Posted on :
17 Jul, 2020
17 Jul, 2020
ICLEI is a global network of over 1 750 cities and other subnational governments committed to building a sustainable future. ICLEI provides technical services, capacity building, networking opportunities and cutting-edge urban solutions to its network cities and their communities. ICLEI’s African Head Office, which serves ICLEI’s network cities from across Africa, is based in Cape Town (www.africa.iclei.org).
Over the past two decades ICLEI Africa has provided critical support to African cities and sub-national governments as they embark on their sustainability journeys.
Job Title: Professional Officer (Energy & Climate Change)
Location: Cape Town
Contract: 2 year fixed term contract position with the potential of renewal
ICLEI Africa conducts sustainability work across Africa, and has done so over the past 20 years. Our programmes and projects are needs-based, they serve cities and towns across the continent, and contribute in tangible ways to local, national and international urban sustainability agendas. Our goals are significant: we promote the necessity for city engagement in the development of national and international sustainability agendas, and communicate in tangible ways how cities are contributing to the achievement of all major sustainability-related international agreements, such as the Paris Agreement, the New Urban Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. We implement programmes and projects in cities across Africa, from inception and project conceptualisation to implementation of on-the-ground interventions. One of ICLEI Africa’s major strengths is that complimenting the significant technical expertise that our teams possess, who get deep technical work done in cities across the continent, we engage in sustainability journeys with our cities, over the long-term. ICLEI Africa prides itself in maintaining long-term and trust-based relationships with stakeholders in our cities and towns through serving our member and network cities via capacity building, technical support for policy development and action, and advocacy for the importance of local action and finance.
Leader in energy and climate change support
ICLEI Africa conducts a suite of climate change mitigation, adaptation, energy access and climate finance work, and harnesses ICLEI’s role on the international stage, such as the focal point for the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) constituency to the UNFCCC (held since 1995). ICLEI Africa staff often play the important role of knowledge broker between diverse stakeholders, bridging the gap between science and policy, and policy and practice, between sectors of society, such as civil society and government, and between the private sector and government. We provide platforms for cities to engage in multi-sectoral and multi-level engagements, essential for tackling issues such as climate change. ICLEI Africa aims to harness the skills, energy and expertise of diverse stakeholders, being at the forefront of transdisciplinary and co-production work. Playing this role, means that our team needs to have walked in the shoes of these various groups, and so we have team members that have worked for many years within sub-national and national government, the private sector, civil society organisations and as researchers, all on the continent of Africa.
The ICLEI Africa team
ICLEI Africa’s work is conducted by a dynamic and passionate team of well qualified and highly skilled professionals that work with cities to ensure a more sustainable future. As an office that deeply cares for the cities it works with, the team adheres to a strong set of values. There is a culture and ethos of openness and sharing, where staff are always willing to support each other where they can. There is diversity of skills and experiences in our team of over 40 staff that spans from those that have worked in research, carrying Masters and Doctorate degrees, to those that are experienced practitioners in the fields of urban planning, economics, sustainability, environmental science and engineering. Given the number of languages spoken across the African continent, ICLEI Africa has many bilingual and multilingual staff, and also supports staff development in adding more languages to their repertoire.
ICLEI Africa is looking for a highly-skilled candidate to work with us in creating a conducive enabling environment to improve energy security and climate resilience, and utilising climate finance and market-led interventions for increased access to sustainable energy. An important area of work to be tackled by the successful candidate, will be to contribute to the creation of suitable conditions for local governments to engage with the private sector in planning and delivering sustainable energy services to households and social institutions.
The position is suitable for someone with a strong technical background related to climate change mitigation/ energy/ climate finance/ energy access/ energy poverty. Specific experience in data collection, handling big datasets and data analysis would be useful.
We are looking for someone to join our team to contribute strongly to the progression of our energy and climate change work on the continent; working with sub-national and national stakeholders to enable a reduction in future urban emissions and increased access to sustainable energy in African cities; energy that is utilised efficiently and comes from renewable sources.
Candidates, via their applications, should provide evidence of the following experience:
Requirements of this position:
Further requirements for all ICLEI staff:
Please forward a comprehensive CV with a covering motivation letter, and:
to Sonya Smith ([email protected])
Application Deadline: Tuesday, the 28th of July 2020.