United Nations Foundation

Senior Manager, Economics and Public Policy, Clean Cooking Alliance

Employment Opportunity - Remote - Temporary

Position Overview

The Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA), a program of the United Nations Foundation. works with a global network of partners to build an inclusive industry that makes clean cooking accessible to the three billion people who live each day without it. Established in 2010, CCA is driving consumer demand, mobilizing investment to build a pipeline of scalable businesses, and fostering an enabling environment that allows the sector to thrive. Clean cooking transforms lives by improving health, protecting the climate and environment, empowering women, and helping consumers save time and money. In alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals, CCA is working to achieve universal access to clean cooking by 2030.

CCA seeks to make high-impact clean cooking solutions desirable, affordable, and accessible for consumers and viable for businesses to provide sustainably at scale. It supports companies that design, manufacture, distribute, and retail biomass, ethanol, biogas, electric, and LPG-based clean cooking solutions in addition to more efficient wood and charcoal cookstoves. It also supports technology innovation with the aim to commercialize new technologies such as highly energy-efficient electric cookers for off-grid/mini-grid communities.

The Market Strengthening team’s mission is to foster the development of a pipeline of sustainable, scalable, and investable clean cooking businesses that can attract capital to scale and replicate, accelerating the transition to cleaner cooking technologies that meet consumers’ needs. The three areas of interventions of the Market Strengthening team include the Venture Catalyst, the Market Catalyst, and the Demand Catalyst. The Venture Catalyst focuses on improving the pipeline of investment-ready businesses through business-level interventions; the Market Catalyst focuses on improving the enabling environment that helps such businesses succeed through market-level interventions; and the Demand Catalyst focuses on understanding consumers and driving demand through interventions targeted at consumers. Gender is a core and cross-cutting theme of the three Catalysts.

The Senior Manager, Economics and Public Policy will join the Market Strengthening team to contribute to the identification, design, and implementations of interventions that seek to improve country-level enabling institutional and policy environments for strong and sustainable clean cooking markets in Sub-Saharan Africa. These include, for example, interventions related to trade, fiscal policies, subsidies, technology infrastructure, enterprise support programs, investment promotion, demand creation, gender, policy coordination and policy delivery.  The Senior Manager, Economics and Public Policy will be expected to work heavily through partnerships so as to leverage other institutions and efforts and scale the reach and depth of CCA’s work. Partners might include country level clean cooking associations, trade, manufacturing and other industry bodies, civil society organizations, enterprises, advocacy organizations, and international organizations. The main tasks of the Senior Manager will be to lead country-level and global-level projects related to evidence-based policy design, reform and implementation.

The Senior Manager, Economics and Public Policy will also work closely with the Strategy and Development team, the Evidence and Impact team as well as with the Chief of Staff and the Global Partnership team on strategic cross-cutting CCA government-related initiatives relevant to the work of the Market Strengthening team, such as the Delivery Units Network and the Evidence to Action Hub.

This is a full-time temporary position with an initial term of 1 year. This position is based in  Washington D.C., London, or remote.

Essential Functions

  • Analytics and thought leadership:
    • Monitoring national clean cooking policy developments, government action and market system initiatives.
    • Contributing to the Market Strengthening team’s analytical work on the economics of subsidies, including of results based finance, carbon finance and consumer behavior change.
    • Translating evidence into policy insights and recommendations through various means.
    • Producing evidence summaries, policy briefs, blog posts, and other communications materials to share findings.
    • Designing and facilitating workshops with key stakeholders for the purpose of multi-stakeholder coordination, multi-stakeholder problem-solving, and co-creation.
    • Helping to shape CCA’s learning agenda around national policies and market system development
    • Supporting the work of the Clean Cooking Evidence to Action Hub, including by providing insights on policymaker needs.
  • Country-level interventions:
    • Assessing gaps and needs for national policy environments that support dynamic clean cooking markets in collaboration with the Evidence and Impact team, in Sub-Saharan Africa.
    • Designing and implementing CCA’s strategies for policy reform agendas, institutional development, governance and programmatic public interventions around clean cooking market development in specific countries, in collaboration with the Evidence and Impact team, in Sub-Saharan Africa.
    • Developing partnerships for engaging with national policymakers around clean cooking.
    • Engaging in partnerships to support the mobilization of civil society and private sector actors and institutions around clean cooking policy issues in collaboration with the Evidence and Impact team, in Sub-Saharan Africa.
    • Supporting the Haiti Country Director and government engagement team of CCA’s Haiti Cookstoves and Clean Energy Markets project.
  • Multi-country Sub-Saharan Africa interventions:
    • Designing and implementing multi-country initiatives to drive policy reforms and market development.
    • Identifying, scoping, and designing opportunities for new national policy initiatives for the Market Strengthening team and for cross-cutting CCA areas.
    • Playing a support role in the development, roll-out and implementation of a Clean Cooking Delivery Units Network. The locally run delivery units will coordinate across relevant ministries, organize, and oversee funding, engage industry and private sector, establish policies and regulations related to clean cooking, and represent national interests in global events and dialogue.
    • Developing public resources for clean cooking market development for policymakers, such as analytical reports, tools, platforms, databases, knowledge briefs and networks as well as contributing to and acting as the main touchpoint and driver of the Evidence to Action Hub for policymakers in close collaboration with the Evidence and Impact team.
    • Other duties as assigned.

Selection Criteria

  • Masters or PhD degree required, in an area related to economics and public policy.
  • At least 8 years of related professional experience required, 5 minimum with a PhD.
  • Significant practical work experience with market development, industrial development or private sector development and trade policies and programs in Sub-Saharan Africa (e.g. taxes, technical and non-technical barriers to trade, subsidies, regulations, standards, R&D, supply chains, industry facilitation, business development, FDI) with a preference for experience promoting green sectors.
  • Analytical work experience on the economics of private sector development policies, instruments and programs with a preference for experience in sectors with strong social and environmental externalities.
  • A track record of delivery of high quality analytical and advisory products for public and non-profit sector clients.
  • Familiarity with quantitative research, impact evaluations and randomized trials.
  • Ability to translate technical reports and academic papers into concise policy implications and guidance.
  • Experience providing quality technical leadership and guidance to program implementation in an international and decentralized organization setting.
  • Experience providing evidence-based and data-driven policy advice to and interfacing with mid- and high-level government officials, particularly in areas of market development.
  • Practical experience navigating complex policymaking and policy implementation environments.
  • Experience with institutional development, public sector governance and public sector management preferred.
  • Experience working on market development, policy development, energy access, clean cooking fuels, and cookstoves in low- and middle-income countries preferred.
  • Experience working on public and private instruments to promote sectors related to climate change mitigation preferred (e.g. carbon finance).
  • Experience with the facilitation of multi-stakeholder collaboration and co-creation processes involving government, the private sector and civil society.
  • Ability to cultivate effective working relationships with people, internally and externally, from a wide variety of types of organizations, cultural backgrounds, and areas of expertise.
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including managing teams and budgets on a tight timeline.
  • Solutions-oriented and able to manage and advance multiple task and responsibilities in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • Problem-solver with a proactive, no-task-is-too-small nature you takes initiative.
  • Team-oriented, supportive work style, and able to work independently.
  • Excellent communicator, able to synthesize and convey complex information clearly in written an oral form, in particular development of visual assets to present design findings.
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress.
  • International travel up to 25%.
  • The completion of a case study assessment is part of the interview process.

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