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Institutional Officer, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka)

  • Organization: GGGI - Global Green Growth Institute
  • Location: Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka)
  • Grade: X8 - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Democratic Governance
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-12

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Institutional Officer, Sri Lanka

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 as poverty reduction, job creation, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. The organization partners with countries, multilateral institutions, government bodies, and the 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.


In Sri Lanka, GGGI is working under the guidance of, and in close collaboration with the Ministry of Environment.  The National Designated Authority (NDA), the Ministry of Environment through the Climate Change Secretariat, nominated GGGI to be its delivery partner for the implementation of the GCF NAP Readiness Support.  Aimed at building resilience of the most vulnerable sectors and communities in Sri Lanka to adverse effects of climate change by strengthening the country’s capacity and system to implement the National Adaptation Plan, the project will be implemented by GGGI in close coordination with the NDA.


Reporting to the Program Lead/NAP Team Leader, GGGI is looking for an Institutional Officer, a new fixed-term position to assist the implementation of the Sri Lanka GCF NAP Readiness support project.



The Institutional Officer supports Government of Sri Lanka to set up an effective institutional framework to coordinate and guide the process of NAP implementation and revision. This is to be done through strengthening capacity of NAP national focal point (Climate Change Secretariat [CCS]), Sectoral climate cells [SCC] and National Working Group for cross-cutting national adaptation needs. S/he, under close supervision of Program Lead/NAP Team Leader, provides day to day technical support internally as well as to NDA, CCS, focal government counterparts in the context of the “hybrid team”. The position carries out analytical work related to his/her institutional capacity building and provides a wide range of contributions in support of delivery of components/workstreams in the country program.



Support the Government of Sri Lanka to establish and strengthen capacity to coordinate and guide the process of NAP implementation and revision by:

  • Strengthening capacity of NAP national focal point (Climate Change Secretariat), Ministry of Environment and Wildlife Resources.
  • Strengthening capacity of Six Sectoral Climate Change Cells to coordinate policy and technical aspects of climate change and ensure engagement of all relevant sectors (Six Cells covering 9 sectors).
  • Establishing and strengthening capacity of National Working Group (NWG) for cross-cutting national adaptation needs.
  • Establishing and strengthening capacity of Regional/Provincial Climate Cells.



  • Acquire information/knowledge by participating in the assessment of program needs and resources to assist in programme design, development and implementation
  • Engage in stakeholder mapping and support facilitation of discussion between investors, government and various stakeholders.
  • Apply sufficient technical skills to acquire relevant information/knowledge from a variety of sources which are often difficult to access, in support of delivery of a good quality output.
  • Understand project methodologies and is able to provide a wide range of contributions in support of delivery of components/workstreams in the country program.



  • Review adequacy of six Sectoral Climate Cells and depending on findings, propose adjustment require either incorporation of number to Sectoral Climate Change Cells or propose additional Sectoral Climate Cell(s) or both. Prepare assessment paper along with a set of recommendations.
  • Develop NWG plan of adaptation actions on cross-cutting national issues with clear roles and responsibilities of each lead/appropriate agencies.
  • Establish 9 provincial/ regional climate cells. Facilitate dialogue with Provincial Governments of highly climate vulnerable provinces about their interest of establishing Provincial/Regional Climate Cells, and on possible composition and size of the Cell such as representative of provincial councils, local government bodies, district and divisional secretariats in relevant areas, operational framework, roles and responsibility of Cell etc. A balance representation of men and women members will be suggested in the composition of each provincial climate cell.
  • Establish a national network of research agencies and universities that are carrying out research on climate change adaptation to promote coordinated research and information dissemination.
  • Organize and facilitate the dialogue with the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Research Council (NRC), and the Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy (SLCARP) as they are the three main government institutions that facilitate small and large grants for scientific research in Sri Lanka, for developing dedicated funding facilities for thematic research on climate change adaptation. Such as “specialized adaptation research and development fund”.
  • Organize 3-5 targeted dialogues with private sector organizations and raised awareness about types of climate change adaptation actions relevant to their sectors as awareness is limited among the private sector and possible areas of collaboration. Three to five sectors will be identified based on vulnerability of sectors and high relevance of the sector to the private sector.





  • Master's degree in environmental/climate change policy, environment finance; natural resource management, Economics, development studies, public administration, or other closely related field.
  • Preferably 5 years of work experience in climate change policy, environment and/or finance with 3 years of institutional capacity building experience.
  • Good and demonstrated understanding and experience with the Government of Sri Lanka's commitments to the Climate Change Agenda, Nationally Determined Commitments (NDCs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's). Awareness of public funding allocation to the different relevant sectors is an advantage.
  • Good understanding of global climate change negotiations and multilateral climate funds, different options for climate change mitigation and adaptation with deep knowledge of different GCF funding options.
  • Demonstrated experience in multi stakeholder Government of Sri Lanka planning frameworks
  • Demonstrated project management and evaluation experience in Sri Lanka;
  • Good English communication (speaking, writing and presentation) skills, including publication of written material and ability to produce high-quality visual aids; and excellent local language skills



  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage publicly funded development assistance projects and lead a diverse NAP
  • team of staff, consultants and service providers
  • Ability to interact and form relationships with high-level government officials and partners
  • Resourceful and able to develop and operationalize strategies to achieve outputs and outcomes



  • Understands and actively supports GGGI’s mission, vision and values
  • Promotes an organizational culture of trust, transparency, respect and partnership
  • Processes and shares information easily and is excellent at problem solving
  • Manages emotions and stress positively, builds rapport and resolves conflict easily


This position is open to Sri Lanka nationals only. The successful applicant would ideally take up the position as soon as possible, with a contract duration of 24 months.


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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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