India and Climate Philanthropy

India is an important and critical country for global philanthropic efforts to mitigate the rising risk of climate change. In recent years interest of and investment by the international philanthropy (henceforth referred as ‘funders’) in India have gone up significantly, and several new funders are either entering or seriously considering investment in India. Despite these positive developments, there is a vast gap between the need and what is available in terms of resources. One important barrier is the timely and reliable advice, information, analysis and strategic suggestions to the interested funders to enable them to take informed investment decisions.

ClimateWorks Foundation (CWF), among others, plays this vital role. As a trusted advisor to many of the world’s largest climate funders, CWF has been supporting India’s development goals particularly related to climate change and clean energy for several years including making grants to India based institutions. In its new role, CWF actively support the efforts of philanthropic funders to identify strategic opportunities (themes such as clean transportation, clean energy, air quality and so on) by providing cutting edge analysis, help develop new ideas and timely information and identify partners to implement them. Providing and supporting transfer of international best practices, expertise and tools across several themes to India based institutions is an important part aspect of this role. Another exciting new endeavor that CWF has undertaken is to support the emerging India Climate Collaborative (ICC), which is a new platform for India’s domestic climate philanthropy to promote and coordinate action on climate change.

CWF is also looking into strategic opportunities for promoting collaboration across and within countries and regions as means to accelerated mitigation across sectors. So, while there is a strong focus on India (among other countries), the idea is to look for synergies and partnerships and transferring lessons across countries and regions (for example India-China, India-US, India- Africa and so on)

Job Summary

Seventy-five (75) percent of the Program Associate’s time will be spent on India related issues. The remainder of the Program Associate’s time will be spent in supporting our China Strategist.

The PA will play a support role to the Senior Adviser (for India) in developing strategies, analysis, completion of internal and external deliverables, developing new ideas, processing of grants, managing relationships with grantees and partners, and organization of meetings and events.

The ideal candidate will have strong organizational and project management skills with a focus on the timely delivery of outputs. Being a strategic thinker with strong exposure to India’s climate change and development policies, programs, institutions, experts and networks would be essential.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Includes the following and other duties as assigned:

  • Help developing new and innovative ideas to mobilize philanthropy to invest in and support climate change goals in India and China and raise their ambitions.
  • Support rolling out ‘ready to test’ ideas such as the China-India climate change collaboration, Industrial decarbonization in India, support to International Solar Alliance (ISA).
  • Administer grants (which include processing grant requests using CWF internal grant making tools under tight timelines) under the direction of the Senior Adviser and manage grantee relationships as appropriate.
  • Help developing communication materials aimed at informing the funder network including but not limited to the bi-monthly ‘India Climate Update’, briefs and customized briefing papers/analysis.
  • Support convening/periodic calls of funder network interested in and investing in India (India philanthropy network) and China which include scheduling, follow up and preparation of agenda, taking notes of the proceedings etc.
  • Support design and delivery of sessions and discussion related to India and China during the Funders Table (which is the group of funders CWF convene twice a year around devising common strategies, coordinated action and resource allocation for global climate change mitigation).
  • Assist CWF-wide efforts to support (meeting various needs and requests) the evolving India Climate Collaborative (ICC).
  • Assist with production and quality control of outgoing work products, e.g. briefings, plans, budgets, communications materials, surveys, requests for proposals, and presentations; help draft, edit and format Word, Excel and PowerPoint outputs.
  • Work on short term and ongoing projects with a variety of teams within ClimateWorks and the ClimateWorks Network, including but not limited to the Programs, Communications, External Affairs, Research and Knowledge Management teams.
  • Assist with the scheduling and coordination of conference calls, meetings, workshops, and interviews.

Required Qualifications

  • 5-7 years’ experience in a strategy/program support role
  • Bachelor’s Degree in environmental or political science, public policy, economics or other relevant/related field, Master’s preferred
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of India’s climate change, energy and related policies, programs
  • Thorough understanding of India’s political, economic and social contexts that determine India’s climate action
  • Good grasp of India’s role/position in the global climate change mitigation efforts and key international players/institutions/venues India rely on for support
  • Deep knowledge of key sectors (in India) that are critical to achieve and ramp up India’s climate change goals
  •  Solid project management experience, particularly development projects
  • International experience preferred
  • Experience working in nonprofits or foundations, preferred
  • Superb written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent research and analytical skills
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritize, and multi-task
  • Ability and willingness to travel (both domestically and internationally) as needed
  • Commitment to the mission and values of ClimateWorks

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.

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.

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