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Technical Manager, Climate Change Mitigation - Maternity Cover (London)

Measurement & Planning · London, London, City of
Department Measurement & Planning
Employment Type Fixed Term Contract (Full Time)
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation £41,855 (per annum)


The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, now in its 15th year, connects 94 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 low 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 individual staff based across 25+ different locations. C40 is primarily funded through the generous support of philanthropic foundations.  

The strategic direction of the organization 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.


Department Description

C40’s Measurement and Planning Initiative focuses on building technical capacity within C40 cities to facilitate them adopt an evidence-based approach to tackling climate change.

  • Measure GHG emissions in a robust and consistent way
  • Set evidence-based GHG emissions reduction targets 
  • Develop comprehensive and ambitious climate action plans that are compatible with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

This is achieved by facilitating knowledge transfer and peer-to-peer exchange; delivering training and technical support; and developing standards, processes, and tools. The Measurement and Planning Team leads the delivery of the C40 Climate Action Planning Programme to assist cities in the development of ambitious climate action plans.   


Position Description

This role will involve developing and managing materials and resources used as part of the Climate Action Planning Programme and leading on the GHG inventory development workstream.

The role will involve working closely with colleagues across the Measurement and Planning team, including members of the regional climate action planning programme teams, the modelling team, as well as local contractors. The role will also support review of technical work undertaken through the programme. 



The climate change mitigation technical manager will be responsible for:

  • Providing guidance and support to cities to develop GHG inventories in line with international best practice, including the development of further guidance, resources and case studies on data management and inventory development;
  • Conducting detailed audits, to confirm city-wide GHG inventories meet the requirements of the Global Protocol for Community Scale GHG emission inventories (known as the GPC);
  • Reviewing technical outputs under climate action planning programme;
  • Supporting the review of climate action plans against the C40 Climate Action Planning Framework;
  • Actively managing and maintaining C40 database of city-wide GHG emissions, reduction targets and climate action plans.

Person Specification:

  • Technical expertise and experience completing and auditing city-wide GHG emissions inventories, assessing GHG reduction opportunities and developing city level climate action strategies and plans.
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and strategic thinking capabilities.
  • Advanced MS Excel and data management skills.
  • Significant experience in government, business or NGO sectors with a focus on sustainability and/or climate change, and experience working with or within municipal governments.
  • Proactive and well organized. 
  • Collaborative team-oriented personality.
  • International experience, working across different cultures, languages and time zones.
  • English language fluency and strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Passionate about cities, climate change and evidence-based climate action.

Other Requirements:  Applicants must already have the right to work in the United Kingdom. Some travel may be required as part of the role.

Location: London

Term: Fixed Term Contract until 30 September 2020

Salary: £41,855 per annum 

Closing date for receipt of applications is Sunday, 26 January 2020.  

To learn more about the work of C40 and our cities, please visit www.c40.org, follow us on Twitter @c40cities and like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/C40Cities.  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. For how C40 handles your personal information, please review our Privacy Notice – Recruitment.


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  • Location
    London, London, City of
  • Department
    Measurement & Planning
  • Employment Type
    Fixed Term Contract (Full Time)
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    £41,855 (per annum)