ICSC is an international non-government group advancing fair climate policy and low carbon, climate-resilient development. Based in the Philippines, it is engaged with the wider international climate and energy policy arena, particularly in Asia. It is recognized for its role in helping advance effective global climate action and the Paris climate agreement.

We are seeking applicants for the following positions. Please click on the job title/s below for more details.

Innovations Officer (based in Eastern Visayas)

Project Background

RE-Charge Pilipinas (RCP) is a post-Haiyan (Yolanda) initiative focusing on renewable energy (RE) applications and sustainable solutions and fostering energy resilience in local communities. Established by the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) in Tacloban City in 2014, RCP demonstrates how RE can power better disaster risk reduction (DRR) and low carbon development with survivor communities as the front and center of all initiatives.

The Solar Scholars Program was initiated by ICSC in 2015 to help survivor communities, local governments, and civil society organizations harness solar power for DRR and community development. Solar scholars are trained to do energy assessments in their communities and set up, operate, and maintain TekPaks, which are portable solar-powered devices designed and built by Haiyan survivors, to power vital community facilities.

From the ranks of solar scholars, ICSC convened the RE-Serve Humanitarian Corps, a volunteer group trained to provide solar power to humanitarian and government emergency responders at ground zero. The Corps responded to several strong typhoons from Luzon to Mindanao to provide humanitarian RE to affected communities and local government units (LGUs). At the heart of the RE-Serve Corps is “paying it forward,” with survivors helping and empowering fellow climate crisis and disaster survivors.

Together with local community partners, LGUs, RE developers, and volunteers, ICSC’s RCP continues to innovate, test, and deploy RE systems, such as solar home systems, solar generators for BRIGHT schools and health centers, solar charging stations for community facilities, and solar freezers and mini ice plants for people’s livelihoods, and push for small island hybridization via renewable microgrids in isolated, off-grid small islands in Eastern Visayas. All community renewable energy (CORE) initiatives are meant to accelerate the just energy transition in the region to ensure that RE is utilized by those who need it most and that no one will be left behind in the shift to a low-carbon society.

Tasks and Responsibilities of the ICSC Innovations Officer

The Innovations Officer shall directly report to the Director for Community Resilience and will be managed by the Senior Innovations Officer who will exercise day-to-day supervision.

The Innovations Officer will be the main assistant of the Senior Innovations Officer in implementing ICSC’s Solar Scholars Program, CORE initiatives, and other RE innovation projects to accelerate the just energy transition in Eastern Visayas. The Innovations Officer shall assist the Senior Innovations Officer in implementing and completing the following tasks and responsibilities:

  1. Assessing the energy needs and technical scoping of public buildings, schools, health centers, covered courts, and other critical community facilities that could be potential sites for rooftop solar power station projects;
  2. Designing and installing rooftop solar power stations and CORE initiatives, such as solar streetlights, solar home systems, solar freezers, solar-powered mini ice plants, and solar water pumps;
  3. Maintaining, operating, and monitoring the ICSC RCP Hybrid PV system and regular inventory RCP tools and equipment;
  4. Designing, assembling, and repairing TekPaks and other RCP innovative RE systems;
  5. Providing technical guidance in the development, procurement, and bidding of RE products and technologies;
  6. Facilitating the Solar Scholars Training and CORE technology training workshops;
  7. Managing and scaling up the Solar Scholars Community of Practice and RE-Serve Humanitarian Corps, and strengthening the capacity of local managers and technicians of RE organizations and enterprises;
  8. Effectively monitoring and evaluating the different RE programs and projects to derive key lessons from these initiatives.

