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Green Shipping Corridors Senior Project Manager

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US and Canada (West Coast), UK, Denmark


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Salary per annum: (Grade 3) Los Angeles $72,684 / Vancouver CAD 97,078 / London £51,470 / Copenhagen DKK 533,595

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Aug 31, 2022

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Climate Solutions and Networks · US and Canada (West Coast), UK, Denmark, California

Green Shipping Corridors Senior Project Manager


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 250+ staff is headquartered in London, with offices in New York, Johannesburg, Singapore, Rio de Janeiro, Copenhagen and Beijing, and individual staff based across 25+ different locations, with the Office of the Chair based in London.

The strategic direction of the organisation is determined by an elected Steering Committee of C40 mayors which is chaired by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. Three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the C40 Board of Directors, which is responsible for operational oversight. A nine-person 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 (CIFF) 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.

C40 Climate Solutions and Networks

C40’s Climate Solutions and Networks team oversees five program areas focused on priority climate action sectors and interventions: Energy and Buildings; Transportation and Planning; Waste, Water and Food; Air Quality; and Adaptation Implementation. Under these program areas, C40 operates more than 15 different networks that facilitate city-to-city best practice sharing on a particular climate action area, such as Clean Energy or Zero Emission Vehicles. A number of these programs and networks also offer direct support to cities through technical assistance projects, trainings, tools and resources, often in conjunction with other C40 teams and programs. The teams also support cities to deliver on the mayoral commitments made through C40’s Green & Healthy Streets, Net Zero Carbon Buildings and Advancing Towards Zero Waste Declarations.

The C40 Green Ports Programme was launched in January 2021 to connect port cities and ports around the world in implementing policies and programs that mitigate air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions from ports, shipping and supply chains. C40 Green Ports members participate in C40 programs, help formulate C40 climate change policies, and work closely with other port environmental organizations around the world to present a common voice on climate change issues. In this way C40 helps cities and ports realize shared climate goals in a coordinated, equitable and economically sustainable way.

C40 Green Ports Programme is currently focused on delivery in three key areas: (1) The C40 Green Ports Forum – a network that connects cities, ports, and industry stakeholders in peer to peer collaboration (2) Trans-Pacific Green Shipping Corridor – a program, in collaboration with the City of LA to create Green Shipping Corridors across the Pacific Ocean with the end goal of deployment of the container ships operating on zero-emissions fuels, and the adoption of the zero carbon measures at participating ports (3) Scaling Green Shipping Corridors – a working group through the Green Ports Forum to create common approaches to Green Shipping Corridors that can accelerate deployment of zero emission solutions across multiple trade routes.

Position Description

In January 2022, C40, the cities and ports of Los Angeles and Shanghai and maritime industry stakeholders announced a partnership to create the world’s first trans-Pacific green shipping corridor between the United States and China. This announcement brought together key stakeholders across the value chain and included the ambitious goal of transitioning to zero-carbon fuelled ships along the Los Angeles-Shanghai route by 2030. The LA-Shanghai Partnership is working on the implementation of this green corridor, and will deliver the Corridor Implementation Plan by the end of 2022.

C40 will use frameworks and the ambition of the LA-Shanghai Corridor and its engagement with cities and ports through the Green Ports Forum to create partnerships towards forming 2 to 3 additional green shipping corridors, building a group of first mover ports and cities prepared to begin roadmapping and developing implementation plans for new corridors.

The Green Shipping Corridors Senior Project Manager will lead this effort as a senior member of the Green Ports team, securing new partnerships and providing oversight of the development, management, and administration of the new green shipping corridors partnerships.

The successful candidate will be a strategic and methodical thinker who thrives in dynamic environments and is skilled in managing cross-project activities and multiple workstreams. They will have excellent organizational and problem-solving skills and will be adept at connecting people and organizations around a shared purpose and common goals.  They will be capable of building new partnerships across diverse industry sectors, able to facilitate collaboration towards common goals.

They will be methodical in driving timely delivery and able to work independently with strong strategic thinking. They will have prior work experience in the energy, transportation, logistics or critical infrastructure sectors with an emphasis on sustainability.

This position offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to work at the forefront of technological and policy innovation, across the entire value chain, and to interface with high-level decision makers in the public and private sectors around the world.



  • Lead and manage the expansion of C40's green shipping corridors program. This will be achieved by engaging with leading ports, cities, shipping lines, and other stakeholders to create new partnerships around green shipping corridors, with the goal of establishing multiple green shipping corridors in the next few years.
  • Work with cities, ports, maritime stakeholders, and C40 consultants on candidate green shipping corridors to develop roadmaps that define goals and timelines for implementation of green shipping corridors.
  • Using the Los Angeles-Shanghai pilot as an example, convene and announce partnerships of stakeholders around greening these new shipping corridors.
  • Manage corridor project-related tasks including facilitating meetings, managing project schedules and deliverables.
  • Plan, develop and prepare content for project partnership meetings.
  • Act as key liaison for collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Lead project-related stakeholder engagement with government officials, ports authorities, maritime industry and non-governmental organizations.
  • Manage joint green corridors activities and deliverables with key partner organizations.
  • Oversee procurement, contracting and work of technical consultants
  • Direct the day-to-day tasks of the Green Corridors Project Coordinator to deliver corridor-specific tasks and assignments.
  • Support the Head of Program in communicating green corridors activities, including developing and delivering presentations and briefings.
  • Support the Head of Program in preparing the Objectives & Key Results reports to the funder.

Person Specification:

  • Proactive, structured and strategic thinker with a collaborative mindset
  • Excellent communications and convening skills, and experience managing partnerships with diverse groups of stakeholders
  • Experience or knowledge of the maritime, shipping or transportation sectors, and related sustainability issues highly desirable
  • Strong project management skills, including contract and budget management.
  • Experience developing and managing public-private partnerships projects,
  • Proven track record of working collaboratively and effectively with major global partners, such as NGOs, the corporate sector and funders.
  • Strong problem-solving, interpersonal and strategic thinking capabilities coupled with an outcome, delivery-oriented approach required.
  • International work experience is highly desirable
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Master's degree, or equivalent experience, in relevant field required.

Other Requirements:

Applicants must already have the right to work in the country they are applying for. Moderate travel will be required as part of the role.

Reporting To: Head, Ports & Shipping

Term: Fixed Term until end of December 2024 (possible extension)

Location: US and Canada (West Coast), UK, Denmark

Salary per annum: (Grade 3) Los Angeles $72,684 / Vancouver CAD 97,078 / London £51,470 / Copenhagen DKK 533,595

Application Process:

To apply, please submit an updated curriculum vitae and cover letter.

Closing date for applications is Friday 2 September 2022 at 9am 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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For any queries about the role, please contact

C40 is an equal opportunities employer.


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