Head of Implementation, Southeast Asia, UKAID Programme

Regions and Mayoral Engagement · Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, ..
Department Regions and Mayoral Engagement
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Executive
Compensation Various


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

C40 is committed to supporting and promoting equity and diversity and creating an inclusive working environment for everyone. We believe that when people with different life experiences are involved in decision-making, we deliver better. 

We believe having a diverse workforce ensures we connect better with all the different communities and people affected by the climate crisis. This enables us to make better decisions which lead to better outcomes in the work we do through increased creativity, productivity, greater global impact alongside a broader perspective and approach to our work.

We welcome applicants that are diverse in terms of age, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity and perspective. Our goal is for C40 to be an environment where everyone, from any background, can flourish and can be themselves whilst contributing to our mission. If you identify as  a person with a disability, we work to provide reasonable appropriate measures and any additional support needed to provide an equitable working experience. If  you are living with a disability, chronic illness or neurodiversity please inform us, to provide you with the proper assistance in the application process.

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Regional Approach

Core to C40’s value and effectiveness is an ability to be responsive to the needs of all C40 cities and focus services and support on the areas of greatest opportunity for city action and climate impact – both at the individual city level and across our regional and global networks. Our regional management structure better enables C40 to leverage relationships between peer cities and technical and financial partners regionally and globally and to be more responsive to local needs and conditions.

To manage these efforts, C40 Regional Directors are positioned in seven regions: Africa, Europe, NorthAmerica, South America, Southeast Asia and Oceania, East Asia and South & West Asia. The Regional Directors act as the ambassador for their regions, to ensure that the organisation can deliver effectively at a regional level considering specific geographic, cultural, language and other differences. The Regional Director for Southeast Asia and Oceania is based in Singapore and is supported by a Deputy Regional Director. The Governor of Tokyo and the Governor of Jakarta represent the region’s cities on the Steering Committee as C40 vice-chairs.

Position Description

The Head of Implementation, Southeast Asia will report to the Regional Director (RD) for East, Southeast Asia & Oceania and will work closely with the Deputy Regional Director for the region. The Head of Implementation, Southeast Asia will collaborate with the global C40 Director of Climate Action Implementation to support the region’s cities in accelerating the implementation of the most impactful climate actions to radically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while supporting a green and just recovery. The position will also work closely with teams across C40, as well as other city and climate organisations in the region, to ensure cities have access to the most relevant and effective assistance, learning from their peers across other C40 cities, and that mayors are supported in their efforts to bring ambitious climate policies into action delivering effective on-the-ground results. 

The Head of Implementation, Southeast Asia will oversee delivery of all UK-funded C40 programmes in the region under the guidance and direction of the Regional Director and Deputy Regional Director. 


  • Support C40’s Southeast Asian member cities in their implementation of key priority actions from their Climate Actions Plans and C40 current programmes and activities, aligned to the Leadership Standards.
  • Oversee implementation of C40 climate action delivery programmes in the region, with a particular focus on climate action planning, mainstreaming activities and regional implementation programmes funded by UKAID.
  • Supervise all the contracts and procurements related to the UKAID programme in Southeast Asia.
  • Work with C40’s Regional Director and Deputy Regional Director of Political and Mayoral Engagement in developing and executing strategies to ensure alignment with national and sub-national policies and with support programmes from other development partners to further accelerate the implementation of city climate actions.
  • Coordinate the identification and establishment of critical partnerships for delivery of key priority actions. 
  • Elicit learnings and best practice examples from implementation processes and provide input to ensure that this knowledge is exchanged and available in the C40 Knowledge Hub and other relevant platforms for cross learning.
  • Ensure the collection of data for and reporting on all programme related KPIs.
  • Line manage programme staff.
  • Work with the Regional Director and the Deputy Regional Director  to ensure coordination and linkages with all other C40 teams, including City Solutions and Networks, City Diplomacy, Finance, etc. towards a unified and coordinated city support strategy for the region.

Person Specification:

  • Extensive background in planning, development, management and monitoring of climate-related urban implementation programmes/projects in Southeast Asia.
  • Demonstrable understanding of main barriers and opportunities of implementing ambitious climate action in Southeast Asia, including financial, political, governance, social aspects and national/subnational government dynamics.
  • Experience of working with city administrations.
  • Familiarity with implementation support by multilateral/bilateral development institutions engaged in urban climate action in Southeast Asia will be an advantage.
  • Excellent inter-personal relationship management skills in inter-cultural settings.
  • Excellent programme management skills.
  • Capacity to work remotely and to remotely manage staff across different locations.
  • Postgraduate/advanced degree in a relevant field or equivalent working experience.
  • Fluency in English required and in Bahasa Indonesia or Bahasa Malaysia desirable.

Other Requirements:

Applicants must already have the right to work in the country where they apply.  Moderate travel may be required as part of the role.

Location and Salary: 

Singapore - SGD 82,341

Indonesia - IDR 459,500,011

Malaysia - MYR 135,429

Philippines - PHP 2,220,805


Fixed-term until 31 August 2025

Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter.  Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early.  C40 may close applications ahead of the deadline if a suitable candidate is identified.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Sunday, 1 August 2021. C40 reserves the right to close this job opening before the closing date for applications.

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