Qualifications and Skills

The Innovations Officer must

  • Possess adequate knowledge of and demonstrable skills in electrical systems and electronics. Previous background and experience in RE systems, particularly solar photovoltaic technologies, will be an advantage.
  • Be a resident of Eastern Visayas and familiar with the culture, language, and lay of the land of the region.
  • Know how to use electrician tools and electrical and mechanical equipment.
  • Be a self-starter who is able to work with minimal supervision and under pressure and a flexible team player able and eager to collaborate with other members of ICSC to ensure quality output and tangible project results are achieved.
  • Be inquisitive and willing to experiment and innovate using new technologies, approaches, and available materials but not afraid to commit mistakes and can quickly learn and adjust.
  • Be inclusive in approach and able to identify community energy-related problems.
  • Demonstrate good communication skills especially in relating and explaining technical concepts of energy to women, men, older adults, and youth in communities engaged with ICSC.
  • Be computer literate and have a good command of MS Office applications.
  • Possess integrity, honesty, humility, confidence, and enthusiasm to serve frontline vulnerable communities.
  • A background in disaster risk reduction and management and outdoor and survival skills will have additional weight in the final selection.

Application Process

ICSC values diversity and is an equal-opportunity employer. If you fit the role and possess the desired qualifications, please email the following documents to jobs@icsc.ngo on or before July 12, 2024:

  • Letter of Intent addressed to Mr. Arturo Tahup, Director for Community Resilience with the subject line “Application for Innovations Officer – [Surname]”
  • Resume (do not attach photo)

Accounting Officer (Grants Monitoring and Reporting)

The Accounting Officer shall be responsible for fund monitoring, preparing financial reports for the organization’s funders, and providing assistance during project audits. Reporting to the Finance Manager, the Accounting Officer shall perform the following tasks:


  1. Monitor fund transfers and fund receivables from funders
  2. Monitor financial reporting timelines per funder/project
  3. Prepare Financial Reports for various ICSC projects
  4. Provide support during the project audit process
  5. Safekeeping of Project Financial Reports and supporting documents
  6. From time to time, undertake other duties as reasonably required by the role.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, CPA is an advantage
  • At least 2 years of experience in accounting, experience in a non-profit set-up is preferred.
  • Knowledge of general financial accounting/fund accounting
  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles
  • Proficient in accounting software (desired)
  • Attention to detail
  • Proficient computer skills (excel, word, PowerPoint)
  • Excellent written, verbal, and organizational skills (including time management, handling multiple tasks, and teamwork)

Application Process

Please send the following documents to jobs@icsc.ngo with the subject line “Application: Accounting Officer: Grants Monitoring and Reporting” on or before June 28, 2024.

  • Letter of Intent (addressed to Ms. Junilyn Silvestre, Director for Administration and Finance)
  • Resume (do not attach photo)

Administrative Assistant

For Immediate Hiring

The ICSC is currently seeking applicants for the position of Administrative Assistant. The Administrative Assistant will be based at ICSC’s main office in Quezon City. Majority of ICSC staff work remotely, with occasional in-person engagements in the main office as needed


  1. Organizes the transportation requirements for official functionsProvides support in booking accommodations and travels for official functions
  2. Provides assistance in organizing external events and internal activities of the organization
  3. Provides support in the implementation of the procurement process which includes filing of procurement documents
  4. Monitors and maintains asset inventory record
  5. Helps ensure that the office/workplace is properly maintained
  6. Provides support in filing, organizing and archiving organizational documents
  7. Helps track staff whereabouts
  8. Helps calendar meeting room reservations
  9. Provides support in the implementation of office policies and procedures
  10. From time to time, the Administrative Assistant shall undertake other duties as reasonably required by the role


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Office Administration or related field
  • At least 1 year experience in the field of administration/office support functions, although newly graduates are welcome to apply
  • Basic knowledge in office administration
  • Attention to detail
  • Proficient computer skills (Office Excel, Word, Powerpoint)
  • Excellent written, verbal and organizational skills (including time management, handling multiple tasks, team work)

Application Process

ICSC values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. If you fit the role and possess the desired qualification, please email the following documents to jobs@icsc.ngo on or before June 21, 2024:

  • Letter of Intent (addressed to Ms. Junilyn Silvestre, Director for Administration and Finance)
  • Resume (do not attach photo)

City-Level Researcher for Urban Climate Finance (Tagbilaran City)

Project Duration: May 2024 – July 2024 (3 months)


The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) is an implementing partner of the Integrated Urban Climate Action for Low-Carbon and Resilient Cities (Urban-Act) Project, together with the German Development Cooperation (GIZ), Clean Air Asia (CAA), with Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) as the main political partner. 

