Senior Director, Strategy and Development, Clean Cooking Alliance

United Nations Foundation
Washington, Dist. of Columbia, US
Closing date
Nov 29, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Climate Change
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
Position Overview

The Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA) works with a global network of partners to build an inclusive industry that makes clean cooking accessible to the 2.4 billion people who live each day without it. Established in 2010, the 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 and Net Zero Agenda, CCA is working to achieve universal access to clean cooking by 2030.

CCA seeks at international development leader to drive delivery of innovative and results-driven strategies and new programs. You enjoy developing creative solutions to complex challenges. You excel in solving problems using clear strategic and creative thinking, and you are motivated by serving as a change agent for transformative impact. You have an entrepreneurial spirit and comfortable to learn by doing. You are driven by a passion for international development and the opportunity to contribute to systems-level change to achieve inclusive and sustained access to opportunities. You would be excited to work at the cross section of clean energy transitions, climate change, women's empowerment, and private sector development.

CCA led an ecosystem-wide Strategy development process. The Clean Cooking Systems Strategy (CCSS) aims to secure commitment and mobilize collective action toward achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7 - access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. The Strategy has been co-created with over 250 stakeholders from across the clean cooking ecosystem and adjacent spaces, including partners from the energy access, food systems, health, climate, conservation and gender empowerment sectors.

CCA Is Leading The Development And Implementation Four Of These Multi-stakeholder Initiatives

Through the Systems Strategy, stakeholders have identified a set of high-impact initiatives that the ecosystem needs to drive meaningful action towards rapid and equitable clean cooking transitions. These initiatives will harness existing efforts as well as create new solutions to drive sustained results over time.

* Delivery Units Network (DUN), a network to establish teams within governments to run local delivery units that are dedicated to developing and/or implementing ambitious and equitable national clean cooking plans;
* Results Based Financing Accelerator (RBFA), a multi-partner platform to unlock larger pools of outcome-based financing for the clean cooking ecosystem through greater innovation, increased transparency and elevated credibility for outcome buyers;
* User Insights Lab (UIL) to apply a customer-centric lens to the clean cooking programs and solutions through a combination of data analytics, behavior science and user-centered design expertise; and
* Evidence to Action Hub (E2AH) to reshape perspectives and narratives among key audiences through actionable, evidence-based messaging and influence campaigns.

The Strategy and Development team is responsible for continued stewardship of the CCSS, including supporting fundraising and implementation of the Strategy Initiatives, developing and integrating CCA's organizational strategy and providing advisory support to CCA leadership, program teams and partners. The Senior Director will join the Strategy and Development team to lead on the development and implementation of the Strategy Initiatives, strategic fundraising, and special projects.

The Senior Director will be expected to work extensively through partnerships to leverage other institutions and efforts and scale the reach and depth of the Strategy Initiatives. They will also work closely with teams across CCA to ensure the cross-cutting Initiatives are integrated, well-resourced and implemented across the CCA portfolio of work.

This role is based in UNF's Washington D.C. office.

Essential Functions

* Lead project teams and relevant external stakeholders in disaggregating problems and providing solutions to address them
* Lead and coordinate large, complex strategy projects, with minimal direction; scope the project, be solution oriented and surface and resolve roadblocks as they arise
* Promote a positive, collaborative and efficient working environment where team members enjoy working with each other and feel inspired to grow and develop in new ways
* Oversee collaboration with external relations team focal points to develop detailed, data-driven strategic and operational outputs with a focus on learning and prioritization
* Lead the development and support of fundraising for innovative strategies and core programs
* Oversee the execution of CCA's organizational strategy, including identifying opportunities to mainstream and expand CCA priority initiatives (DUN, RBFA, UIL, E2AH) in service of the five priority outcomes identified in the CCSS, with a particular focus on working with teams across CCA to ensure cross-cutting coordination across the Initiatives and brokering new partnerships
* Identify opportunities to build on Horizon 1 CCSS priorities and work with CCA's Leadership Team to track progress
* Coach, and support junior team members
* Contribute as strategic thought partner to updating and implementing CCA's theory of change
* Produce and oversee high-quality deliverables across new and existing programs and special projects by incubating new concepts or providing surge support to other CCA teams or partners
* Actively manage and problem solve department challenges and opportunities in service of CCA's leadership's goals and concerns
* Lead design of key functions for Delivery Units Network, including design and preparation for network services, coordination across CCA teams, fundraising and global partner engagement
* Develop a strategy to identify partners and advance the implementation of CCSS Priority Outcomes
* Contribute to fundraising efforts and proposals for CCA priorities
* Contribute to strategic content creation for high-level events, including the Clean Cooking Forum, COP, and other opportunities to advance special projects, Priority Outcomes and CCA's strategy/theory of change
* Other duties as assigned

Selection Criteria

* Graduate degree required
* 10-15 years of professional experience with at least 8 years of managerial experience, directly managing teams for strategy development and implementation and/or complex program implementation preferred
* Experience implementing large scale, global, multi-stakeholder international development projects.
* Exceptionally strong analytical abilities, both quantitative and qualitative
* Strong critical thinking and problem-solving experience
* Experience driving decisions and alignment across diverse partners to pursue opportunity, resolve tensions and promote cohesion
* Experience and interest in working with and leading a team with an entrepreneurial culture
* Experience living and working with a broad range of international stakeholders, including impact investors, governments, funders, and multinational institutions
* Experience supporting organizational change and new strategy implementation
* Experience in low- and middle-income countries, with a particular focus in sub-Saharan Africa.
* Ability to translate complex concept materials into compelling and clear communications materials
* 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
* Experience with the facilitation of multi-stakeholder collaboration and co-creation processes in complex settings involving government, the private sector, and other stakeholders
* Demonstrated interest in international development related issues, with a particular focus on energy access, environment, climate, gender, health, or other topics
* Solutions-oriented and able to manage and advance multiple task and responsibilities in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
* Team-oriented, supportive work style, and able to work independently
* Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills
* Ability to work under pressure and handle stress
* Proficiency in Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), with particular emphasis on ability to create compelling and professional PowerPoint materials
* Willingness to travel internationally (up to 30%)
* Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy

Benefits & Compensation

For full-time, benefit eligible employees, UNF offers an excellent range of benefits, including:

* a choice between two health plans through UnitedHealthcare (PPO or HDHP with HSA)
* dental insurance
* vision insurance
* flexible spending accounts
* 403b retirement savings plan with a generous matching contribution
* group term and supplemental life insurance
* short-term disability
* long-term disability
* health club discounts
* commuter subsidy
* back-up care
* employee assistance program

Additionally, all benefit eligible employees have 12 paid holidays, 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 3 personal days, and 8 weeks of family leave care.

The United Nations Foundation is proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative-action employer. The United Nations Foundation provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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