Colombia Consultant for Technical Support in Antioquia

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Global Green Growth Institute

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Medellín, Colombia

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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 the 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.

The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) has been the trusted advisor to the Government of Colombia (GoC) for more than half a decade on the planning, structuring, and transitioning to an environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive economy. GGGI joined the GoC on the creation and adoption of the Green Growth Policy (CONPES 3934), of which many of its goals and indicators were established into the National Development Plan for 2018-2022. The work of GGGI bridges the gap between policy and implementation of CONPES 3934, which includes giving valuable advisory support and capacity building to the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, and most recently to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit. The work of GGGI in the Departments of Antioquia, Meta and Antioquia has been duly recognized by their subnational governments. GGGI has delivered three subnational-level Green Growth Potential Assessments (GGPAs) directly into the hands of subnational governments, providing a guide and reference for what and where there is green growth potential to be found in these Departments. Linking communities and public entities has also proven to be a strong suit of GGGI, hosting several public workshops a year on green growth capacity building and opportunities.

GGGI has been working together with the Government of Colombia (GoC) to promote growth policies and green investments, through strategic alliances with government entities at the national and sub-national levels. The Institute with the support of the Kingdom of Norway expands its Program in Colombia, to create a greener growth that is socially inclusive and that allows Colombia to develop its medium-term agenda. Over five years of support (2017-2022) it is expected an impact on the ability to incorporate green growth objectives into investment and development planning within priority sectors and regions, which are considered critical for the future green growth of Colombia, particularly in areas that are highly susceptible to further degradation of natural resources and loss of natural forests.

Recently, GGGI Colombia, with the support of Norway, has been implementing the Green Growth Program to support the reduction of deforestation and the promotion of sustainable development at the subnational level. Initially supporting the Departments of Antioquia, Meta, and Antioquia, Phase II has expanded said support to Guaviare and the jurisdiction of Corpoamazonía in the implementation of a green growth agenda. In these jurisdictions, GGGI will support its allies as of 2020 to strengthen their institutional effectiveness to reduce deforestation and promote sustainable, productive, and socially inclusive landscapes. Likewise, GGGI will facilitate the scaling-up and implementation of sustainable production systems and various restoration efforts of transformed ecosystems under a sustainable landscapes approach.

In this context, and based on the GGGI value chain, efforts at the subnational level have focused on specialized technical assistance to strengthen the enabling conditions for the growth of green growth activities such as: forestry economy, nature tourism , bioeconomy and sustainable livestock. In addition, the strengthening of institutional capacities and inter-institutional and intersectoral work agreements towards the fight against deforestation, consolidation of payment strategies for environmental services, territorial and environmental planning and regulation of sustainable use in the second law forest reserves as a focus for the impact on the conservation of the natural capital of Colombia.

Currently in Antioquia, the work plan is aimed at accompanying the Government of Antioquia in the conceptualization and development of the strategy to control deforestation, the green growth policy, the department's forest economy strategy, the strategy to promote green businesses in families of the PSA Antioquia scheme and the nature tourism strategy with a focus on green businesses specifically. Each of the strategies with the corresponding action plans.

In a complementary way, actions are developed in an articulated manner with Corantioquia, through the promotion of zero deforestation agreements for bovine meat. With the private sector, mechanisms are being promoted for the purchase of legal wood and the reduction of the carbon footprint with the construction sector and the implementation of CRA resolution 907 for environmental investments in Payment for environmental service schemes.

In this regard, the current workplan of the department of Antioquia requires a support of a consultant to accompany its development and fulfillment, under supervision of the Regional Associate of Antioquia in collaboration with Subnational Coordinator. The Subnational Antioquia Consultant will assist all areas of the workplan for Antioquia, addressing the strengthening of institutional capacities and the promotion of sustainable and social inclusive production systems, among others as required.


This consultancy's main objective is to support the Antioquia Regional Senior Associate in finalizing the PHASE II program of Norway defined with the Antioquia Government and key stakeholders in the region.

Contract Type
Individual Consultant (Daily Rate)
Individual Consultant 1
Salary scale
Individual Consultant Scale
Contract Duration
Five months
Deadline (23:59 KST)
Job Reference

Under supervision of the Regional Senior Associate of Antioquia, the Subnational Antioquia´s Consultant will support the development of Antioquia´s workplan for the GGGI-Colombia Program, including the followings but not limited to:

    • Support different actors of the Government of Antioquia, especially the Secretariats of Planning, Environment and Sustainability, Agriculture, Productivity and Tourism in aspects associated to deforestation control and green growth.
    • Support the Environmentals Authorities of Antioquia (Corantioquia, Cornare, Corpourabá and Area Metropolitana del Valle de Aburrá) in the subjects related to Deforestation control, Forest Economy, Payment for Ecosystem Services -PES, Nature Tourism, Green businesses and climate change.
    • Support the adequate development of the governance tables for the control of deforestation in Antioquia, generating reports and other products that promote the operation of the workshops and compliance with the strategy of deforestation control in Antioquia.
    • Support the meetings and all actions related to the roundtables of Sustainable livestock, Nature Tourism, climate change and Forestry of Antioquia.
    • Generate the monthly reports of Antioquia compliance with the indicators of the GGGI Colombia-Program.
    • Support the preparation and development of reports.
    • Provide technical and logistical support for the organization, convening and holding of meetings and / or events that are required.
    • Prepare the written communications necessary for the project.
    • Prepare memories of meetings and events.
    • Preparation of high-level presentations and communications
    • The other functions and tasks assigned by the Subnational Coordinator and/or the Regional Associate of Antioquia, related to the nature of the contract.

