GGGI vacancy - Consultant for Berbak Wetlands GCF Concept Note Writer


Headquartered in Seoul, The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is an intergovernmental organization founded to support and promote a model of economic growth known as "green growth", which targets key aspects of economic performance such a poverty reduction, job creation, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. GGGI works with countries around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies that can impact the lives of millions. The organization partners with countries, multilateral institutions, government bodies, and private sector to help build economies that grow strongly and are more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources, less carbon intensive, and more resilient to climate change.

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 is supporting the Government of Indonesia in three focal areas: energy, infrastructure projects within special economic zones, and forest and land-based mitigation projects. The Program, known as the 'GoI-GGGI Green Growth Program' (GGP), aims to demonstrate that green investments is possible and can become the norm both for investors and for planners, ultimately improving the quality of growth and development. Through the Program, GGGI collaborates with BAPPENAS, the Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, and PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (“PT SMI”).

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a financing mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and is specifically established to provide (financial) support so that countries like Indonesia can reach its emission reduction targets. The GCF can provide (financial) support to Indonesia by channeling funds to green projects and programmes. Such projects can be designed and submitted to the GCF through both domestic and international accredited entities as well as private sector – if such projects are in line with the country strategy and legislation. The main communication channel between the GCF and countries is the nationally appointed National Designated Authority (NDA), which is hosted by the Fiscal Policy Agency (FPA) of the Ministry of Finance in Indonesia.

In efforts to expand the country’s climate change project pipeline, the FPA as the GCF NDA led a Call for Project Concept Notes/PCN (“the Call”) from August to October 2019. The Call for PCN invited all stakeholders to submit PCNs on potential programs/projects of the agency/organization/institution. Through this process, the NDA expects to encourage submission of high-quality PCNs from Indonesia to the GCF and expand the GCF project pipeline in Indonesia. The full cycle of the Call for PCNs  concluded when Accredited Entities (AEs) submitted their interest to the NDA to support potential projects.

As a result, there are concept notes that have received a positive response from an AEs. However, these concept notes still require strengthening in order to meet the GCF quality requirements. 

Objectives/Purpose of the Assignment:

As part of Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme (“Readiness Project”), GCF provides support to enhance access to climate finance for climate projects in Indonesia through GCF in accordance to national priorities. This support is available to improve Indonesia’s project pipeline while ensuring successful implementation of a country-driven approach as a core principle of the GCF business model.

GGGI as the delivery partner for this Readiness Project, is looking for a Consultant to support the writing of the GCF Concept Note for a wetland management project in Berbak landscape, Jambi. The project proponent is the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).  The Accredited Entity potentially submitting the project concept note is International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Project options should be aligned with the Government of Indonesia’s strategies related to forest management, wetlands and peatland restoration, as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation priorities.

Scope of Work:

The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) requires the services of a qualified expert to support writing the Berbak Wetlands GCF Concept Note (hereafter referred to as “the Consultant”). 

The Berbak Wetlands project concept note is based on project received by the NDA through the Call, which needs to be improved with further analysis by the Consultant. When available, existing studies and other data will be provided by the AE of the project proponent.

In performing his/her tasks, the Consultant will work closely with the NDA, the Readiness Project team, project proponent, and IUCN as the AE. We foresee all works will be performed virtually due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The Consultant will be responsible for the following tasks and duties:

1.       In close coordination with the Zoological Society of London and IUCN, conduct technical research and analysis to provide additional information about project components and  all technical sections, particularly on climate rationale and 6 GCF investment criteria of impact potential; paradigm shift potential; sustainable development; country needs; country ownership and cost-effectiveness. 

2.       Calculate emissions from BAU and possible reductions resulting from the project using the same method approved by the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

3.       Strengthen (or re-write) the exiting CN. The CN should, at minimum, have below qualities:

Sound arguments and rationale that demonstrate project alignment with the 6 GCF Investment Criteria
Theory of change clearly identifying the impact pathways in terms of achieving overall impact and paradigm shift
High quality of project logframe with well-defined indicators, targets, inputs and outputs
Appropriate implementation arrangement
List of initial risk analysis and mitigation of the project concept
4.       Provide recommendations/roadmap on follow-up study to support implementation of the Berbak wetlands project

5.       Prepare quality presentations in relation to the project concept note.

6.       Develop and maintain active coordination, on a day-to-day basis, with GGGI, the AE, project owner, and the NDA.


The consultant/expert is to provide his/her own equipment to produce all deliverables.

Output/Reporting Requirements/Deliverables:

The consultant will report to the Green Investment Specialist.

Expected deliverable, delivery timeline, and payment schedule are as follow:

(weeks after contracting date)
Draft of GCF standard Concept Note on the Berbak wetlands project
Final GCF standard Concept Note on the Berbak wetlands project

Slides of presentation on the Project Concept Note
Report on the gap analysis showing recommendations for follow-up studies required to develop Berbak wetlands GCF funding proposal and recommended AE(s) for the project concept note


He or she must have the following qualifications:

Masters degree or higher, in finance, economics, international development, forestry, environmental management, or relevant fields;
At least 10 years of experience in working and/or doing research in topics such as climate change policy, climate financing, forest management, and wetlands restoration and conservation policy with added climate change experience in developing countries.
An extensive knowledge on forestry and land-use management as well as wetlands and peatland management in Indonesia and/or other relevant countries;
Understanding of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and GCF investment criteria;
Proven experience in developing concept notes/proposals for climate projects financing to donors, preferably to GCF (please include the list of concept notes/proposals in your CV);
Demonstrated experience in the design and development of climate change mitigation and adaptation projects, specifically oriented towards obtaining (international) donor funding;
An excellent track record in analyzing projects/programs within national and international context;
Very strong English reporting and writing abilities;
Demonstrated strong interpersonal and motivational skills and sensitivity to the local environment as well as the ability to work with minimal supervision;

To apply, please visit before May 7th, 2020 (KST).

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