Position Title: C40 City Adviser, Freetown
Reporting To: Regional Director for Africa
Location: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Annual Salary: XXXX
Term: 1 year
The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group 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 seven person management team, led by Executive Director, Mark Watts, leads the day-to-day management of C40.
The C40 City Adviser will be the strategic focal point for long-term climate action planning in the City of Freetown that aligns with the ambitions of the Paris Climate Agreement, country commitments. This will involve engaging internal and external stakeholders, coordinating consultants to fill knowledge gaps, develop climate action pathways and prepare the city’s climate action plan, including governance frameworks, facilitating knowledge transfer across city departments and national Ministries, Departments and Agencies, 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 for mitigation and adaptation.
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 Freetown City Council offices (Sierra Leone).
The Freetown City Adviser will join a cohort of C40 City Advisers across cities in sub-Saharan Africa. A series of in-city and workshops will be held for all C40 cities in sub-Saharan Africa, complemented by regional workshops, to build capacity and enable peer interaction.
As the ‘on the ground’ ambassador in the Freetown City Council, 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 related risk and hazard assessments, climate action planning for mitigation and adaptation, scenario planning and stakeholder engagement; substantial experience working with cities on climate action planning, preferably within the African context; and excellent problem solving, project management and communication skills.
Working closely with the Freetown City Council, C40’s Measurement and Planning team and C40’s Regional Director for Africa, the City Adviser will develop and deliver a varied technical assistance programme to support the Freetown City Council in:
Applicants must already have the right to work in Freetown. Limited travel may be required as part of the role.