Reporting Arrangements

The consultant work progress will be monitored primarily through the weekly meeting coordination of the Regional Senior Associate of Antioquia and Subnational Coordination. All Progress Reports of Activities must be written in Spanish, and in English when specified, following GGGI’s formatting requirement, and organized in the GGGI SharePoint system.

Suggested methodology and competence requirements

The consultant should follow the specific methods provided by Antioquia Regional Associate and/or Subnational Coordinator. All the information must be managed through the GGGI SharePoint Sites: Colombia Group, OED Colombia, others as required. All deliverables produced by the consultant must be submitted and revised by Senior Associate, for Quality Assurance.

The consultant will use primary and secondary information sources to prepare all required materials and reports, including support for a face-to-face consultation with technical staff, review meetings, written information produced by GGGI, communication templates by GGGI, etc. The consultant will always deliver the reports produced to the Regional Associate and/or Subnational Coordinator for their review and approval. The consultant must be granted access to GGGI email account.


The description of expertise required may be split into the following parts:


    • (MANDATORY)Must be able to work and reside in Colombia.
    • (MANDATORY) Live in Antioquia, with the option to attend meetings and workshops in Medellín
    • (MANDATORY) Bachelor’s degree in engineering, environmental sciences, administration, or economics fields.
    • (MANDATORY) At least 3 years of professional experience preferably in areas related to GGGI's purposes (environmental sustainability, Forest Economy, Nature Tourism, Sustainable livestock, green businesses, PES Payment for Ecosystem Services)
    • Exceptional analytical and quantitative skills; capacity for synthesis, presentation, and communication; strategic thinking skills.
    • A minimum of two (2) years of relevant work experience.
    • Excellent written and report preparation skills.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
    • Organized with excellent prioritization and attention to detail skills is required.
    • Strong and matured interpersonal skills and proven ability to work with multi-cultural teams.
    • Ability to work well under pressure and have a flexible approach to tasks given.
    • Excellent writing and reporting skills, ability to organize ideas, structure texts, and presentations
    • Excellent Spanish skills are essential. Good command of English is desirable.


    • Experience/knowledge of green growth and sustainable development.
    • An advanced degree in Environmental Economics / Environmental Management / Sustainable Development of other relevant fields.
    • Previous work experience with the GoC, international organizations, development partners, and high-level authorities.

Date to close is Korean Standard Time (KST). Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered Application. Cover Letter, and CV must be sent in English. A consortium, or a firm may not be engaged for the individual consultant assignment.


GGGI as an institution abides by its project-level Sustainability and Safeguards Rules (SSR) for all projects aligned with international standards for Environmental and Social Safeguards. The SSR is aligned with commonly recognized international standards for Environmental and Social Safeguards (ESS), i.e. the WB Performance Standard, that ensure project level safeguarding of communities and people impacted by GGGI activities. GGGI has integrated project level Environmental and Social Safeguards into its Project Cycle Management (PCM) with mandatory Preliminary Gender and Social Assessments and ESS Screening of all projects to identify and manage risks.

In addition, GGGI’s Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Strategy 2021-2025 provides a framework toward achieving the principle of “Leaving No One Behind” in the transformation towards green growth, guiding GGGI's approaches to the mainstreaming of gender equality and poverty reduction in GGGI Colombia´s Program. This also includes the implementation of the GGGI Gender Equality and Poverty Reduction Policy Markers on all projects. GGGI’s Corporate Results Framework requires gender disaggregated indicators for participation in GGGI Capacity Building events.

GGGI’s Child Protection Rules and GGGI Rules on Sexual Exploitation ensure safeguarding of children impacted by GGGI activities or in contact with GGGI contracted personnel, with GGGI taking a zero-tolerance approach to child exploitation. GGGI is committed to child protection, irrespective of whether any specific area of work involves direct contact with children. GGGI’s Child Protection Policy is written in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. All procedures mentioned above are accompanied by guidelines and capacity building efforts. GGGI also provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, embracing diversity in all its forms, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply. GGGI promotes equal opportunities for all including persons with disabilities.

All GGGI´s policies are available for open consultation under the following link:

Child protection – GGGI is committed to child protection, irrespective of whether any specific area of work involves direct contact with children. GGGI’s Child Protection Policy is written in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.