Senior Officer, Subnational Coordinator

  • Global Green Growth Institute
  • Columbia
  • 09 Feb, 2020
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Job Description

The position will be part of the regional team, reporting to the Colombian Country Representative. S/he will be responsible for providing technical and strategic advice to relevant sub-national counterparts and lead the regional workstream within the Colombia Country Program. The position will manage a team of staff and consultants, posted in four subnational jurisdictions (Departamentos) of Colombia, and whom will serve as the key focal points with the sub-national counterparts for carrying out the service offerings. The position will guide projects development and implementation across the four regions, assess its effectiveness and recommend new initiatives and partnerships. Also, the position will provide substantive advice/ analysis of current products and project components, identifying opportunities and areas for improvement. The position is expected to be the go-to person for all specific regional-related matters in the Colombia country program.




Reporting to the Colombian Country Representative, the Subnational Coordinator - Senior Officer will lead the Subnational team. The position will guide projects development and implementation across the four regions, assess its effectiveness and recommend new initiatives and partnerships. The successful candidate will:

  • Lead and develop GGGI Colombia program´s regional workstream, ensuring high-quality and impactful delivery of advisory outputs and services to key counterparts and securing well embedded results for scalability and sustainability;
  • Assess deforestation reduction and related green growth issues and opportunities within targeted sectors at the subnational level in coordination with key local counterparts, such as Governor´s offices, Environmental Authorities, research institutions, NGOs and others, and define strategic interventions for which GGGI will be a key partner in support of the overall Colombia-GGGI-Norway Phase II program objectives;
  • Be responsible for the strategic, operational and technical elements under the subnational workstream, ensuring delivery of all agreed outputs and outcomes in a timely and high-quality manner;
  • Identify new workstreams and elaborate proposals to be able to meet local needs in terms of reducing deforestation actions and other related green growth topics. This implies budgeting, proposal preparation, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Participate in the Colombian Program´s Management Team contributing towards proper program management and development.




  • Be known as the key expert and focal point on all related GGGI activities at the subnational level carried out both with public and private sector stakeholders;
  • Identify and engage with all relevant counterparts/partners to facilitate needs assessment in the context of low-deforestation development and related green growth topics, identifying areas of intervention, agreeing on provision of services to meet local requirements and ensuring that expectations are met;
  • Build and maintain local networks with other key development partners, NGOs, governmental organizations, community leaders and private sector allies that can be relevant in the context of the program´s objectives;
  • Identify, develop and maintain relationships with counterparts to develop the subnational program activities, defining a framework for collaboration on green growth across GGGI´s service offering (i.e; policy, investment, and knowledge/capacity building);
  • Support the Country Representative, Deputy Country Rep and PPF Coordinator in developing and consolidating a Subnational GGGI program for Colombia that is well aligned with national priorities, SDGs and Colombia´s international commitments towards Climate Change mitigation;
  • Advise the Colombian Management Team on the possible scope of work and critical route for the establishment of subnational level program and activities, including identifying areas of improvement and fine-tuning our service offering to maintain relevance, quality and value-add;
  • 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;
  • Supervise and guide the subnational team to effectively engage with local counterparts, produce high-quality deliverables, coordinate programmatic efforts, and deliver outputs in a timely manner;
  • Work closely with sub-national government partners in implementing the above, recognizing the importance of government buy-in and ownership in the implementation of all activities under the collaborative and integrated country program.




  • Provide strategic and technical advisory for the identification, development and consolidation of subnational work-streams, aligning policy and investment outcomes with local counterparts and seeking integration of these with national targets, NDC and SDG targets as well as with Colombia-GGGI-Norway Phase II program goals;
  • Identify project delivery issues and ensure effective coordination of project activities and resource execution to ensure attainment of objectives against established timeframes and budget;
  • Effectively organize and deliver outputs and outcomes within established GGGI procedures and resources; ensuring that subnational team is aligned with organizational values, rules and regulations and are well-integrated with the overall program management, monitoring and evaluation systems;
  • Oversee the planning, monitoring and reporting of work-stream implementation, including providing monthly and annual data and analysis on program´s progress, including budget execution and output/outcome achievement;
  • Provide timely and relevant feedback, coaching and training to subnational team to secure high performance and value for money within the subnational program´s activities;
  • Supervise consultancy contracts over 20,000 USD related to the delivery of outputs at the subnational level.








  • Graduated degree with at least 7 years of relevant experience in Public Management or Environmental Management and/or Sustainable Development roles;
  • Strong background on public investment, planning and implementation of development projects and programmes within public sector; experience in the REDD+, agriculture, land use or rural development sectors is a plus;
  • Understanding of public-private partnerships for public investment, particularly in the Colombian context; Experience using the General Adjusted Methodology (MGA) is a plus;
  • Familiarity and understanding of green growth issues, trade-offs, benefits, evaluation tools and linkages with poverty reduction and development outcomes;
  • Demonstrated experience in at least one of GGGI´s thematic areas, such as sustainable energy, Sustainable Landscapes, Green Cities or Water;
  • Have in-depth knowledge of the policy development framework, institutional landscape, public management and financing structures at the subnational level, political cycles and investment context to ensure adequate advisory under planned workstreams;
  • A proven track record of supporting government entities at the national and sub-national level within Colombia, in development and green growth-related topics; experience in the REDD+, agriculture, land use or rural development sectors will be an advantage;
  • A solid track record of team management, including work supervision and orientation for effective delivery.
  • Must be a Colombian citizen, or a foreigner holding a valid Work Visa.




  • 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;
  • Capacity to define strategic targets, deliver workplans, set-up monitoring systems and optimal resources management;
  • Anticipates crucial risks and risk management strategies in projects. Formulates alternative means of achieving objectives. Responds effectively to unforeseen events;
  • Sets high but achievable standards for self and others. Seeks opportunities to improve process and outcomes. Constantly reviews performance to identify areas to develop;
  • Measured confidence to take on demanding work or put forward views when they may be challenged. Stays calm in a crisis. Handles competing demands. Overcomes setbacks. Welcomes and learns from criticism;
  • Has actively sought to learn new things on own initiative. Has responded positively to change and adapted to new situations quickly. Able to take on a diverse range of tasks equally effectively;
  • Attention to detail, quality control and superb organizational abilities.




  • Sets personal goals which are challenging but achievable. Pursues these with energy, persistence and determination. Enthusiastic and committed to improving personal performance levels;
  • Takes responsibility for own time and effectiveness. Alert to opportunities to contribute appropriately without being told. Able to spot and implement opportunities for improving situations;
  • 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. Seeks opportunities to develop others;
  • Able to influence the views and behavior of others through persuasion and encouragement. Manages conflict or other sensitive issues tactfully and effectively. Able to adapt behavior to a wide range of people;
  • An excellent command of written English and Spanish. 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.


Only CV´s and applications in English will be reviewed

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, a number of opportunities to ensure a more efficient use of public funds towards common, greener development objectives, including through the Royalties system, and other public investment instruments.

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