Assistant Director General- IPSD

Global Green Growth Institute
Seoul, Republic of Korea
Full time Staff

About GGGI

Global Green Growth Institute, a new and innovative international intergovernmental organization, based in Seoul, Republic of Korea, with offices in nearly 30 countries and a staff of 300 committed to strong, inclusive green growth. We assist developing and emerging countries with integrating their ambitions for strong economic performance and environmental sustainability with the goal of bringing about poverty reduction, job creation, social inclusion, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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 will operate in a matrix organization with two main divisions to deliver its support to its member countries: (1) GGPI that consists of about 30 country programs that are de-facto GGGI’s business units, supporting member governments through country programs; and (2) IPSD that works together with GGPI to deliver these services by providing technical and financial expertise to the country programs, as well as the thought leadership function for GGGI.

The Role

GGGI is implementing a change to its planning process that is putting in place a matrixstructure for GGPI and IPSD to jointly deliver projects.

They seek a new Assistant Director General for IPSD, reporting to the Director General who will lead the IPSD team through a transformational journey of developing and implementing the matrix management approach and contribute to the growth of the organisation as part of the Executive team.

  • Substantial relevant professional experience that combines intellectual and managerial leadership in the field of green growth, preferably combining public, private and/or academic experience, with ample international development finance experience, and progressively more senior managerial roles.
  • International experience advising governments in key areas of national development policy and implementation highly desirable.
  • Highly experienced in catalyzing and leading partnerships that engage the private sector, multilateral, bilateral and non-governmental organizations in the areas of international development and/or environmental cooperation.
  • Experience developing green growth investment proposals (bankable projects) in developing countries.
  • Experience in the management of partnership and donor relationships with international organizations.
  • Experience of business development, donor expansion and strategic planning.
  • Excellent communications skills in English, both orally and in writing; and agility for various traditional and modern communication modalities.
  • Experience in effectively managing in a matrix management organization highly desirable.
  • Experience in several different continents and exposure to development and climate related agencies.
  • Extensive track record of effectively engaging stakeholders and mobilizing resources from the public and/or private sector, in areas such as energy, water, agriculture, urban
    development, waste management, etc.


  • PhD in a relevant field such as environmental economics, development finance, natural resources management, international development, public policy, or another relevant green growth-related field is strongly preferred; combined with a track record of relevant publications in the academic literature as well as the media, and a profile as an international speaker at key events related to green growth.

To find out more and apply, please visit the Oxford HR website, find the vacancy and download the candidate pack.

Closing date: 
9th December 2018