Call for International Experts to serve in the Independent Technical Advisory Panel
1. The Green Climate Fund (“the GCF”) is a multilateral fund created to make a significant and ambitious contribution to the global efforts towards attaining the goals set by the international community, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to combat climate change.
2. The GCF aims to promote the paradigm shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways by providing support to developing countries to limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the impacts of climate change, taking into account the needs of those developing countries particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.
3. The GCF is governed by a Board, composed of an equal number of members from developed and developing countries. The GCF is operated by an independent Secretariat headed by an Executive Director and pursues a country-driven approach in its operations. The independent Technical Advisory Panel ("the Panel"), established through decision B.07/03, officially reports to the Board through the Investment Committee and conducts independent technical assessments of Funding Proposals against the GCF's investment criteria.
4. At its ninth meeting, the Board approved the terms of reference (TOR) of the Panel through decision B.09/10, which were updated through decision B.BM-2018/09. The updated TOR are included as an annex to this document. The Panel, as per its terms of reference, is comprised of [eight] international experts: [four] from developing countries and [four] from developed countries, with gender and sectoral balance.
5. In the GCF’s proposal approval process (decision B.07/03), entities accredited to the GCF will submit funding proposals to the Secretariat for consideration, with a no-objection from the relevant national designated authority. The Secretariat will review the funding proposals from accredited entities and will perform second-level due diligence on the proposals. The Panel will provide its independent assessment on the expected performance of the project/programme against the investment criteria. The Board, having received the full funding proposal package from the Secretariat, will then take the funding decision.
II. Minimum required qualifications and key fields of competencies
6. GCF is looking for four (4) international experts to serve as panelists for a period of three years. The selected candidates must demonstrate recognized capacity and expertise in the following fields of key competency, supported by successful career experience at a senior level in an international environment with at least  years of relevant professional experience, involving:
(a) Wide technical expertise, operational experience and good understanding of the applied technologies related to the GCF’s result areas:
i. Reduced emissions from:
• Energy access and power generation
• Low emission transport
• Buildings, cities, industries and appliances
• Forests and land use
ii. Increased resilience of:
• Livelihoods of people, communities and regions
• Health and well-being, and food and water security
• Infrastructure and the built environment
• Ecosystems and ecosystem services;
(b) Professional experience in the financing, development and implementation of public and/or private sector projects in developing countries;
(c) Working knowledge of the project management cycle, including origination, implementation, and activity oversight;
(d) Familiarity with guidance stemming from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change process, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and other relevant processes is desirable; and
(e) Experience in the appraisal and operation of projects in the area of REDD-plus and in small island developing States, as well as expertise in gender-sensitive development and economic analysis, are an asset.
7. In addition to the above, interested individuals must demonstrate an unquestionable personal reputation, integrity and ethical behavior throughout his or her professional career.
8. The working language of the GCF is English. Fluency in another language, particularly an official language of the United Nations, is a plus.
III. Application and selection procedure
9. Interested individuals should submit their expression of interest by providing a full documented CV and a cover letter specifying the fields of key competencies that match their skills.
10. The file containing the curriculum vitae should be named “CV [FAMILY NAME]” (e.g. CV SMITH), and similarly, the file containing the cover letter should be named “Cover letter [FAMILY NAME]”.
11. Please specify in the cover letter and CV your professional affiliation(s), including the UNFCCC roster of experts.
12. Shortlisting will start on 13 April 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.
13. The panel members will be selected through an open, transparent and competitive process based on the criteria above and the annexed terms of reference. They will then be nominated by the GCF’s Investment Committee and endorsed by the Board.
14. The panel members will be expected to work remotely and through physical Panel and Board meetings at the GCF headquarters in Songdo, Republic of Korea. The Secretariat will communicate and assist with any travel requirements relating to the work of the Panel.
15. Unless otherwise requested by the applicant, CVs received during the Panel recruitment process may be retained as part of a roster of experts that the GCF can draw upon as needed.
Annex: Terms of reference of the independent Technical Advisory Panel
I. Role and mandate
1. The Technical Advisory Panel (the Panel) will provide independent technical assessment of, and advice on, funding proposals for the Board.
2. The Panel will conduct technical assessments of funding proposals submitted through the Secretariat by GCF accredited entities at the analysis and recommendations to the Board stage of the GCF project and programme approval cycle. This will be done in accordance with the GCF project and programme approval cycle and the simplified approval process (SAP), and to provide objective technical advice on funding proposals to the Board.
3. The Secretariat will engage the Panel on all funding proposals, including those submitted through the SAP, as approved in decision B.18/06. The Panel will operate as an independent technical advisory body of GCF. The Panel and its members will be bound by these terms of reference (TOR) as well as by any relevant policies and procedures of GCF, including the policy on ethics and conflict of interest for external members serving on panels, sub-committees and working groups of the Board. The Rules of Procedure of the Board, as well as any other relevant rules and guidelines to be adopted by the Board, will apply mutatis mutandis to the Panel.
4. The Panel will independently assess the performance of the funding proposals submitted to GCF against the GCF activity-specific criteria.
