GGGI vacancy - Coastal Resilience 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: 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 are 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), 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 domestic and international accredited entities and the private sector. 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 aimed to encourage submissions of high-quality PCNs from Indonesia. The Call for PCNs attracted concept notes for several mangrove management projects for coastal resilience. me of these projects will be bundled into a single large project to enhance coastal communities' resilience to the impacts of climate change in three provinces of Indonesia.



Objectives/Purpose of the Assignment:

As part of the Readiness and Preparatory Support Program (“Readiness Project”), the GCF provides support to enhance GCF funding for climate change projects in Indonesia, which align with the 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 NDA’s Call for Project Concept notes, several concept notes for mangrove management projects in coastal areas were submitted to the NDA. A GCF Accredited Entity (AE), has expressed interest in collaborating with project proponents to combine three concept notes within one project. A new coastal resilience concept note emphasizing a programmatic approach for these three project concept notes needs to be developed. The new concept note requires to interlink the three underlying project ideas to achieve large-scale impact and address existing barriers in coastal mangrove management with the ultimate goal to meet GCF funding criteria

Scope of Work:


The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) requires the services of a qualified expert to be the Coastal Resilience GCF Concept Note Writer (hereafter referred to as “the Consultant”).  The assignment for the Consultant is covering three phases:

  1. Analysis of the existing three concept notes to develop a coastal resilience project with a programmatic approach, merging the proposed activities and expected outcomes of the three concept notes to achieve large-scale impacts as well as addressing the barriers in coastal mangrove management;
  2. Develop a new Project Concept Note in accordance with the GCF latest concept note form and funding requirements.
  3. Gap analysis of additional assessments or studies needed to develop the GCF funding proposal. For example, baseline assessments, safeguard assessment and mitigation plans and/or market analysis.


The new concept note will require fine-tuning of climate rationale and context, refining program outcomes and activities as well as finalizing the Theory of Change and log frame that addresses six GCF investment criteria, which are expected to be improved by the Consultant with desk research and consultation.


In performing his/her tasks, the Consultant will work closely with the NDA, the readiness project team, project proponent, and the accredited entity.  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.      Conduct review of the existing three coastal resilience concept notes (CNs) to align them into one integrated program.

2.      Facilitate discussions and provide recommendations on:

-        Theory of Change to be used in the project;

-        Outcomes, outputs, activities, and indicators for the  integrated framework for the coastal resilience project;

-        Project structure, including coordination mechanism between the relevant ministries, the three project proponents, and the AE;

3.      Develop a high-quality concept note for the Coastal Resilience project. The CN should, at minimum, have the following qualities:

  • Sound climate rationale;
  • Sound arguments and rationale that demonstrate project alignment with the six GCF Investment Criteria;
  • High quality of project logframe, with well-defined indicators, targets, inputs, and outputs;
  • Appropriate implementation arrangement;
  • Initial risks analysis and risk mitigation measures for the project concept note.

4.      Conduct a gap analysis to identify the need for further studies and work activities to develop a full project funding proposal for the GCF;

5.      Support in completing the Project Preparation Facility (PPF) application form based on the gap analysis conducted;

6.      Prepare high-quality presentations about the project concept note

7.      Develop and maintain active coordination on daily basis with GGGI, the AE, project owners, 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)



Draft concept note with the following recommendations :

·        Theory of change for the new concept note

·        Proposed components and activities for the log frame of the new concept note

·        Proposed project structure, including coordination mechanism between the relevant ministries, the three project proponents and the AE.




Final GCF Concept Note on the Coastal Resilience project





Powerpoint presentation on the Coastal Resilience project


Gap Analysis Report providing recommendations for follow-up studies required to develop the coastal resilience GCF funding proposal, which will be included in the PPF application form


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He or she should have the following qualifications:

  • Masters degree or higher, in forestry, environmental studies, natural resources management, coastal studies, development studies, or relevant fields;
  • At least 10 years of experience working and/or doing research in topics such as climate change projects financing, mangrove management, coastal resilience, and climate change financing and project designing in developing countries
  • Extensive knowledge of the implementation of coastal resilience projects in Indonesia or other relevant countries;
  • Solid 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, preferably in coastal related projects;
  • 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;


Interested applicants must apply through the following link ( before 15 October 2020 (KST).



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