Senior Counsel

Incheon, Korea, South
Apply by 9 April 2018
Posted on 9 March 2018

Job Description

Grade: IS – 5

Duty station: Songdo, Incheon – Korea

Contract type: 3 years

Number of posts: 1

Unit: Office of the General Counsel

Reporting to: General Counsel

Vacancy code: GCF/Recruit/165


Position description

The Senior Counsel will lead and coordinate the legal work related to operational matters of the Fund. S/he will provide legal advice and support relating to the drafting, reviewing and negotiating of financing agreements; conducting legal due diligence in connection with funding proposals; and preparing legal advice on the interpretation of statutes, contracts and other legal documents.


Duties and responsibilities

  • Coordinate and lead in providing legal advice and support relating to operational matters and documents;
  • Review of funding proposals and legal documents required by the Fund for its operations, and ensure they are coherent with best practice and the legal framework of the Fund;
  • Conduct and review due diligence in connection with the proposed funding structures;
  • Senior Counsel
  • Draft, review and negotiation of financing agreements and other legal documents required by the Fund for its operations;
  • Draft and negotiation of legal arrangements with accredited entities;
  • Provide legal support to other divisions on matters relating to the operations of the Fund;
  • Keep abreast of developments in the legal field especially in relation to multilateral finance; and
  • Perform additional tasks as assigned by the General Counsel.


Expected experience and qualifications*

  • Juris Doctor, LLB, or equivalent law degree, and qualification to practice law in at least one jurisdiction (additional LLM degree is a plus);
  • Minimum of 11 years of relevant professional experience practicing law in cross-border transactions involving debt and/or equity, of which at least five years at the international level (experience working with an international organization is an advantage);
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure with a high-level of accuracy;
  • Willingness to assume multiple roles and tasks to meet changing business needs;
  • Excellent writing, presentation and communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and highly developed cultural sensitivity in communicating with all levels of staff and external clients, both orally and in writing;
  • Good problem-solving aptitude and creativity; and
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are essential for this position; knowledge of another UN language an advantage.

*The person assessed by the Selection Panel as most suitable for the position will be proposed for appointment. The above criteria should be seen as indicators of the experience and skills that would qualify candidates for consideration. Selection among short-listed candidates will also take into account performance at interview, appropriate testing, and references.


Eligibility for certain benefits shall depend on the place of recruitment and residence, as determined by the Fund in accordance with its rules.

Required competencies

  • Leadership
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Team work
  • Building trust
  • Communication

How to apply
Interested candidates are requested to send their CV and a letter of interest in a single PDF file to: recruitment@gcfund.org


File name: “[last name], [first name]” (e.g. Peterson, Anna)

Subject line: “Senior Counsel”

Upon submission of your application, you will receive an automatic e-mail acknowledging receipt of your application. Should you not receive a response, however, please check your spam/clutter mail before resubmitting your application. Please also ensure to use the correct spelling for the subject line of your e-mail. Thank you.

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

About the Organization

The mission of the Green Climate Fund is to assist developing countries to respond to climate change while bringing prosperity to their peoples.

Established in 2010, the GCF invests in transformational climate projects in the developing world. The Fund makes an ambitious contribution to global climate action and channels significant financial resources into developing countries to help build low-emission and climate-resilient societies. It is country-driven and undertakes actions which reflect the circumstances of each country concerned and its national aspirations. The GCF is a key enabler of the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Since its establishment, the GCF has mobilized 10.3 billion USD, accredited 54 entities to channel its resources and approved 43 funding proposals. In addition, it has built up an extensive program to support developing countries identify their needs, in particular those who are most vulnerable to climate change impacts.

The GCF’s diverse workforce is advancing its mission from its headquarters in South Korea. Our talented staff make unique contributions to the Fund, enriching the institution through their combined expertise and professional commitment.

We are looking to expand our team with more highly skilled and adaptable people who are driven by our mandate, people who appreciate challenges and know how to deliver and thrive in a fast moving, dynamic environment.

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