Deadline: 20.01.2023

Coordinator Climate Neutral Cities Taskforce/


Do you want to contribute to making our cities better places to live?

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network working with more than
2500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active
in 125+ countries, we influence sustainability policy and drive local action for low emission,
nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development.

ICLEI‘s European Secretariat is based in Freiburg (Germany), with satellite offices in Brussels
and Berlin. ICLEI Europe has more than 140 staff from all over Europe and beyond, covering
a broad variety of professional disciplines and expertise.

Working with us, you will have opportunities to:

• Work with leading urban researchers, politicians and practitioners on European innovation
projects, to provide solutions for today’s urban challenges;
• Help design and implement policies and solutions for climate-neutral cities;
• Coordinate a multidisciplinary project task group in a highly relevant EU policy arena;
• Contribute to European and international processes that influence urban policies,
particularly the EU Mission ‘100 Climate Neutral and Smart Cities’, and others such as the
EU Green Deal, the New European Bauhaus, the UN SDGs, etc.;
• Be part of an internationally-recognised organisation that inspires, supports and critically
evaluates new trends in (co-)creating climate neutral cities;
• Grow professionally in a flexible, family-friendly work environment with opportunities for
personal development, European travel, and professional cultural exchange.

We are looking for a new colleague to co-lead our Climate Neutral Cities Taskforce with the
following experience, skills and personality:

• Solid understanding of integrated sustainable urban development principles and processes,
with an interest in local climate neutrality strategies and European climate policies;
• Solid project management and coordination skills, and proven personal resilience and
conflict resolution capacity;
• At least 5-7 years of professional experience, of which at least 2 years in a leading
position, working in a project-based environment, ideally for and with local governments
or other urban actors;
• Very good and clear oral and written communication;
• Confident interacting and collaborating with a wide range of partners across disciplines,
sectors and governance levels;
• Proficient in English and at least one other European language, spoken and written;
more languages are an asset;
• Curious, creative, collaborative, whilst able to steer and give orientation in a dynamic,
sometimes fast-paced, international environment.
Your position will include the following main tasks:

ICLEI European Secretariat
Leopoldring 3
D-79098 Freiburg
[email protected]

• Coordination of projects related to the EU Mission ‘100 Climate Neutral and
Smart Cities’, including task planning and supervision, time management, budget
management, communication with partners, reporting, etc.;
• Co-lead of ICLEI’s Climate Neutral Cities Task Group, including capacity planning, staff
supervision, strategic orientation and development, interface management with other
ICLEI Teams, etc.;
• Communication with, and representation of the Task Group in project consortia and visà-vis funders and other relevant organisations and institutions;
• Organisation and chairing/facilitation of virtual, hybrid and in-person meetings,
including trainings, interactive workshops, stakeholder panels and international
project meetings;
• Co-leading acquisition, including concept development and project design, writing,
and budgeting.

We offer you the following conditions:

• Initial 24 months contract with high potential for extension;
• Gross salary according to the Senior Officer position in ICLEI’s salary grid
(indicative: EUR 57.600 – 60.000 per annum);
• Place of work: Freiburg/Germany;
• 40h working week with flexible working time and the possibility to work up to 50% remote;
• 6 weeks of paid leave per annum;
• Working language is English;
• Occasional travel within Europe is foreseen.
Please note that applicants must – due to legal reasons – hold EU citizenship or a valid
EU residence permit and a valid German work permit. Applications not meeting these
conditions can unfortunately not be considered.
Deadline for application: 20 January 2023
Please apply in writing, including a CV and letter of motivation to:
[email protected]
Please note that we review applications continuously upon receipt and early submissions
are encouraged. For more information about ICLEI visit:

ICLEI Europe’s Equal Opportunity and Employment Policy
ICLEI Europe’s hiring policy is geared to ensure that the organisation hires employees
without regard to their race, colour, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, marital
status, socio-economic background or sexual orientation. ICLEI’s policy is that applicants
for employment and career progression are considered solely based on their qualifications
and competencies

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