Vacancy: Local Governance Expert, Vienna

Could you be a Local Governance Expert with us?

We are searching for brilliant people to be our next Local Governance Expert. 

Location: Vienna
Salary: mid-level
Contract: 8-month fixed-term, renewable

About the Role

Democratic Society (Demsoc) is Europe’s leading international democracy organisation, supporting our cities and citizens to ensure that radical climate transformation is a democratic, not just a technocratic process. Through democratic design, organizational development, and practical participation exercises, we are building long-term citizen participation in all the decisions, plans, and projects that affect them.

We have secured funding for work on local governance around climate change with city partners in Križevci, Maribor, Niš, Sarajevo, and Skopje for an initial eight-month period. We are now looking for a subject matter expert, with the ability to engage and influence at a senior level in local government and a commitment to climate change goals, to work on developing this project and more widely in our network of climate cities around Europe.

Demsoc works to develop new forms of democracy, support citizens to participate and create democratic responses to the world’s most pressing problems. It works as a networked organisation, supporting practical participation and active learning in democracy at local, national, and European levels.

This role is funded by the EIT Climate-KIC Future Cities South East (FSCE) project, so you will have particular responsibility for working with local partners to reach carbon neutrality by 2030 is delivered with the support and involvement of citizens. In this work, you will work alongside many other European cities and a diverse team of colleagues from Demsoc and some of Europe’s most innovative organisations.

Ideally, the subject matter expert will be based in Vienna to seize the opportunity of engaging with the ongoing Demsoc projects in Vienna.


As a local governance expert:

- Supporting design and governance thinking for Demsoc’s work in the Future Cities South East project, working with the rest of the team ensuring the success of the events and the buy-in of governments;

- Work more widely in our climate team on local governance issues;

- Independent management of relationships, stakeholders, and processes alongside the wider team;

- Support the long-term mobilisation of citizens.

As part of the climate programme team:

Supporting Demsoc’s climate programme, and helping cities to reach carbon neutrality by 2030, with the full support and involvement of its residents.

To Apply

Download the full job description (pdf) with further details here:

Local Governance Expert Job Description

Please send your application to Nadja Nickel ( We are looking to fill the position as soon as possible.

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