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Assistant Director-General, Investment And Policy Solutions Division (IPSD)

Seoul - Korea
Posted 6 years ago


Global Green Growth Institute, a new and innovative international intergovernmental organization, based in Seoul, Republic of Korea, with offices in nearly 30 countries and a staff of 300 committed to strong, inclusive green growth. We assist developing and emerging countries with integrating their ambitions for strong economic performance and environmental sustainability with the goal of bringing about poverty reduction, job creation, social inclusion, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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 will operate 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 through country programs; 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.

GGGI is implementing a change to its planning process that is putting in place a matrix structure for GGPI and IPSD to jointly deliver projects. We seek a new leader for IPSD that is willing and able to develop and implement this matrix management approach.

Specifically, the Investment and Policy Solutions Division (IPSD), based at GGGI’s Seoul headquarters works with programs in countries and on (global) projects, by:

  • Providing Green Investment Advisory Services – which identifies and mobilizes innovative financing mechanisms, addresses financial and non-financial barriers to green growth investments and works with countries to develop bankable investment proposals/projects to increase their access to green and climate finance.
  • Providing technical expertise to country programs in GGGI’s four Thematic Areas – clean energy, green cities, sustainable landscapes, and water & sanitation – on: (1) policy projects addressing the development of sound green growth policies for GGGI member country governments; and (2) design and development of bankable or investment projects.
  • Lead the Thought Leadership area which builds a strong theoretical and empirical base for green growth 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 Potential Assessment; Green Growth Index; and Green Growth Knowledge Platform.


Assistant Director-General – Investment And Policy Solutions Division (IPSD)

The Assistant Director-General – Investment And Policy Solutions Division (IPSD) reports to the Director-General and is responsible for the strategic planning, implementation, and support delivery of GGGI projects and programs in the partner countries within GGGI’s strategic framework. He/she will be “proactively engaged” 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 purpose of this position is:

  • 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

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


Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will bring, among others:

  • 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.
  • Ph.D. 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 on 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.


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.

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.


Applications should comprise a cover letter, a detailed CV, names and contact details (e-mail addresses and telephone) of three (3) references no later than April 30th, 2018 at 17:30 CET.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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