Programme Officer – UKAID CAI Programme Africa( Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia and Nigeria

C40 Cities

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 net-zero 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.

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UKAID Programme

The UKAID Climate Action Implementation Programme is a new C40 programme, which will support cities to accelerate implementation of actions from their Climate Action Plans (CAPs). The UKAID CAI Programme will support 15 cities in multiple regions, with an anticipated budget of £15m. The programme sits within the Climate Action Implementation directorate at C40, which promotes strong cross-team, global/regional coordination and delivery to support climate action implementation through funded programmes.

Position Description

The postholder will support the delivery of C40’s UKAID programme at global and regional levels.  The Project Officer will be an organized and proactive individual who will join and support the team to help coordinate and facilitate the delivery of the UKAID programme to 15 cities in different regions of the Global South. They are: Bogota, Medellín, Lima, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Kuala Lumpur, Quezon City, Jakarta, Tswhane, Johannesburg, Addis Ababa, Accra, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Lagos.

The UKAID Programme Project Officer combines strong analysis and administrative skills. The ideal candidate will have strong MS Office skills (PowerPoint and Excel mainly), a high degree of comfort coordinating multiple stakeholders (including city staff and consultants) as well as some international experience. They will be excellent problem-solvers, able to keep track of multiple tasks and processes simultaneously.

The project officer will be placed in the regional offices of Africa.


  • Provide overall administrative support to global/regional teams, including event coordination, meeting organization, logistics, coordinating internal trainings, document preparation, presentations, etc
  • Ensure effective coordination between UKAID CAI Programme teams, other internal C40 teams, city staff and consultants
  • Support procurement and financial tracking processes
  • Support project management and work tracking, ensuring information is available, organized, easy to access and up to date
  • Support other internal C40 and UKAID CAI Programme processes
  • Prepare progress reports for management team and funders
  • Review analytical and technical outputs, according to C40 methodologies and expert guidance from colleagues
  • Provide guidance and support to cities, including development of learning resources and case studies
  • Support creation of clear and updated documents and presentations of the programme for the regional and global teams;
  • Help preparing job descriptions for the regional staff
  • Oversee the compliance of all C40 policies and funder´s policies and procedures
  • Additional duties as requested.

Person Specification:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in virtual environments and working from home arrangements
  • Experience supporting senior teams in day-to-day activities
  • Good problem-solving, strategic thinking and analytical capabilities
  • Strong data management skills in MS Excel and other relevant tools
  • Experience in project management, including KPI monitoring, budgetary control, etc
  • Expertise in event planning and management
  • Expertise and/or interest in workshop preparation and facilitation, including preparation and design of presentations in Ms PowerPoint and related resources.
  • Efficient and effective administrative skills and experience
  • Experience in government, business or NGO sectors with a focus on cities, sustainability and/or climate change
  • International experience working across different cultures, languages and time zones
  • Excellent written and spoken English is a requirement. Additional local language skills are encouraged, particularly for regional Project Officers.

Other Requirements:

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

Location: Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, Nigeria

Term: Fixed Term Contract until December 2025

Grade: 5

Salary: NGN 9 513 171 KES 2405696 , ETB 425721 , ZAR 401697

Application Process:

Closing date for applications is Friday 10 December.

To apply for this job please visit c40.bamboohr.com.

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