Roster of External Technical Experts on Accreditation
to the Green Climate Fund
1. The GreenClimate Fund (the Fund) was established by Parties to theUNFCCC at its meeting in Cancún in December 2010, and formallylaunched in2011 when the Governing Instrument ofthe Fund was adopted and approved. 2. The Fundis set to becomea maininternational financial institution for the delivery of climate finance insupport ofmitigationand adaptationactivities in developingcountries. 3. The Fundis governed andsupervised by a Board that has full responsibility for funding decisions and a Secretariat with responsibility for the executive management and operations of the Fund. The Fund also has aTrustee incharge of the management of the Fund’s financial assets and financial reportingthereof. 4. The Governing Instrument of the Fund provides fordirect access andinternational access modalities. In order to access resources fromthe Fund under the directaccess modalities, recipientcountries will nominate competent subnational, national and regional implementing entities for accreditation to receive funding. Additionalmodalities to further enhance direct access, including through funding entities, are to be considered with a view to enhancingcountry ownership of projects and programmes.
5. Recipient countries will also be able to access the Fund throughaccredited international entities,including United Nations agencies, multilateral development banks, international financialinstitutions and regional institutions. 6. The Governing Instrument alsomandates the Boardto develop,manage and oversee an accreditation process for all implementing entities based onspecific accreditation criteria that reflect, amongothers, the Fund’s fiduciaryprinciples and standards and environmental andsocialsafeguards.
7. Following this mandate, the Board decided atits October 2013meeting to request a team of four Boardmembers/alternatemembers tooversee the developmentof the Guiding framework for the Fund's accreditation process by the Secretariat, for consideration by the Board no later than atits secondmeeting in 2014 (seventhmeeting). 8. At its seventh meeting, the Board adopted theinitial guidingframework for the Fund’s accreditation process as well as theinitial fiduciary principles andstandards. It further adopted the environmental and social Performance Standards of theInternational Finance Corporation (IFC) on an interim basis.
9. At the samemeeting the Board established the Accreditation Committee (the Committee) comprised of the four Boardmembers or alternates that previously were part of the Board’s team on accreditation. The Committee is accountable to the Board and provides guidance on the development of policies and procedures for the Fund’s guiding framework for the accreditation process as well as facilitating the Board’s interaction with recipientcountries and providing policy guidance tothe Accreditation Panel.10. At the samemeeting, the Board established the Accreditation Panel to becomposed ofsix international experts in relevant areas relatingto the fiduciarystandards and
environmental and social safeguards of the Fund. The Accreditation Panel will operate as a
senior and independent technical advisory body of the Fund, and will reportand be
accountable to the Board. The role of the Accreditation Panel in the accreditation process is
to review the received applications from the applicant entity on a rolling basis. As part of
Stage II of the accreditation process, the Accreditation Panel will ascertain whether
applicant entities (i) meet the Fund’s applicable initial basic fiduciary standards and
applicable initial specialized fiduciary standards; and (ii) have the capacity to manage
relevant environmental and social risks in line with the Fund’s interim environmental and
social safeguards and a scaled risk-based approach adopted by the Board.
II. Purpose of the assignment
11. External technical experts may be engaged by the Accreditation Panel in the in-
depth review of individual applications for accreditation. Such experts - whether
independent or members of specialized consultancy firms - will need to demonstrate
experience and expertise in relevant areas.
12. The Secretariat, in coordination with and on behalf of the Accreditation Panel, is
responsible for setting up and managing a roster of external technical experts through an
open, competitive and transparent selection process, which strives to ensure the
availability of relevant competencies and achieve gender and regional balance where
possible. The Secretariat also assists the Accreditation Panel in developing and updating, as
necessary, the terms of reference to guide the work of the external technical experts.
13. The purpose of this call is to select qualified individuals to serve as external
technical experts. The full terms of reference are in the Annex.
14. The external technical experts will be expected to work remotely with the
possibilityto attendmeetings of the Accreditation Panel, either physically or electronically.
The Secretariat will communicate and assist with any travel requirements relating to the
work of theAccreditationPanel.
III. Minimum required qualifications and key fields of
15. Those interested toserve as externaltechnical experts as defined above will have to
demonstrate recognizedcapacity, experience and expertise in atleastoneofthe following
fields of key competency, supported bya successful career recordat senior and executive
level in an international environment with at least 10 years of professional experience,
includingin the field ofclimate change financing and work in developing countries:
(a) Governancesystems, financialmanagement, procurement, audit and control
(b) Project management cycle, including origination and implementation, and
(c) Transparency, investigation and anti-fraud provisions;
(d) Environmental and social safeguards and environmental and social
(e) Gender-related issues;(f) Financialintermediation, financial instruments and/or financialsector
supervision and oversight.
16. Hands-on experience will be preferred in assessing performance and operational
track record of implementingentities, funding entities andintermediaries inconsistently
delivering quality results. These should have been obtained throughfinancingprojects
and programmes as well as other activities, applying effective financialsolutions such as
grants, concessional loans, equity investments and guarantees as financial instruments
to overcomestructural barriers and support development policies, as appropriate.