The Urban-Act Project is a regional project that supports the transformation of cities towards low-carbon and resilient urban development in the Philippines, India, Thailand, China, and Indonesia.  It aims to improve conditions for the planning and implementation of evidence-based and inclusive urban climate actions in line with the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.  

One of the project components that ICSC is implementing delves into local budgeting for climate-sensitive urban development.  This covers the conduct of: 

 (1)  city-level scoping study on enabling conditions for urban climate finance including technical needs assessment for climate proofing the cities’ development investment and allocation planning, i.e. Local Development Investment Program (LDIP)/ Annual Investment Program (AIP) /Devolution or Transition Plan, monitoring, and reporting, and validate results with key stakeholders; and 

(2) Technical support and development of recommendations for mainstreaming climate considerations including GEDSI perspectives into the cities’ LDIP/AIP.  

In line with the above, the methodology developed by the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (CCFLA) on “Subnational Assessment of Enabling Framework Conditions for Subnational Climate Finance” shall be utilized to conduct the city-scoping study which will cover pilot cities of the Urban Act Project, in particular, the cities of Antipolo, Bacolod, and Tagbilaran.  The said methodology includes a diagnostic tool that offers a standardized approach to assessing the conditions for accessing climate finance of pilot cities of the Urban Act project.  For guidance, the latest version of the tool as of February 2024 has 49 dimensions which will be used to provide a good understanding of the city’s conditions.  These dimensions are divided into four categories, as follows: 

  1. Climate Policy: Assess the subnational government’s climate policy and planning. Identify if the subnational government has sufficient institutional capacity to achieve climate action goals and meet national standards. Sub-categories:

1.1.  Subnational climate change policies

1.2.  Subnational climate action implementation

  1. Budget and Finance: Assess the subnational government’s financial architecture and resource mobilization to achieve climate action goals. Sub-categories:

2.1.  Subnational funding sources for Urban Climate Action

2.2.  Subnational green budgeting

2.3.  Subnational revenue mobilization

2.4.  Subnational private finance mobilization

2.5.  Subnational creditworthiness, borrowing, and access to capital

2.6.  Subnational engagement of co-financing and/or innovative financing

  1. Climate Data: Assess the data available for mitigation and adaptation planning for the subnational government and how well data and analysis are incorporated into planning and strategy. Sub-categories:

3.1.  Subnational-level climate data reporting

3.2.  Subnational-level climate data availability and analysis partnerships

  1. Vertical and Horizontal Coordination: Assess how well the subnational government cooperates horizontally (across, with other jurisdictions) and vertically (with other levels of government, ranging from local to national) to conduct climate policy and planning and achieve climate action goals. Sub-categories:

4.1.  Subnational government coordination

4.2.  Public involvement and stakeholder engagement

4.3.  Subnational cooperation and peer learning

The findings of the scoping study will be utilized to contribute to the next step of assessing the investment and allocation planning of Tagbilaran City.  The project shall also provide technical advice to the city on how climate considerations (including GEDSI) will be integrated into the LDIP/AIPs, in close coordination with pilot city stakeholders. 

Outputs and results of the study will be presented and validated through validation workshops with key stakeholders that will be organized by the ICSC.


The ICSC is currently seeking a researcher to implement a city-level scoping study on enabling conditions for urban climate finance and provide technical support and recommendations to mainstream climate change considerations and Gender Equality, Disability, and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) perspectives into Tagbilaran City’s investment plan/s.  

The researcher will cover Tagbilaran City for the Urban-Act Project.  The main objectives of the researcher are the following: 

  1. Develop the city-level scoping study on the enabling conditions that facilitate climate financing, utilizing the CCFLA’s methodology on “National Assessment of Enabling Framework Conditions for Subnational Climate Finance”; and
  2. Utilize the findings of the city-level scoping to assess the pilot cities’ City Development Investment Programs/Annual Investment Programs, with a focus on climate considerations and GEDSI-related provisions. 

