Senior Manager of Engagement and Public Affairs, South and West Asia

Regions and Mayoral Engagement · Nairobi, New York, Johannesburg, Various
Department Regions and Mayoral Engagement
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor
Compensation INR 1,796,352


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 London, with offices in New York, Johannesburg, 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 London. 

The strategic direction of the organisation is determined by an elected Steering Committee of C40 mayors which is chaired by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. 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.

Our international staff work with the C40 network under the leadership of city governments to deliver this mission. Using a data-driven approach, our team identifies and promotes the exchange of proven programmes and policies developed by cities; provides world-class research, technical expertise and access to key partners to deliver new programmes and policies with cities; and communicates cities’ individual achievements and collective leadership.

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 neuro diversity 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.

Position Description

C40 Vice Chairs are mayors elected to C40’s global Steering Committee who play a key leadership role for the organization around the world. Vice Chairs are leading by example in their regions and raising ambition for other cities to take bold and ambitious climate action. They also have an increasingly important mission to help C40 to create a broad coalition of cities large and small, businesses, youth activists, labour unions, scientists and civil society, united behind the principles of a Global Green New Deal. 


To help manage this critical role, C40 is recruiting a Senior Manager of Engagement and Public Affairs, South and West Asia to provide support to Vice Chairs and their staff — in identifying opportunities for regional leadership, C40 representation, visibility and communications, and engaging third parties.

This role will be based in the C40 Regions Team but will be required to work with a number of C40 teams from across the globe. The role will have a strong emphasis on stakeholder engagement, communications and political affairs in the South and West Asian context.


  • Support the C40 vice chairs in the region to be leaders on climate action and to plan and implement their C40 related activities 
  • Work with the Chair’s Office, Regional team, Communications Team, Campaigns Team and Executive Director’s Office to support Vice Chairs in the South and West Asia region to coordinate vice chair engagement in relevant C40 activities, and to create, develop and implement Vice Chair work plans
  • Ensure a steady flow of information between Vice Chairs teams and the various C40 teams—Regions, Communications, Campaigns, and the Executive Director’s Office; secure approvals and sign offs, report on political and policy developments, and track and inform on crisis communications related to the Vice Chair and/or the region.
  • Help identify communications and campaigns opportunities in the region to promote Vice Chair leadership; Identify proactive and reactive opportunities to further the reach and influence of the Vice Chairs in the South and West Asia region, helping to raise their profile as climate leaders locally, nationally and globally, and showcasing the positive impact of their work.
  • Draft comprehensive briefing materials, talking points, speeches, memorandums, presentations, scheduling requests, correspondence and other written materials, and ensure the Vice Chairs and members of their staff are well prepared ahead of media interviews and relevant C40 events, and participation in key events like COP
  • Support the Vice Chairs’ leadership roles and relationships with critical climate actors and partner organizations in the region. 
  • At a regional level, help identify and connect key C40 initiatives that relate to the Vice Chairs,     including the Global Green New Deal Coalition Campaign, Vice Chair Strategy, Rapid Response Strategy and Campaigns Strategy 
  • Carry out political analysis of challenges and solutions in the regions and provide input and recommendations on issues to colleagues and Vice Chair teams.
  • Help create or support existing coalition partners.


Person Specification:

  • Excellent communications and project management skills as well as exceptional attention to quality and detail.
  • Proven experience in communications, campaigns and/ or public/political affairs
  • Proven ability to express complex, abstract ideas to a variety of audiences in a clear and concise way
  • Prior experience working with South and/or West Asian cities or city networks on climate change
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement skills
  • Experience working directly for an elected official or senior leader of a global organization to deliver communications, campaigns and/or political strategies.
  • Experience briefing elected officials or senior spokespeople for events, media interviews, speeches, and other public engagements.
  • Solid understanding of political and legislative processes and campaigns in the region.
  • Strong problem-solving, creative, interpersonal skills coupled with an outcome, delivery-oriented approach.
  • A high level of initiative and ability to work independently
  • Strong analytical capabilities
  • International experience, particularly working across different cultures, languages and time zones
  • Highly professional; ability to communicate effectively with senior professionals.

Other Requirements:

Applicants must already have the right to work in India. Moderate travel will be required as part of the role.

Term: Indefinite

Location: Delhi/Mumbai/Bengaluru/Chennai/Kolkata, India 

Salary: INR 1,796,352 (Grade 3)

Application Process:

Closing date for applications is Monday 24 January 2022. C40 reserves the right to close this job opening before the closing date for applications so please do submit applications early.

To learn more about the work of C40 and our cities, please visit, follow us on Twitter @c40cities and like us on Facebook at

For any queries about the role, please contact

C40 is an equal opportunities employer.

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  • Location
    Nairobi, New York, Johannesburg, Various
  • Department
    Regions and Mayoral Engagement
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor
  • Compensation
    INR 1,796,352