17. Experience in workingin/withdevelopingcountries inthe followingregions should
(b) Latin America and the Caribbean
18. In additionto this, applicantsmust demonstrate unquestionable reputation,
integrityand ethical behaviour.
19. The working language will be English. Knowledge of other official United
Nations languages would be an additional plus factor.
IV. Application and selection procedure
20. Interested individuals should submit their expression of interest by providing a full
documented CV and a cover letter specifying the fields of keycompetencies that match
21. Responses to this call should be sent viaemail to <email@example.com>.
22. Thesubject line of the email messageshould followthe followingformat:
Subject: Expression ofinterest RosterofExternalTechnicalExperts onAccreditation
– [NAME] [LAST NAME]
23. The filecontaining the curriculum vitae should be named“CV [LAST NAME]”
(e.g. CV SMITH), and similarly, the file containing the cover letter should be
named“Cover letter [LAST NAME]”.
24. Only the followingformats will be accepted: MS Word, PDF, RTF.
25. This is an open recruitment and hiring will continue on an ongoing basis.Annex: Terms of reference of the Fund’s External Technical Experts on Accreditation
I. Role and mandate
1. External technical experts will be engaged by the Accreditation Panel in the in-
depth review of individual applications for accreditation.
2. The external technical expertshould have expertise andcompetency in the
following coreareas of competency,including experience working onclimate related
financing in developing countries:
(a) Governancesystems, financial management, auditand control framework;
(b) Project management cycle and activity oversight;
(c) Transparency, investigation and anti-fraud provisions;
(d) Environmental and social safeguards and environmental and socialmanagement
(e) Gender-related issues;
(f) Financialintermediation, financial instruments and/or financialsector
supervision and oversight.
3. External technical experts will therefore demonstrate recognizedcapacityand
expertise in their fields ofcompetency, supported bya successfulcareer trackat senior and
executive level. In addition to this, each external technical expert will be able to
demonstrate unquestionable personal reputation, integrity and ethical behaviour
throughout her or his professional trajectory.
III. Modalities of work
4. The external technical experts will be engaged by the Accreditation Panel toin-
depth review all or part of individual applications for accreditation, and will report and be
accountable to the Accreditation Panel. The external technical experts will be bound by
these terms of reference as well as by relevant policies and procedures of the Green Climate
Fund and its Board decisions.
5. The external technical experts will be expected to work remotely with the
possibilityto attendmeetings of the Accreditation Panel, either physically or
electronically.The Secretariat will communicate andassist with any travel
requirements relating to the work of the AccreditationPanel.
6. External technical experts will be compensated in accordance with relevant
administrative provisions for contracting external technical support. Consequently, external
technical experts will be bound by standard contractual regulations relating to the provision
ofconsultancy services to the Fund.
7. Travel and accommodation costs, per diem payment and a daily fee will be paid to
external technical experts in accordance with the Fund’s rules and regulations and theexternal technical experts’terms of reference.
V. Disclosure of conflict of interest
8. All external technical experts should disclose any actual, potential or perceived
conflict of interest in relation to anyof the activities, discussions and recommendations of
the Accreditation Panel, which will be duly recorded.
9. Furthermore, at the time of appointment, all external technical experts willsign the
oath contained in the Appendixto these terms of reference.
VI. Revision and termination of the terms of reference of the
external technical experts
10. The Secretariat, in assisting the Accreditation Panel, may revise these terms of
reference as necessary toguide the work of the external technical experts in order to
incorporate lessons learned and to reflect the evolving needs of the accreditation process of
the Fund. The mandate and terms of reference of the external technical experts may be
revised or terminated by the Secretariat, if deemed necessary. Appendix: Oath to be taken by external technical experts
“I solemnly declare that I shall perform my duties as an external technical expert to
accreditation of the Green Climate Fund (the Fund), honourably, faithfully, impartially and
I further solemnly declare and promise that I shall disclose any financial interest or
any other real or perceived conflict of interest in: the accreditation of subnational, national,
regional and/or international intermediaries and IEs of the Fund; the consideration and
provision of advice on best-practice fiduciary principles and standards and environmental and
social safeguards; and, in general, in any other matter in connection with the fulfilment of the
mandate of an external technical expert.
I shall refrain from participating in the consideration of accreditation applications or
policy discussions where any financial interest or any other real or perceived conflict of
interest may arise, or where any personal circumstance might be incompatible with the
requirements of integrity and impartiality expected of an external technical expert.
Subject to my responsibilities an external technical expert., I shall not disclose, even
after the termination of my functions, any confidential or proprietary information which is
transferred to the Board, the Panel or the Secretariat, or any other confidential information
coming to my knowledge by reason of my duties an external technical expert.”
Full name: ____________________________________________________
- Organization: GCF - Green Climate Fund
- Location: Multiple locations
- Grade: USG, Under-Secretary-General
- Closing Date: