GCF has a fully independent Secretariat which is responsible for executing the day-to-day operations of the Fund. It services and is accountable to the Board.
Today, GCF has around 220 staff members at its headquarters, in addition there are a number of consultants who support the staff. Some limited support is being provided offsite, in other countries.
With close to a 50/50 balance between men and women, 61 nationalities, and many more languages spoken, GCF's diversity reflects the global nature of the climate challenge.
The GCF secretariat is composed of several divisions and offices that report to the Office of Executive Director.
Divisions & offices
The Office of the Executive Director (OED) is responsible for overall management of the Secretariat. This includes strategic leadership and direction-setting in policy and planning; oversight of operations, programming, and partnership development; coordination of knowledge management; and support to accreditation of entities.
The Office of Risk Management and Compliance (ORMC) mission is to create and manage a comprehensive risk, compliance and ESS frameworks using best practices to perform our fiduciary responsibilities and to anticipate, identify, prioritize, manage, and monitor the portfolio of business risks impacting GCF. Establish and implement policies which guide and facilitate risk, compliance and ESS practices, competencies, accountability, processes and procedures while using enabling technologies. We provide expert advice and solutions to successfully execute GCF’s mission. Ensure all investments meet the Fund’s investment criteria, are within its risk tolerances and comply with environmental, social and governance safeguards in order to provide assurance to the Investment Committee and Board that impact is achievable without compromising the Fund’s reputation.
The Division of Portfolio Management (DPM) ensures timely delivery of projects/programs and that GCF learns from experience to deliver sustainable results through adaptive management approaches which identify problems and improve project execution in line with GCF objectives.
The Division of Country Programming’s (DCP) mission is to support developing countries, including their direct access entities, to plan, identify, design and implement country-driven, transformational climate investments.
The Division of Mitigation and Adaptation (DMA) provides technical expertise across all eight mitigation and adaptation results areas for both public and private sector CNs and funding proposals. The Division also leads the preparation and review of public sector CNs and funding proposals. It assists NDAs and AEs in the development and structuring of projects and plays a critical role in finalizing the FAAs following project approval to enable projects to start implementation. In addition, DMA is responsible for managing the GCF REDD-plus results-based payments pilot programme. Finally, it carries out technical reviews of and provides input for PPF applications and draft country and entity work programmes.
The Private Sector Facility's (DPSF) mission is to engage the local and international private sector to support climate change mitigation and adaptation projects in developing countries. Its role is to fund highly transformative projects and mobilize private and institutional investment to de-risk and support climate change action.
The Division of External Affairs’ (DEA) objective is to promote the strategic positioning of GCF as a partner of choice for climate finance to drive global climate action. To achieve this objective, DEA helps driving a compelling narrative for the fund, supports replenishment and resource mobilization, and maintains and expands partnerships and external engagement.
The Division of Support Services (DSS) provides a range of corporate services that are critical to enabling the GCF to carry out its daily activities with efficiency and financial integrity, including financial management, event and travel management, administration, ICT, procurement, and the treasury function.
The Office of Human Resources (OHR) provides programs and activities that attract, nurture, retain and deploy world-class talent to enable GCF to effectively manage its global portfolio and to be a global thought leader in the areas of climate finance.
The Office of Governance Affairs (OGA) provides support across the governance structure of the GCF. This includes supporting the Board decision-making process; managing GCF response to UNFCCC COP guidance; coordinating engagement with other funds and relevant multilateral governance processes; and developing and implementing the policies of information disclosure and observer participation
The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) provides legal services of the highest quality to the Board, the Secretariat and the Independent Units of the Fund so as to preserve and uphold the mandate set out in the Fund’s Governing Instrument and the policies and procedures adopted by the Board. OGC supports the drafting and negotiation of legal agreements, the drafting of new policies, procedures and regulations, dispute resolutions and other corporate activities. OGC is divided into the institutional and operations divisions.
The Office of the Internal Auditor (OIA) adds value to the Green Climate Fund and improve its operations by helping the Fund accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to assess, evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes.
The mission of the Office of Sustainability and Inclusion (OSI) is to ensure environmental and social co-benefits for people and planet and in parallel to apply a suite of related policies and safeguards standards. OSI manages and applies the environmental and social safeguards standards and the Revised Environmental and Social Policy, as well as safeguards against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment; ensures a gender-responsive approach through gender mainstreaming in line with the Updated Gender Policy; drives implementation of the Indigenous Peoples Policy and supports the Indigenous Peoples Advisory Group. We provide expert assessments and advice, and undertake due diligence on environmental and social matters, to successfully execute GCF’s mission and ensure that investments are sustainable and inclusive.