regulations, including but not limited to the Paris Agreement and NDCs



Applications from women and nationals of developing countries are strongly encouraged. 
Closing date for application is 30 September 2020 (KST). Applications submitted after the closing date may not be considered.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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