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Assistant Director-General, IPSD

Republic of Korea (Korea (Republic of))

  • Organization: GGGI - Global Green Growth Institute
  • Location: Republic of Korea (Korea (Republic of))
  • Grade: ADG - Senior Executive level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2021-02-05

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Assistant Director-General, IPSD


The year 2021 marks the first year of GGGI’s new Strategy 2030, which sets out GGGI’s vision and strategy to build on its success to date to support its Members in transforming their economies towards a green growth model and achieve their SDG targets and NDC commitments to the Paris Agreement. Over the coming decade, GGGI targets to increase cumulative green and climate finance commitments mobilized for its Members, from $2 billion today to $16 billion, and to support them to reduce GHG emissions by an estimated one million gigaton of CO2e, generate two million green jobs, provide sustainable services to 100 million people, save 0.5 million of hectares of forests and support 8 million people to cope with climate change.

GGGI operates in a matrix organization with two main divisions to deliver its support to its member countries:

  1. GGPI that consists of about 30 country programs that are de-facto GGGI’s business units, supporting member governments to: (a) design and implement policy projects addressing development of sound green growth policies; and (b) design and develop bankable investment projects and mobilize green and climate finance; and
  2. IPSD that works together with GGPI to deliver these services by providing technical and financial expertise to the country programs, as well as the thought leadership function for GGGI

Specifically, the Investment and Policy Solutions Division (IPSD), works with programs in countries and on some global and/or regional projects, through:

  • Three Global Practice teams on: (a) Green Investment Services; (b) Carbon Pricing; and (C) Climate Action and Inclusive development.
  • Providing technical expertise to country programs in GGGI’s priority Programmatic Solutions by leading Communities of Practice on: (a) sustainable energy; (b) sustainable transportation; (c) waste management and sanitation; (d) green buildings; (e) climate smart agriculture; (f) sustainable landscapes; and (g) inclusive development.
  • Thought leadership by increasing access to expertise on green growth from outside GGGI to its members efficiently and effectively; learning from GGGI’s experience and sharing that through publications; as well as the development and application of knowledge sharing and management tools such as the Green Growth Index and Simulation Tool; green employment and green economy macro-economic modelling; and the Green Growth Knowledge Platform.



  • Champion the policy, practice, financing and knowledge management of “green growth” as an approach to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with GGGI as the leading international organization, through policy & strategic advice to countries and project-pipeline development.
  • Plans, develops and assists in directing all aspects of the IPSD division as per above.
  • Design and implement the Division’s strategy, work programme and budget in the context of IPSD overall value offering
  • Establishes operating policies and procedures and evaluates operating results
  • Directs IPSD in program management and/or operations support


  • Reflect IPSD perspective in the GGGI Management Team, contribute to GGGI’s overall management and strategy shaping, communicate management decision to IPSD staff
  • Formulate, recommend and lead proactive strategies and approaches for business development and help position GGGI as an accountable and trusted partner to stakeholders
  • Identify synergies among departments both within IPSD and between IPSD and the Green Growth Planning & Implementation Division (GGP&I) as well as with other relevant departments/divisions
  • Model GGGI’s unique approach to green growth and represent the work of GGGI to external audiences through global engagement with member countries, in conferences and at high-level events


  • The strategic planning, implementation, and support delivery of GGGI projects and programs in the partner countries within GGGI’s strategic framework, “proactively engage” with stakeholders through utilizing the work of the Thought Leadership, Thematic sectors and Green Investment Services teams leads to maximize in-country program results.
  • The position requires a person with an international reputation as a leading thinker and innovator in sustainable development, green growth, climate resilient development and/or low-carbon economies.
  • As a senior member of the Management Team responsible for:
  • Achieving GGGI’s strategic objectives by converting them into implementable projects and programs, through effective management and integration of human and financial resources across the business lines
  • Framing and timely communicating the organization’s strategy, programs and projects, intellectual and research agendas internally and externally
  • Proactively identifying and soliciting funding and GGGI membership within the strategic framework
  • Balancing divisional and organizational needs to establish and then accomplish the expected results
  • Identifying donors and expanding donor relationship to include private sector
  • Representing GGGI in external settings to promote green growth and GGGI’s work and to provide leadership and input into global debates around green growth, ensuring that GGGI is at the fore of international thinking
  • Working with the Management Team to create and maintain an organizational culture of innovation and continuous learning which understands and recognizes the intrinsic value in the diversity of GGGI staff; and
  • Leading and implementing any other key organizational initiatives and work as deemed necessary by the Director-General




  • Minimum of 15 years of relevant professional experience that combines intellectual and managerial leadership in the field of green growth, preferably combining public, private and/or academic experience, with ample international development finance experience, and progressively more senior managerial roles.
  • PhD in a relevant field such as environmental economics, development finance, natural resources management, international development, public policy, or another relevant green growth-related field is strongly preferred; combined with a track record of relevant publications in the academic literature as well as the media, and a profile as an international speaker at key events related to green growth.
  • International experience advising governments in key areas of national development policy and implementation highly desirable.
  • Highly experienced in catalyzing and leading partnerships that engage the private sector, multilateral, bilateral and non-governmental organizations in the areas of international development and/or environmental cooperation.
  • Experience developing green growth investment proposals (bankable projects) in developing countries
  • Experience in the management of partnership and donor relationships with international organizations.
  • Experience of business development, donor expansion and strategic planning.
  • Excellent communications skills in English, both orally and in writing; and agility for various traditional and modern communication modalities.
  • Experience in effectively managing in a matrix management organization highly desirable.
  • Experience in several different continents and exposure to development and climate related agencies.
  • Extensive track record of effectively engaging stakeholders and mobilizing resources from the public and/or private sector, in areas such as energy, water, agriculture, urban development, waste management, etc.


GGGI is an equal opportunity employer and believes diverse teams have superior performance. GGGI encourages the application of women and developing country nationals for this position.

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Child protection – GGGI is committed to child protection, irrespective of whether any specific area of work involves direct contact with children. GGGI’s Child Protection Policy is written in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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