Deadline: 20.01.2023

Senior Officer Governance Innovation for Climate Neutral Cities/


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;
• 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 join 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, particularly governance
innovation, citizen and stakeholder engagement, and local action and investment planning;
• At least 4-6 years of professional experience, ideally including lead or coordination
functions, 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
and sectors;
• Proficient in English and at least one other European language, spoken and written;
more languages are an asset;
• Curious, creative, collaborative, whilst able to coordinate and offer orientation in a
dynamic, sometimes fast-paced, international environment.
ICLEI European Secretariat
Leopoldring 3
D-79098 Freiburg
[email protected]

Your position will include the following main tasks:

• Coordination of the concept development, guidance and review of Climate City Contracts
as part of projects related to the EU Mission ‘100 Climate Neutral and Smart Cities’;
• Work package lead and supervision, including task coordination between partners and
colleagues, time and capacity monitoring, communication with partners, reporting, etc.;
• Pro-active and regular communication with 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;
• Contributing to 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 52.800 – 55.200 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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