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  • International job opportunity in Seoul, South Korea: Join ICLEI Join ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability!

  • Environment & Energy news SMG 6425

    Application deadline: 30 March 2014

    ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is the world’s leading association of cities and local governments dedicated to sustainable development. ICLEI is a powerful movement of 12 mega-cities, 100 super-cities and urban regions, 450 large cities as well as 450 small and medium-sized cities and towns in 86 countries.

    ICLEI promotes local action for global sustainability and supports cities to become sustainable, resilient, resource-efficient, biodiverse, low-carbon; to build a smart infrastructure; and to develop an inclusive, green urban economy. The ultimate aim is to achieve healthy and happy communities.

    The organization is currently building a team to support its work in the East Asia region. The Founding Director seeks an experienced expert in urban development / urban infrastructure and program developer/manager for the position of:


    Manager Urban Programs

    East Asia

    based at the ICLEI East Asia Secretariat (EAS) in Seoul, South Korea.


    • Leadership in developing urban programs in line with ICLEI’s eight urban agendas (ref. Strategic Plan 2012-2018)
    • Leadership in positioning ICLEI’s programs vis-à-vis local governments and institutions in the region
    • Resourcing (proposal-writing and fundraising for) ICLEI’s programs and projects
    • Organize and ensure the implementation of projects
    • Managing Urban Programs team including staff, capacity and budget management
    • Working in close cooperation and coordination with ICLEI’s Global Program Coordinators


    The Manager Urban Programs shall:

    • be rooted in or demonstrate affinity to the East Asia region and/or have lived in one or more East Asian countries (Korea, China, Chinese Taipei, Japan and Mongolia) for at least two years;
    • have a degree in urban development, city planning, civil engineering, urban infrastructure, architecture, or another subject relevant to the position;
    • have at least 6 years of work experience in at least two positions, ideally at least one year professional experience in a country other than the home country;
    • have professional experience at the East Asia regional level;
    • bring proven experience in project design, proposal writing, fundraising, and project management;
    • possess sound knowledge in urban planning and management, and/or urban infrastructure and technologies;
    • have an excellent command of the English language and at least one national language of an East Asian country such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Mongolian.

    *) Urban programs include, in particular: Low-carbon City (including energy transformation); Resilient City; Resource-efficient City; Biodiverse City; Smart Urban Infrastructure; Green Urban Economy (including green purchasing); Healthy & Happy Community.

    Terms and conditions

    • The position is available immediately at the ICLEI East Asia Secretariat in Seoul, South Korea. The initial contract duration will be 24 months (including a probationary period of six months) with the option of extension.
    • Workings hours: 40 hours per week; 20 days of paid leave per year.
    • Working language: English
    • Applicants must be eligible to obtain the appropriate work permit for the Republic of Korea prior to the start of the position.
    • International travel will be required; communication with partners around the world may require work during unusual hours.
    • Gross annual salary: 42-48 Million Korean Won, depending on qualifications



    Please email job application (reference in subject line: “Manager Urban Programs”) including:

    • Letter of motivation;
    • CV (max 3 pages) and photo;
    • Work references/ samples;
    • Indication of citizenship, and if holder of a work permit for Republic of Korea;
    • Indication of availability date.

    to <jobs.seoul@iclei.org>. Application deadline: 30 March 2014