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Employer: C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group



The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, now in its 12th year, connects more than 90 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 650 million urban citizens and their economies account for 25% of global GDP. Our recent ‘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 growing team of 100+ staff is headquartered in London, with offices in New York, Rio de Janeiro, Copenhagen, Beijing and Paris, and individual staff based across 25+ different locations. C40 has an operating budget of c.$25m per year and 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 Paris, Anne Hidalgo. Three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the Board of Directors, which is responsible for operational oversight. A eight person management team, led by Executive Director, Mark Watts, leads the day-to-day management of C40.

Position Description

The C40 City Adviser will be the focal point for long-term climate action planning in the City of Tshwane that aligns with the ambitions of the Paris Climate Agreement and country commitments. This will involve engaging internal and external stakeholders, coordinating consultants to develop additional action pathways and update plans as necessary, including governance frameworks, facilitating knowledge transfer across the city, and ensuring sustainability after the project duration. This includes setting / reviewing targets, identifying locally appropriate climate change response actions, and defining measurement, reporting and verification processes.

The C40 City Adviser’s relationship with the city government and other key stakeholders is critical for efficient and effective delivery. The City Adviser will be based at the City of Tshwane’s offices in Pretoria.

The Tshwane City Adviser will join a cohort of C40 City Advisers across several cities in sub-Saharan Africa. A series of in-city workshops will be held for all C40 cities in sub-Saharan Africa, complemented by regional workshops, to build capacity and enable peer to peer interaction.

As the ‘on the ground’ ambassador in the City of Tshwane, the City Adviser will also help to manage the partnership between the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and the city government. This will include identifying and facilitating opportunities for collaboration, learning, innovation, action and advocacy, building local capacity, and building connections with other C40 cities and initiatives.

The ideal candidate will have a strong technical background in carbon accounting (preferably using the Global Protocol for Community Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories – GPC), climate action planning, scenario planning and stakeholder engagement, substantial experience working with cities on climate action planning and risk assessments, and excellent problem solving, project management and communication skills.


Working closely with the City of Tshwane, C40’s Head of Climate Action Planning Africa and C40’s Regional Director for Africa, the City Adviser will develop and deliver a varied technical assistance programme to support the City of Tshwane in:

  • Setting evidence-based emissions reductions targets;
  • Developing / updating the city’s climate action plans to deliver mitigation and adaptation outcomes, and inclusive low-carbon, climate resilient development consistent with the 1.5˚C target of the Paris Agreement;
  • Engaging internal and external stakeholders in the development, review and / or updating of the city’s climate action plans to ensure their commitment to resource and implement ambitious, transformational action and to facilitate better national and local integration of climate response activities;
  • Managing consultants and coordinating technical assistance with the aim of building city capacity to implement climate action;
  • Contributing to the development of C40’s 1.5˚C climate action plan programme and frameworks, and the development of regional engagement and delivery strategies;
  • Facilitating the city’s engagement in C40 Cities networks and initiatives.  


Candidate Requirements

Person Specification:

  • A relevant post-graduate degree;
  • Substantial experience in government, business or NGO sectors with a focus on sustainability and/or climate change, and substantive experience working with or within municipal governments;
  • Technical expertise in completing city-wide greenhouse gas emission inventories, undertaking scenario planning, and developing climate action plans;
  • Experience in working with climate change adaptation-focused plans;
  • Excellent project-management, strategic thinking and analytical capabilities, with MS Excel experience and data management skills;
  • Demonstrable problem-solving, budget and people management experience, including working with third party delivery teams, and ability to manage multiple parallel tasks;
  • Strong interpersonal, relationship building and written and verbal communication skills, combined with English fluency;
  • Strong stakeholder engagement experience, as well as experience in developing or facilitating webinars and workshops;
  • International experience, working across different cultures, languages and time zones.

Other Requirements:

Applicants must already have the right to work in South Africa. Limited travel may be required as part of the role.

Application Process:

Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and cover letter, stating the current salary.

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