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Head of Communications

  • C40 Cities
Brussels, Belgium
Full-time
Published:
Application Deadline: June 20, 2024
  • C40 Cities
Brussels, Belgium
Full-time
Published:
Application Deadline: June 20, 2024

ABOUT THE C40 x GCoM JOINT PROGRAM: 

The Joint Program, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, brings together C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy to work with partners on a shared agenda to:

  • Increase cities’ access to finance for projects that combat the climate crisis and improve resilience;

  • Ensure nation states upgrade their national climate commitments as a result of working with cities, with particular focus on city climate action being included in nation states’ climate action plans which are due in 2025 (Nationally Determined Contributions or NDCs);

  • Improve the quality and ease of access to climate data so cities can start implementing the most impactful climate actions as quickly as possible.


POSITION DESCRIPTION:

Reporting to senior leadership at C40 and GCoM, and working closely with the sponsor for the C40 x GCoM Joint Program, Bloomberg Philanthropies, this postholder will drive forward strategic communications, media and advocacy to support an ambitious and fast-paced multi-year joint programme of work addressing climate finance, data and tools, and multi-level partnerships.

The postholder must have senior experience coordinating communications, particularly media coverage,  and advocacy campaigns for high-profile international projects and initiatives, working with global networks and a diverse group of partners, and be capable of drawing on that experience to mobilise geographically dispersed teams and advisers. They should have direct experience of the city climate network space.

Working in both C40 and GCoM, the candidate will play a key role in helping to coordinate and manage the expansive network of communications contacts in member cities.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead a small team of communications professionals delivering the communications and advocacy activities for the Joint Program, providing strategic oversight and driving delivery;

  • Direct the work of contractors who are collaborating closely with the C40 and GCoM team on the Program activities as they relate to communications;

  • Develop and oversee implementation of  communications and content strategies to increase GCoM and C40’s visibility, enhance awareness and convey the Joint Program mission, vision, and activities to diverse audiences through exciting and impactful content;

  • Manage complex project deliverables on a daily basis;

  • Manage budget for communications deliverables within the Joint Program;

  • Develop the program of deliverables for future years of the Program (2024-25), in consultation with senior leadership;

  • Represent the Communications & Advocacy pillar of the Joint Program to internal and external stakeholders;

  • Ensure the Joint Program produces creative and digital content which is engaging and nuanced to account for the diverse and complex target audience and stakeholder groups;

  • Lead the ongoing development and management of a network of city communications experts which is designed to enable these experts to collaborate in relation to their cities’ climate action, for example to share learnings, support and amplify work major announcements and wins, enhance visibility during global milestones including COP, and tackle communications challenges like local pushback on local climate action;

  • Align on a cohesive narrative around city climate action that elevates the priorities and actions of C40 and GCoM leadership cities;

  • Share best practices, resources, expertise, and knowledge to spread awareness of city climate action among local communities, media, and global climate leaders;

  • Oversee development of communications and engagement toolkits for cities to communicate about and promote C40 and GCoM events, announcements and campaigns, or around key moments at the request of strategic funders and partners;

  • Work alongside the GCOM/C40 and Bloomberg Philanthropies leadership, external engagement and wider communications teams to develop and deliver advocacy positions and outcomes that bolster the diplomatic engagement of mayors on key issues, notably on climate finance and multilevel governance;

  • Additional responsibilities as requested.


PERSON SPECIFICATION:

  • Extensive experience working in communications, external relations or a relevant field;

  • Effective communicator and collaborator who is able to manage time, work strategically, prioritise activities and accomplish tasks with minimal oversight;

  • Ability to effectively oversee simultaneous projects, and successfully prioritise multiple tasks with sound judgement, and ability to perform and adapt under pressure;

  • Familiarity with C40, GCoM and other city networks and related partners;

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively influence senior colleagues and senior level external stakeholders to direct resources towards a common goal;

  • Proficiency in elevating programme deliverables into a compelling external narrative for action, backed up by strong writing and visual communications skills;

  • Passion for environmental and climate issues; knowledge of global climate action an advantage;

  • Native-level proficiency in English; ability to speak another language;

  • Experience working with cities, other levels of government, and NGOs is a plus;

  • Experience in the field of climate finance is desirable;

  • Experience working for a global organisation is desirable;

  • Excellent IT skills — Highly competent with Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and conference call/webinar systems (e.g, Zoom), Google Drive Documents.


C40 reserves the right to halt this recruitment process at any stage should the structure of the team or other circumstances change.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

Applicants must already have the right to work in the location they're applying for. Some travel will be required as part of the role.

  • Reporting To: Director of the Executive Office;

  • Term: Fixed Term until 31st December 2025 (C40 reserves the right to halt this recruitment process at any stage should the structure of the team or other circumstances change);

  • Location: Brussels, London, New York;

  • Salary: (Grade 2) Brussels EUR 106,204, London GPB 75,419.


APPLICATION PROCESS:

Closing date for applications is Thursday 20th June at 5.00pm 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 careers@C40.org.

C40 is an equal opportunities employer.

BACKGROUND:

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 400+ staff is based in offices in London, in New York, Johannesburg, Singapore, Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, Copenhagen, Beijing and Paris, and individual staff based across 25+ different locations.

The strategic direction of the organisation is determined by an elected Steering Committee of C40 mayors, which is chaired by Mayor Sadiq Khan of London and Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr of Freetown. Three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the C40 Board of Directors, responsible for operational oversight. A regionally diverse 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 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.
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