Career Opportunity - Program Officer

The Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF), an international association to promote an exchange of experiences and good practices for resolving social problems and promoting international solidarity in the field of Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) through partnership between civil SSE organizations and local governments, is looking for experienced and motivated staff to join the GSEF Secretariat. GSEF encourages many enthusiastic candidates to apply for this position.

  • Announcement for the vacancy: 15 (Mon) ~ 26 (Fri) February, 2021 (12 days) * Application closing on 26(Fri) Feb, 23:59 KST
  • Application submission: via email (  

  1. Position: Program Officer

  2. Vacancy: one position in the GSEF Project Team

  3. Main tasks

  • Planning and Execution of GSEF's biennial Global Forum
  • Development and Implementation of international cooperation projects
  • Planning and execution of Policy Dialogues in Asia, Europe & Africa, training and capacity building programs, networking events, etc.
  • Supporting research projects in collaboration with international organizations
  • GSEF membership management / PR for GSEF activities / communication support / other misc. tasks
  • GSEF General Assembly and Steering Committee related supporting work

 4. Requirements

  • At least two years of experiences in the field of social economy or relevant fields (for those who hold undergraduate degree)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Economy or relevant fields (Business Management, Economics, International Law, Public Administration, Marketing, International Cooperation, International Relations, Communications, etc.)
  • Native level of proficiency in English
  • Good level of written and spoken Korean
  • No restrictions for international traveling
  • Prior experience in organizing international conferences/events is desirable
  • Prior experience in developing and executing international cooperation programs is an asset
  • Prior experience in working for or with social economy organizations / international organization / non-profit organization is desirable
  • Capability of networking actively with other national and international organizations is desirable
  • Good in written and spoken other language is an asset
  • Experience in working in a global setting is an asset

  5. Contract Terms

  • Contract duration: two years (including a probation period of 3 months), the contract is renewable
  • Working hours: 09:00 ~ 18:00 (5 days a week)
  • Working location: GSEF Secretariat (Seoul, Republic of Korea)
  • Salary: 30,000,000 KRW ~ 35,000,000 KRW per annum (including Korean national pension, industrial accident compensation insurance, employment insurance and national medical insurance coverages)
* Final salary scale will be decided through negotiation by taking candidate’s experience into consideration.
* For a foreign national, there is no additional financial support for relocation of the candidate and their family to Korea


  6. Recruitment process and document requirements
Application timeline

1) Vacancy announcement & application opening

15~26 Feb (12 days)
2) Application closing 26 Feb (by 23:59 KST)
3) 1st round: document screening (based on education, experience) Announcement for short listed candidates for interviews  2~8 Mar
(Document Screening)
4) 2nd round: in-person interview 9~12 Mar
5) Announcement of successful candidate & signing of the contract 15~19 Mar

- Announcement for the vacancy: 15 (Mon) ~ 26 (Fri) February, 2021 (12 days)
* Application closing on 26(Fri) Feb, 23:59 KST
- Application submission: via email (

Document requirements

  • an application form (please find the attachment)**
  • a cover letter (including motivation for the position, max 1,500 words)
  • a certificate of university degrees and transcripts
  • a proof of career certificates
  • a proof of other misc. certificates and supporting documents

* All documents should be in English in principle but certificates can be submitted both in English and Korean
* Items 1 and 2 are required to be submitted when submitting the application, and items 3.4.5 must be submitted at the interview when selected for the interviews.  

Screening and selection
1st round screening - document-based: 8 (Mon) March, five shortlisted candidates
2nd round screening - in-person interview: 9 (Tue) ~ 12 (Fri) March, the Secretariat will contact successful candidates individually

  7. Misc.

  • Those intending to apply for the position should submit all required documents by email before the application closing date
  • All candidates should check whether they meet all the requirements of the position
  • If there is no successful candidate, the Secretariat will not fill the vacancy and if there are any grounds for disqualification of the successful candidate, the contract can be nullified
  • Please indicate your exact contact information such as email address and mobile phone number
  • If you have any further questions regarding the position and recruitment process, please contact the GSEF Secretariat via