Regional Technical Assistant, Narino

  • Global Green Growth Institute
  • Narino, Colombia
  • 09 Feb, 2020
Full time Sustainability Jobs Environmental Jobs Green Jobs Non-Profit Jobs

Job Description

The position will be part of the regional team under the coordination and articulation of Nariño´s Regional Associate in order to meet the subnational goals and outputs. S/he will be responsible for providing technical assistance and advice to GGGI´s subnational team and relevant sub-national counterparts of Nariño and other key partners for the identification and development of Green Growth opportunities, particularly as they pertain to a more sustainable use of land and forests and deforestation reduction. This implies supporting policy frameworks, enabling conditions, and structuring of projects and enhanced management of financial resources that can support such opportunities, specially those related, but not limited to Sustainable Tourism. This support should materialize in increased local capacity for public management, policy and project advisory and project structuring towards Green Growth objectives.  The position will offer technical assistance within the GGGI´s team as requested and support new and ongoing initiatives and partnerships with government agencies, private sector, academic institutions among others and liaison with national-level policies, investments and initiatives that have local impact.




  • Provide technical and operational support under the subnational workstream in a timely and high-quality manner under the main guidance of the Nariño Regional Associate.
  • Research effective policies, regulations, programs and projects that have successfully integrated forest conservation and nature-based tourism and suggest such to Senior Associate to consider replicability and scalability of such cases through GGGI-led support or projects.
  • Conduct research and do mapping of local-level stakeholders that will help build-up and maintain a strong network of key development partners, government agencies, local institutions, private sector stakeholders, community leaders, among others.
  • Perform technical research, data gathering and collation, preparation of documents, briefings and PPTs., and suggest analytical tasks required to carry out the Nariño program as well as the tourism components of the subnational program.
  • Support the identification, scoping and implementation activities pertaining to Nature-based Tourism across the four Departamentos of the Subnational Program, particularly profiling GGGI as a lead advisor to help develop enabling conditions and bankable projects under this economic sector with high social and environmental standards.
  • Support the regional team in the assistance provided to territorial entities in greening the design and implementation of their development plans by identifying concrete opportunities of Green Growth, particularly of nature-based tourism.
  • Organize data on project implementation which supports transparent management of project resources. Support procurement and recruitment related project activities.




  • Be part of the regional team to support the implementation of GGGI´s regional program in Nariño.
  • Increase the team visibility for Green Growth in the Department of Nariño especially on Nature-Based Tourism.
  • Inform Program Managers on status of project delivery highlighting issues of resource management and delivery schedule.
  • Be up-to-date and provide research of the policy development framework, institutional landscape, public management and financing structures in the Department of Nariño and political environment.
  • Support local administration officials to effectively engage with local counterparts, as requested
  • Support the articulation of GGGI with CORPONARIÑO, FONTUR and other Sustainable Development and Tourism relevant related institutions.
  • Be able to inform local stakeholders, as requested, on the identified Green Growth opportunities and their materialization into bankable projects, especially those related to Nature-Based Tourism.
  • Support with stakeholder mapping, engagement and facilitation of discussions between investors, government and project proponents related to Nature-based tourism or other relevant projects as needed.
  • Closely collaborate and liaise with other GGGI-Colombia team members for technical consultation and inputs to align efforts and workstreams from national to sub-national level.




  • Prepare timely information on Nariño activities progress and status to the GGGI team, ensuring that data is presented to support project management/oversight. Flag delivery delays and issues as well as possible solutions.
  • Review, assess and provide technical input to support origination, development and delivery of GGGI´s advisory services related to nature-based tourism at the subnational level. Assist with the preparation, follow-up and reporting of Nariño program´s relevant engagements with local and national stakeholders Organize relevant workshops, consultations and focal group discussions with key department-level stakeholders to ensure alignment of GGGI´s service with client needs. 
  • Prepare and submit in a timely manner and as instructed information regarding vendors, locations and other relevant ones for the preparation of events, workshops, trainings and other GGGI-funded events
  • Provide technical inputs on nature-based tourism related activities, including preparation of terms of reference, scoping out work for various departamentos, gathering market information for vendor/consultant selection, among others.
  • Support other relevant activities deemed necessary for the development of GGGI’s Colombia program, including monitoring and evaluation related activities.






