OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD AS A HEALTH AND WELL-BEING SPECIALIST
The Green Climate Fund or GCF (http://www.greenclimate.fund) is a new global fund created to support the efforts of developing countries to respond to the challenge of climate change. GCF helps developing countries limit or reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to climate change. It seeks to promote a paradigm shift to low-emission and climate-resilient developments, taking into account the needs of nations that are particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts.
It was set up by the 194 countries who are parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2010, as part of the Convention’s financial mechanism. It aims to deliver equal amounts of funding to mitigation and adaptation while being guided by the Convention’s principles and provisions. When the Paris Agreement was reached in 2015, the Green Climate Fund was given an important role in serving the agreement and supporting the goal of keeping climate change well below 2 degrees Celsius.
Responding to the climate challenge requires collective action from all countries, including by both public and private sectors. Among these concerted efforts, advanced economies have agreed to jointly mobilize significant financial resources. Coming from a variety of sources, these resources address the pressing mitigation and adaptation needs of developing countries.
GCF launched its initial resource mobilization in 2014, and rapidly gathered pledges worth USD 10.3 billion. These funds come mainly from developed countries, but also from some developing countries, regions, and one city (Paris).
GCF’s activities are aligned with the priorities of developing countries through the principle of country ownership, and the Fund has established a direct access modality so that national and sub-national organizations can receive funding directly, rather than only via international intermediaries.
The Fund pays particular attention to the needs of societies that are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, in particular, Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and the African States.
The position is based in Songdo, South Korea.
Health and Well-Being Specialist
It is the Health and Well-being Specialist’s responsibility covers the entire gamut of analytical and operational support tasks related primarily to processing GCF funding proposals and concept notes towards qualified funding proposals for GCF senior management and Board consideration in the thematic area of human health, well-being and climate change as well as closely supporting the full cycle of key GCF policies identification, formulation, development, review and approval processes. He or she should have the required experience in the health, well-being and climate change sector; experience in developing and implementing health and well-being-related climate adaptation projects and work experience in developing/transition country settings is highly desirable. Candidates with knowledge on zoonosis and the human-livestock interface will also be an asset.
- Technical, analytical and operational support in the thematic areas of human, well-being and climate change for the timely development, intake and processing of GCF concept notes and funding proposals to the necessary quality standards; as well as other policy and guideline documents including, inter alia, the Fund’s investment framework, operational guidelines, procedures and toolkits
- Support in project and program pipeline development, including initial screening and review of project/ program funding proposals and concept notes, interactions with accredited entities in bilateral meetings, preparation of assessment findings, maintenance of the operations database, monitoring of implementation of the approved projects or programs
- Background research, collecting and analyzing data, conducting specific research and analytical work, drafting written reports to high quality standards, engagement through email and phone calls with the accredited entities, consultants and external experts to the Fund; and oversight and coordination of the relevant documentation internal processing, until the point of publication
- Provide organizational and substantive support for the Fund’s Board meetings and other events and meetings related to the functioning of the Fund. This may include assisting in the preparation of relevant documentation, taking meeting minutes, preparing summaries of discussions for the Report of the Meeting, and providing support for the drafting of decisions
- Additional analytical and operational tasks as assigned by the Adaptation Coordinator DMA; or by extension the Director DMA
We are looking for a highly competent individual with at least of seven (7) of relevant work experience in developing and implementing adaptation projects in health, well-being and climate change sector desirably in international/developing countries. The individual should have a Masters’ degree in health sciences, medical science, health and well-being, veterinary science, social sciences, or related fields. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are essential for this position; knowledge of another UN language (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish) is an advantage. Other relevant skills needed include:
- Experience in climate finance or development finance is highly desirable
- Familiarity of multilateral climate funds, project financing, and UNFCCC framework
- Experience in developing project funding and policy documents, conducting research analysis and articulating findings and recommendations
- Project management skills to support integration of policies and guidelines in the design, processing, and implementation of concept notes, funding proposals and investment projects
- Ability to highlight possible solutions for project issues based on relevant multi-country and/or multi-client experience and to apply own complex specialist knowledge to support colleagues and peers in day-to-day operations and technical/process analysis in similar working environment
- Strong competence and autonomy in the use of standard software programs: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook
GCF offers competitive terms of employment. GCF is an equal opportunity employer: applications from women are strongly encouraged.
Applicants should send their CV and a cover letter including names and email addresses of 3 professional referees to Ms. Mayen Juan by email at: email@example.com no later than 23rd February 2018 at 17.00 CET.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.