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Climate Advocacy Officer / Secretary, World Mayors Council on Climate Change


Join ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability!

ICLEI is a worldwide association of more than 950 metropolitan regions, cities, towns, counties and municipal associations in 67 countries that are dedicated to implementing sustainable development.

We run the international Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) Campaign and engage in climate advocacy for local governments. We support the World Mayors Council on Climate Change (WMCCC) by serving as its secretariat. We lead the Local Government Climate Roadmap process in cooperation with UCLG, Metropolis, C40 and WMCCC. We work in a highly multicultural environment and in a truly global fashion with partners around the globe.We are seeking highly talented and motivated candidates for the position of:

Climate Advocacy Officer / Secretary, World Mayors Council on Climate Change

The Climate Advocacy Officer will be part of an international team that ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability establishes at its new program office in Bonn, Germany. Bonn is the seat of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat.


Policy and Advocacy Coordination

  • Fulfill ICLEI’s role as liaison to UNFCCC (Secretariat and bodies) for the Local Governments and Municipal Associations Constituency
  • Maintain relations to strategic partners in the governmental, business, NGO and expert sectors
  • Coordinate policy and advocacy activities across local government associations and networks
  • Develop, implement and lead advocacy strategies in support of ICLEI’s and other local government climate change programs
  • Produce reports, briefing papers, articles, speeches and draft position papers
  • Promote the “World Mayors and Local Governments Climate Protection Agreement” and manage the subscription process
  • Implement media strategies, address the media and professional audiences

Secretary, World Mayors Council

  • Develop World Mayors Council membership
  • Support the Council in its advocacy work, produce regular policy briefs, organize meetings etc.


  • Degree / postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject such as Political or Social Science, Law, or similar
  • Minimum of five years working experience in international environmental advocacy


  • Involvement climate change
  • Working in an NGO environment
  • Deep knowledge of multilateral environmental agreements, especially the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
  • Familiarity with Local Government

Abilities and Skills

  • Pro-active attitude
  • Organized working style; ability to work independently
  • Analytical mind
  • Excellent messenger: ability to communicate clearly, understandably and with due cultural sensitivity
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English and fluency in at least one other language relevant to ICLEI’s work

Terms and conditions

  • The full-time position is available from November 2008, pending confirmation of funding by the funder.
  • It will be based in Bonn, Germany. International travel will be required. Communication with partners around the world may require work during unusual hours.
  • The incumbent reports directly to the Secretary General. A competitive salary will be offered.
  • This position will be filled subject to confirmation of funding by the funder


Send fax or email job application including:

  • letter of motivation
  • detailed CV with photo
  • documents illustrating previous experience
  • indication of salary expectation
  • indication of citizenship, and if non-EU, if holder of a work permit for Germany
  • indication of availability date

Send by 10 October 2008 to:

ICLEI World Secretariat
Attn. Maria Patá
Toronto, Canada
Telefax     +1-416 / 392-1478
Email      HR@iclei.org
Reference(in subject line): “Climate Advocacy Officer” Telephone interviews will take place on 16-17 October, face-to-face interviews from 20-24 October 2008. Download a PDF of this job description