The Role at a Glance
Role description We are looking for a dynamic and experienced campaign leader to
direct the world’s largest alliance of non-state actors committed to
halving global emissions by 2030. You will play a transformational role in
climate action, institutionalising the campaign
Contract type Independent contractor
Contract duration 2 years with potential of extension
Remuneration level Competitive salary (based on location)
Start date As soon as possible
Annual leave 6 weeks unpaid leave
Reporting to Campaigns Director
Other ● The candidate is expected to work mostly from home, with
occasional travel as and when requested.
● In some locations, a collaborative office space may be available.
● The candidate is expected to provide and maintain their own ICT
and work tools.
● Out of town travel and other work related expenses will be
reimbursed in line with the travel and expense policy
Recruitment process Please submit your CV and brief cover letter to
[email protected] (no more than one A4 page)
Please state your availability to start working with us full-time as part of
Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis, with virtual interviews
taking place via Zoom or Google meet beginning of February.
The Climate Champions Team provides support to the UN Climate Change High-Level
Champions to deliver on the mandate from Parties: to drive climate action and enhance ambition
by non-state actors. Working with the Marrakech Partnership and other partners, we mobilise
businesses, investors, cities, regions and civil society and act as a bridge between non-state actors
The Climate Champions Team
and national governments to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement. At COP26, the two serving
High Level Climate Champions launched a five year plan to deliver on the mandate from Parties.
It sets out objectives and details of the tools employed to achieve them, across six key functions
for the work of the Climate Champions Team for the period 2021 – 2025.
The global team is resourced to support the major campaigns Race to Resilience and Race to
Zero, as well as sector-focused systems transformation using the Climate Action Pathways and
2030 Breakthroughs and the Sharm El Sheik Adaptation Agenda. Alongside this, we are
continuing to strengthen the accountability mechanisms of the campaigns and assess the overall
state of systems transformation as we prepare to support the global stocktake.
You will need to be comfortable juggling different priorities and balancing multiple – and at times
– competing demands and work in ways which are highly collaborative and engaging with a wide
range of stakeholders at all levels and across all sectors of the economy, policy and society.
Overview of the role
We are looking for an experienced campaign leader – a dynamic and collaborative individual – to
lead the global Race to Zero campaign in its next phase of development, working with its 26
Partners and over 11,000 individual members who collectively represent more than 25% of the
global economy. This role will be fast paced, high pressure and externally facing, requiring the
capacity to balance an ambitious vision with deep attention to detail. The role will entail extensive
stakeholder engagement and relationship management; strategic communications planning
and delivery; collaboration with the Expert Peer Review Group; managing a core team and
co-development of strategies with the Accountability Lead, the 2030 Breakthroughs systems
transformation team and sector leads; and involvement in events globally.
Key responsibilities include:
● Development and delivery of the institutionalisation of the Race to Zero
● Manage external partner (private and public sector) and agency relationships,
ensuring RtZ acts as a vector to channel support, information and momentum to
● Regionalise the campaign to ensure Race to Zero is relevant, impactful and
supportive in key markets;
● Identify and build relationships with key external stakeholders to drive
awareness and recognition of the campaign.
● Identify proactive engagement opportunities to drive thought leadership
around complex issues.
The Climate Champions Team
The successful candidate will have 8+ years campaign experience with a proven track
record of working in a politically sensitive, international organisation or environment. You
will be proactive and a highly motivated self-starter, happy working across different time
zones in a fast-paced environment. Specifically we are looking for a candidate with:
● Campaigns expertise, with at least 5-10 years’ experience on a membership
organisation ideally related to net zero..
● Stakeholder management, ability to work with multiple stakeholders and tailor
engagement to actor types, sectors and regions
● Collaborative and collegial working style, both amongst colleagues and with
external Partners and agencies
● Experience dealing with issues and crisis management with multiple
stakeholders diplomatically; ability to work under pressure and prioritise
● Effective delegation, management and monitoring of 3rd parties to deliver
● Experience with communication of political and complex strategic issues, and
ability to translate them into clear and concise messaging, relevant to different
● Exceptional programme management experience, incl. monitoring, evaluating,
● Strategic and creative thinker able to see and leverage connections and
maximise the value of opportunities in unique and engaging ways.
● Extremely strong written and verbal communication skills including in English,
with the ability to listen to Partners and NGOs, and convey key information simply.
Ability to communicate effectively and clearly with secretariats of Partners and to
internal colleagues on feedback from Partners.
● Solutions oriented problem-solver, with ability to manage through ambiguity
● Familiarity with issues on impacts of climate change across a wide range of
thematic areas in the private, public and civil society sectors.
● In depth knowledge of decarbonisation pathways and science-aligned climate
● Cross-cutting campaigns expertise, with at least 8-10 years’ experience, ideally
cross-cutting public and private sector
● Unite behind the science: we commit to make the changes scientists tell us are needed.
The Climate Champions Team
● Build upon the incredible work to date: we will cross-fertilize and amplify the work of the
many heroes who have already committed so much to addressing climate change.
● Take into account different ideas and perspectives: we’re willing to be challenged and
to challenge, we look for the best in people and the best, most sound and most credible
ideas, wherever they come from.
● Practise stubborn optimism: we recognize the scale of the problem, combined with an
absolute determination to build our way out.
● Seek progress not perfection: all of us can be criticised and many of those best able to
advance this issue are currently the biggest causes of it. We can’t allow cynical
greenwashing, but all who are serious about tackling climate change positively will be
● Be humble and generous: we keep our egos in check and work together for the good of
Code of Conduct
As a member of the Climate Champions Team you are required to adhere to the highest
standards of conduct and behaviour, protecting the integrity of the mandate from Parties, the
UNFCCC process, the UNFCCC institution and the COP presidency. Shortly after joining, there will
be a number of mandatory induction meetings to ensure you have the information and tools
needed to work to the highest standards.
The Climate Champions Team is a programme of work under the not for profit administrative
host body Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA). The contract for this role will be drafted within
the Climate Champions Team and signed by the post holder and a senior representative of RPA.
RPA helps social programmes achieve their vision of creating thoughtful, effective philanthropy,
providing hosting arrangements and tailored services to serve as an organisational ‘home’ for
new initiatives. Find out more about RPA here