Inclusive Climate Action and Engagement Senior Manager - UKAID CAI Programme, SEA

Regions and Mayoral Engagement · Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Quezon City, Singapore, Jakarta
Department Regions and Mayoral Engagement
Employment Type Fixed Term
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor
Compensation THB 1,007,414/IIDR 465,724,210/MYR 165, 870/PHP 1,618,046/SGD 93,508



The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, now in its 16th year, connects 97 of the world’s greatest cities which have committed to tackling climate change. We bring mayors from around the world together to learn from each other in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating resilient, sustainable and net-zero carbon cities. C40 cities represent more than 700 million urban citizens and their economies account for 25% of the global GDP. C40’s ‘Deadline 2020’ report sets out the critical role that the world’s major cities have to play in delivering the historic Paris Agreement to prevent catastrophic climate change.

C40’s team of 200+ staff is headquartered in New York, with offices in London, Rio de Janeiro, Copenhagen, Beijing and Paris, and staff based across 25+ different locations, with the Office of the Chair based in London. 


The strategic direction of the organization 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.


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.


For how C40 handles your personal information, please review our Privacy Notice – Recruitment.

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, Latin 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 UKAID CAI Programme

The UKAID Climate Action Implementation Programme is a new C40 programme, which will support cities to accelerate implementation of actions from their Climate Action Plans (CAPs). The UKAID CAI Programme will support 15 cities in multiple regions, with an anticipated budget of £15m. The programme sits within the Climate Action Implementation directorate at C40, which promotes strong cross-team, global/regional coordination and delivery to support climate action implementation through funded programmes.  Energy and Buildings is the sector of focus in Southeast Asia.  

Inclusive Climate Action (ICA) team

The Inclusive Climate Action (ICA) Programme was established at the behest of a group of C40 mayors in 2017. The programme focuses on supporting mayors and cities to ensure local climate policies and initiatives are designed in an inclusive way and have equitable impacts, as a way to make the case for bold climate action and maximise its benefits across urban populations. The programme aims at delivering leadership and advocacy support, technical and strategic assistance, training and peer-to-peer exchange on assessing and understanding the wider benefits of climate action; increasing capacity to engage inhabitants and stakeholders; designing inclusive and just climate strategies. Climate change affects communities differently, some more severely than others. Equally, in addition to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate risk, investments in climate action have an array of benefits and, in some cases, negative impacts that can accrue unevenly and unfairly to different groups. Embedding inclusivity and equity in the design and implementation of climate actions helps to address these issues. It ensures that actions respond to social inequities and the needs of those who are most vulnerable, improves the effectiveness of climate policy and wins greater public support for your city’s climate agenda.

Position Description

The Inclusive Climate Action & Engagement Senior Manager - UKAID CAI Programme (SEA) will work closely with the UKAID Climate Action Implementation team in Southeast Asia, ICA Manager for UKAID CAI/CFF and the Inclusive Climate Action team to facilitate the adoption of inclusive, fair and just approaches to climate action implementation and engagements with the cities.

The post holder will work across all cities in the region and provide structured support and guidance for inclusive implementation and engagement with city teams and external stakeholders.   The post holder will have a pragmatic focus on ensuring cities achieve quick wins as well as paving the way for longer term transformational action through enabling changes today, in an integrated and inclusive way.  The post holder will have a good understanding of how cities work (e.g. how to influence decisions, policies and budgets and how projects are implemented), and will be familiar with the economic and political context of priority cities in the region.   

The post holder will have a thorough understanding of inclusive climate action, with specialist knowledge and experience working on relevant topics such as gender, race, class, youth, migration, just transition, energy poverty, informality, green jobs and pro-poor development.  They will also coordinate with UKAID CAI Programme global and regional teams and other C40 programmes to promote cohesive engagement with cities, while adjusting to local contexts.  This includes bringing to the programme the most up-to-date and relevant resources to ensure the successful delivery of the equity/ICA components and objectives of the UKAID regional programme.  In addition, this position will strategise the targeted engagement with wider external stakeholders in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, and Quezon City.