Expected Roles, Responsibilities, and Deliverables 

The City-level Researcher shall be directly reporting to the Urban Development Program Director and will be managed by the Urban Development Analysts for coordination.  S/he shall be responsible for the following: 

Conduct of the Scoping study in one Pilot City

  1. Review and finalize the framework and methodology for the scoping study in coordination with the Urban Development Team, ensuring that it aligns with the research objectives but also acknowledges and integrates the specificities of the local context;
  2. Conduct data collection activities as needed, including meetings, interviews, and focus group discussions, in coordination with the Urban Development Team; 
  3. Provide regular status of the progress of the research to the designated managing supervisor of the Urban Development Team; and
  4. Prepare a draft scoping study report on the assigned Pilot City, complete with citations, within the submitted project time frame; 

Provide technical support and develop recommendations for mainstreaming climate considerations (including GEDSI)  into the cities’ LDIP/AIP.

  1. Conduct a comprehensive review of existing policies, plans, and guidelines pertinent to development investment and allocation planning within the city.  Analyze existing institutional frameworks, processes, and coordination mechanisms for integrating climate considerations into investment planning;
  2. Utilize findings from the scoping study to develop tailored recommendations and strategies for integration into the LDIP/AIP of the respective pilot city.  Develop actionable recommendations and strategies to enhance the capacity of the pilot city in climate-proofing investment and allocation planning;
  3. Identify barriers, challenges, and opportunities in terms of accessing, utilizing, and monitoring financing for urban climate actions and plans of the pilot city; and   
  4. Identify best practices and lessons learned from pilot cities in integrating climate change considerations (including GEDSI) into their investment planning processes.

Conduct of the consultation-validation workshop

  1. Present the research findings and recommendations in the workshop to be organized by ICSC’s Urban Development Team in every pilot city;  
  2. Facilitate discussions and gather additional inputs, insights, and recommendations from relevant stakeholders;
  3. Document all inputs, feedback, and recommendations gathered during the workshop sessions; and 
  4. Analyze and synthesize workshop outputs to incorporate into the final version of the study.


Interested applicants should have the following qualifications: 

    1. A strong background in urban development, climate finance, or related fields.
    2. Demonstrated experience in conducting research, scoping studies, and needs assessments.
    3. Experience with local government planning and budgeting processes, and capacity building requirements.
    4. Excellent analytical, report writing, and presentation skills.
    5. Ability to work collaboratively with stakeholders and synthesize inputs from diverse sources.
  • Familiarity with the local context and previous experience working with the target city would be an advantage.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer, dedicated to creating a workplace that celebrates diversity and values the unique contributions of every individual. We are committed to providing fair and equal opportunities for employment and advancement, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or disability. At ICSC, we believe that a diverse and inclusive team enhances our ability to innovate and address the urgent challenges of climate change and sustainable urban development. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds to join us in our mission to create a more resilient and equitable future for communities around the world.

Application Process

Interested applicants shall submit their letter of interest, and curriculum vitae not later than 6 June 2024 to jobs@icsc.ngo with the subject line “Application for Tagbilaran City, City-Level Researcher – [Pilot City-Surname]”.  Please note that photographs should not be included in the curriculum vitae. Additionally, applicants are requested to include two references with contact details in their application.

Due to the number of applications we are expecting to receive, please be advised that only the shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.

Clean Mobility Collective (CMC) Southeast Asia Coordinator

The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) is seeking applicants for the position of Clean Mobility Collective (CMC) Southeast Asia Coordinator. The CMC Southeast Asia Coordinator will work on coordination in campaigns and engagement activities of the CMC Southeast Asia. This is a full-time position, with a one year contract (subject to renewal). This position is on a remote work arrangement, and may be based in any country in Southeast Asia.

