Coordinator, Clean Energy Access
About the Organization
CLASP’s mission is to improve the energy and environmental performance of the appliances & equipment we use every day, accelerating our transition to a more sustainable world.
We serve as the leading international voice and resource for appliance energy efficiency policies and market acceleration initiatives. In this role, we have worked with over 100 countries. From advancing the off-grid solar technologies, bringing power to energy-impoverished people, to cutting the catastrophic climate impacts of air conditioning, CLASP programs increase uptake of affordable, low-impact, high-quality appliances. Learn more about our programs.
We’re mission-driven, impacts-focused, and committed to a culture of diversity, transparency, and collaboration. We are headquartered in Washington, D.C. and have a strong and growing presence in our Nairobi office. This dynamic team manages and supports our East Africa and Global Programs. See our Team Page to learn more about our organization.
Coordinator, Clean Energy Access
CLASP is seeking an experienced and motivated professional with an interest and/or background in energy access, international development, policy, and/or engineering to help us execute our portfolio of clean energy access initiatives. The key task for this new position is to help CLASP launch a new awards program that seeks to spur innovation in solar electronic waste. The project will channel roughly one million dollars in funding to companies that wish to pilot programs to recycle, repurpose, and repair solar lanterns and solar home systems being sold to off-grid households and businesses. The project funding will seed a larger ambition to address and help promote a sustainable circular economy for appliances globally. In addition to contributing to CLASP’s eWaste programs, the candidate could be asked to work on any on the following market development programs:
- Low-Energy Inclusive Appliances (LEIA): This program focuses on accelerating off- and weak-grid markets for highly efficient appliances. LEIA is funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development and will support a suite of high-impact market development, technical, policy, research, and innovation interventions.
- Lighting Global Quality Assurance Framework: This is a highly effective third-party certification and market development program for off-grid lighting products, including solar lanterns and solar home system kits.
- The Global LEAP Off-Grid Appliance Data Platform: This program is a rather straightforward but high-impact effort to test off-grid appliances according to international laboratory best practices, aggregate and share the data, and work with global stakeholders, including investors, policymakers, manufacturers, and purchasers, to interpret and use the data.
- The Global LEAP Awards & Off-Grid Appliance Procurement Incentives Program: This program couples the Global LEAP Outstanding Off-Grid Appliance Awards with results-based financing procurement incentives to drive best-in-class appliances into emerging off-grid markets. The program also features a variety of other market development activities, such as policy technical assistance and market research, and a robust monitoring and evaluation framework. The program launched in 2016 in Bangladesh, and it is expanding to East Africa in Autumn 2017.
The Coordinators will work as part of a dynamic international team to contribute to the success of LEIA and related initiatives. They will work collaboratively with CLASP team members in the United States, Bangladesh, East Africa, India, and Europe, as well as a wide network of international partners and program stakeholders. They will help to create, measure, and report LEIA/E4A programmatic impacts, and will be responsible for a wide and diverse range of activities related to the development and execution of programmatic, organizational, and energy access goals.
The ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate skill and success in some of the following areas: knowledge about appliance energy efficiency, enabling technologies, and product markets and supply chains as related to energy access; excellent people skills; effective project management, execution, and/or administration; coordination of productive and collegial institutional partnerships; experience contributing to effective published resources and materials; effective verbal and written communications about technical topics to both subject matter experts and laypeople; extraordinary commitment to impacts, results, and world-class work product; and a sense of humor.
Box checkers need not apply. Creative, open-minded, innovative self-starters welcome.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Help maintain and improve program infrastructure: Collaborate with global team members on the scoping, design, and execution of a complex, fast-moving project portfolio.
- Coordinate! Collaborate! Repeat! Work with CLASP colleagues, partners, stakeholders, sub-contractors, and grantees around the world to develop and implement programs, projects, and research efforts.
- Support program outreach, communications, and reporting: Help CLASP build support among key constituents – including industry leaders, academic institutions, trade associations, government decision makers, and donor organizations – by conducting a variety of outreach and stakeholder engagement activities.
- Turn ideas into impact: Take LEIA-, E4A-, and partner-generated knowledge products, resources, and tools, and inspire and facilitate impact-oriented follow-on activity and market/program/policy action.
- Execute critical program administrative tasks: Manage day-to-day activities that ensure program impacts (e.g., develop and maintain contact databases, respond to or escalate inquiries from external stakeholders, organize video and teleconferences).
- Liaise with CLASP’s operations team: Ensure timely completion of tasks that require input or approval by the operations team (e.g., contracting, payment of invoices).
- Stay nimble and collaborative, and keep the big picture in mind: Contribute to and conduct programmatic work within the larger context of partner, sectoral, and CLASP efforts.
- Two to five years of professional experience in business development and/or program administration; experience in the off-grid clean energy sector or analogous sectors preferred
- Familiarity with off-grid, rural, or emerging market product distribution and/or supply chains is ideal
- Time management and outstanding organizational skills with ability to manage multiple tasks at once
- A strong work ethic is a must
- Experience working within and collaborating across international, matrixed teams
- Entrepreneurial approach to designing and executing long-term initiatives, and proactive, nimble, and strategic approach to problem-solving
- Experience communicating for a climate, energy, or technology sector audience preferred
- Ability to translate complex technical information to industry, policy, and investor audience required
- Persuasive and effective communication skills, both verbal and written; exceptional written and spoken English a must
- An ability to help CLASP establish, build, and continually reinforce confidence in a variety of internal and external stakeholder groups will be essential to success
- Ability to work from the big picture to the small details
- Experience working with energy-consuming products, test methods, government standards, and procurement programs preferred
- Experience overseeing the work of subcontractors strongly preferred
- Ability to maintain composure, flexibility, and a sense of humor under tight deadlines
- Strong interpersonal, listening, and critical thinking skills
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, especially Word and Excel
- Bachelor's degree required; Graduate degree in a relevant field (e.g., engineering, international relations, development, economics, environmental science) preferred
Compensation and Location
The compensation package at CLASP is highly-competitive with international NGOs based in Kenya. In addition to salary, the package includes health insurance, unlimited leave, holidays, and a retirement plan. Additionally, CLASP is committed to team members having a work-life balance through its flexible work policy. This position is full-time and based in the organization's Nairobi, Kenya office.
CEA Recruiting is assisting CLASP with this search. To be considered for this position, interested candidates must follow the link below to submit a resume, cover letter and salary requirements through CEA’s job portal. Please direct all applications and inquiries to CEA Recruiting. This position will remain open until filled.
CLASP is an equal opportunity employer.
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