Senior Manager, Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
C40 CITIES CLIMATE LEADERSHIP GROUP-1
Aug 12, 2017
Mining / Oil / Gas
Background The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, now in its 12 th 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. An eight person management team, led by Executive Director, Mark Watts, leads the day-to-day management of C40. C40 and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) In June 2016, the Compact of Mayors merged with the European Union's Covenant of Mayors to form the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM), which is an initiative to help drive climate action at the local level and demonstrate collective impact of subnational climate leadership. GCoM membership includes all signatories (approximately 7,400) of the precursor initiatives. C40 is a founding member of the Compact of Mayors see website for details). Local, regional and global city networks were the driving forces behind the Compact of Mayors and now are similarly key partners in GCoM. In particular, C40 and other city networks are the initiative's main operational partners throughout the world. City/regional/global networks engage cities in climate action through technical assistance provision, get them to report to the GCoM, and help them to turn their commitments into reality on the ground. In addition to day-to-day operational support for cities, C40 is engaged as a member of the GCoM Founders Council. Through this body, the founding members of GCoM are working in coordination with GCoM's Secretariat and Board to define a governance structure and operational model for the merged initiatives that will best support local actors in achieving their climate goals and demonstrating their collective impact. Currently, Founders Council members and global partners' major tasks are: (1) aligning and/or harmonizing activities, standards, and reporting that cities will commit to undertaking as signatories to GCoM; (2) defining common and/or differentiated requirements for cities/municipalities around the world that will engage with GCoM through regional covenants; (3) assessing global gaps in technical assistance and finance to support GCoM commitments; and (4) developing internal and external communication strategies and practices. C40's engagement in these activities cuts across the organization, engaging executive-level management and teams including City Diplomacy, Measurement, Research & Planning, Business and Innovations, Communications, and Regions. The founding members of the Compact of Mayors and EU Covenant of Mayors make up the GCoM "Founders Council" and are the primary organizations involved in technical working groups that advise on GCoM activities. Position Description The Manager, Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM), will be the focal point for liaising with GCoM partners and leading, coordinating, and/or managing tasks and activities related to C40-GCoM engagement. Operating from within the City Diplomacy team, the Manager, GCoM will work across the organization to further define and implement a C40-GCoM engagement strategy that aligns with C40's business plan and vision for GCoM. Within C40, the post holder, GCoM will support the Executive Director, Head of City Diplomacy or proxy in the GCoM Founders Council and any technical working groups established to advise the Founders Council. The focus of this work will be to ensure that C40 member needs are addressed in the established structure of the GCoM. The post holder will work with city-facing teams to develop materials, provide input, lead or contribute to webinars/seminars and/or give coordination/tracking support on activities related to reporting, technical assistance, diplomacy, and communications. This may include direct assistance to cities on GCoM matters to ensure cities have the latest information available. The post holder will also support engagement by C40 Regional Directors or their proxies with GCoM regional covenants, insofar as this activity aligns with C40's engagement strategy. This work will ensure C40 is represented and prepared with the latest information at regional covenant meetings/activities around the world. The post holder will also coordinate with C40 teams to lead, manage, and/or track C40's various external partner engagement related to GCoM. This includes working closely with GCoM Secretariat staff and consultants, other global/regional city networks or support organizations, European Commission counterparts, think tanks, private consultancies, reporting platforms, and multilaterals engaged in the Global Covenant on activities or issues. This work will include linking partner work to C40 engagement throughout the world and identifying/supporting synergistic activities. The post holder will also track and report to a major donor on existing grant activities related to GCoM technical assistance. As needed or required to meet C40's strategic needs, the Senior Manager will fundraise to expand C40's regional capacity to support engagement in the Regional and National Covenants, in close coordination with the Regions, Measurement and Planning teams, as well as others as appropriate. This may include delivering events and managing, training, or contributing to the development of work programs for full- or part-time staff, interns, and consultants. An excellent communicator, collaborator, and facilitator, the Manager should have a proven track record of managing and delivering programs and projects. Further, the Manager should be passionate about ensuring that the collective impact of C40 cities on climate change. Responsibilities: Lead on C40 engagement in the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy:
Lead, support, monitor, coordinate, and/or track C40's activities related to GCoM across all relevant teams and be a focal point for information-sharing, commitment delivery, and GCoM engagement;
Support C40's high-level engagements with the Global Covenant's Founders Council, Technical Working Groups and GCoM Board;
Build and maintain strong links with external partners, funders, and other GCoM collaborators;
In close coordination with the Regions, Measurement and Planning and other teams, provide support to fundraising efforts, where appropriate, to augment C40 activities related to GCoM at the national and regional levels.
Manage relationship with GCoM Secretariat and the European Climate Foundation to ensure C40's grant deliverables are met, the projects deliver value to C40 cities, and funders are satisfied with C40's delivery under the grant.
Support to C40 GCoM work with members:
In close coordination with M&P, CIT, Adaptation and Regions teams, follow the implementation of C40's support for member commitments under the Global Covenant and, where appropriate, lead, support, monitor or coordinate activities to advance this work;
Develop, convene and lead activities (webinars, seminars, etc.) or events to help cities achieve their commitments under the Global Covenant.
Significant experience in government, international development, and/or NGO sectors some of which must include working directly with cities on climate change issues;
Experienced and skilled in project and stakeholder management;
Diplomatic skills and capacity to navigate and work within complex, multi-stakeholder and multicultural environments;
Fundraising and budget management skills;
Willingness and ability to travel internationally on a regular basis;
Strong problem-solving, interpersonal and strategic thinking capacity and an ability to develop strong partnerships;
Proven track record in working collaboratively and effectively with major global partners and donors, such as NGOs, multilateral development banks, philanthropic organizations, other city networks;
Proficiency and ability to communicate effectively on technical issues such as Global Covenant commitments;
English fluency with strong written and verbal communication skills, including comfort and experience in public speaking, leading workshops, demonstrated proficiency in developing memos/documents for external audiences;
International experience, particularly working across different cultures, languages and time zone;
Governmental or public affairs, political or social science bachelor's degree, a master's degree on climate change or sustainable development or urban planning would be an asset.
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