Regional Officer for Africa

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  • Added Date: Friday, 06 May 2022
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Grade: IS - 2

Deadline: 4 May 2022 (11:59 PM KST)

Location: Songdo, Incheon, South Korea

Salary: USD 87,700 net (plus attractive benefits, that include the following allowances (as appliable): Relocation, dependency, education assistance and home country travel

The mission of the Green Climate Fund is to assist developing countries to respond to climate change while bringing prosperity to their people. Established in 2010, the GCF invests in transformational climate projects in the developing world. The Fund makes an ambitious contribution to global climate action and channels significant financial resources into developing countries to help build low-emission and climate-resilient societies. It is country-driven and undertakes actions that reflect the circumstances of each country concerned and its national aspirations. The GCF is a key enabler of the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Since its establishment, the GCF has approved 190 projects in 123 countries and has committed USD 10 billion in climate finance. In addition, it has built up an extensive program to support developing countries to identify their needs, in particular, those who are most vulnerable to climate change impacts. The GCFโ€™s diverse workforce is advancing its mission from its headquarters in South Korea. Our talented staff makes unique contributions to the Fund, enriching the institution through their combined expertise and professional commitment.

Position Objective

The Regional Officer for Africa Desk is responsible for assessing the strategy, pipeline development and related capacity needs of countries and direct access entities, to support the co-development and origination of quality readiness and adaptation planning proposals and facilitate progress through the readiness grant cycle in collaboration with colleagues and external partners to deliver services to address the needs identified.

Duties and responsibilities


โ€ข Identify and guide, based on an analysis of country contexts, the co-development of readiness proposals that strengthen the countryโ€™s climate change strategies, generate transformational pipelines and build capacities to accelerate and sustain ambitious climate action
โ€ข Analyze direct access entity strategies and capabilities to support developing countries, and guide them in securing support for identifying, developing and implementing suitable projects/programmes and entities for GCF programming


โ€ข Interacts with countries and their delivery partners or direct access entities to help them develop, the most relevant readiness programme activities that would result in ambitious programming strategies and pipelines, and coordinate the inter-divisional review (IDR) process that appraises such activities.
โ€ข Collaborates with colleagues across divisions/offices to ensure effective outreach to and strategic engagement with countries, direct access entities and delivery partners and that necessary services and support are delivered to them in a timely manner


โ€ข Conducts analytical work on countries, and direct access entities, informs the work of colleagues through relevant knowledge management systems and guides decision-making on programming
โ€ข Supports the origination of quality readiness programme activities and facilitates the efficiency of the readiness grant cycle for readiness activities to be, funded in a timely manner to meet the expectations of countries and their delivery partners
โ€ข Contributes to the use of lessons from the implementation of readiness and adaptation planning that enable learning-based origination, in collaboration with the Division of Portfolio Management

Required experience and qualifications

โ€ข Masterโ€™s degree and at least five (5) years of relevant work experience in economics, finance, sustainable development, climate policy, environmental sciences, political science, or related fields;
โ€ข Experience in developing countries and/or in a multilateral programming environment, and broad knowledge of climate change and climate finance are an advantage.
โ€ข Strong competence and autonomy in the use of standard software programmes: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access.
โ€ข Fluency in English and French is essential; knowledge of Spanish or another United Nations language is an advantage.


Demonstrates competencies for communication, team work, planning and organizing, accountability, and technological awareness, including through the following behaviors:

โ€ข Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals.
โ€ข Solicits input by genuinely valuing othersโ€™ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others.
โ€ข Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning.
โ€ข Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards.
โ€ข Considers all those to whom services are provided to be โ€œclientsโ€ and seeks to see things from clientsโ€™ point of view.
โ€ข Actively seeks to improve programmes or services.
โ€ข Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks.


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