Gender and Social Specialist

 The Green Climate Fund (“the Fund”) is a new multilateral fund created to make a significant and ambitious

contribution to the global efforts towards attaining the goals set by the international community to combat
climate change.
The Fund will contribute to the achievement of the ultimate objective of the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In the context of sustainable development, the Fund will promote
the paradigm shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways by providing support
to developing countries to limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the impacts of
climate change, taking into account the needs of those developing countries particularly vulnerable to the
adverse effects of climate change. The Fund will pursue a country-driven approach in its operations.
The Fund is governed by a Board composed of an equal representation of developed and developing
countries; the Board oversees the operation of all relevant components of the Fund. The Fund is serviced by
an independent Secretariat, which is accountable to the Board and headed by an Executive Director. The
Secretariat is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund. The Secretariat is located at the
Fund’s headquarters in Songdo, Incheon City, in the Republic of Korea.
The Gender and Social Specialist will be a member of the Country Programming Division team. The position
is for an initial three-year period. This is a unique opportunity to be part of a start-up in international climate
finance that offers stimulating challenges.
The Fund has initiated the development of a Gender Policy and a Gender Action Plan with the following main
 Ensure that by adopting a gender-sensitive approach, the Fund will achieve greater and more
sustainable climate change results, outcomes and impacts, in an efficient manner;
 Ensure that women and men will equally benefit from activities supported by the Fund;
 Address assessed potential project/programme risks on women and men associated with adaptation
and mitigation activities financed by the Fund;
 Contribute to reducing the gender gap of climate change-induced social, economic and environmental
vulnerabilities; and
 Build women and men’s resilience to climate change.
In order to effectively implement its Gender Policy and Gender Action Plan and support its Environmental
and Social Safeguards, the Fund is seeking to recruit a Gender and Social Specialist. S/he will provide technical
guidance to the Fund’s management, the accreditation team, and other staff members as well as to
Implementing Entities on pertinent gender considerations and social safeguards matters. S/he will be
responsible for mainstreaming gender in all of the Fund’s operations, policy work and initiatives. S/he will
provide support on addressing social aspects so as to ensure the operations’ compliance with the Fund’s Environmental and Social Safeguards. S/he will foster innovation by advising on measures to foster greater
gender and climate change linkages, engendering adaptation and mitigation strategies and promoting
practical approaches for embedding social sustainability and gender sensitivity throughout all of the Fund’s
work streams.

Duties and responsibilities
Within the Fund’s Country Programming Division and as a member of the accreditation team, the Gender
and Social Specialist will perform the following duties:
 Identify and mainstream gender aspects within the Fund’s operations, policy work and initiatives in line
with the Fund’s Gender Policy and Gender Action Plan;
 Address social considerations within the Fund’s operations and ensure compliance with the Fund’s
Environmental and Social Safeguards;
 Advise and support the Fund’s management on gender considerations within the context of climate
change matters;
 Proffer technical guidance on identifying, addressing and integrating social considerations into the
design and implementation modalities of the Fund’s projects/ programmes;
 Design tools and approaches for mainstreaming gender aspects and integrating social considerations
throughout the various work streams of the Fund;
 Develop operational procedures and/or guidance materials for mainstreaming gender in the Fund’s
operations, policy work and initiatives;
 Devise guidance materials on addressing social considerations within the framework of the Fund’s
Environmental and Social Safeguards;
 Develop monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for assessing progress made with the Fund’s gender
mainstreaming efforts;
 Provide substantive technical inputs on gender and social considerations for inclusion in the Fund’s
strategic and operational documents;
 Contribute to the compilation and analysis of statistical data that can be employed as part of gender
analyses to support the Fund’s operational and/or policy work;
 Promote knowledge generation and dissemination on timely gender and climate change aspects,
particularly on emerging gender and climate change linkages;
 Contribute to the preparation and/or review of relevant reports, including flagship reports and
knowledge products;
 Provide sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice through the
identification of best practices and lessons learned on gender and/or social considerations at regional
and global levels;
 Assess countries’ institutional gender policies and frameworks in order to determine potential
opportunities through which the Fund can deepen its impact on poverty reduction, growth, equity, etc.;
 Develop partnerships with select stakeholders aimed at fostering more gender responsive climate
change approaches and strategies;
 Build synergies with other funds that are engaged in similar environmental and climate change activities
in the areas of gender and/or social sustainability in order to strengthen the Fund’s institutional
 Devise tailored training and capacity building programs for Implementing Entities, Government officials,
public/private sector institutions and civil society organisations on gender considerations and social
safeguards within the climate change context; and
 Review and update the Fund’s Gender Policy and Gender Action Plan as deemed necessary.

Required experience and qualifications

 Advanced university degree (Master of Arts or higher) in Gender Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies,
Social Science, Social Development, Sociology, International Development or equivalent social/ gender
 A minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience, of which five years must be at the
international level;
 Strong professional knowledge of gender aspects and social safeguards matters both at the institutional
and the operational level, including but not limited to project management, knowledge generation,
capacity building and/or monitoring and evaluation;
 Relevant practitioner experience in mainstreaming gender and addressing social considerations in
policies, projects and programmes;
 Familiarity with the gender policies and practices and/or the social safeguards standards and practices
of international funding agencies;
 In-depth knowledge of development issues with gender and/or social ramifications;
 Ability to engage in advocacy work and provide policy advice on gender and/or social considerations;
 Experience in leveraging the resources of national governments and development partners and building
strategic alliances and partnerships;
 Experience working on climate change issues would be advantageous;
 Experience working in developing countries would be advantageous;
 Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills;
 Capacity to work effectively as an individual with minimum supervision and to contribute meaningfully
as a team member;
 Possess a cultural sensitivity and adaptability to work and interact with colleagues from diverse
 Capacity to work and interact in a multidisciplinary environment;
 Demonstrated openness to change and an ability to manage complexities;
 Suitability to undertake the responsibilities mentioned above at the required level, with the following:
(a) Proven application of expertise
(b) Able to act as a team leader when required, with supervision from the team head
(c) A team-player with a proactive and can-do attitude
 Fluency in English is essential; knowledge of another United Nations language is an advantage; and
 Applications from women and nationals of developing countries are strongly encouraged.
The compensation benefits for this key position will be internationally competitive and reflect the
importance of the Gender and Social Specialist’s role to the Fund.
Interested candidates, are required to send an email attaching their CV and a letter of interest in a single file
File name: “[last name], [first name]” (e.g. Peterson, Anna)
Subject line: “Gender and Social Specialist”
Please indicate your earliest availability to take up assignment, and notice-period required, if employed.
Shortlisting will start on 31 March 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.  

Original announcement here.