Associate Director – Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program

We are looking for candidates who possess excellent work experience, particularly in climate mitigation and related economic and social issues in developing countries.

Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP)

Cooling is essential to health, prosperity, and sustainability, underpinning many of the Sustainable Development Goals. Yet most cooling is energy intensive and highly polluting. Demand for cooling is booming, so there is an urgent need to cut cooling related pollution. Without action, cooling could account for almost 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP) envisions a world in which environmentally friendly, energy efficient cooling is accessible to all. K-CEP is a philanthropic program to support the Kigali Amendment of the Montreal Protocol. Under the amendment, 197 countries committed to cut the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) — potent greenhouse gases used in refrigeration and air conditioning — by more than 80 percent over the next 30 years. This effort has the potential to avoid up to 0.5° C of global warming by the end of the century. K-CEP focuses on the energy efficiency of cooling to increase and accelerate the climate and development benefits of the Kigali Amendment to phase down HFCs.

K-CEP is designed to support countries, companies and communities in their efforts to improve efficient, climate-friendly cooling. K-CEP is deploying $60 million of philanthropic funds from 18 foundations and individuals, to strengthen institutions (Window 1), support policy, standards and programs (Window 2), leverage finance (Window 3) and help make cooling accessible for all (Window 4). K-CEP also recently launched the NDC Support Facility for Efficient, Climate-Friendly Cooling which provides support to countries who commit to efficient cooling as part of their enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions.

Since K-CEP’s launch in April 2017, countries, companies and K-CEP partners have identified significant opportunities to progress cooling efficiency across the world. K-CEP is sharing insights and lessons learnt to maximize program benefits as widely as possible.

K-CEP works in partnership with UN agencies (UN Environment, UNDP, UNIDO), the World Bank, the International Energy Agency, SE4All, and a growing coalition of NGOs, businesses, academia and civil society organizations around the world.

K-CEP is a global program but is housed at the ClimateWorks Foundation in San Francisco. K-CEP has a program secretariat, The Efficiency Cooling Office (ECO), which provides day-to-day management of the program, reporting to the ClimateWorks Executive Team and the ClimateWorks Board which have fiduciary responsibility for funds. K-CEP reports on strategy and impact to a Funder Steering Committee (FSC) that is made up of representatives from K-CEP’s funding partners. A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), composed of some of the world’s leasing thinkers on efficient cooling and climate action provides guidance for strategy and investments.

K-CEP is currently in its fourth and final year of the first phase of the program. The program secretariat is currently working on developing the strategy for the second phase of the program, which will run from 2021 to 2024. Fundraising for the second phase of the program has already begun in earnest.

More information about K-CEP can be found at

Job Summary

We are looking for candidates who possess excellent work experience, particularly in climate mitigation and related economic and social issues in developing countries. The successful candidate should have 8 to 10 years of relevant professional experience that combines intellectual, strategic, and managerial leadership in the field of climate change mitigation, preferably combining public, private and/or academic roles in an international context, and with progressively more senior managerial roles. A Master’s Degree in a relevant field such as environmental economics, politics or science, development studies, natural resources management, public policy, or another relevant climate change-related field is strongly preferred; combined with a track record of working on and managing high impact, high budget projects, campaigns and / or programs. S/he has acquired solid experience focused on a number of different continents and exposure to development and climate-related agencies, such as those of the UN, World Bank, and others at the international and national levels.

The Associate Director of K-CEP will report to the Executive Director, K-CEP. The position requires excellent programmatic, relationship and operational skills. S/he will be responsible for supporting the Executive Director in the day-to-day management of the program and will interact closely with the Heads of Windows and the Program Associate.     

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Includes the following and other duties as assigned:

  • Support the Executive Director, K-CEP in day-to-day management of K-CEP including assistance with the development and implementation of K-CEP grant making strategy
  • Provide guidance and support for the K-CEP Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), and oversee some K-CEP consultants
  • Coordinate work between K-CEP and other ClimateWorks teams, specifically for work on grant making, reporting, monitoring and evaluation, global intelligence, development, communications, and finance
  • Manage a portfolio of grants and oversee relationships with grantees and other K-CEP experts and leaders in the field
  • Facilitate sharing of knowledge between organizations on K-CEP strategy and grant-making, and other areas where lessons can be generated and shared, including overseeing the commissioning, development and sharing of K-CEP knowledge products
  • Work with Executive Director, K-CEP and Program Associate, K-CEP to manage programmatic and ECO budgets and financials
  • Review and provide feedback on grant proposals
  • Provide input on the strategic direction of key elements of the program
  • Make presentations on K-CEP to internal and external audiences
  • Monitor the impact of K-CEP Windows, work with the Program Associate, K-CEP to draft the quarterly scorecard and newsletter (for sign off by the
  • Executive Director, K-CEP), and work with the Program Associate, K-CEP on Evaluation and Learning aspects of K-CEP with guidance from the ClimateWorks team and inputs from the Heads of Windows;
  • Consult as appropriate with Executive Director, K-CEP and Heads of Windows on issues as they arise
  • Manage the K-CEP annual report and annual business plan, coordinating consultants, ClimateWorks colleagues and external inputs
  • Manage and lead coordination, logistics, planning, budget, and agenda-setting of the annual strategy meeting
  • In coordination with the Executive Director, K-CEP supervise development of content for funding proposals to support K-CEP’s strategy
  • Deputize for the Executive Director where necessary
  • Attend meetings for and input to the ClimateWorks Program Team’s work in support of ClimateWorks’ overall mission and objectives

Required Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree required; Advanced degree strongly preferred—with background in environmental sciences, economics and/or public policy desired
  • 8 to 10 years of relevant, professional experience including, but not limited to, program management, research, consulting, and relationship management, with a demonstrated track record of achieving results that help solve climate and/or environmental challenges
  • Exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Exceptional writing, editing, and communications skills
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Experience and comfort working in a highly collaborative and deadline-driven professional environment
  • Experience working with a broad range of clients and stakeholders and of building strong relationships with decision-makers in the fields of climate and environment
  • Ability to work efficiently and successfully with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritize, and multi-task
  • Ability to effectively manage time, projects, budgets and teams
  • Excellent personal and interpersonal skills and a great team player
  • Passion for environmental issues
  • Willingness to travel (noting current restrictions due to Covid-19)
  • Ability to occasionally take early or late calls to accommodate different time zones where needed
  • High levels of proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, as well as research and data management systems including Salesforce
  • Commitment to ClimateWorks’ mission and values

Compensation and Location

ClimateWorks offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. This position will be located in San Francisco, CA. Secondments will be considered.

To Apply

ClimateWorks Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse candidate pool. The Foundation recognizes diversity as an asset essential to accomplishing its work and views diversity as encompassing differences in race and gender, as well as age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, job skills, education, and geographic location. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Funding for this position is secured for a one-year term. We anticipate securing the necessary funds to extend the position at least through the second phase of the program (from 2021 to 2024).

To be considered, please submit your resume and cover letter expressing your passion for the mission and fit for the role.