C40 Cities Vacancy: Network Manager, Creditworthiness - London or New York, United Kingdom, United States

Position Title: Network Manager, Creditworthiness
Location: London or New York
Salary: Competitive with NGO sector pay scales

Created by cities for cities, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) advances the climate action agendas of the world’s megacities in order to achieve meaningful reductions of greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks. The C40 consists of 67 engaged cities that are committed to replicable and sustainable climate-related policies locally, which address climate change globally.

Our international staff works with the C40 network under the leadership of city governments to deliver this mission. Using a data-driven approach, our team identifies and promotes exchange of proven programs and policies developed by cities; provides world-class research, technical expertise and access to key partners to deliver new programs and policies with cities; and communicates cities’ individual achievements and collective leadership.

The current chair of the C40 is Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, who – with the support of the C40 Management Team -- guides the work of the C40, along with the members of the C40 Steering Committee. Current Steering Committee members are: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Tokyo.

C40 Initiatives and Networks
To drive city-to-city collaboration, C40 convenes city networks – active and dynamic working groups of C40 cities with commonly identified opportunities, interests and priorities. These networks are organised under seven overarching themes or initiatives: Adaptation and Water; Energy; Finance & Economic Development; Measurement and Planning; Solid Waste Management; Sustainable Communities; and Transportation.

Finance and Economic Development Initiative
The C40 Finance and Economic Development Initiative serves cities in meeting their goals in sustainable infrastructure finance and green economic growth by facilitating peer-to-peer city exchange, supporting collaborative activities amongst cities in the network, creating and managing a library of relevant technical resources, and deploying direct technical assistance with the support of strategic partnerships. The Network Manager will work with the Head of the Finance and Economic Development Initiative to take forward C40’s work on city creditworthiness.

The objective of the Initiative’s work on creditworthiness is to support a group of active C40 cities in developing countries to ultimately achieve an internationally or domestically recognised credit rating, as an enabler to borrowing for investment in sustainable infrastructure.

C40 is working with the World Bank to deliver a creditworthiness academy in Q1, 2015 for up to 10 C40 cities. This will identify the key obstacles preventing each city from achieving a credit rating and develop city action plans to take action on these challenges. Following the creditworthiness academy, the cities will form a C40 network to share best practices and experiences, collaborate and support each other in moving towards creditworthiness.

The Network Manager will be facilitating the network, bringing cities together in interactions such as calls and webinars to problem solve and collaborate. The Network Manager will also be responsible for working with the World Bank to coordinate the delivery of the creditworthiness academy. The Network Manager will be required to report regularly to funders and have a role in developing further funding proposals as agreed. The post holder will also be responsible for promoting a city focus on sustainable projects as the key purpose of becoming creditworthy.

The Network Manager will also work closely with the Initiative Head to support the delivery of the other priorities of the Finance and Economic Development Initiative, specifically the Sustainable Infrastructure Finance Network, working as part of the team implementing the Initiative strategy.

The Network Manager will be passionate about finding practical solutions to climate change, particularly financial solutions, have strong interest and familiarity in municipal financing programmes and challenges, and ideally have experience working directly with city governments and/or successful networks – experience with cities in developing countries is a strong preference. A natural communicator, collaborator, and facilitator, the Network Manager will successfully bring cities together to share lessons learned and best practices and to collaborate on joint projects; develop and manage major global partnerships; and facilitate delivery of technical support to C40 cities working collaboratively with regional staff and partner organisations. Some travel may be required. 

  • Working closely with the Head of the Finance and Economic Development Initiative, Regional Directors and/or city leads to develop and implement the network strategy, which is to support cities to improve their creditworthiness, and commit to use their creditworthiness to finance sustainable infrastructure 
  • Draft and deliver a comprehensive workplan
  • Facilitate bilateral and multilateral city interactions and convenings, including working with the World Bank to organise a creditworthiness academy to support the development of city creditworthiness action plans
  • Manage network logistics, such as: convening city calls and webinars (including developing agendas and drafting minutes to follow up on meetings), coordinating collaborative network projects & workstreams, conducting interviews with cities and tracking and reporting on interest in the network, and planning for in-person network meetings
  • Facilitate peer-to-peer exchange, enable direct support, and research/knowledge management support through the network(s) with a focus on priorities identified by cities, responding flexibly when such priorities change
  • Work with the Head of the Finance and Economic Development Initiative, and/or Regional Directors to develop and manage partnerships which will direct resources to C40 cities
  • Work with other staff to facilitate delivery of technical support to C40 cities participating in networks, largely through managed partnerships, strategically prioritising based on potential impact and feasibility
  • Preparing reports to funders on progress, as well as preparing additional funding applications as agreed with the Initiative Head
  • Working with the Initiative Head to support delivery of the other project and priorities of the Finance and Economic Development Initiative
  • Additional duties as requested
  • Minimum 5 years experience in relevant government, business, research and/or NGO sectors with a strong focus on creditworthiness or finance policy and programmes 
  • Expertise and interest in facilitation of in-person workshops as well as virtual meetings or webinars
  • Strong problem-solving, interpersonal and strategic thinking capabilities coupled with an outcome/delivery-oriented approach
  • Proven track record in working collaboratively and effectively with partners, such as NGOs, multilateral development banks, or the corporate sector
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • International experience, particularly working across different cultures, languages and time zones
  • Strong English language skills required with preference to candidates also speaking Spanish.
Reporting Structure:The position reports to the Head of the Finance and Economic Development Initiative.

Interested applicants should submit curriculum vitae and cover letter to careers@c40.org.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 20 June 2014.
For more information on the C40, please visit www.C40.org

C40 is an equal opportunities employer.