The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, now in its 15th year, connects 96 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, with the Office of the Chair based in Los Angeles.
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. An eight-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.
At C40, we are committed to creating an inclusive working environment, where diversity is valued and there is equality of opportunity. We therefore encourage a diverse pool of applicants and welcome applications from all sections of the community and would particularly welcome applications from candidates in the Global South and from ethnic minorities as we are currently underrepresented in this area. We request that you complete the recruitment and diversity questionnaire, to help us monitor our recruitment and selection procedures. Although optional, we encourage you to complete these questions. For how C40 handles your personal information, please review our Privacy Notice – Recruitment.
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, Southeast Asia and Oceania, East Asia and South & West Asia. The Regional Directors acts 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 Regional Director for Africa is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Mayor of Durban and the Mayor of Accra represent the region’s cities on the Steering Committee as C40 vice-chairs. A Deputy Regional Director for Africa, supporting the Regional Director with managing the city engagement and relationship building in the region, is based in Addis Ababa. C40 is now recruiting for an additional Deputy Director to support the Regional Director with overseeing C40’s programmes to accelerate the implementation of impactful climate action.
The Deputy Regional Director of Implementation in Africa will work the Regional Director for Africa and the global C40 Director of Implementation to support the region’s cities in accelerating the implementation of the most impactful climate actions to radically reduce Green House Gas emissions and to safeguard communities from climate hazards such as droughts and flooding. The position, which is funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will work closely with teams across C40 as well as other city and climate organisations in the region to ensure cities have access to the most relevant and effective assistance, learning from their peers across other C40 cities, and that mayors are supported in their efforts to bring ambitious climate policies into action delivering effective on-the-ground results.
Reporting directly to the C40 Regional Director in Africa, more specifically, the Deputy Regional Director of Implementation, Africa will oversee all C40 led delivery programmes in the region and will manage the C40 in-city staff (“City Advisors”) responsible for coordinating the programmes.
The Deputy Regional Director of Implementation in Africa will be supporting C40’s African member cities in their planning, investment mobilisation and implementation of priority climate action to bring down emissions and strengthen resilience in the most climate exposed communities. This includes C40 key focus areas such as supporting cities to build resilience against water related risks and hazards, and to improving access to water resources.
Ideally, applicants should have the right to work in South Africa. The position will require frequent travelling to C40 cities within the region.
Reporting to: C40 Regional Director for Africa
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Salary: Competitive with international NGO pay scales
Funder: Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Term: FTC until November 2024
Closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday, 18 March 2021.
Recruitment Process: Selected candidates will be interviewed by a diverse recruitment panel with representatives from C40 and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A test might be organised as part of the recruitment process.
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