City Advisor x 3 - Africa (Accra, Addis Ababa, Nairobi)

Regions and Mayoral Engagement · Accra, Addis Ababa, Nairobi, C40
Department Regions and Mayoral Engagement
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation Accra GHC 139,326 / Addis Ababa ETB 756,837 / Nairobi - KES 4,773,206


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 200+ 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.

C40 promotes a work culture where staff can input to improve equity, diversity and inclusion through staff-led groups and formal forums. We know that creating our ideal working environment is a learning process and we are committed to the ongoing effort.

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, North America, South America, East, Southeast Asia & Oceania, 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 majority of C40 members in both Africa and Southeast Asia have committed to the Deadline 2020 and have developed or are currently finalizing their climate action plans (CAPs) aligned with the goals of the Paris Agreement. C40 has provided dedicated support through the recently concluded Climate Action Planning Program. The new C40 Business Plan focuses on the delivery and mainstreaming of transformative actions contained in the CAPs, supporting and strengthening mayoral leadership, and promoting innovation. The City Advisers play a crucial role in ensuring that there is alignment across various program offerings from C40 to progress actions, institutionalise holistic approach across the city government and maximize opportunities for partnerships and collaboration with external institutions and other levels of government.

Position Description
The City Adviser will be a key part of the Regional Team, working closely with the Regional Director and Deputy Regional Directors to engage the city in the implementation of the climate action plan and the fulfilment of C40’s Leadership Standards.

Responsibilities include:

  • Liaising with strategic city officials, mapping the city's political priorities and needs for climate action implementation; and keeping C40 management and programme / project groups informed regarding cities priorities, political dynamics and needs to break barriers for action implementation or to finance projects.
  • Identifying and helping coordinate the most appropriate C40 programmes and projects to support local climate action implementation; working with the main C40 city contacts and C40 regional team to identify and map all ongoing C40 programmes in the city, including their status, challenges and next steps, and establish a clear work plan between the city and C40; updating and engaging city contacts participating in C40 networks and other programmes.
  • Disseminating, advising and explaining the content of the climate action plan and how it affects and depends on the various city departments and secretariats; engaging city officials in different departments to ensure that the climate action plan goals and actions are integrated in other strategic plans and documents; and engaging political and technical city teams to ensure strong political support for the climate action plan and an ambitious climate agenda.
  • Supporting the rollout of the Regional Sectoral/Policy Implementation Programmes (to be confirmed), including identification of priority projects, engagement with political and technical level, coordination with the C40 RSP co-leads and support in the implementation of the RSP in case the city is selected.
  • Supporting cities and C40 regarding consultation, preparation, drafting, engagement and implementation of C40 Declarations including tracking those in place already.
  • Engage main C40 city contacts and other city staff on the C40 Leadership Standards, disseminating information, tracking status of city fulfilment and identifying ways C40 can support or encourage a city to fulfil them.
  • Tracking, supporting data collection and analysis, and reporting at the city level on the implementation of all C40 programmes and for C40 Leadership Standards.
  • Disseminating C40 tools and knowledge materials to the relevant stakeholders in the city, and will be expected to update and develop knowledge pieces when necessary.
  • Supporting C40 as required during the transition of city administrations to help ensure the continuity of the city engagement with C40 programmes, projects and activities in general.
  • Providing frequent internal updates on the city's political, social and economic context.
  • Representing C40 in meetings with city officials, presenting and explaining all different programmes offered by C40 to the city.
  • Liaising with external partners working with the city on relevant issues.

Person Specification:

  • Demonstrable experience in climate and/or city-related projects.
  • Proven track record in working collaboratively across teams and with partners, such as city governments, NGOs, international organizations and the private sector.
  • Experience in programme management, network creation, and stakeholder engagement is highly desired.
  • International experience, particularly working with different cultures, languages and time zones, is highly desired.
  • A proven track record of working remotely and independently.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Additional communication skills in local languages highly desirable.
  • A relevant degree, with a master’s degree in any environment or climate change related topic and/or political science being highly desirable.

Other Requirements:

Applicants must already have the right to work in their country of residence - Ethiopia, Ghana or Kenya. Moderate travel may be required as part of the role.

Location: Accra, Addis Ababa, Nairobi.

Term: Fixed Term Contract until August 2025

Grade: 3

Salary: Accra GHC 139,326 / Addis Ababa ETB 756,837 / Nairobi - KES 4,773,206

Closing date for receipt of applications is 30 September 2021. C40 reserves the right to close this job opening before the closing date for applications so please do submit applications early.

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  • Location
    Accra, Addis Ababa, Nairobi, C40
  • Department
    Regions and Mayoral Engagement
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    Accra GHC 139,326 / Addis Ababa ETB 756,837 / Nairobi - KES 4,773,206