  • Serve as key technical and policy lead on ICA components delivery in UKAID CAI regional programme in Southeast Asia
  • Work with City Advisers and C40’s ICA team to ensure that climate action implementation initiatives are aligned with ICA best practices 
  • Support technical, strategic and policy assistance that relate to ICA activities so it is consistent with ongoing ICA Technical and Policy Assistance
  • Ensure ICA tools, concepts and approaches, global best practices, and lessons learnt from previous or ongoing ICA workstreams are used when relevant and in the most appropriate and context-specific way. 
  • Actively participate and, where relevant, support in the development and delivery of key local and regional advocacy and campaigning efforts related to social and economic issues that may stem from the UKAID CAI programme of support to cities 
  • Serve as the main point of contact on timelines, KPIs, reporting and overall delivery of ICA components in UKAID CAI regional programme
  • Working closely with City Advisers, strategise, coordinate and carry out external engagements in each city

Activities include: 

  • Support the embedding of ICA in work plans for the UKAID projects across the region, working closely with three City Advisers and regional staff 
  • Support understanding and use of ICA tools and resources in CAI and CFF projects, including support on equity assessments and policy design 
  • Working closely with the global ICA staff, support key city activities in UKAID like stakeholder mapping, stakeholder engagement strategies, needs and benefits assessment activities - ensuring integration of the ICA perspective. 
  • Assess and identify how ICA global partnerships may be leveraged 
  • Support C40 in developing a joint narrative, key messages, and common communications moments to highlight how ICA can be delivered, and is being delivered in Southeast Asia
  • Draft guidelines for streamlining ICA components of various Terms of Reference for technical assistance in the programme; develop RFPs or work packages (if needed) and monitor delivery in relation to progressing ICA work within the programme
  • Support strategic regional and local meetings of the programme;
  • In close collaboration with the ICA Global Leadership team, support the development of highly effective and contextualised knowledge products for cities and mayors;
  • Provide support to the development of the overarching monitoring and evaluation structure/activities to ensure the goals are delivered.

Person Specification: .  

The candidate will be a motivated, self-starter who has the ability to handle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously and will enjoy working in a virtual but collaborative environment. 

  • An enterprising self-starter who is confident in engaging diverse stakeholders,
  • Experience with inclusive climate action, just transition, climate and equity, social and economic features of climate actions, climate justice, etc.  
  • Ability to communicate complex policy in a simple way to a non-technical audience 
  • Experience in managing or working in complex multi-stakeholder and / or multi-disciplinary processes and policies  
  • Working knowledge of cities and urban issues or working directly in or for municipal administrations in Southeast Asia
  • Project and partner coordination experience and track record of delivering projects in a challenging and evolving environment
  • A collaborative working style and experience of working across teams
  • Works well on their own initiative and can be relied on to get the job done in a busy working environment
  • Excellent multitasking, organisational and time-management skills, and ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Passion for environmental and climate issues (particularly in Energy & Buildings); knowledge of global climate action is an advantage
  • Experience working across multiple time zones and cultures is strongly desirable
  • Fluency in English is needed, and one or more languages is beneficial but not essential
  • Specialist knowledge and experience on gender equality and youth development & engagement is an advantage

Other Requirements:

Applicants must already have the right to work in their country of residence. 

Moderate travel may be required as part of the role.

Reporting to:             Head of Implementation – SEA

Term:                         Fixed Term contract until 31 December 2025

Location:                    Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Quezon City, Singapore

Salary:                        Grade: 3 (THB 1,007,414/IIDR 465,724,210/MYR 165, 870/PHP 1,618,046/SGD 93,508)


Application Process:

To apply, please submit an updated curriculum vitae and cover letter.

Closing date for applications is Monday, 10 October 2022. 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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C40 is an equal opportunities employer.

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  • Location
    Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Quezon City, Singapore, Jakarta
  • Department
    Regions and Mayoral Engagement
  • Employment Type
    Fixed Term
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor
  • Compensation
    THB 1,007,414/IIDR 465,724,210/MYR 165, 870/PHP 1,618,046/SGD 93,508