Local recruitment: Urban Climate Resilience Manager


London, UK 🇬🇧

New York, NY, USA 🇺🇸

Johannesburg, South Africa 🇿🇦


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 200+ staff is headquartered in London, with offices in New York, Johannesburg, Singapore, Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, Copenhagen, Beijing and Paris, and individual staff based across 25+ different locations, with the Office of the Chair based in London. 

The strategic direction of the organisation is determined by an elected Steering Committee of C40 mayors which is chaired by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. 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.

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.

Department of Climate Solutions and Networks (CSN)

C40’s Climate Solutions and Networks team oversees five programme areas focused on priority climate action sectors and interventions: Energy and Buildings; Transportation and Planning; Waste, Water and Food; Air Quality; and Climate Resilience. Under these programmes, C40 operates more than 15 networks that facilitate city-to-city best practice sharing on a particular climate action area such as Cool Cities Network or Urban Flooding Network (as part of the Adaptation Implementation programme), and support cities to deliver on the mayoral commitments made through C40’s Urban Nature Declaration, Green & Healthy Streets, Net Zero Carbon Buildings, Advancing Towards Zero Waste, Good Food Cities and Clean Air Cities Declarations. A number of these programmes and networks also provide technical assistance support to cities, often in conjunction with other C40 teams and programmes.

Mainstreaming Climate Resilience and Integrating Adaptation and Mitigation 

In response to climate change, cities around the world are already implementing ambitious actions to reduce emissions (mitigation) alongside efforts to increase their climate resilience (adaptation) to protect citizens and infrastructure against current and future extreme weather events. Ensuring that investments in infrastructure systems like energy, WASH, buildings, transport, waste; and through other key sectors like land use planning, nature-based solutions and finance.  Adopting climate resilience will be crucial to minimise potential damage to current and future investments. Mainstreaming adaptation provides significant opportunities for integrated solutions that delivery multiple benefits,  as well as reduction and sharing of costs across departments. 

In response to climate change, cities around the world are already implementing ambitious actions to reduce emissions (mitigation) alongside efforts to increase their climate resilience (adaptation) to protect citizens and infrastructure against current and future extreme weather events. Further advancing climate resilience will be crucial to minimise potential damage to current and future urban investments. C40’s climate resilience programme endeavours to support cities to plan, deliver, mainstream, innovate and lead on climate adaptation actions resulting in climate resilience. 

The Role

This programme management role will support the delivery of the Climate Resilience Programme at C40.  This role will ensure coordinated management of a portfolio of activities and projects  to achieve the overall objectives of the climate resilience programme within C40. They will support the programme directors and specialised team with the delivery of the overall programme as well as individual projects ranging from development of leads, supporting planning and developing resources, and tracking progress on delivery, lessons learned and close-out.

They will be passionate about addressing climate change and be excited by the opportunity to work with pioneering cities around the world to help them realise opportunities to accelerate climate change preparedness. The successful candidate must combine strong organisational and communication skills with an interest in working on and learning about climate change policy. The ideal candidate will be a natural organiser, intellectually and technically curious, and a motivated self-starter who can handle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously. 

If selected, working a 40-hour week, the Manager will have the opportunity to further develop skills and understanding in climate adaptation and urban governance and a range of related subject areas, gaining valuable experience working with international colleagues in a fast-paced and exciting global organisation.


The Responsibilities of the role will include: 

  • Management the work plans for overall climate resilience programme and individual projects. 
  • Development of leads, planning stages and resources, tracking progress on delivery and close-out.
  • Monitoring progress, resolving issues, and initiating appropriate corrective action.
  • Initiating management interventions where needed.
  • Proposal development for fundraising and management reviews.
  • Knowledge and information management of the work undertaken within the climate resilience portfolio, as well as liaising with wider teams in C40.
  • Development of knowledge products like case studies, communication and narrative reports, and technical guidance developed, working closely with different sector experts.
  • Trend tracking (news, other organisations) for climate resilience, adaptation, urban nature, and related fields.
  • Supporting planning, delivery and reporting of specific activities as needed, like workshops, study tours and events.
  • Reviewing and writing of reports including copy-editing.
  • Key liaison for requests made to the climate resilience team from other parts of C40 and stakeholders.

Person Specification

  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in environmental science, public policy, project management, communications, engineering, planning or equivalent professional experience.
  • Professional project management skills, including excellent organisation skills with the ability to meet a variety of deadlines.
  • Good problem-solving, strategic thinking and analytical capabilities.
  • Superior attention to detail.
  • Polished communication skills in presentation design, information layout and formatting, and editing and adept in related software desirable.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. Fluent in English essential; fluent in other languages a plus.
  • Proactive self-starter with the ability to work independently and be part of a team.
  • Awareness of urbanisation and climate adaptation and resilience, and willingness to learn more.
  • Interest or experience working across different cultures, languages and time zones.
  • Good inter-personal and negotiation skills.

Additional Requirements:

Applicants must already have the right to work in the country where they apply. 

Some international travel might be required. 

Reporting To: Director of Climate Resilience 

Term: Indefinite

Location: London, New York, Johannesburg

Salary: (Grade 4) London £43,368, New York Min. $65,000 – Max. $85,704, Johannesburg R560,632

Application Process:

To apply, please submit an updated curriculum vitae and cover letter.

Closing date for applications is 4th July 2022, 9am BST. 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.