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Urban Flooding Network Manager

Climate Solutions and Networks · Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, South Africa, United Kingdom


C40 is a network of nearly 100 mayors of the world’s leading cities, who are working to deliver the urgent action needed right now to confront the climate crisis, and create a future where everyone, everywhere can thrive. Mayors of C40 cities are committed to using a science-based and people-focused approach to help the world limit global heating to 1.5°C and build healthy, equitable and resilient communities. Through a Global Green New Deal, mayors are working alongside a broad coalition of representatives from labour, business, the youth climate movement and civil society to go further and faster than ever before.

C40’s team of 400+ staff is based in offices in London, in New York, Johannesburg, Singapore, Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, Copenhagen, Beijing and Paris, and individual staff based across 25+ different locations.

The strategic direction of the organisation is determined by an elected Steering Committee of C40 mayors, which is chaired by Mayor Sadiq Khan of London and Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr of Freetown. Three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the C40 Board of Directors, responsible for operational oversight. A regionally diverse 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 and Realdania.

Our international staff work with the C40 network under the leadership of city governments to deliver this mission. Using a data-driven approach, our team identifies and promotes the exchange of proven programmes and policies developed by cities; provides world-class research, technical expertise and access to key partners to deliver new programmes and policies with cities; and communicates cities’ individual achievements and collective leadership.

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.

Department of Climate Solutions and Networks (CSN)

C40’s Climate Solutions and Networks team oversees five programme areas focused on priority climate action sectors and interventions: Energy and Buildings; Transportation and Planning; Waste and Food; Air Quality; and Climate Resilience. Under these programmes, C40 operates more than 15 networks that facilitate city-to-city best practice sharing on a particular climate action area such as Cool Cities Network, Water Security Network or Urban Flooding Network (all part of the Climate Resilience programme), and support cities to deliver on the mayoral commitments made through C40’s Water Safe Cities Accelerator, Urban Nature Accelerator, and other similar calls to accelerate climate actions in cities. A number of these programmes and networks also provide technical assistance support to cities, often in conjunction with other C40 teams and programmes.

Position Description

The Network Manager will manage the Urban Flooding Network, a C40 network supporting city efforts to identify, plan and implement projects to increase resilience to increasing flooding brought about by climate change, with a special focus on sustainable urban drainage systems and nature-based solutions. The Network Manager will primarily be responsible for engaging and supporting C40 member cities in their flood mitigation work, collaborating with the Head of Water Programme to develop the strategy for the Urban Flooding Network, and evolve the strategy over time with input from C40 cities. The network manager will also work on the delivery of the Water Safe Cities Accelerator, supporting signatory cities to achieve the targets related to flood reduction.

The Network Manager will be passionate about finding practical solutions to climate resilience, have a strong interest and familiarity with international urban water management and climate adaptation policies and programmes, well developed analytical skills, and ideally have experience working directly with city governments and/or successful networks. A natural communicator, collaborator and facilitator, the Network Manager will successfully bring cities together to share lessons learnt and best practices as well as collaboration on joint projects and network workstreams; develop and manage major global partnerships; and facilitate delivery of technical support to C40 cities working collaboratively with regional staff and partner organisations. Some travel will be required.

If selected, working a 40-hour week, the Network Manager will have the opportunity to further develop skills and understanding in climate adaptation and urban governance and a range of related subject areas, gaining valuable experience working with international colleagues in a fast-paced and exciting global organisation.


  • Work closely with other members of the Climate Resilience team, Regional Directors and/or city leads to develop and implement network strategy;
  • Draft and deliver a comprehensive network work plan;
  • Work closely with cities to assess and analyse their barriers to increased and enhanced flood reduction;
  • Facilitate bilateral and multilateral city interactions and convenings, including working with key strategic partners to support cities;
  • Manage network logistics, such as: convening city calls and webinars (including developing agendas and drafting minutes to follow up on meetings), coordinating collaborative network projects & workstreams, conducting interviews with cities and tracking and reporting on interest in the network, and planning for in-person network meetings;
  • Facilitate peer-to-peer exchange, enable direct support, and research/knowledge management support through the network(s) with a focus on priorities identified by cities, responding flexibly when such priorities change;
  • Develop and manage partnerships which will direct resources to C40 cities and facilitate delivery of technical support to C40 cities participating in the Urban Flooding Network, strategically prioritising based on potential impact and feasibility;
  • Develop case studies and external communication on best practice in Urban Flooding;
  • Prepare reports to funders on progress, as well as preparing additional funding applications as agreed with the Head  of the Water Programme;
  • Work with the Head of Adaptation Implementation and Water to support the delivery of the other projects and priorities of the Adaptation Team;
  • Additional duties as requested.

Person Specification:

  • Extensive background  in water management and policy, climate adaptation, sustainability, environmental studies, urban planning or engineering;
  • Experience in water management in urban areas desirable;
  • Knowledge on Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems, Sponge Cities, Water Sensitive cities and Hydrological analysis is required;
  • Considerable experience in relevant government, business, research and/or NGO sectors with a strong focus on climate change adaptation, urban resilience, water management and/or disaster risk management;
  • Experience of developing and implementing strategy desired, preferably through working in or with city governments
  • Proven track record in working collaboratively and effectively with partners, such as NGOs, multilateral development banks, or the corporate sector;
  • Strong problem-solving, interpersonal and strategic thinking capabilities coupled with an outcome/delivery-oriented approach;
  • International experience, particularly working across different cultures, languages and time zones;
  • Strong English language skills required, and second language desirable;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Expertise and interest in facilitation of in-person workshops as well as virtual meetings or webinars;

Other Requirements:

Applicants must already have the right to work in the country where they apply. Some travel will be required as part of the role.

Applicants must be willing to work on an adjusted schedule to align with Brazil-based line manager.

Reporting To: Head of Water Programme

Term: Fixed term until 31st July 2026 (The appointment and the duration of the role are subject to the final approval of the grant)

Location: Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, South Africa, United Kingdom

Salary: (Grade 4) Brazil (IC) – USD 61,770, Colombia -COP 108,074,116 , Indonesia – IDR 380,448,277, Malaysia – MYR 129,515, Philippines – PHP 1,240,866, South Africa – ZAR 715,392, United Kingdom- GBP £53,243

How to Apply

Application Process:

Closing date for applications is Monday 3rd June 2024 at 9.00am BST. C40 reserves the right to close this job opening before the closing date for applications so please do submit applications early.

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