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Deputy Regional Director for Africa

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Industry: Other

Date posted: Fri, 13 Oct 2017

Location: Johannesburg,

Expires: Tue, 12 Dec 2017

Compensation: R825216 (Negotiable)

Reference Number: 1305757

Job Description


The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, now in its 12th 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 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 eight person management team, led by Executive Director, Mark Watts, leads the day-to-day management of C40. 

Regional Approach

Core to C40’s value and effectiveness is an ability to be responsive to the needs of all C40 cities and focus services and support on the areas of greatest opportunity for city action and climate impact – both at the individual city level and across our regional and global networks.  

Our regional management structure better enables C40 to leverage relationships between peer cities and technical and financial partners regionally and globally and to be more responsive to local needs and conditions.

To manage these efforts, C40 Regional Directors are positioned in seven regions: Africa, Europe, North America, South America, Southeast Asia and Oceania, East Asia and South & West Asia. The Regional Directors acts as the ambassador for their regions, to ensure that the organisation can deliver effectively at a regional level considering specific geographic, cultural, language and other differences. 

The Regional Director for Africa is based in Johannesburg, South Africa and manages relationships with C40 member cities in Africa. The Mayor of Durban represent the region’s cities on the Steering Committee as C40 vice-chair.


Position Description

The Deputy Regional Director will support the C40 Regional Director and the Steering Committee cities to ensure C40 is responsive and provides effective assistance to its member cities in Africa. 

The Deputy Regional Director will work to advance cities’ participation in C40 activities and support the Regional Director in the delivery of specific function of particular importance to the C40 cities in Africa to ensure that they fully comply with the C40 Participation Standards and are actively engaged in delivering the C40 Business Plan and Deadline 2020 Programme.


More specifically, the C40 Deputy Director for Africa will have the following focus points:

  • Support the Regional Director in the work to build and maintain member city relationships and ensure that cities are satisfied with and benefit from their partnership with C40.
  • In close liaison with the Regional Director, work with the relevant C40 teams especially the Research, Science and Innovation, City Intelligence, Business, Innovation & Economy teams to leverage a high level of engagement from cities in the region and ensure that they meet the mandatory C40 participation Standards and achieve year-on-year progress.
  • Assist the Regional Director and the C40 Director of Regions in implementing C40’s strategy for Africa including its target to support the region’s cities in developing and implementing robust and ambitious Climate Action plans.
  • Support the Regional Director in identifying and facilitating opportunities for cities to collaborate with each other and with partner organisations within the region and globally.
  • Support the Regional Director and C40 Communications and Events Teams to engage mayors and city staff and ensure global promotion of C40 cities in Africa.
  • Support C40 City Advisers stationed in the member cities in the delivery of their project outcomes in the respective cities.

Other Requirements:

Applicants must already have the right to work in South Africa.  Moderate to significant travel will be required, as part of the role.

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