Applications are invited from qualified persons for the above vacant position.
CLASP seeks a highly motivated business, engineering, development, and/or energy access professional to support the expansion of two major clean energy access programs.
In partnership with governments, philanthropies, major development institutions, and industry, CLASP supports and accelerates growth in the global markets for high-quality, highly energy-efficient off-grid energy products, which deliver improved, more cost-effective modern energy service to un- and under-electrified households and businesses throughout the developing world.
The Coordinator will work under CLASP’s East Africa Regional Lead, and will work collaboratively with CLASP team members in the United States as well as a wide network of international partners and program stakeholders to create, measure, and report programmatic impacts. The Coordinator will conduct critical administrative tasks and will be responsible for ensuring the broader program team is set up to develop and execute programmatic and organizational objectives successfully.
The Coordinator’s primary responsibilities will be related to the following two innovative clean energy access initiatives:
The Global LEAP 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 is expanding to East Africa this year.
The Lighting Global Quality Assurance Program: This is a third-party certification program for off-grid lighting products, including solar lanterns and solar home system kits, which meet certain minimum standards for quality, durability, and truth in advertising.
The coordinator will also support other CLASP programmatic and policy activities, as they emerge, throughout East Africa and in Sub-Saharan Africa more broadly.
Box checkers need not apply. Creative, open-minded, innovative self-starters welcome.
Primary Position Responsibilities
Ownership of critical program administrative tasks and requirements: Manage day-to-day program activities and administration to ensure program impacts, rooted in an understanding of programmatic goals.
Clear and consistent internal communications: Ensure program teams are aware of updates, challenges, and priorities for work taking place in East Africa.
Build lasting, productive relationships: Engage with program stakeholders to understand their goals, motivations, and constraints. Encourage and facilitate wide program participation.
Deliver impacts and wins: Work with CLASP colleagues around the world to implement the programs and oversee the work of independent contractors.
Stay nimble, 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 three years of professional experience in development, energy access and/or energy efficiency, or equivalent academic experience.
Knowledge of off-grid clean energy market and issues in East Africa strongly preferred; Experience with monitoring and evaluation strongly preferred.
Entrepreneurial approach to execution of long-term initiatives, and proactive, nimble, and strategic approach to problem-solving.
Exceptional written and spoken English required.
Experience communicating for a climate, energy, or technology sector preferred; ability to translate highly technical information for a non-technical audience.
Time management and organizational skills with ability to manage multiple tasks at once.
Ability to work from the big picture to the small details.
Ability to maintain composure, flexibility, and a sense of humor under tight deadlines.
Strong interpersonal and listening 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.
Salary is commensurate with experience. We are an equal opportunity employer.
About the Organization
Our 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.
CLASP serves as the leading international voice and resource for both on and off-grid energy efficiency standards and labeling (S&L) and related market acceleration initiatives. From solar-powered technologies bringing light to energy-impoverished people, to making room air conditioners smarter and less costly to the climate, CLASP’s goal is to increase global uptake of affordable, low-impact, high-quality appliances.
CLASP is an evolving, international, non-profit organization with offices, programs and projects around the world. We’re mission-driven and culturally diverse. See our Team Page to learn more about our organization.
CLASP’s East Africa portfolio is growing quickly, and our work in the region is critical to the successful implementation of several high profile, global climate change, energy efficiency, and energy access initiatives. We seek bright, motivated, entrepreneurial professionals who are passionate about delivering exceptional-quality work that contributes to the ultimate success of these initiatives.