Vacancy at GGGI: Specialist, Governance

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11 April 2019
Organization: Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
Duty Station: Republic of Korea
Closing Date: 1 May 2019


The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is looking for a Specialist, Governance to support the Governance Department to collectively achieve Governance Department objectives. The deadline to apply is 1 May 2019. 


Position Summary

Under the strategic guidance of the Director of Governance, the Governance Specialist will play a managing and bridging role within the Governance Department to collectively achieve Governance Department objectives, namely by leading the strategic and substantive support to leverage President & Chair, including all draft speeches and briefing notes, as well as logistics support if/when necessary. The successful candidate will also take lead on engagement with the Host Country and specially targeted countries and their respective agencies and institutions and target emerging areas of collaboration with key potential stakeholders. The Governance Specialist will provide substantive inputs upon receiving any guidance from the President & Chair to the maintenance of continuity and administration of Governance Organs the high-quality delivery of governance sessions/meetings. The Governance Specialist is also tasked to make outreach toward the Host Country and other specifically targeted countries and institutions to raise awareness of the GGGI’s activities and to expand membership and collaboration opportunity, if possible.



  • Develop, analyze, and refine GD policies, plans and procedures;
  • Provide substantive support to and facilitate the engagement of the President of the Assembly & Chair of the Council;
  • Liaise between the Office of the President & Chair and the Office of the Director-General;
  • In coordination with relevant departments and colleagues, deepen governmental relations with the Host Country agencies and institutions (e.g., MOFA, MOE, KOICA, the National Assembly, IGOs/NGOs based in Korea, etc.) through working-level dialogue and collaboration;
  • Engage in outreach activities to targeted countries, institutions and stakeholders for the objective of raising awareness of GGGI activities, expanding membership and/or building collaborative relations; and
  • Provide inputs, in accordance with the guidance from the President & Chair, the continuity and administration of the governance organs (Assembly, Council, Management and Program Sub-Committee) and governance meetings and events.



The Specialist, by assisting the Director of Governance to strategize, plan, and engage targeted countries and their institutions and to identify opportunities for business development, will need to work closely and effectively with a variety of internal and external colleagues and partners. He/she will be expected to:

  • Engage directly with the President & Chair and the Office of Director General to coordinate and prepare communication material as required by the President/Chair and GGGI;
  • Liaise with the Office of the President & Chair to plan and secure collaboration on governance activities and GGGI branding;
  • Engage with ministries and representatives of the host country and relevant partner countries to facilitate dialogues with GGGI;
  • Engage with Strategy Partnership and Communications division at HQ as well as Country Offices to develop a coherent branding message to existing and potential partners and stakeholders;
  • Work with Legal Unit on GD policy development to continually improve and better meet the demands of Governance Organs; and
  • Liaise with the Office of Internal Audit and Integrity (OIAI) to facilitate adherence to rules and procedures with the Office of the President & Chair and the Office of the Director-General
  • Provide guidance to Administrative Support Unit in planning and executing professional sessions and events;
  • Leading and ensuring engagement with host country and relevant partner countries is timely and of highest quality. 



Under the guidance of the Director of Governance, the Specialist is responsible for:

  • Providing substantive and administrative support to the President of the Assembly & Chair of the Council with the highest degree of effectiveness, professionalism and discretion; Drafting and preparing all briefing notes, speeches and talking points for the President & Chair;
  • Proposing and developing plans, policies and procedures to ensure Governance work is both streamlined and of the highest quality;
  • Effectively organizing and delivering tasks, integrated with related work of colleagues and with expectations of Members and stakeholders;
  • Anticipating, planning and leading outreach opportunities and activities against the targeted portfolio of countries and institutions;
  • Provide inputs in accordance with the guidance from the President & Chair to the Governance Officer’s lead in preparations to ensure timely delivery of high-quality governance documents and ensuring governance organ sessions are prepared according to governing rules and with the highest degree of professional quality.




  • A master’s degree in international relations, regional development, political economy, public policy, economics or other relevant disciplines is a requirement.   
  • At least 9 years of relevant experience in research or government related activities.
  • Proven experience in applied and/or policy research and analysis related to green growth or foreign relations in general.
  • Excellent written and oral English skills to draft speeches, remarks and talking points and/or review technical reports, policy briefs relevant to green growth and general foreign policy issues; previous editing experience is highly desirable.
  • Ability to deliver expected high-quality outputs on time and work effectively with multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Excellent level of computer literacy; knowledge of SharePoint and Salesforce would be an advantage.
  • Experience in international organizations working with developing countries is an advantage.
  • Fluency in Korean is a must; fluency in another language would be an advantage.
  • Extensive knowledge of inter-Korea relations, North Korean foreign relations and security and foreign policy issues relating to the Korean Peninsula and East Asia is highly desirable. 
  • A professional demeanor and cooperative attitude to support the end goals of GD.

Skills, Knowledge, Attributes

General understanding of the concept of green growth and/or sustainable development in the context of developing countries, as well as recent developments and global trends in green growth. Experience in effectively networking with diverse professionals and stakeholders and ability to address and deliver presentations/talks to partners of various levels and backgrounds. Experience in working with very high-level counterparts in government and institutions. Highest level of professionalism, confidentiality and discretion. Experience and/or knowledge of protocol.

Corporate Behaviors and Values

GGGI seeks a person who can bring more than knowledge and passion to the role: someone who has the network, grit and resilience to do this work. The successful candidate is a skillful coach with an ability to diagnose challenges in an organization and a team, an innovator, a decision-maker, a powerful advocate, and a diplomatic change agent who understands the dynamics and tensions in this kind of diverse, global landscape. He/she should be:

  • Focused on organizational capacities, continually striving to improve workflow and efficiency
  • Capable of handling multiple leads with competing priorities and of managing complex multi-stakeholder relationships
  • Capable of strategizing and anticipating the demands of high-level clients and partners
  • Able to adapt to understand and meet different needs of management, Members and stakeholders
  • Committed to team goals and working effectively across the organization with other teams of a high degree of cultural/professional diversity, as well as external partners and stakeholders 
  • Able to effectively communicate and promote an environment for open communications
  • Experienced in maintaining the highest degree of professional integrity, conduct and confidentiality



Further information and details regarding this position can be found here.


The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) was founded on the belief that economic growth and environmental sustainability are not merely compatible objectives; their integration is essential for the future of humankind. GGGI works with partners in the public and private sector in developing countries around the world to put green growth at the heart of economic planning.

GGGI supports emerging and developing countries that seek to develop rigorous green growth economic development strategies. GGGI carries out research into various aspects of green growth theory and practice and facilitates the engagement of the private sector expertise and resources in the implementation of green growth strategies.