  • Undergraduate degree with at least 3 years of relevant experience in public administration, public management, environmental management or economic development roles with a strong interest and demonstrated track record in public investment, planning and implementation of development plans as well as budgets within the public sector, particularly in the Department of Nariño.
  • Graduate degree or relevant experience on Sustainable Tourism, Sustainable Development on projects/programs design, development and implementation will be an advantage
  • Familiarity and understanding the green growth issues, trade-offs, cost-benefit analysis, policy evaluation tools, poverty reduction and development is a plus.
  • Relevant experience in supporting government entities in the Department of Nariño as well as development and green growth-related topics is desirable.
  • Experience working with local communities, indigenous peoples, or other rural stakeholders in the implementation of tourism activities and other sustainable productive practices is a plus.
  • English proficiency written and spoken is desirable.


  • Exceptional analytical and quantitative skills; capacity for synthesis, presentation and communication; and strategic thinking skills are a must
  • Able to pick up and assimilate relevant information and learn tasks in a rapidly manner, responding swiftly and appropriately in fast-paced environments
  • Sets high but achievable standards for self and others. Seeks opportunities to improve process and outcomes. Constantly reviews performance to identify areas to develop
  • Able to communicate information and ideas clearly and articulately both in oral and written form. Uses appropriate language, style and methods depending on audience and the purpose of communication. Able to convey complex information clearly. Anticipates the information that others will need.
  • Takes balanced view of situations incorporating different perspectives. Seeks alternative viewpoints. Recognizes priorities, weighs up different options and evaluates risks. Reaches logical conclusions and decides on appropriate plan of action. Evaluates previous judgements in order to improve.
  • Capacity to provide technical guidance towards strategic targets, work plans and high-quality deliverables.
  • Excellent ability to multi-task and prioritize under high-pressure circumstances
  • Attention to detail, quality control and superb organizational abilities




  • Able to achieve results in a quality, timely, and cost-effective way. Sees priorities, plans the efficient use of resources, and monitors progress against objectives. Anticipates crucial stages in projects. Formulates alternative means of achieving objectives. Responds effectively to unforeseen events
  • Outstanding stakeholder engagement, client relationship, communication, teamwork and consensus building
  • Proven track record of taking initiative independently with minimal supervision and strong delivery capacity
  • Sets personal goals which are challenging but achievable. Pursues these with energy, persistence and determination. Enthusiastic and committed to improving personal performance levels
  • Actively participates in team. Encourages co-operation. Aware of the needs of others and responds flexibly. Shares information and supports other team members. Can get things done through others and set realistic objectives



Applications and CV´s must be send in English 

Please notice that “Date to close” is in Korean Standard Time (KST) – not Colombia time -




Based 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 has been working with the Government of Colombia to advance green growth policies and green investments, through strategic partnerships such as with the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Treasury and Public Credit and the National Planning Department, among others. In a new phase of collaboration with Government agencies at the national and sub-national level, GGGI with the Support of the Norwegian Kingdom is initiating an expansion of its Colombia Country program, mainly to support the transition towards a greener growth pathway that is socially inclusive and contributes to Colombia´s medium term development agenda. The expected impact of this collaboration, after five years of support (2017-2022), is an increased capacity to mainstream green growth objectives into development planning and investments in priority sectors and regions that are critical for Colombia´s future green growth, particularly in areas that are highly susceptible to increased natural resource degradation and forest cover loss.

The program was divided in two phases, one from 2017-2019, and a second one from 2020-2022. The second phase was designed to increase green growth investments in priority regions and sectors and to support the Government of Colombia (GoC) to reduce the current trend in deforestation. The program outcomes are aligned with the GoC´s nationally determined contributions (NDC) targets and sustainable development goals (SDGs), GGGI’s Strategic Plan 2015 – 2020 and GGGI Colombia Country Planning Framework (CPF) 2016-2020, as well as the Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) strategic objectives. 

The desired impact of the activities carried between 2020-2022 is to facilitate Colombia in achieving its SDGs and NDC, with specific targets under the Duque administration reflected in the National Development Plan (NDP) 2018-2022:

  • Reduce the tendency of growth of projected deforestation by the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (IDEAM) from 0% to 30%.
  • Accumulated reduction of 36 MTnCO2eq of greenhouse gases (GHG), in relation to the national point of reference.
  • Proportion of overall share gross domestic product (GDP) comprised by the forestry sector from 0.79% to 1%.
  • Increase areas under sustainable conservation management (restoration, agroforestry systems, sustainable forest management) from 701,000 ha to 1,402,900 ha.
  • Increase areas under Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes and incentives for conservation from 65,000 ha to 260,000 ha.

