Posted: May 06,2018
Closing: May 07,2018
Source: alliance


As the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (Alliance) moves into a phase of driving investments, innovations, and operations to scale, the Alliance will maximize opportunities to demonstrate the environmental (including climate) and health benefits of adopting clean cooking technologies. The Senior Associate, Research and Knowledge Management, will provide programmatic, analytical, and administrative support to the Alliance’s Evidence and Impact team at the intersection of its environment, climate, and health portfolios. S/he will focus on the potential co-benefits of adopting clean cooking, including: linking household air pollution, ambient air pollution, and climate; bridging stove emissions and human exposure data; and supporting the development of investment case scenarios on co-benefits of clean cooking. Research portfolios will include both modeled and measured impacts.


The Senior Associate will directly support the Manager for Technology, Impacts, and Analytics by coordinating research projects and activities, including conducting desk research, assisting with the development of requests for proposals, shepherding contracts, coordinating experts for technical panels, and aiding in the development of resources and tools. S/he would ideally be a credible expert in the field and be able to lead discussions, present research findings, and represent the Alliance on health and climate/environment conferences and events. The role will be in support of the Alliances overall mission to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. 

Working Relationships

The Senior Associate will report to the Manager for Technology, Impacts, and Analytics, and will work closely with other members of the Evidence and Impact team. This role is expected to last 4 months from start date with the possibility for extension.


Research Coordination & Communication (60%)

  • Programmatic and administrative support of the Alliance’s environment, climate, and health research portfolio, including administrative support on grants and contracts, coordinating logistics and developing content for events, research, report writing, and supporting tool development
  • Convening experts to support the research prioritization process and/or development of requests for proposals
  • Support the development of clean cooking investment cases with desk research, preparing reports and research summaries, and meeting coordination
  • Facilitate in-country technical workshops and related follow up activities, with active collaboration from Alliance grantees in country
  • Develop and update communications materials, including newsletter articles, webinars, factsheets etc., based on research findings, studies, and other sector developments
  • Support the Alliance’s annual results reporting process with data analysis and partner outreach

Knowledge Management (15%)

  • Maintain the Clean Cooking Catalog, a database of technologies and fuels, specifications, and performance, including data entry and curation
  • Maintain internal database of research publications and reports, including data entry and curation

Overall Support of the Evidence and Impact Team (25%)

  • Support the Evidence and Impact team to organize conferences, workshops, and events, including planning, logistics, and coordination with external partners and experts
  • Other duties as assigned

Selection Criteria

  • Master’s degree or foreign equivalent in related field required, such as international development, engineering, environmental health, public health, public policy, etc. and at least 3-5 years of work experience in a relevant area;
  • Strong preference will be given for candidates with demonstrated knowledge of or experience in household air pollution, ambient air pollution, environmental health, and/or development economics research or program implementation;
  • Experience in the clean cooking sector is preferred;
  • Ability to critically review research and translate findings for a lay audience;
  • Proven analytical and project management skills, including the ability to move projects forward from inception to implementation to completion with adherence to deadlines;
  • Strong communications skills (speaking, writing, editing, and listening); with attention to detail and broad strategy, as well as experience communicating to different audiences;
  • Ability to follow instructions thoroughly while also providing a strategic and critical eye to identify and address additional gaps;
  • Ability and experience in developing, maintaining, and enjoying effective working relationships with people, internally and externally, from a wide variety of types of organizations, cultural backgrounds, and with a wide variety of functional expertise;
  • Willingness to travel, including internationally
  • Flexibility, openness to new challenges, and the ability to thrive as part of a highly functioning, fast-paced group of professionals and to prioritize competing demands;
  • Self-starter with the desire for continuous learning and the ability to synthesize information and respond positively to constructive feedback;
  • Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy;
  • Ability to represent the organization with professionalism, diplomacy and self-confidence;
  • Personal commitment to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and United Nations Foundation’s missions; demonstrated knowledge of global issues and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and United Nations Foundation’s programs and goals;
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress.

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