The Executive Director will be appointed by, and will be accountable to, the Board of the Green Climate Fund. The Executive Director, operating under the Board, will work to achieve the objective of the GCF by establishing and maintaining effective relationships with GCF stakeholders.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Executive Director, operating under the Board, will:
- Work to achieve the objective of the GCF by establishing and maintaining effective relationships with GCF stakeholders in order to mobilize resources, including partner Governments, its contributors, recipients, and other components of GCF, as well as the Trustee, the Conference of the Parties, relevant bodies under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), observer organizations, multilateral, bilateral and development agencies, and other stakeholders.
- Establish and maintain effective relationships with the Government of the Republic of Korea in maintaining the support provided to the offices in Songdo and ensuring that GCF officials continue to enjoy the privileges and immunities associated with their official functions and status.
- Continue to recruit and retain a cadre of international and local professional staff for the Secretariat, ensuring that selection is open, transparent, and based on merit, taking into account geographic and gender balance, in accordance with the organizational structure and administrative budget approved by the Board.
- Effectively manage and develop staff to maximize performance and promote an inclusive and healthy working environment.
- Provide regular and structured performance feedback including direct reports.
- Lead the Secretariat’s efforts in supporting the Board with the continued development and implementation of:
- The GCF’s operational modalities, access modalities and funding structures.
- Specific operational policies and guidelines, including for programming, the project cycle, administration, and financial management, as necessary.
- Funding criteria, modalities, policies, and programmes.
- Environmental and social safeguards and fiduciary principles and standards that are internationally accepted as best practice.
- Portfolio management and oversight.
- Criteria and application processes for the accreditation of implementing entities of GCF.
- The arrangements for replenishment processes; and
- A framework for the monitoring and evaluation of performance and the financial accountability of activities supported by GCF and any necessary external audits; and
- Lead the Secretariat’s team of professionals responsible for the day-to-day operations of GCF to:
- Organize and execute all administrative duties, including the preparation for meetings of the Board and its subsidiary bodies.
- Report information on the GCF’s activities.
- Liaise with members, implementing entities, and cooperating bilateral and multilateral institutions and agencies.
- Prepare performance reports on the implementation of activities under GCF.
- Develop the work programme and annual administrative budget of the Secretariat and Trustee for approval by the Board.
- Operationalize the project and programme cycle processes.
- Prepare financial agreements related to the specific financing instrument to be concluded with an implementing entity.
- Monitor the financial risks of the outstanding portfolio.
- Work with the Trustee to support the Board to enable it to carry out its responsibilities.
- Carry out the monitoring and evaluation function, as may be required by the Board
- Support the Board in arranging replenishment processes.
- Establish and run effective knowledge management practices; and
- Perform any other functions assigned by the Board.
The Executive Director will report to the Board at its regular meetings.
The Executive Director will be responsive to the Board, nurture and maintain open channels of communication, and build an effective relationship with the Board.
Education, Qualifications & Experience
The Executive Director will demonstrate:
- Strong intellectual leadership, based on knowledge and experience of climate change, development, finance, and their interrelationships.
- Sound political judgment and excellent strategic and analytical skills which can be applied to complex problems.
- Enhanced communication and advocacy skills to enable successful interaction with decision-makers at the highest level.
- Leadership and management experience within a large organization in an international context.
- Strong values and ethics, with the ability to mobilize and engage people.
- A track record of robust and accountable management of financial resources at a senior level, preferably in a development finance context.
- Experience in working with a range of stakeholders in developing and developed countries.
- Sensitivity to political, gender, cultural, religious differences.
- An impeccable reputation for honesty, integrity and expertise.
- Sufficient knowledge of the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement.
- Degree in a relevant field; advanced degree desirable.
Terms of Appointment
- Remuneration will be comparable to the level of a Vice President of the World Bank and an Assistant Secretary-General in the United Nations common system.1
- The Board will appoint the Executive Director with a performance-based contract.
- The Executive Director’s performance will be evaluated regularly in accordance with the performance criteria and measurement procedures approved by the Board in decision B.BM-2020/04.
- The term of the position will be four years, with the possibility of reappointment once.
1As set out under the Administrative Guidelines on Human Resources, appendix 1, footnote 2, the Board may approve a salary of the Executive Director that is outside the range for IS10.
Songdo, Incheon, South Korea
How to Apply
If you wish to be considered for this position, please complete the Application Form below on or before 31 January 2023. In addition, we encourage you to please attach a copy of the most recent English version of your CV.
All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.
If you have an initial query rather than an application, kindly email us at GCF-ED@sri-executive.com.
SRI Executive is exclusively retained by the Green Climate Fund to undertake this assignment.