GGGI vacancy - Consultant for Adaptation Facility 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: renewable 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 programs. 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), 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 led a Call for Project Concept Notes (PCNs) in June 2019. The Call for PCNs invited project proponents to submit PCNs on potential climate change mitigation and adaptation programs/projects. Through this approach, the NDA expected to encourage submissions of high-quality PCNs from Indonesia. The Call for PCNs attracted concept notes for several adaptation projects.

Objectives/Purpose of the Assignment:

As part of the Readiness and Preparatory Support Program (“Readiness Project”), GCF provides support to enhance GCF climate finance for climate change projects in Indonesia in accordance with national priorities. This support is available to ensure the successful implementation of a country-driven approach as a core principle of the GCF.

In response to the 2019 call for project concept notes, several concept notes for climate change adaptation projects were submitted to the NDA. However, some of these concept notes do not meet the GCF minimum requirements for project size, i.e. the minimum requested funding. The NDA thus supports the development of a financing facility of USD 10 million for adaptation projects to be available for national CSOs and the private sector that seek funding for micro-scale projects. The financing facility will be linked to the Enhance Direct Access (EDA) funding window of the GCF[1]. The facility is dedicated to Direct Access Entity (DAE) and a nominated DAE, such as Kemitraan, can submit an EDA concept note. The EDA has the objective of strengthening country ownership while enhancing the national capacity in both funding decisions and project oversight.

Scope of Work:

GGGI, as the delivery partner for this Readiness Project, requires the services of a qualified expert to support writing the concept note (hereafter referred to as “the Consultant”) that will aim to establish the adaptation facility with GCF support . 

In performing his/her tasks, the Consultant will work closely with the NDA, the Readiness Project team, and Kemitraan as the potential DAE. We foresee the Consultant to perform the work virtually due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roles and Responsibilities:

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

1.      In close coordination with the NDA, Readiness Project team, and Kemitraan, conduct desk research and analysis on:

-        National climate change targets related to adaptation efforts under the National Action Plan for Climate Change Adaptation (RAN-API), National Adaptation Plan (NAP), and National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN) and the draft of NDC Roadmap for the Adaptation aspect;

-        The adaptation project concept notes from the 2019 Call for PCNs;

-        Kemitraan’s internal guidelines and governances on project management and grant mechanism;

-        GCF guidelines on the Enhance Direct Access facility;

-        The report study on Enabling Environments for Private Sector Engagement in Climate Change Adaptation Projects

-        Other similar concept notes and/or funding proposals on adaptation projects from the GCF and Adaptation Fund;

2.      Propose suitable GCF impact areas[2] for the adaptation facility based on desk research and consultations at least with the NDA, National Planning Agency (Bappenas), Ministry of Environment and Forestry, and Kemitraan;

3.      Design the structure for the adaptation funding facility, including the following aspects:

-        Facility mechanism;

-        Beneficiaries of the facility;

-        Project selection criteria;

-        Projects size to be aimed by the facility;

-        Decision-making body;

4.      Develop and facilitate the discussion to develop a strong theory of change;

5.      Write a CN which should, at minimum, have the following qualities:

Sound arguments and rationale that demonstrate project alignment with the 6 GCF Investment Criteria: impact potential; paradigm shift potential; sustainable development; country needs; country ownership and cost-effectiveness;

Alignment with existing policies and framework related to climate change adaptation strategies in Indonesia, such as National Action Plan for Climate Change Adaptation (RAN-API), National Adaptation Plan (NAP), and National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN);

The theory of change identifies the impact pathways in achieving overall impact and paradigm shift;

High quality of project log frame with well-defined indicators, targets, inputs and outputs;

Appropriate implementation arrangement; and

Initial analysis of project risks and risk mitigation measures;

6.      Develop budget appropriate for the facility, including PMU’s budget, technical assistance (project preparation), and Grant Facility for project implementation;

7.      Provide recommendations for follow-up studies to support the implementation of the Adaptation Facility project;

8.      Prepare high-quality presentations about the proposed adaptation facility;

9.      Develop and maintain active coordination, on a day-to-day basis, with GGGI, Kemitraan, and the NDA.


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

Output/Reporting Requirements/Deliverables:


The Consultant will report to the GGGI Green Investment Specialist.


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




(weeks after the contracting date)



·        A brief report on suitable GCF impact area(s) for this adaptation funding facility.

·        The Final theory of change




Draft of GCF Concept Note on the Adaptation Facility project




Final GCF Concept Note on the Adaptation Facility project





Powerpoint presentation on the Adaptation Facility project


Report on the gap analysis showing recommendations for follow-up studies required to develop the GCF full funding proposal





He or she should have the following qualifications:

  • Masters degree or higher, in finance, economics, international development, development studies, or relevant fields;
  • At least 10 years of experience working and/or doing research in topics such as climate change projects financing, and climate change adaptation projects in developing countries.
  • Extensive knowledge of the implementation of climate change adaptation projects in Indonesia 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 contexts;
  • Solid 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 August 15th, 2020 (KST).


[2] There are four GCF strategic results areas in climate change adaptation, which are the increased resilience of: (i) health, food, and water security; (ii) livelihoods of people and communities; (iii) ecosystems and ecosystem services; and (iv) infrastructure and built environment. For more information, please refer to

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