Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

Founded at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is a treaty-based, inter-governmental organization, headquartered in Seoul, that promotes a sustainable, low-carbon and inclusive economic growth model in developing countries and emerging economies worldwide. GGGI seeks to achieve a green growth model that drives social inclusion, poverty reduction, economic prosperity, environmental sustainability, and economic growth and sustainability across its Member States.


Believing that this model allows the developing world to design and deliver programmes that demonstrate economic growth that is cognisant of all environmental concerns, GGGI looks to distance itself from traditional forms of development, which are unconcerned with the depletion and destruction of natural resources. Instead, the GGGI advocates for a growth model that combines the national economic interest with broader socio, cultural and environmental challenges, looking to establish an international development framework which integrates the economic with the environmental, in a sustainable manner. The core GGGI values of integrity, transformation, inclusivity, boldness and excellence are at the foundation of its mission, which drives and shape its work as a unified One GGGI team.


GGGI’s business operating model is spread across the globe in Africa and Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean regions, with its country offices being directly engaged with national governments in setting the strategic direction for national program development through the respective Country Planning Framework (CPF). The CPF is aligned with the individual countries’ national development policies and priorities and with GGGI’s Strategic Plan.


GGGI Strategy 2030 was approved by its Council in 2019 and had its first full year of implementation in 2021. This strategic plan is now approaching a critical stage, with the conclusion of its first phase coming up in 2025. GGGI is set on a continuous path of growth. Revenue in 2023 was 83.2m USD and operating budget for 2024 is 105m USD, a growth of just over 25%.


For more information, visit https://gggi.org/

Role purpose

GGGI Governance


Following its conversion to an international organization in 2012, GGGI adopted a new governance structure, which consists of an Assembly, a Council, a Sub-Committee of the Council, and a Secretariat (the Institute).


The Assembly is the supreme organ of GGGI and composed of all Member countries; it meets at least once every two years. The functions of the Assembly include advising on the overall direction of GGGI, reviewing the organization’s progress in meeting its stated objectives, and providing guidance on partnerships with other international, intergovernmental, and private sector organisations. The Assembly also elects Council members and, appoints a Director General.


The Council serves as the executive organ of GGGI and thus approves its financial, procurement, and human resource management regulations, the organization’s strategy, biennial work program and budget, and audited financial statements. The Council consists of no more than seventeen members, among which are contributing and participating members, experts and non-state actors, the host country, as well as the Director General.


The Management and Program Sub-Committee is a body that advises the Council in carrying out its activities to oversee GGGI’s financial reporting and audit, programmatic activities, partnerships, and internal oversight.


The Institute acts as the chief operational organ of GGGI. The Institute is headed by the Director General who is responsible to the Assembly and the Council. Under the guidance of the Assembly and the Council, the Director General represents GGGI externally and provides strategic leadership which enables the organization to carry out its objectives.


Director General


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the Agreement on the Establishment of the GGGI, the Director General, under the guidance of the Council and Assembly will:

  • Provide strategic leadership for the GGGI.
  • Prepare all necessary operational and financial documents.
  • Report on the overall implementation of the GGGI’s activities and bring to the attention of the Council any matter which he or she considers might impact on the fulfilment of the GGGI’s objectives.
  • Carry out the directions of the Assembly and the Council.
  • Represent the GGGI externally and develop strong relations with Member States and other stakeholders.


This means that the role shall:

  • Provide innovative and strategic leadership with a growth mindset for the development and implementation of the Strategy 2030 and the Global Operational Priorities.
  • Act as the face of GGGI, providing guidance and support to GGGI’s governance bodies and develop a strong relationship with the host country, Republic of Korea.
  • Ensure decisions of the governance bodies are implemented in a timely manner.
  • Lead the overall coordination of GGGI’s work program and provide strategic management of GGGI’s workforce in the Secretariat and across the globe, providing oversight of reporting of results and impacts.
  • Provide strategic leadership to GGGI’s external relations and partnerships, promoting GGGI’s global profile in sustainable green growth.
  • Establish relationships with national governments where GGGI is seen as the centre of excellence in low-carbon economic development.
  • Provide strategic leadership to GGGI’s fundraising and relations with existing and potential contributors and new Member States.


Required Experience and Qualifications


The Director General will have:

  • Proven outstanding strategic leadership abilities, a growth mindset, and senior-level managerial experience with public or private institutions (or entities), including international organizations, with a multi-cultural workforce.
  • A strong background and experience in the field of green growth and a deep understanding of sustainable development agenda from multiple perspectives, such as developing and emerging countries, donor agencies, multilateral development banks, and public and private sectors.
  • Experience with respect to policy advice, capacity building, transfer of technology and development knowledge, including innovation and technology in the area of green growth.
  • Capacity to provide clear strategic focus and vision to GGGI and work with the Executive Staff to align the organization’s mission and goals.
  • Strong commitment to work in a transparent manner with GGGI Member States and capacity to cooperate closely with Contributing and Participating Member States.
  • Excellent communication and representation skills to represent GGGI to its stakeholders as well as the general public and to secure active continuous support of the international community and the private sector.
  • An extensive network and the ability to cooperate effectively and build practical partnerships with relevant stakeholders in order to achieve maximum synergy of GGGI’s work.
  • Full professional proficiency in English is required.
  • A firm commitment to the objectives and activities of GGGI as laid down in Articles 2 and 4 of the Establishment Agreement.
  • Moral authority to model the independent role required by paragraph 6 of Article 10 of the Establishment Agreement.


Terms of Appointment

The initial term of the appointment will be four (4) years, and the person may be reappointed for a further term.


Role Location

Seoul, Korea


How to Apply

To apply for this position, please ensure you complete the Application Form provided below by 03 June 2024 (23:59 hrs, GMT +9). It is essential that you submit your CV in English, specifically in Microsoft Word format (.doc/.docx).


Applications in other languages or formats will not be considered.


Rest assured, all information will be handled with the utmost confidentiality.


SRI Executive is exclusively retained by Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) to undertake this assignment.

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