5. The Panel, in the conduct of its technical assessment of funding proposals, will be provided, prior to its final assessment, with the final funding proposal; the Secretariat’s assessment of compliance with safeguards, policies and performance of the project or programme against activity-specific criteria; and other necessary information that may reasonably be requested from the Secretariat. In addition, the Panel may be provided, as per the applicable project and programme activity cycle, with previous submissions of the funding proposals for initial review and feedback.
6. Pursuant to this mandate, and in accordance with stage IV of the GCF project and programme activity cycle as outlined in annex IV to decision B.17/09 titled “Updated project and programme cycle”, the Panel’s advice will be submitted to the Board by the Secretariat as part of the documentation pertaining to the funding proposal. The advice provided by the Panel will consist of the outcome of its independent technical assessment and its recommendation on each funding proposal that it considers.
III. Composition and structure
7. The Panel will comprise a minimum of six members: three from developing countries and three from developed countries. The Panel membership may be increased when deemed appropriate by the Board to accommodate the need for additional capacity and areas of expertise. On a case-by-case basis, members of the Panel may call additional experts from the roster of experts if the need for specialized knowledge arises, as deemed necessary, using the budget approved for the Panel. The Secretariat will assist the Panel in the procurement of a roster of experts.
8. The Panel’s collective expertise will cover a range of specialities and subspecialties related to mitigation, adaptation, the private sector and the financing of projects in developing countries.
9. Panel members and expert members will, therefore, demonstrate recognized capacity and expertise in their fields of competency as it pertains to the Fund’s initial result areas, supported by a successful career track record. Familiarity with guidance stemming from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change process, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and other relevant processes is desirable. Experience in the appraisal and operation of projects in the area of REDD-plus and in small island developing States, as well as expertise in gender-sensitive development and economic analysis, are also an asset.
10. Each Panel member and expert member must have an unquestionable personal reputation and have demonstrated integrity and ethical behaviour throughout his or her professional career.
11. Members of the Panel will be procured, selected and nominated by the Investment Committee, with the support of the Secretariat, for endorsement by the Board soon thereafter.
12. The endorsed Panel members will enter into a consultancy contract with GCF for a term of three years, with the possibility of renewal. The Executive Director of the GCF may terminate the consultancy contract with a Panel member in cases of unethical behaviour, negligence of duties, or any other breach of his or her obligations thereunder, whereupon his or her term as Panel member will terminate automatically.
IV. Modalities of work
13. The Panel will conduct its review of funding proposals remotely, and through physical meetings at the GCF headquarters in Songdo, Republic of Korea. The dates and timelines for reviews will be determined by the Secretariat in accordance with the project and programme approval cycle and the SAP, and may take place on a rolling basis. For funding proposals categorized under the SAP modality, reviews may follow new streamlined procedures for the simplification of the review process envisaged by the SAP. A summary of each completed technical assessment will be made available on the GCF website at least 21 days prior to Board action, in accordance with the GCF Information Disclosure Policy.
14. The Secretariat will provide the necessary operational and administrative support to the Panel.
15. A fee will be paid to Panel members and expert members in accordance with the GCF rules and regulations, subject to the terms of their consultancy contracts. The monthly fee will be determined in consultation with the Secretariat to reflect the time commitments derived from the volume of funding proposals reviewed.
VI. Conflict of interest and confidentiality
16. A conflict of interest arises when a Panel member has an interest, which may include but is not limited to a financial interest that could, or could be deemed to, improperly influence the performance of his or her official duties or responsibilities as a Panel member. A conflict of interest applies to, among others, Panel members who hold positions in government or non-governmental organizations, or who are working in, or have any contractual arrangement as consultants or otherwise with, an accredited entity of the GCF or an executing entity.
17. All actual or potential conflicts of interest, or the appearance thereof, shall be immediately disclosed in writing to the Fund’s Independent Integrity Unit.
18. It is the duty of the Independent Integrity Unit to review these disclosures promptly and to decide whether an actual or potential conflict of interest exists and, if so, whether to issue a waiver defining the extent to which the Panel member in question may participate in any discussion of the issue that has given rise to the conflict.
19. When the Independent Integrity Unit determines that an actual or potential conflict of interest exists, the Panel member shall not participate in the matter that has given rise to the conflict absent a waiver from the Independent Integrity Unit. The waiver may be designed to allow for any level of participation that the Independent Integrity Unit deems appropriate.
20. Furthermore, at the time of appointment, all Panel members will sign the oath contained in the appendix I to this document.
21. Panel members shall adhere to the Policy on Ethics and Conflict of Interest for External Members of Green Climate Fund Panels and Groups, as may be amended from time to time.
22. Panel members shall adhere to the Fund’s information disclosure policy, as may be amended from time to time, including in respect of the treatment of confidential information.
VII. Revision and termination of the terms of reference of the Panel
23. The Board may revise the TOR as necessary, and upon the advice of the Investment Committee, in order to incorporate lessons learned and to reflect the evolving technical needs of the GCF.
24. The mandate of the Panel may be revised or terminated by the Board, if deemed necessary.