Director, Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP), ClimateWorks Foundation – San Francisco

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

About the Organization

ClimateWorks Foundation (CWF) is a global non-governmental organization that partners with leading funders to be more strategic, efficient, and effective in their response to global climate change. The organization offers a suite of services:

  • Provides a Global View: CWF aggregates, synthesizes, and presents emissions data and political, social, technical, and economic analyses in a way that offers insights for climate philanthropy. These insights help funders prioritize opportunities to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, develop strategies that are robust under different future scenarios, adapt strategies to changing conditions, and track progress towards climate goals.
  • Develops Strategies and Makes Grants:CWF collaborates with partners globally to develop portfolios of philanthropic investments designed to achieve large-scale greenhouse gas emissions reductions. With their partners, CWF evaluates insights from a wide range of sources, develops informed strategies, and clusters strategies into diversified, high-impact portfolios for philanthropic investment. CWF makes strategic grants that support transnational initiatives and organizations addressing climate change in critical parts of the world. They then monitor progress and apply candid assessments to drive learning and improvement.
  • Facilitates Funder Collaboration:CWF facilitates collaboration among influential philanthropic funders—creating opportunities for them to interact with their peers, compare strategies, generate ideas, and coordinate investments that target the biggest drivers of global climate change.
  • Grows Climate Philanthropy: CWF helps increase the number of foundations working to address climate change and grow the overall size of philanthropic investment directed towards climate action. Central to this effort is the organization’s work with funders to help them evaluate investment opportunities that are aligned with their interests and priorities, and to connect them to like-minded peers.

As experts in climate science, public policy, economic and social analysis, and strategic philanthropy, CWF’s staff understands the multi-faceted challenges and opportunities of climate change. We are researchers, strategists, collaborators, organizers, and grantmakers who care passionately about the mission. For more information, please visit

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 cooling efficiency. 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. Additional opportunities for financing cooling efficiency and access to cooling for all are being developed, as well as other impactful opportunities. 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.

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 a minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience that combines intellectual 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 Masters 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 in 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 Director of K-CEP will report to the Executive Director. The position requires excellent programmatic, relationship and operational skills. S/he will be responsible for managing a team of strategists and administrative support. Fundamentally, this role will be focused on directing K-CEP’s grant-making, ensuring impactful implementation, developing new opportunities and strengthening relationships with K-CEP partners.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Includes the following and other duties as assigned:

  • Lead the program team; managing the Heads of Windows 1, 2, 3 and 4, as well as an Administrative Assistant (to be recruited by the Director);
  • Provide strategic leadership and day-to-day management of K-CEP including development and implementation of K-CEP grant making strategy, consulting the Executive Director as necessary
  • Provide guidance and oversight for the K-CEP Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), and K-CEP consultants
  • Coordinate work between K-CEP and ClimateWorks, specifically for grant making, reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation, the Advisory and Research Team (ART), External Relations Team, communications and the finance team;
  • Oversee relationships with grantees and other K-CEP experts and leaders in the field, including policy makers and UN officials (Montreal Protocol and UNFCCC);
  • 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
  • Oversee financial expenditure flows and reporting and approve grant proposals and programmatic contracts up to $100,000 in value, in consultation with Heads of Windows;
  • Make presentations on K-CEP to internal and external audiences
  • Monitor the impact of K-CEP Windows, draft the quarterly scorecard and newsletter (for sign off by the Executive Director), and engage on Monitoring and Evaluation with guidance from the ClimateWorks team;
  • Consult as appropriate with Executive Director 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;
  • In coordination with the Executive Director, 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.
  • At least 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 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.
  • 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.

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

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