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Programme Manager, Air Quality and Climate Action Planning (London or New York)

Measurement & Planning · London, London, City of
Department Measurement & Planning
Employment Type Fixed Term Contract (Full Time)
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation £49,674 (London) US $ 73,076 (New York) 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.


Climate Action Planning

To support the implementation of the Paris Agreement, each C40 city will be expected to develop and begin implementing a climate action plan (or series of plans) before the end of 2020 that will deliver action consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement. These plans will focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, adapting to the impacts of climate change and delivering a more inclusive and equitable society.

C40’s Climate Action Planning programme supports cities by facilitating knowledge transfer and peer-to-peer exchange; delivering training and technical support; and developing standards, processes, databases and tools. Within this programme, the Modelling Team is tasked with the development of databases, decision support tools, applications, and analysis that facilitate city climate action planning processes and C40-led assistance efforts. One of the primary roles of the Team is to assist cities with the technical analyses involved in developing a climate action plan. 


C40's Air Quality Programme

Air quality is a fast-growing topic of concern for most—if not all—C40 cities.  C40’s Air Quality Programme works with cities to accelerate reductions in air pollutants and greenhouse gases through implementation of robust air quality management efforts.  The Programme supports cities by facilitating peer-to-peer knowledge sharing, providing direct technical assistance, organizing trainings, capacity building, and conducting research and pilot studies in collaboration with city staff.  The technical assistance program deploys projects within cities in the areas of air quality monitoring, health impact assessment, air quality modelling, data analysis, and policy development.


Project Description

C40’s Air Quality and Climate Action Planning Integration Project creates a new framework for quantifying the public health implications of urban decarbonization efforts enabling cities to better align air quality and climate change mitigation planning. The objective of the program is to provide C40 cities - and eventually other interested cities - with rapid, accessible, and accurate information that helps prioritize city actions that result in greenhouse gas mitigation, air quality improvements and health benefits. In partnership with leading academic institutions and other researchers, C40 is developing methods that can be used to estimate the air quality and health benefits of a wide variety of city-scale GHG emission mitigation initiatives. The new methods are being adding to C40’s existing GHG emission modelling platform. The updated version of the model is called Pathways AQ.

The C40 team will work with seven pilot cities to test the model and methods, producing information on air quality and health impacts that can be woven into the participating cities’ Climate Action Plans. As part of the project, C40 will work with the pilot cities to produce communication materials that explain the climate change mitigation, air quality and health implications of selected city actions.  Another key goal of the project is to develop a section of each pilot city’s Climate Action Plan that focuses on the integration of climate action and air quality planning.


Position Description 

The Air Quality and Climate Action Planning Programme Manager is a specialist role within the Measurement and Planning team, responsible for integrating air quality and air pollution-related health considerations into the C40 Cities climate action planning process.  The Programme Manager will report to the Head of Modelling, but due to the integrative nature of the work will collaborate closely with the Air Quality Programme Director, Regional Heads of Climate Action Planning, Technical Leads, Technical Advisers, C40 City Advisers, local city staff and implementation partners (consultants) to deliver the work.

The Programme Manager will be responsible for coordinating the technical air quality impact analyses for seven pilot city projects. She/he will direct the work that the Modelling Team data analyst will perform and then carry out quality assurance review of model outputs and suggest additional mitigation strategies or strategy alternatives that could provide air quality benefits.  She/he will develop report templates, visualizations, and other materials that form the basis discussions of how air quality and air pollution-related health are integrated into C40 city CAPs.  She/he will also develop materials that provide C40 City Advisers, city staff and the consultants with guidance on how AQ and CAP integration should be approached within the city CAPs and development process. In coordination with the regional Air Quality Technical Advisers (located in Latin America, Africa, China), the Programme Manager will also develop and conduct webinar and workshop trainings of C40 staff and city staff. These trainings will cover AQ basics and discuss on the importance of AQ and CAP integration and how to do it within the C40 CAP process.  A key deliverable will be the completion of reports or sections of climate action plans for the seven pilot cities that describe the air quality assessments.

The Programme Manager will coordinate the efforts of three regional Air Quality Technical Advisers and their work integration of Climate Action Planning. This coordination will include development of schedules, carrying our weekly check-in meetings and reporting progress status and concerns to the Head of Modelling and other project team members.

Finally, the Programme Manager will work with other AQ and M&P team members to develop knowledge products that can be used to disseminate the findings of the project into documents, videos, or other media that can be shared with other cities and audiences.  



  • Develop a template air quality section (chapter) that can be included in C40 city climate action plans, which identifies the air quality and related health benefits of a city’s CAP actions, the potential synergies and tradeoffs between climate action and air quality improvement efforts, and additional actions or considerations that could benefit air quality in the community.   Use these templates to create air quality sections for 7 city climate action plans.
  • Develop guidance materials that describe the AQ and CAP integration process and how AQ considerations should be included within the city CAPs.
  • Create guidance materials for conducting the technical analysis for quantifying public health benefits of GHG mitigation measures, in collaboration with the Modelling Team and Air Quality Team
  • Develop ‘Air Quality and Climate Action Planning Integration Project’ workplan, timelines, and other materials to define project delivery and scope (this would be done with help from the Head of Modelling and the Air Quality Technical Lead and Technical Advisers).
  • Provide oversight of three regional Air Quality Technical Advisers and coordinate integration of Climate Action Planning.
  • Oversee air quality modelling work conducted by Modelling Team Data Analyst in the C40 Cities Pathways AQ model for the seven pilot cities.
  • Contribute content and expertise to workshop agendas, webinars, and other convenings.
  • Track and report to the Head of Modelling and Air Quality Director on deliverables, schedules and other key pperformance indicators.
  • Contribute to development of knowledge products based on technical assistance projects, including white papers, articles, and presentations for disseminating project learnings.
  • Provide direct technical support to member cities, when needed, including collaboration on new project proposals.    

Person Specification:

  • Demonstrable experience working in air quality management planning (or similar discipline).  Strong preference for experience working in or with city or regional governments and experience with greenhouse gas mitigation planning (ideally climate action plans).
  • Technical expertise in developing, implementing, advising on, and/or evaluating municipal policies programmes to improve air quality.
  • Experience in in authoring sections of public-oriented documents such as air quality management plans, climate action plans, public outreach materials, or similar.
  • Strong preference for knowledge and experience related to air quality management in multiple sectors (e.g. transport, waste, energy) and diverse international contexts (lower, moderate- and high-income nations).
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills essential. English fluency required.
  • International experience desired, particularly working across different cultures, languages and time zones
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills important.
  • Advanced degree in a relevant discipline.

Other Requirements:  Applicants must already have the right to work in the United Kingdom, the United States or their preferred location. Moderate travel may be required as part of the role.

Location: London or New York preferred (other locations considered)

Term: Fixed Term Contract - 18 months (with possibility of extension, dependent on funding)

Salary: £49,674 (London) US $ 73,076 (New York) 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
    £49,674 (London) US $ 73,076 (New York) per annum