ICSC values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. If you fit the role and possess the desired qualifications, please email the following documents to jobs@icsc.ngo on or before May 15, 2024:

  • Letter of Intent (addressed to Ms. Maria Golda Hilario, ICSC’s Director for Urban Development)
  • Resume (do not attach photos)
  • Work samples, if any


The CMC Southeast Asia Coordinator will closely collaborate with counterparts in multiple leading organisations operating in North America, Europe, and India to build a global network of sustainable urban mobility advocates. The success of this core team’s work will be visible when well networked members benefit from their cumulative knowledge and experience, magnify their individual voices, and bundle their power on joint campaign targets.

They shall report to ICSC’s Director for Urban Development and the CMC Coordinator.

A. Responsibilities

  1. Contribute to co-creative strategy and planning processes to engage corporate and subnational and regional decision makers through an incentives-driven campaign promoting inclusive urban mobility;
  2. Help design, develop and implement the incentives-driven campaign plan in partnership with CMC Southeast Asia network members;
  3. Communicate and cultivate relationships with existing members of the CMC Southeast Asia network and facilitate interaction and cooperation between them, including through virtual convenings; regularly reports back on project progress to internal stakeholders, and updating of membership database, communication exchange platform and activities;
  4. Help coordinate joint regional or global activities, tactics and strategies, which may include the management of joint research collaboration, publication and dissemination of reports or similar outputs, the development of media and social media engagement strategies, or the organising of joint days of action;
  5. Regularly attend coordination meetings of the CMC and communicate updates to the CMC network;
  6. Contribute to setting up a regular skill sharing and communications platform and a resource hub facilitating mutual learning and support between network members;
  7. Contribute to and/or produce a variety of external communication materials, including blogs, articles, speeches, and social media posts, in close collaboration with campaigners and wider staff in network;
  8. Co-design and commission and oversee contracts for services and products benefiting the network (e.g. reports, websites etc.);
  9. Establish and maintain links with relevant actors of social justice movements and ensure equity aspects are integrated into all aspects of the network’s activities;
  10. Support project evaluation and reporting to funders;
  11. Support, as needed, fundraising and communication efforts for the campaign;
  12. When needed and upon request, provide organising support to CMC SEA network partners.

B. Qualifications

  1. Fluency and proficiency in English and in at least one Southeast Asian language, both in speaking and writing; 
  2. Familiarity and expertise on urban mobility issues and challenges in Southeast Asian cities; 
  3. Must be based in any of Southeast Asian Cities of ASEAN member-states (preferably Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam or Singapore)
  4. Results driven and process-oriented; 
  5. A solid understanding of the vital linkages between sustainable development, urban mobility and liveability, air pollution and climate; 
  6. At least 3 years experience in designing, leading campaigns and coordinating campaign teams in the field of climate, environmental or social justice sector, ideally on incentives-driven private sector engagement and/or citizen actions; 
  7. Experience in online and offline campaigning targeting cities and/or corporates, including citizen mobilising strategies and tactics; 
  8. Ability to identify and pursue opportunities for high profile media/communications and grow network of urban mobility advocates and change makers; 
  9. A positive, flexible, can-do attitude, coupled with self-motivation and the ability to work independently; 
  10. Strong interpersonal skills, i.e. the ability to work in teams and across different cultures. 
  11. Must be able to work on flexible working hours. Due to the international nature of this post, coordination meetings are held beyond office hours of the base country.

C. Personal Characteristic

  1. Enthusiasm and passion for campaigning and for sustainable mobility, and ability to infect others with it. 
  2. Passion for working with a small, international and multicultural team
  3. Self-awareness, confidence and creativity
  4. Committed to the values of equity, authentic communication and collaboration

Data Analyst for Grid Program

The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) is seeking applicants for the position of Data Analyst for Grid Program. The Data Analyst will be based at ICSC’s main office in Quezon City. Majority of ICSC staff work remotely, with occasional in-person engagements in the main office as needed. 

ICSC values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. If you fit the role and possess the desired qualifications, please email the following documents to jobs@icsc.ngo with the subject line “Application: Data Analyst for Grid Program, [Full name]” on or before June 30, 2024:

  • Letter of Intent (addressed to Mr. Romil Hernandez, ICSC’s Director for Energy Policy)
  • Resume (do not attach photos)


The Data Analyst for Grid Program is part of the Energy Policy Team and will provide technical support to ICSC’s Grid Advisor in implementing the organization’s Grid Modernization Study. 

