Senior Programme Officer - UKAID Climate Action Implementation (LATAM)

C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
  • Location
    Colombia, Mexico, Peru
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Dec 21

Position description

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, now in its 16th year, connects 97 of the world’s greatest cities which have committed to tackling climate change. We bring mayors from around the world together to learn from each other in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating resilient, sustainable and low carbon cities. C40 cities represent more than 700 million urban citizens and their economies account for 25% of the global GDP. C40’s ‘Deadline 2020’ report sets out the critical role that the world’s major cities have to play in delivering the historic Paris Agreement to prevent catastrophic climate change. 

C40’s team of 200+ staff is headquartered in New York, with offices in London, Rio de Janeiro, Copenhagen, Beijing and Paris, and staff based across 25+ different locations, with the Office of the Chair based in London. The strategic direction of the organization is determined by an elected Steering Committee of C40 mayors which is chaired by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. Three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the C40 Board of Directors, which is responsible for operational oversight. A nine-person management team, led by Executive Director, Mark Watts, leads the day-to-day management of C40. C40’s three core strategic funders are Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and Realdania.


Diversity Statement


C40 is committed to supporting and promoting equity and diversity and creating an inclusive working environment for everyone. We believe that when people with different life experiences are involved in decision-making, we deliver better.We believe having a diverse workforce ensures we connect better with all the different communities and people affected by the climate crisis. This enables us to make better decisions which lead to better outcomes in the work we do through increased creativity, productivity, greater global impact alongside a broader perspective and approach to our work.We welcome applicants that are diverse in terms of age, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity and perspective. Our goal is for C40 to be an environment where everyone, from any background, can flourish and can be themselves whilst contributing to our mission. If you identify as  a person with a disability, we work to provide reasonable appropriate measures and any additional support needed to provide an equitable working experience. If  you are living with a disability, chronic illness or neurodiversity please inform us, to provide you with the proper assistance in the application process.C40 promotes a work culture where staff can input to improve equity, diversity and inclusion through staff-led groups and formal forums. We know that creating our ideal  working environment is a learning process and we are committed to the ongoing effort.For how C40 handles your personal information, please review our Privacy Notice – Recruitment


Regional Approach


Core to C40’s value and effectiveness is an ability to be responsive to the needs of all C40 cities and focus services and support on the areas of greatest opportunity for city action and climate impact – both at the individual city level and across our regional and global networks. Our regional management structure better enables C40 to leverage relationships between peer cities and technical and financial partners regionally and globally and to be more responsive to local needs and conditions. To manage these efforts, C40 Regional Directors are positioned in seven regions: Africa, Europe, North America, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Oceania, East Asia and South & West Asia. The Regional Directors act as the ambassadors for their regions, to ensure that the organisation can deliver effectively at a regional level considering specific geographic, cultural, language and other differences. The Regional Director for Latin America is based in Bogota, Colombia and is supported by a Deputy Regional Director based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Mayor of Bogotá  and the Mayor of Buenos Aires represent the region’s cities on the Steering Committee as C40 vice-chairs.


Position Description


The postholder will support the Latin American Regional team to implement the UKAID Climate Action Implementation Programme and ensure the effective collaboration across multiple C40 teams. The postholder will work with the Regional Director and Deputy Regional Director to ensure effective collaboration across multiple teams, funders and partners, support grant management and reporting, ensure alignment of the project timeline and product delivery, implement and lead project management monitoring tools, internal team communication channels and help produce presentations and briefings for the programme.




  • Support programme management and coordination across the Latin American UKAID Climate Action Implementation team and with other C40 teams;
  • Oversee the application of all C40 policies among contractors and guarantee that all admin policies are properly followed;
  • Support the Regional team in project management tools including timeline oversight, monitoring of key deliverables, contract management, budget update, reporting, etc.;
  • Create written communications (e.g. PowerPoint slides and presentations) for internal and external use including for fundraising and reporting purposes with donors;
  • Support grant budget development, management and reporting;
  • Contribute or lead specific tasks that support the teams work plan – including completing bespoke research or analysis on topics, collating and gathering information or facilitating discussion or exchange and managing complex project management tracking tools;
  • Support drafting, formatting and translation of documents to be shared with staff, cities, partners and funders;
  • Support the team to plan and deliver meetings with partners, funders and the Accelerated Implementation Programme Board, including drawing together papers and formal reporting;
  • Establish and manage internal communication channels;
  • Establish and manage monitoring tools for the UKAID Climate Action Implementation Programme delivery in Latin America;
  • Support virtual and face-to-face events;
  • Additional duties as requested.


  • Experience in planning, development, management and monitoring of climate-related urban implementation programmes/projects in Latin America;
  • Demonstrable understanding of main barriers and opportunities of implementing ambitious climate action in Latin America, including financial, political, governance, social aspects and national/subnational government dynamics;
  • Familiarity with implementation support by multilateral/bilateral development institutions engaged in urban climate action in Latin America will be an advantage;
  • Excellent interpersonal relationship management skills in intercultural settings;
  • Good written and verbal communication in English and Spanish;
  • Excellent organization, project and time management skills;
  • Ability to effectively manage/coordinate simultaneous projects and successfully prioritize multiple tasks with sound judgment;
  • Capacity to work remotely and to remotely manage staff across different locations; 
  • Postgraduate/advanced degree in a relevant field/equivalent experience related to project management or with project administrative duties;


Other Requirements:

Applicants must already have the right to work in their country of residence. Moderate travel may be required as part of the role.

Location: Colombia, Mexico, Peru

Term: Four year fixed term contract 

Grade: 4

Salary:  COP 89038937 ,  MXN 584062 ,  PEN 129526 

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