The second phase of the program is focused on: (i) strengthening conditions to increase the effectiveness of institutes to enforce measures of deforestation control and reduce deforestation; and, (ii) the implementation and subsequent upscaling of sustainable and/or restorative production systems through a landscape management approach.

The program capitalizes on GGGI’s comparative advantage to provide context-specific, tailored, green growth solutions, as well as its experience to date in promoting the green growth agenda in Colombia and other countries.  Phase II of the program is designed to ensure that results are consistently delivered and the outcomes of Phase I are sustained. This is achieved by leveraging lessons learned as well as by taking advantage of synergies with other donor-funded activities and programs. This is made possible by GGGI unique positioning within GoC, that now includes supporting directly the Ministries of Agriculture and Finance. In fact, with Norway support, GGGI has built a strong reputation in the country, becoming the go-to institution for the GoC on sustainability related topics. This is also made clear by the decision of the GoC to recently approve Law 1954/2019 for the Establishment Agreement of GGGI in Colombia and moving towards an additional ongoing bill in Congress for the approval of the Host Country Agreement which is expected to be finalized this year. 

The Theory of Change of the proposed program was developed in consultation with key government actors such as the Ministries of Finance, Agriculture, Environment and Commerce, and the National Planning Department (DNP for its acronym in Spanish), as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector, the Norwegian Embassy in Bogotá and other development partners.

The intrinsic logic of this program lies in the fact that to reduce the loss of forest cover and increase the sustainability and inclusiveness of production landscapes, it is necessary to both add value to current forest stands in order to provide conservation incentives, and alongside promote a sustainable, inclusive and productive transformation of landscapes. 

There are various underlying principles which underpin the fundamentals of Phase II of the program. The main principle being that GGGI will continue to build upon existing efforts to promote green growth, such as the implementation of the Green Growth Policy (with an emphasis on the forest economy) along with other relevant and aligned NDP goals, such as lowering the deforestation rate, increasing areas under sustainable conservation systems and PES. Secondly, there is an increased focus on delivering results at the subnational level, to increase deforestation reduction results in the selected Departamentos and to augment the number of hectares and investments under a sustainable and restorative production systems approach.

Finally, key partners and stakeholders will be kept close to accelerate the market pull of low-deforestation and sustainability practices throughout value chains. This will reward and incentivize businesses to adopt such production standards and scale up sectorial ambition on these topics. Target sectors to be addressed through the program will include forestry and non-timber forest products (NFTPs) (including sustainable forest management, sustainable livestock and nature-based tourism products).

It is therefore, that working at the subnational level becomes imperative to attaining the real positive impacts of a greener development model, that is low in deforestation and high in environmental and social dividends, will be manifested. Effective decentralization of green growth and climate friendly policies to the subnational level, including the integration of these into local level sector planning and investments, and the generation of success stories will be crucial to achieving longer term green growth objectives. Progress towards a greener and climate friendly economy in Colombia with increased generation of jobs and income will be highly dependent on adequate public and private financing that is aligned to and supports the attainment of green growth objectives. Currently, general public expenditure instruments, such as territorial transfers, compensation mechanisms, and traditional public investment (on infrastructure, for example) do not yet integrate climate change and green growth principles. There are, however, several opportunities to ensure a more efficient use of public funds towards common, greener development objectives, including the Royalties system and other public investment instruments.

During the last eighteen months, GGGI´s engagement in Nariño has contributed substantially to the positioning of green growth as a key development framework in the region by mainstreaming sustainable development objectives into policy and private sector interest. Highlights of this work include greening sectors such as livestock and tourism, the implementation of economic instruments aimed at reducing deforestation such as Payment for Ecosystem Services Schemes and deforestation control efforts.

The two main outputs for the region are the “Nature-Based Tourism Strategic Plan for Nariño” and the Green Growth Potential Assessment. Additionally, GGGI in Nariño has dedicated important efforts to strengthen capabilities for green growth within the public and private sector with the realization of various workshops on understanding green growth, Bioeconomy, circular economy, sustainable tourism and means of implementation for green growth.

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