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Green Climate Fund (GCF)

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is the world's largest climate fund dedicated to helping developing countries take climate action. GCF helps developing countries limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change. It seeks to promote a paradigm shift to low-emission and climate-resilient development, 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 UNFCCC's principles and provisions.


When the Paris Agreement was reached in 2015, GCF was given an important role in serving the agreement and supporting the goal of keeping global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius. The GCF works with and through an exciting network of implementing partner organisations and strategic collaborations, acts at the forefront of technical solutions, not only for climate mitigation and adaption, but also within its own operations, and provides amazing growth potential for its staff.


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 and are envisaged to increase significantly over the next years, providing opportunity for GCF to grow its mission further.


You can find further details on their website https://www.greenclimate.fund/.


Role purpose

Duties and Responsibilities

The Head of the IRM will be responsible to the Board for all substantive work. However, for administrative purposes only, he/she will report to the Executive Director[3][4], and be responsible for:

  • Leadership and management of the unit, including the authority to make appointments and manage staff of the unit;
  • Addressing the reconsideration of funding decisions in accordance with decision S/CP.19, annex, paragraphs 6-10;
  • To ensure the financial independence of the IRM, the Head of the IRM will propose a work plan, and budget for meeting the annual expenses and the Board will consider and approve this work plan and budget;
  • The Head of the IRM shall prepare and submit an annual work plan and budget of the IRM to the Board through the Ethics and Audit Committee (EAC) and consult with the EAC on its implementation
  • Proposing detailed guidelines and procedures governing the work of the IRM to be approved by the Board. The procedures to be followed will be iterative, whereby expeditious and cost-effective redress of grievances and resolution of complaints can be facilitated;
  • Treating all stakeholders in a fair and equitable manner. While ensuring transparency and fairness, the IRM will be cost-effective, efficient and complementary to 'other supervision, audit, quality control, monitoring and evaluation, and independent evaluation systems of the Fund as well as those of accredited entities;
  • Following international best practices;
  • Dealing with grievances or complaints filed by communities and people who have been directly affected by adverse impacts through the failure of the project or programme funded by the Fund in order to implement the Fund's operational policies and procedures, including its environmental and social safeguards, or the failure of the Fund or its accredited entities to follow such polices;
  • Establishing close relationships with the equivalent unit of the accredited entities in order to avoid duplication of their respective activities, and sharing lessons learned to ensure continuous learning;
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  • Making recommendations to the Board after allowing the necessary time for Management to provide response to inputs to make changes to operational policies and procedures. Both IRM findings and Management's response will be concomitantly submitted to the Board;
  • Monitoring whether the decisions taken by the Board following IRM recommendations have been implemented; and
  • Preparing and submitting periodic progress reports to the Board, as and when required, and an annual report that will also be disseminated to the public.


Education, Qualifications & Experience

Required experience and qualifications*

  • An advanced university degree in law, environment, social development, development studies, economics or a related field (Masters or higher);
  • Relevant professional experience, including at least seven years at senior management level;
  • Good organizational skills;
  • Experience working in human rights;
  • Experience working with social and environmental safeguards and standards used by international organizations which can be applied in a variety of settings;
  • Experience working with vulnerable and indigenous communities and evidence of strong gender skills;
  • Expert experience in drafting detailed guidelines and procedures associated with the adverse impacts arising from the implementation of projects;
  • Experience in setting up similar accountability units, including hiring staff and formulating a budget; Demonstrated experience in prioritizing multiple assignments, meeting tight deadlines, and a willingness to be flexible with minimal staff in a fast-paced environment; Exceptional relationship and communication management skills;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability and personality to work collaboratively, accept responsibility and motivate colleagues;
  • A demonstrated strong track record in leading the recruitment and development of a team; Strong gender skills, sensitivity to political, and respect for cultural, factors;
  • Fluency in English is essential; knowledge of another United Nations language is an advantage;
  • Experience and a proven track record in dealing with grievances or complaints made by affected communities in relation to investments made by international organizations;
  • Enjoy an impeccable reputation of honesty and integrity and be widely respected and regarded for his/her competence and expertise; and
  • Proven analytical skills with creative solutions to challenges.


Applications from women and nationals of developing countries are strongly encouraged.

*The person assessed by the Selection Panel as most suitable for the position will be proposed for appointment. Selection among short-listed candidates will also take into account performance at interview, appropriate testing, and references. Applications from women and nationals of developing countries are strongly encouraged.

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Terms of Appointment

The tenure of the Head of the IRMU will be for three years; renewable once. He/she will be based at the Fund's headquarters in Songdo, Republic of Korea. The position will be a full-time one. His/her conditions of appointment will be decided by the Board.


In order to ensure the independence of the office, the incumbent may not be removed from office during his/her term, except for cause[2]. The Board may decide to terminate the contract based on the evaluation of the performance of the Head in relation to an agreed performance-based contract. His/her conditions of appointment will be decided by the Board. The Head of the IRM shall not be eligible for any type of employment by the Fund within 18 months of the end of his/her appointment. He or she will be subject to the Staff Code of Conduct and any applicable policy on ethics and conflicts of interest with the Board or its designee as an oversight body.


Role Location

Songdo, Incheon City, Republic of Korea


[1] As updated in Decision B.BM/2017/10 of 2017.

[2] Decision B.BM/2017/10, paragraph 7.

[3] Decision B.06/09, paragraph 16.

[4] In respect of certain overhead functions such as information technology, legal, human resources, etc. (excluding performance review)


How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please complete the Application Form below on or before 6 February 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-Head_IRMU@sri-executive.com.


SRI Executive is exclusively retained by the Green Climate Fund to undertake this assignment.

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