Vacancy for Governance & Social Innovation in Freiburg, Germany


ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is the leading global network of cities committed to building a sustainable future. With our 1500 members and 15 offices worldwide, ICLEI impacts over 1/4 of the global urban population. We have recently celebrated our 25th anniversary and are proud to cover an ever-growing range of topics relevant to cities worldwide.

ICLEI‘s  European  Secretariat  is  based  in  Freiburg  (Germany),  with  specialized  offices  in  Brussels and Berlin. Working with us, you will have an opportunity to:

  • Deepen your understanding of how cities design and implement sustainability policies, what kind of challenges they face and how best to support them;
  • Work alongside leading urban researchers and practitioners on international projects, addressing current hot topics;
  • Contribute to national and international processes shaping urban policies;
  • Be part of an internationally recognised organisation that inspires, supports and critically evaluates new trends in sustainable urban development;
  • Enjoy flat hierarchies, space for personal development and fair working conditions.

We are looking for a person that meets the following criteria:

  • Interested in sustainable urban development, ideally with a focus on issues like social innovation, public participation, social inclusion and urban transitions;
  • Experienced in working in a project-based environment, ideally with international projects for and with local governments;
  • Good communicator in person and in writing, confident in interacting with partners ranging from grassroots organisations to ministries;
  • Proficient in English and at least one more European language, spoken and written; more languages are an asset;
  • Reliable, curious, able to work independently and keep calm in a fast-paced, international environment.

Your job description will include the following main tasks:

  • Support in designing and implementing collaborative projects related to sustainable urban development (e.g. EU-funded);
  • Support in the organization of events, ranging from hands-on trainings to international project meetings and conferences;
  • Researching and drafting publications addressed to urban practitioners, including reports, case studies or news articles;
  • Support in project management, including communication with project partners and funders, reporting and general administrative tasks.

For a full job posting, click here.