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Senior Officer, Sustainable Landscapes Program - Ethiopia

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

  • Organization: GGGI - Global Green Growth Institute
  • Location: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
  • Grade: X9 - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-07

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Senior Officer, Sustainable Landscapes Program - Ethiopia

Based in Seoul, The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is an intergovernmental organization founded to support and promote a model of economic growth known as "green growth", which targets key aspects of economic performance such a poverty reduction, job creation, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. GGGI works with countries around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies that can impact the lives of millions. The organization partners with countries, multilateral institutions, government bodies, and private sector to help build economies that grow strongly and are more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources, less carbon intensive, and more resilient to climate change.  

GGGI has a diverse portfolio of programs in developing countries around the world. These in-country programs, together with global products and services, focus on delivering results through an integrated approach of evidence-based green growth planning and implementation aligned to countries’ development priorities. The organization also focuses on knowledge development and management activities which build a strong theoretical and empirical basis for green growth, while providing concrete options and guidance for policymakers; as well as building the conditions for public and private green infrastructure investments.                                                                                                    

GGGI’s Ethiopia country office is seeking a highly experienced sustainable landscapes professional to engage public sector, private sector, and civil society to design and support policy and investment solutions to mobilise financing for Ethiopia’s national and sub-national climate strategies in the forestry, agriculture, and land use sectors.



Reporting directly to the Ethiopia Country Representative and with a dotted line to the FFII Project Manager in Seoul GGGI Headquarters, the Senior Officer will support the execution and implementation of a global project called the Forest Finance Investment Incubator (FFII) in partnership with Conservation International (CI), as part of a cooperative agreement with the US Department of State (DOS).  He/she will be the focal point for the delivery of FFII in Ethiopia by leading engagement in country with public sector, private sector, and civil society; supporting the development of policy action plans to remove investment barriers and financial investment plans to build a pipeline of investment opportunities; and mobilisation of finance for the investment opportunities. 

The Senior Program Officer will also support the Ethiopia Country Representative and FFII Project Manager with ensuring that FFII aligns with GGGI’s global strategy for sustainable landscapes and country program’s objectives.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record for developing technically and commercially viable land use sector financing plans and strategies that contribute to emissions reductions by leveraging their skills and networks.


  • Be responsible for stakeholder mapping and engagement in country to secure the buy-in of all relevant parties (public sector, private sector, civil society) in implementing FFII, including identification of potential partnerships and synergies with existing projects
  • Support mobilisation of financing for investment opportunities through facilitation of discussion with investors, project sponsors, and government stakeholders  


  • Collaborate internally and externally with CI and DOS for project monitoring and reporting
  • Build, maintain, and strengthen relationships with key project sponsors, regulators, government officials, donors, NGOs, and other stakeholders
  • Provide technical advice and support country program and GGGI HQ in ensuring FFII aligns with country program goals and global sustainable landscapes strategy
  • Provide assistance to conceptualise and oversee the design and implementation of any third-party contracts, ensuring adherence to GGGI policies
  • Assist in Country Representative and the FFII Project Manager in the identification of appropriate human and technical resources for project completion 


  • Oversee and manage implementation of any third-party contracts, ensuring adherence to GGGI policies
  • Contribute to business and scope analysis, gathering of requirements and documentation
  • Assist in evaluating program risk factors, escalating project issues, and developing solutions to address such issues
  • Develop action plans with stakeholders to address barriers/antecedent conditions for investment
  • Develop financial investment plans to build a pipeline of investment opportunities
  • Ensure successful of outputs by applying technical and financial skills to acquire relevant information/knowledge from a variety of sources
  • Stay informed on technical knowledge and expertise in a diverse range of land use themes, including: REDD+, payment for environmental services, natural capital accounting, adaptation and mitigation, climate finance, among others
  • Assist in enforcing policies, procedures and compliance requirements that improve the overall operation and effectiveness




  • A Master’s degree in business, agriculture ,forestry, or related field or
  • A Bachelor’s degree with additional years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the Master’s degree
  • At least 7 years professional experience in supporting investment opportunities in the forest, agriculture, and land use sector



  • Experience within sustainability and/or climate change in the land use sector
  • Experience in working with public sector, private sector, and civil society in action plan support, capacity building, training and policy development
  • Experience managing a variety of stakeholders, including internal, external, donors, and consultants
  • Project delivery experience, including managing the delivery of results on time and on budget
  • Proficient in English (written and verbal abilities)
  • Experience designing and implementing agriculture, forestry, and land-use, as well as community-based and participatory development (PD) projects is preferable



  • Understands and actively supports GGGI's mission, vision, and values
  • Outstanding stakeholder engagement, client relationship, communication, teamwork, and consensus building
  • High degree of professional integrity, work successfully as part of an international team effectively, deliver expected outputs on time, effectively communicate with and listen to others, and coordinate across an organisation and with external partners.


Date to close is Korean Standard Time (KST). Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Applications and CVs must be sent in English.   

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