E-Bus Mission Manager, Africa, India, Indonesia

Climate Finance, Knowledge and Partnerships · Johannesburg, Tshwane or Ekurhuleni, South Africa
Department Climate Finance, Knowledge and Partnerships
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor
Compensation R 700,834


C40 is a network of nearly 100 mayors of the world’s leading cities, who are working to deliver the urgent action needed right now to confront the climate crisis, and create a future where everyone, everywhere can thrive. Mayors of C40 cities are committed to using a science-based and people-focused approach to help the world limit global heating to 1.5°C and build healthy, equitable and resilient communities. Through a Global Green New Deal, mayors are working alongside a broad coalition of representatives from labour, business, the youth climate movement and civil society to go further and faster than ever before.

C40’s team of 250+ staff is headquartered in New York, with offices in London, Joburg, Singapore, Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, Copenhagen, Beijing and Paris, and individual staff based across 25+ different locations, with the Office of the Chair based in Los Angeles.  


The strategic direction of the organisation is determined by an elected Steering Committee of C40 mayors which is chaired by the Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti. Three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the C40 Board of Directors, which is responsible for operational oversight. A nine-person management team, led by Executive Director, Mark Watts, leads the day-to-day management of C40. C40’s three core strategic funders are Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and Realdania.


Diversity Statement

At C40, we are committed to creating an inclusive working environment, where diversity is valued and there is equality of opportunity.  We therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) E-Bus Mission

The Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) is a global implementation initiative on sustainable mobility formed through the union of 11 prestigious partners united with the goal of changing mobility for the benefit of people and the environment, with a view to the future.


With the E-Bus Mission, TUMI aims to support 500 cities towards procuring 100,000 electric buses worldwide. To achieve that ambitious goal, the TUMI partners will offer in-depth support to 20 “Deep Dive” cities that have been selected as early adopters to mentor other cities towards a global shift to e-buses.


Led by a diverse coalition of non-profit organizations (GIZ, C40, WRI, ITDP, UITP, ICLEI), the TUMI E-Bus Mission will focus on 3 key elements to support cities and deliver those objectives: A large technical assistance package to support the preparation of viable projects, the development of local municipal coalitions to bring together relevant stakeholders and build long-term local capacity, and a network of cities with whom to share knowledge and experiences to scale the deployment of e-buses.


C40’s role as a partner in the TUMI coalition focuses on coalition building and knowledge-sharing. At the city level, C40 will identify relevant stakeholders and lead the formation of municipal working groups to facilitate a collaborative preparation of e-bus projects. These working groups will bring together municipal decision-makers, transit authorities, transit operators, as well as vehicle manufacturers, technology providers, financiers, and other private sector partners with a shared objective of accelerating the adoption of zero-emission buses in their cities.

Position Description

The E-Bus Mission Manager will be a key part of the E-Bus Mission’s activities outside of Latin America. They will be responsible for the creation and management of local stakeholder working groups (referred to as sub-coalitions) in up to 5 cities in South Africa, Indonesia, and Insia, along with coordination efforts with the other TUMI E-bus Mission partners who will be delivering the technical assistance in those cities.


The E-Bus Mission Manager will lead C40’s effort to map out the stakeholder landscape in those cities, including relevant city officials, transit authorities and operators, along with investors, manufacturers and community organizations. The role of the E-Bus Mission Manager will be to lead and coordinate municipal coalitions towards achieving the objectives of the TUMI E-Bus Mission, including the creation of ambitious targets for e-bus deployment, and the identification of local barriers to facilitate the development of a coordinated technical assistance plan with the relevant TUMI partners. To achieve this, we expect the E-Bus Mission Manager to create strong working relationships with multiple stakeholders, to offer leadership, and to structure the coordination amongst stakeholders including the TUMI partners.


As the primary link between C40 and the TUMI E-Bus Mission coalition, the E-Bus Mission Manager will also play a critical role in managing the collaboration between the E-Bus Mission and other C40 programs, networks, and initiatives. This need for internal coordination and alignment will be even more critical in cities and regions where C40 is already actively involved in activities related to mobility.


As a coordinator and facilitator, the E-Bus Mission Manager will have experience building and managing stakeholder relationships and coordinating action with multiple actors. The E-Bus Mission Manager will have excellent relationship-building talents and outstanding management and organizational skills.


Creation and management of municipal working groups (sub-coalitions)

  • Lead the action of the global TUMI E-Bus Mission coalition at the municipal level in up to 3 cities in South Africa, India, and Indonesia.
  • Map out local stakeholder landscape relevant TUMI E-Bus Mission cities
  • Identify relevant stakeholders to include in each municipal sub-coalition
  • Establish sub-coalition governance structures
  • Create and manage a collaborative work environment for municipal stakeholders
  • Coordinate the action of the TUMI E-Bus Mission at the municipal level, including organizing and leading stakeholder meetings and consultations

Target setting and political commitments for e-bus deployment

  • Lead the engagement of local political actors and support the establishment of ambitious targets for the deployment of e-buses.
  • Foster political commitments by municipal authorities through new and existing initiatives such as the Green and Healthy Streets Declaration or the Race to Zero


Technical assistance coordination

  • Facilitate the development of technical assistance plans by other TUMI partners by coordinating stakeholder engagement within each sub-coalition.
  • Participate in the review of technical assistance plans and e-bus adoption roadmaps

Mentorship program and connections with the global coalition

  • Lead municipal sub-coalitions through the mentoring of other cities by working closely with other E-Bus Mission partners
  • Facilitate city-to-city exchange across the global coalition by organizing workshops, calls, and by pro-actively and strategically developing knowledge-sharing activities
  • Support organization and management of knowledge-sharing events 


Person Specification:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Political Science, Urban Planning, Engineering, or other relevant field related to infrastructure and urban development
  • At least 2 years of experience working collaboratively with city governments, financial institutions, NGOs, international organizations and the private sector
  • Existing knowledge of zero emission (electric) transport including electric buses
  • Experience in program management, network creation, and stakeholder engagement is required
  • International experience, particularly working across different cultures, languages and time zones
  • A proven track record of working remotely and independently
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, Portuguese and Spanish

Other Requirements:

Applicants must already have the right to work in South Africa. Applicants must be able and willing to travel to TUMI supported cities in India and Indonesia.


Location: South Africa

Salary: South Africa R 700,834

Term: Fixed Term Contract – until 31 December 2022

Closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday, 22 June 2021.

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  • Location
    Johannesburg, Tshwane or Ekurhuleni, South Africa
  • Department
    Climate Finance, Knowledge and Partnerships
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    R 700,834