Technical Manager (Climate Action Planning)


Beijing, , CN


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. 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.

Climate Planning, Finance and Partnerships

To support the implementation of the Paris Agreement, each C40 city will be expected to develop and begin implementing a climate action plan (or series of plans) that will deliver action consistent with the ambitions of the Paris Agreement; addresses both the need to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change; and outlines the wider social, environmental and economic benefits derived from implementing the plan and how the city will approach implementation of the plan using available powers, resources and partners.

Position Description

We are looking for an experienced individual to join the Climate Action Planning China team and provide expert technical support to delivering a programme of technical assistance, guidance and training to C40 cities in China to build technical capacity to develop ambitious and robust long-term climate action plans. The ideal candidate will have a strong technical background and experience in GHG inventories, modelling and scenario planning, climate change adaptation, and climate action planning, combined with a solid understanding of climate change agenda in China and globally.


The Technical Manager Climate Action Planning China will work closely with the Climate Action Planning China team in post and a team of consultants to provide high quality, tailored, technical assistance to support the development of climate action plans in Chinese cities. The individual will provide technical expertise and support to cities and consultants, including but not limited to the following:

  •  Provide technical insight and develop high-quality data outputs, generic and city-specific technical resources and materials (e.g. memos, reports, presentations, etc.) that are used within the city CAPs and development process;
  • Provide expert support to technical assistance components, including GHG emissions inventory (using the Global Protocol for Community-Scale GHG-Emissions Inventory) and scenario modelling (using LEAP and/or other tools developed by C40 Modelling Team), climate change risk assessment and adaptation planning, climate actions identification and prioritisation, stakeholder engagement, and preparation of climate action plans.
  • Conduct and review detailed audits of technical outputs from delivery partners, ensuring these are aligned with the requirements of C40’s Climate Action Planning Framework and wider C40 technical assistance standards;
  • Conduct and review modelling outputs from Pathways tool for Chinese cities in collaboration with C40`s Modelling Team, and ensure the results reflect local context;
  • Provide direct expert technical assistance and guidance through workshops, webinars and training;
  • Conduct research and liaise with relevant city staff to assemble information on existing climate change data and initiatives underway in cities to support analysis, modelling and climate action planning;
  • Contribute to the development of knowledge products and communication materials based on technical assistance projects, including reports, articles, and presentations for disseminating project learnings;
  • Contribute to the development, update and translation of climate action planning resources and tools.
  • Conduct detailed reviews of city climate action plans against the review framework when complete. 

Person Specification:

  • Technical expertise in completing city-wide greenhouse gas emission inventories and scenarios, climate risk assessments and developing policies and action plans related to climate change;
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical capabilities, with advanced modelling and data management skills desired;
  • Experience of 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 and Chinese fluency;
  •  Strong team spirits and ability to deliver multiple priorities under pressure toward tight deadlines;
  •  Demonstratable knowledge and experience related to climate change and/or sustainability in multiple sectors (e.g. environment, building, transport, waste, energy) a plus;
  • Technical experience in developing, implementing, advising on, and/or evaluating municipal policies related to climate change and/or sustainability a plus;
  • International experience working across different cultures, languages and time zones a plus;
  • Advanced degree in a relevant discipline.

Other Requirements:

Applicants must already have the right to work in China. Moderate travel may be required as part of the role.

Location: Beijing

Term: Fixed Term Contract until June 2021

Salary: CNY 305,781 per annum 

Closing date for receipt of applications is 31 July 2020.