The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy is a global coalition of cities and local governments with a shared long-term vision of promoting and supporting voluntary action to combat climate change and move to a low-carbon, resilient society, based on the following core principles:
- Local Governments are Key Contributors: The Global Covenant of Mayors works to organise and mobilise cities and local governments to be active contributors to a global climate solution;
- City Networks as Critical Partners: Local, regional and global city networks are core partners, serving as the primary support for participating cities or regions;
- A Robust Solution Agenda: Focusing on those sectors where cities have the greatest impact, the Global Covenant supports ambitious, locally relevant solutions, captured through strategic action plans that are registered, implemented and monitored and publicly available;
- Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fostering Local Climate Resilience: The Global Covenant of Mayors emphasises the importance of both climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as universal access to clean energy.
Co-chaired by Former New York City Mayor and UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael R. Bloomberg, and European Commission Vice President, Maroš Šefčovič, and with the support of global and regional city networks, the Global Covenant of Mayors represents the strongest and clearest signal to national governments that cities are not only acting to stop the effects of climate change, they are leading and leading together.
About the role
Reporting directly to the Director of Strategy & Operations, the Liaison Officer plays a central role in facilitating active stakeholder participation, supporting coordination across regions and organisations, and advancing organisational strategy and decision-making. The Liaison Officer serves as the primary point of contact to the Founders’ Council, a technical and strategic advisory group to the Board of Directors comprised of the principals of the entities involved in the formation of the Global Covenant of Mayors. The Liaison Officer drives day-to-day work and ensures sub-groups of the council are meeting key milestones. The ideal candidate uniquely possesses strong facilitation skills and content knowledge, including deep experience working with networks as well as technical expertise on emissions, risk and climate planning.
Specific responsibilities include:
Duties and responsibilities
Founders Council Logistics and Coordination
- Supports the Founders Council and Director of Strategy & Operations in developing and bringing policy recommendations to the Board for decision;
- Oversees planning, preparation, implementation and follow up for meetings of the Founders Council and associated technical committees. Working with the Vice Chair to the Board and the Executive Director, develops Founders Council meeting schedule, agenda, and provides background materials for key issues of consideration. Confers with necessary stakeholders, as needed, to establish Founders Council meeting and agendas on an annual basis;
- Oversees all planning and logistics around Founders Council and technical committee engagement, including regular meetings, committee meetings and correspondence;
- Plans and directs the Founders Council administrative functions and daily operations, develops board affairs annual budget and manages oversight and administration of budget.
Management: Supervises the work of the Regional Coherence Manager and ensures that decisions taken by the Board, and at the recommendation of the Founders Council, translate to the regional working groups and Covenants.
- Demonstrated experience supporting network and/or collective impact initiatives. Proven ability to communicate with stakeholders on many levels and interact with other personnel and organisations to reach consensus-based solutions, including: Mayors and municipal leadership, funding/philanthropic organisations, academic institutions, legislative officials, other stakeholders, and the public at large;
- Technical expertise in the areas of emissions, risk and climate planning;
- Strong facilitation skills, including public speaking, public presentation skills and meeting organisation and delivery. A highly collaborative team player with exceptional communication skills along with interpersonal skills;
- Excellent organisational skills appropriate to the oversight of a broad range of projects including outstanding planning, project management and logistical skills;
- Strong research and analytical skills;
- Strong verbal and written communication skills;
- Demonstrated poise, diplomacy, tact and good judgment. Impeccable discretion above all else;
- Must be able to maintain confidentiality;
- Ability to multi-task and recognise priorities, including flexibility to both to prioritise and/or reprioritise and work with tight deadlines;
- Decisiveness in order to tackle and resolve complex issues and to meet the Global Covenant of Mayors’ mission;
- Proven and demonstrated expertise on urban climate protection issues and actions;
- Familiarity with global and/or regional city networks, preferred.
Candidates will be considered for the selection phase on the basis of the following formal requirements to be fulfilled by the deadline for applications:
- Education: Advanced degree in relevant discipline preferred. University degree or diploma required;
- International experience: candidates should have experience working in an international environment, particularly working across different cultures, languages and time zones;
- Professional experience: candidates must have at least 8 years’ postgraduate professional experience. At least 5 years of that professional experience should be in a field related to climate change, sustainability, networks, and/or facilitation;
- Management Experience: At least 2 years of the post-graduate professional experience must have been gained in a high-level management function;
- Languages: The official language of the Global Covenant of Mayors will be English. Adequate knowledge of another of the official languages of the European Union preferred;
- Moderate to significant travel may be required.
What we can offer you
- The unique opportunity to work as part of a highly dynamic, international group of individuals who combine their passion to make a difference with ambition and a rigorous and results-oriented approach to work;
- Unlimited employment contract;
- Competitive salary and benefit package.
Location: Brussels, Office of the Secretariat for the Global Covenant of Mayors
Start date: As soon as possible
Interested applicants should submit CV and cover letter in English.
Please, indicate ´Recruitment – Liaison Officer GCoM´ in the subject line. Candidates need to be in the possession of a work permit for Belgium in case applicable. Telephone calls will not be forwarded to the recruitment team. Due to the high number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. All applications will be treated confidentially.
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