City Adviser, Kuala Lumpur

05 Oktober 2018
Job Details
Climate Action Planning
C40 is establishing a programme of technical assistance, guidance and training to member cities in Southeast Asia & Oceania to (a) build technical capacity to develop ambitious and robust long-term climate action plans that are compatible with the ambitions of the Paris Agreement, and (b) identify mechanisms to facilitate better national and local integration of climate action. Sub-national activity is key to delivering the Paris Agreement, particularly in Southeast Asia & Oceania which is urbanising faster than any other region in the world. To coordinate this programme on the ground, we are recruiting a City Adviser for each C40 city in Southeast Asia & Oceania.
Position Description
The C40 City Adviser will act as the focal point for long-term climate action planning within the city. S/he will be responsible for engaging internal and external stakeholders; facilitating knowledge transfer across the city and the wider C40 network; and working with C40 and consultants to provide high-quality tailored technical assistance to support locally-led efforts.
Technical assistance provided will need to be comprehensive and may consist of: a review of the city’s existing plan(s) and capacity and national level climate commitments; scenario modelling; sector-level roadmaps; climate risk assessments; stakeholder engagement; access to climate finance; and monitoring and evaluation.
The ideal candidate will have a strong background in carbon accounting and/or climate risk assessments, climate action planning and stakeholder engagement; experience working with cities on climate action planning; and excellent project management and communication skills.
Working closely with Kuala Lumpur, the Head of Climate Action Planning (Southeast Asia & Oceania) and C40’s Regional Director for Southeast Asia & Oceania, the City Advisor will develop and implement a delivery strategy to support Kuala Lumpur in developing / updating an ambitious and robust climate action plan that is compliant with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Main areas of responsibility are:
  • Contribute to updating the city’s climate action planning to deliver mitigation and adaptation outcomes, inclusive low-carbon resilient development consistent with the ambitions of the Paris Agreement;
  • Engage internal and external stakeholders on the review and update of the city’s climate action planning to ensure their commitment to resource and implement ambitious and transformational action and facilitate better national and local integration of climate mitigation activities;
  • Manage consultants and coordinate technical assistance with the aim to build city capacity to implement climate action;
  • Facilitate the city’s engagement in C40 Cities networks and initiatives.
Person Specification:
  • Demonstrable 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, climate risk assessments and developing climate action 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 and Bahasa Malaysia 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 Malaysia. Some travel may be required as part of the role.
Application Process:
Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and cover letter. Closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday, 23 October 2018.
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Company Description

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, now in its 13th 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 150+ 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.