Officer - Climate & Sustainable Energies

Job Title: Officer - Climate & Sustainable Energies
  • Deadline for application: 6 June 2016
  • Start date: 1 September 2016
  • Duration: 12 months initial contract period
ICLEI is a global association of over 1,000 cities, towns and metropolises in 86 countries with a mission to promote global sustainability through local action. ICLEI has around 300 urban development professionals working in 17 secretariats and offices, supporting cities and regions to become sustainable, low-carbon, resilient, biodiverse, resource-efficient and productive, ecomobile, smart and healthy and happy.  More than 20% of the world’s urban population benefit from ICLEI's work which is global in scope and impact, and yet very local in implementation.
ICLEI's member cities drive innovation by pioneering the development and application of new processes, instruments, methods and tools for local sustainability. ICLEI promotes integrated and cyclical management and governance of all sustainability related policy areas.
The position of Officer - Climate & Sustainable Energies supports local governments throughout Europe in implementing innovative instruments and projects for integrated climate change strategies and planning and sustainable energy management, such as climate services related to mitigation and adaptation, sustainable energy action planning, carbon monitoring and reporting, and smart city projects. He/she will do this both in the framework of larger projects and consultancy services offered by ICLEI.
The position will also include further tasks, especially associated to project and service acquisition, supervised by and in close cooperation with the line-manager/Deputy Regional Director. The officer will proactively support the project development, the representative capacity towards European institutions and national governmental structures and institutions and thereby increase visibility and (economic) opportunities in the before-mentioned topical areas.
The position will financially be based on projects and services.
Tasks and responsibilities:
  • In cooperation with the responsible coordinator, preparation and implementation of projects in European and – if necessary – non-European countries  (in particular in the field of climate change - mitigation and adaptation, as well as sustainable energy management)
  • Work-planning and process ownership in assigned projects and services including communication with partners and funders
  • Preparation and implementation of meetings and workshops related to the topical area and development and implementation of training curricula and materials
  • Further development, promotion and application of ICLEI tools supporting local climate change action (mitigation and adaptation), energy management (including at different scales and sectors) and smart city projects, such as GHG/carbon inventories and energy consumption modelling
  • Implementation of ICLEI services and products in the field of local climate change (mitigation and adaptation), energy strategies and management and smart city projects, including such as GHG/carbon inventories and energy consumption modelling
  • Development of guidelines and handbooks related to natural resource management and in particular on local climate change (mitigation and adaptation), energy strategies and management and smart cities
  • Acquisition of projects and service contracts based on current work in coordination with Line-Manager/Deputy Regional Director
  • Support to European advocacy work related to the activities mentioned above
Skills and qualifications:
  • Professional experience: Advanced understanding of and practical experience with either climate change mitigation and adaptation and/or sustainable energy (including carbon monitoring and reporting, renewable energies)
  • Experience in working with/for local governments in projects or as trainer/consultant. At least two years in a similar position
  • Education: Academic degree in a relevant field (environmental or energy engineering, environmental or sustainability management, climate change management, etc.)
  • Organisational skills: Proven skills in implementing projects and/or (consulting) service, high communicative competence (orally and in writing), strong writing, presentation and facilitation skills, team player, pro-active working style, ability to work self-organised within a complex working environment
  • Languages: Excellent command of English (orally, read and in writing)
  • Computing: Practical knowledge of monitoring software (particularly related to climate and energy), experience in MS Excel and other comparable software, use of MS Office
  • Advanced understanding of and practical experience with smart, integrated urban infrastructure
  • Specific expertise in local climate change and sustainable energy processes will be an advantage
  • Experience in developing and implementing training and capacity development activities (particularly for and with local governments).
  • Experiences in advocacy and policy processes, if possible in European or international contexts
  • Excellent command in at least one further European language of French, German, Polish, Spanish (orally, read and in writing).
  • Limited contract, duration 12 months (from September 2016 until August 2017), extension intended  
  • Corridor contract 80-100% of a full time position with a gross salary according to ‘Officer’ in ICLEI’s salary grid (indicative: €42.000 to €45.600 per annum for 100%);
  • Place of work: ICLEI European Secretariat, Freiburg, Germany
  • Workings hours: 40 h/week, six weeks of paid leave per annum
  • Working language: English
  • Readiness for frequent travel
  • Applicants must – due to legal reasons – hold EU citizenship or valid EU residence permit and a valid German work permit. Applications not meeting these conditions can unfortunately not be considered.
Deadline for application: 6 June 2016
Be aware that applications are reviewed continuously upon arrival; therefore application as soon as possible is advisable.
Please apply in writing, including a CV and letter of motivation to:
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