The Analyst will also support the coordination activities within the Grid Modernization Consortium. The Analyst will support initiatives to analyze grid infrastructure, assess technical solutions, and facilitate effective stakeholder collaboration.

A. Responsibilities

  1. Support the conduct of technical analysis of the grid infrastructure, including power generation, transmission, and distribution systems, to identify opportunities for modernization and improvement.
  2. Assist in developing technical reports, policy briefs, position papers, and presentations summarizing study findings, recommendations, and best practices.
  3. Collaborate with stakeholders, including government agencies, local government units, utilities, civil society, academe, industry partners, and other key stakeholders, to gather data, share knowledge, and coordinate activities related to grid modernization.
  4. Support the organization and facilitation of meetings, workshops, and technical sessions for the Grid Modernization Consortium, including preparing agenda, presentations, and meeting minutes.
  5. Contribute to the development and evaluation of technical proposals, pilot projects, and policy recommendations to advance grid modernization objectives.
  6. Provide technical expertise and guidance to other members of the ICSC team and external partners involved in the Grid program.

B. Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or a related field
  2. A solid academic background in power systems, renewable energy, or grid integration is preferable.
  3. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in electrical power systems analysis, including familiarity with grid modeling software, power flow analysis, and reliability assessments.
  4. Excellent analytical skills with the ability to interpret complex technical data and draw meaningful conclusions.
  5. Strong verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate technical concepts to diverse audiences.
  6. Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team environment, effectively managing multiple tasks and priorities.
  7. Prior experience in energy sector projects, grid modernization initiatives, or renewable energy integration is desirable.
  8. Familiarity with the Philippine energy landscape, regulatory framework, and local context is an advantage.

Data Analyst

The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) is seeking applicants for the position of Data Analyst. The Data Analyst will be based at ICSC’s main office in Quezon City. Majority of ICSC staff work remotely, with occasional in-person engagements in the main office as needed. 

ICSC values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. If you fit the role and possess the desired qualifications, please email the following documents to jobs@icsc.ngo with the subject line “Application: Data Analyst, [Full name]” on or before May 30, 2024:

  • Letter of Intent (addressed to Mr. Romil Hernandez, ICSC’s Director for Energy Policy)
  • Resume (do not attach photos)


The Data Analyst will provide methodological and analytical support to ICSC’s Energy Policy Team (EPT). Under the supervision of the Senior Data Analyst, they will support the development and implementation of the Institute’s energy sector and data analytics agenda.

The Data Analyst shall work closely with the Senior Data Analyst and the Chief Data Scientist to develop and implement effective, efficient engagement strategies for identified stakeholders to support the institution’s data-driven energy policy campaign and agenda.

A. Responsibilities

  1. Support the Senior Data Analyst in developing and deploying energy sector data-driven research and analysis.
  2. Under the guidance of the Senior Data Analyst, provide timely technical briefs and research updates to EPT to help advance the institution’s energy policy agenda.
  3. Provide guidance when appropriate to other research assistants and policy analysts regarding data retrieval, methodological approaches, and data analytics.
  4. Support the Chief Data Scientist in developing ICSC’s power development planning model.
  5. Identify and provide advice regarding other data science applications and programs that can be considered for deployment by ICSC.
  6. Perform other relevant duties as may be assigned.

B. Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Engineering, or any relevant course
  2. At least 2 years of relevant experience 
  3. Proficiency in Microsoft Office products, especially Microsoft Excel
  4. Basic data modeling knowledge or desire to learn
  5. Hands-on experience in Python is highly desired.
  6. Great communication skills and strong interpersonal skills
  7. Strong interpersonal skills, self-motivated, strong desire to learn, and adaptable to a fast-paced evolving environment

To know more about our programs, sponsorship, and internship opportunities, you may reach us at:

Email:  info@icsc.ngo
Tel: (+632)  7755 1043
Address: 95-B Sct. Castor St., Brgy. Laging Handa,
Quezon City 1103, Philippines