This is a Senior Associate level position.

About the 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 the energy efficiency of cooling. K-CEP is deploying $51 million of philanthropic funds from 17 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). 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 aims to be a fast start program while also delivering value for money to achieve impactful results, and is sharing insights and lessons learnt to maximize program benefits as widely as possible. K-CEP was featured in the UNFCCC’s Yearbook of Global Climate Action 2018. Read more about K-CEP’s work in its first annual report.

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 ClimateWorks Foundation (CWF), a global non-governmental organization that partners with leading funders to be more strategic, efficient, and effective in their response to global climate change. CWF is located in downtown San Francisco. For more information, please visit

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 leading thinkers on efficient cooling and climate action provides guidance for strategy and investments.

More information about K-CEP can be found at

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Includes the following and other duties as assigned:

  • Manage Window 2 grantees, working closely with grantees as required and ensuring approach stays aligned with the K-CEP results framework.
  • Work with Window 2 grantees in completing quarterly and annual reports and ensuring reports are delivered on time.
  • Work with Window 2 grantees in timely and adequate completion of milestones, keeping grantees on track and accountable.
  • Conduct quarterly check-in calls with Window 2 grantees.
  • Support K-CEP Scientific Advisor in finalizing remaining Window 2 grants and work closely with K-CEP Scientific Advisor to assess grantee progress and level of ambition of proposed policies.
  • Re-scoping of work as needed
  • Actively promoting/ facilitating collaboration across K-CEP workstreams
  • Ensure the right information is on the K-CEP knowledge management system
  • Oversee implementation by providing strategic guidance to grantees, making connections with other parts of the program, advising on communications, engaging with stakeholders and other work pertinent to the grant
  • Provide any necessary briefing notes and reports for the K-CEP Director, Executive Director, TAC and FSC including quarterly score cards and newsletter (ongoing)
  • Represent the window externally, for example at meetings of the Montreal Protocol, industry meetings, and meeting with key country government and other stakeholders. This may include presenting the work of the fund at conferences, workshops and other events.
  • Events/Travel: periodic field visits, meetings with grantees, quarterly meetings with ECO, attendance at critical events such as the mid-year grantee meeting, the Meeting of the Parties of the Montreal Protocol, and other events to be identified.

Required Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree required; Advanced degree strongly preferred—with background in environmental sciences, economics and/or public policy desired
  • At least 7 years of relevant, professional experience including, but not limited to, program management, research, consulting, policymaking, etc.
  • 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
  • Ability to work efficiently and successfully with minimal supervision
  • Ability to effectively manage time, projects, budgets and teams
  • Passion for environmental issues and willingness to travel
  • High levels of proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, as well as research and data management systems including Salesforce
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with demonstrated ability to work individually, as part of a team, and with diverse communities

Compensation and Location

ClimateWorks offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. San Francisco, CA is the preferred location for this position, though alternative locations may be possible.

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/gender identity, 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.

This position is funded for a two-year duration with the possibility of extension. The position can be full time or 80%. As K-CEP is housed at ClimateWorks, the selected candidate will be a ClimateWorks employee. This role can be undertaken as a secondment from a credible organization.

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