Climate Action Implementation Programme Manager, Accra, Ghana At C40 Cities


Background

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 400+ staff is based in offices in London, in New York, Johannesburg, Singapore, Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, Copenhagen, Beijing and Paris, and individual staff based across 25+ different locations.

The strategic direction of the organisation is determined by an elected Steering Committee of C40 mayors, which is chaired by Mayor Sadiq Khan of London and Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr of Freetown. Three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the C40 Board of Directors, responsible for operational oversight. A regionally diverse 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 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 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.

Position Description

The Climate Action Implementation (CAI) directorate oversees C40 programmes that support cities to accelerate implementation of the full range of actions from their Climate Action Plans (CAPs). Actions cover mitigation and adaptation with a strong focus on health and ensuring inclusive climate action. The directorate is responsible for ensuring strong cross-team, global and regional coordination and delivery to support climate action implementation through funded programmes. The CAI directorate plays the leading role particularly in mapping funding opportunities, developing proposal development, programme set up, reporting and overall engagement with national government donors.

The postholder will work with the CAI Directors and Managing Director to ensure effective collaboration across multiple teams, funders and partners, supporting key business development functions. This will include the scoping of new opportunities and inputs to proposal and programme development, building understanding on behalf of the organisation of the ODA donor landscape and providing analytical analysis to support the team’s aim in programme development, ODA fundraising and Climate Action implementation for our cities. The postholder will also form part of the 3 person secretariat of the Accelerated Implementation (AI) Board, an internal C40 board established to ensure the organisation can effectively support member cities to implement and mainstream their CAPs.

The postholder will work as a key member of this small, dynamic, fast-paced team. This team has been created to work in a particularly collaborative way, which allows exciting opportunities for its staff to develop in their roles and take on a variety of responsibilities, with daily interaction with senior leaders and a variety of experts across the C40 organisation.

Responsibilities:

  •  Provide analytical, drafting and project management support to – and in some cases lead – bid or proposal development for the CAI team or other C40 teams responding to government donor requests. Working to develop programmes that deliver for C40 cities and donors alike. Building an expertise in this area to include what has worked well in the past and what donors are looking for in proposals.
  •  As part of the secretariat for the Accelerated Implementation Board, draft and lead the production of presentations, reports and meeting notes, conduct data analysis on key implementation gaps and challenges for C40 cities and their implementation of the full range of climate action. Present and facilitate during board meetings where needed.
  •  Work as part of the virtual Business Development Team to support the development of new major climate action programmes to support implementation in C40 cities. In addition lead the production and presentation of data analysis to inform the fundraising strategy of C40. Support programme management and lead elements of coordination across the Climate Action Implementation team and with other C40 teams.
  •  Keep abreast of the latest updates and intelligence (e.g. calls for proposal, tenders) from the government donor community, actively connecting these with the work of the different sectoral and cross-cutting teams to assist in their fundraising efforts.
  •  Support the team to plan and deliver meetings with partners and funders creating written communications (e.g. PowerPoint slides and presentations) for internal and external use, and collecting inputs from C40 teams to advance proposals and/or discussions with the donor.
  •  Contribute to or lead the implementation of project management tools in large programmes under CAI. Developing lessons learnt and best practices to support large programme development and set up e.g. facilitating a theory of change.
  •  Lead knowledge management and work tracking for the team, ensuring information is available, organised, easy to access and up to date, as well as following up with team colleagues on pending tasks
  •  Lead and input into specific tasks that support the team’s work plan – including completing bespoke research or analysis on topics, collating and gathering information or facilitating discussion or exchange.
  •  Ad hoc support in the delivery of two of C40’s major programmes – the UK funded UCAP CAI programme and Laneshift, funded by The Climate Pledge.
  •  Additional duties as requested, including specific programme development and implementation.

Person Specification:

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  •  Experience in government, business or NGO sectors with a focus on cities, sustainability, climate change and/or climate finance. Some previous experience in a business development type role is strongly desired.
  •  Resourceful, motivated, efficient and proactive in identifying new opportunities to help the team, with the ability to connect the dots with other teams and opportunities, enabling the organisation to effectively support member cities.
  •  Strong ability to work alone, proactivity to problem solving and the production of high quality first drafts
  •  Good strategic thinking skills
  •  Fluency in English. Good written and verbal communication skills in English. Ability to communicate complicated information in a clear and concise manner to a variety of audiences.
  •  Good problem-solving skills and analytical capabilities.
  •  Excellent organisational, project and time management skills with the ability to effectively manage/coordinate simultaneous projects and successfully prioritise multiple tasks with sound judgement.
  •  Excellent attention to detail.
  •  Comfort with uncertainty and evolving briefs
  •  Excellent collaboration skills and the ability to work across teams independently
  •  International experience working across different cultures, languages and time zones desired.
  •  Strong overall computer skills, with advanced proficiency in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint is required. Familiarity with project management tools, such as Asana, is an advantage.

Other Requirements: Applicants must already have the right to work in the location they’re applying for. Some travel will be required as part of the role.

Reporting To: Senior Programme Manager, Climate Action Implementation

Term: Indefinite

Location: Accra, Bogotá, Copenhagen, Johannesburg, London, Nairobi, New York

Salary: (Grade 4) Accra GHS 142,345, Bogotá – COP 108,074,116, Copenhagen DKK 565,783, Johannesburg – ZAR 715,392, London- GBP £53,243, Nairobi – KSH 4,163,825,

New York USD 87,879

Application Process: Closing date for applications is Wednesday 13th March 2024 at 5.00pm GMT. 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 www.c40.org, follow us on Twitter @c40cities and like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/C40Cities.

For any queries about the role, please contact [email protected]

C40 is an equal opportunities employer.

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