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Home > News & Events > News > Join ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
May 2, 2016

Join ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

ICLEI is the world’s leading network of over 1,000 cities, towns and metropolises committed to building a sustainable future. By helping our Members to make their cities sustainable, low-carbon, ecomobile, resilient, biodiverse, resource-efficient, healthy and happy, with a green economy and smart infrastructure, we impact over 20% of the global urban population.

ICLEI works on a non-for-profit basis through the World Secretariat in Bonn, Germany and 17 Regional Secretariats and Country Offices around the globe.

ICLEI´s Low Carbon City Agenda is implemented by all ICLEI Offices. It focuses on 3 main action areas: (i) climate advocacy, (ii) global processes, and (iii) technical support. The Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting (carbonn® Center) of ICLEI engages here as:

- coordinator of the global Low Carbon City Agenda
- coordinator of ICLEI’s GreenClimateCities program, as the process methodology used by local governments active in the Low Carbon City Agenda
- the international climate advocacy team and focal point of the Local Government and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) constituency at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
- operator of the carbonn Climate Registry (cCR), the global reporting platform for local and subnational governments on climate action
- coordinator and partner of a range of international climate / energy projects and initiatives.
We work in a multicultural, international environment with colleagues and partners around the globe.

We are seeking a highly motivated, pro-active and experienced candidate for the position of: Senior Project Officer, Low Carbon

The position is attractive for experienced professionals interested in a dynamic working environment, working as part of a growing team.


- Lead on ICLEI’s engagement in the Compact of Mayors – a global initiative for cities that commit to tackling climate change and using the robust reporting framework of the Compact, which includes reporting on the carbonn Climate Registry (cCR), the central database of the Compact.
- Lead virtual as well as in-person capacity building activities to local governments, also on the Compact of Mayors, coordinating this across multiple ICLEI offices and with Compact partners, with a view to enhance local government capacity to engage in the development of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories and Measureable, Reportable and Verifiable (MRV) local climate action.
- Contribute to “reporting” knowledge development, data analysis and the development of an annual cCR analysis report as the global compilation of results of the cCR reporting.
- Explore with national governments and ICLEI teams across the globe how to mobilize their support for integrated climate action and reporting across different levels of governments – referred to as vertical integration of climate action.
- Support the development and promotion of ICLEI’s Low Carbon City Agenda, project acquisition and management of projects and initiatives.


- Minimum of 10 years’ experience in the field of climate change /energy in the urban context and working with local governments.
- Experience working with non-for-profit and/or membership organizations is highly desirable.
- University degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject such as in Engineering, Environmental Science, Architecture or similar. A relevant Master´s or PhD degree is an asset.
- Knowledge of current climate change mitigation policies, planning concepts and state of the art in low-carbon urban development and familiarity with the global climate mitigation regime.
- Strong skills in research, analytical thinking, reporting, and planning.
- Creative and pro-active attitude in team work required.
- Fluency in written and spoken English; proficiency in other languages is an asset.
- Proficiency in office software and internet applications.

The successful candidate:

- is dedicated to the team focus in driving innovative, low carbon, resilient, resource-efficient, future-oriented urban infrastructure solutions,
- shows enthusiasm for urban low emission development, is particularly interested in accelerating climate action, supporting local governments, quality of reported data and sharing knowledge,
- is pro-active with an organized working method,
- shows excellence in communicating ICLEI’s message to public policy makers, municipal technical staff, business partners, potential donors and the broader public,
- is an excellent public speaker, fluent in English (oral and written); and
- is open to learn using office and presentation software.

Terms and conditions

- Full-time position available from May 2016, limited for 1 year, with an extension envisaged should funding be available.
- Position based in Bonn, Germany.
- International travel will be required. Communication with partners around the world may require work outside of normal office hours.
- The title is “Senior Project Officer”.
- The annual gross salary is up to 50.000 Euro, depending on qualifications and experiences.
- The Senior Project Officer reports to the Director of the carbonn Center.
- Due to legal requirements, applicants must be eligible to obtain an appropriate work permit for Germany prior to the start of the position.


E-mail job application using the subject line “Senior Project Officer, Low Carbon” to by 10 May 2016 including:
- CV (maximum 2 pages)
- letter of motivation
- indication of salary expectation
- indication of citizenship (or work permit for Germany), and
- indication of availability date

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