Director - Global Energy Transition Initiative - Africa Program

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19 days ago

About the Organization

ClimateWorks is a global platform for philanthropy to innovate, collaborate, and accelerate climate solutions that scale. We partner with leading funders in the climate mitigation space, working with broad networks of international NGOs, in-country civil society organizations, and research institutions to dramatically escalate climate solutions. Through our Global Programs and Services, we have helped grow climate philanthropy to where it stands today, by equipping philanthropists with the knowledge, networks, and strategies to drive climate solutions and by building the infrastructure and networks to execute progress.

Our overall work falls into three core functions:

  • Scaling solutions: Our collaborative Global Programs — focused on sectoral solution areas (e.g. industry, transportation, carbon dioxide removal, shipping, governance, diplomacy, etc.) — produce results that are bending the greenhouse gas emissions curve. From the U.S. to Europe, China, Brazil, Indonesia, and beyond, we collaborate with a diverse community of funders, NGOs, and climate leaders to accelerate climate solutions. Our Global Grantmaking services enable funders to invest in climate solutions around the world.
  • Guiding and supporting funders: Our Global Services provide funders with comprehensive resources to assess, build, execute, and evolve high-impact climate-giving strategies. Our Global Intelligence equips funders and the climate community with mitigation, funding, and progress analysis to identify gaps and pinpoint opportunities for philanthropic investment. Our Global Collaborations bring funders together to learn from each other, collaborate and leverage strategies, and increase collective impact.
  • Fostering collaboration, learning, and exploration: Our collaborative approach and commitment to learning ensure that we continuously explore innovative ideas and emerging opportunities — all with the aim of scaling philanthropy-supported initiatives to help end the climate crisis.

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About Global Energy Transition Initiative

The Global Energy Transition Initiative is a customized partnership between Bloomberg Philanthropies and ClimateWorks Foundation, with a single mission: to deliver high-impact and immediate actions to drive a country-level transition from coal to clean energy that is in line with the global 1.5° C pathway.

Since the inception of this partnership in late 2017, Bloomberg Philanthropies and ClimateWorks Foundation have supported a broad spectrum of global and in-country partners to overcome economic, political, technical, and social challenges to shift away from coal to clean energy. Starting from 2022, the Global Energy Transition Program would cover more emerging and developing countries in Asia, Africa, and South America, including: Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Mozambique, Brazil, and Colombia. The Program would also expand its strategies from increasing climate ambition to implementing the clean energy transition.

With key partners from these countries/regions, the priorities of the Global Energy Transition Initiative would be to:

  • Shape and implement robust country-specific coal phase-out and clean energy transition pathways in line with the global 1.5° C scenario.
  • Leverage international and regional initiatives to scale-up clean energy investments and end new coal pipelines.
  • Support the advancement of open-source data, policy research, and analytics to inform and empower the energy community and strengthen countries’ and non-state actors’ net-zero accountability.

Job Summary

We are looking for an experienced professional to lead the African strategy and implementation under the Global Energy Transition Initiative. The Africa Director will report to the Global Energy Transition Initiative Director at ClimateWorks. The Africa Director will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Africa clean energy transition program, building close working partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, develop and execute Africa workstream strategy, develop grantee pipelines, and collaborate and coordinate with other regional energy transition works under Global Energy Transition Initiative.

Essential Responsibilities

Strategy development and execution

  • She/he will lead the Global Energy Transition Initiative’s three-year Africa energy transition strategy development, covering 15 African countries that are urgently need policy advancement and investments in clean energy, including South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Mozambique, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Madagascar, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda as well as the Africa continent as a whole.
  • Stay adaptive and agile to the strategy implementation, taking into account the dynamic of political, economic and technological opportunities exposed to the priority countries.
  • Foster the strategic synergies and collaboration with other regional/country energy transition under Global Energy Transition Initiative and other ClimateWorks Foundation Initiative.

Funder Collaboration and Coordination

  • Collaborate with Bloomberg Philanthropies International Program Team in the process of Africa energy transitions strategy development.
  • Active engagement with Bloomberg Philanthropies Program Team during the strategy Implementation.
  • Advise funders on political, economic, industrial and technology developments and trends that are pertinent to energy transition in Africa countries.
  • Engage peer philanthropic organizations and other ClimateWorks Programmes and Initiatives to make collective impact in Africa’s clean energy and just transition.

Partnerships and Stakeholders Engagement (for GETI and across ClimateWorks’ programs)

  • Develop and explore new partnerships with global, regional and country-level organizations and regranting organizations.
  • Collaborate with Global Energy Transition Initiative Director and ClimateWorks China office to identify synergies and collaboration opportunities in the clean energy development and investments in Africa countries.
  • Identify strategic programmatic cooperation scope with Chinese and Indian stakeholders (Civil society organizations, businesses, and governments) and partners to leverage Chinese and Indian clean energy investments in Africa that will ultimately benefit African communities and people.
  • Convening, coordination and collaboration with a wider range of stakeholders, including the national governments, Multilateral Development Banks, development partners and embassies of donor countries.
  • Provide strategic advice and thought-leadership to senior-level stakeholders on climate mitigation, energy transitions for African countries’ economic development.

Grant-making, pipeline development and portfolio management

  • Identify new/prospective grantee partners, and develop grantee pipelines.
  • Manage the Africa energy transition grantee partners, developing an end-to-end grant management process, from request for proposal, review and comment, to regular reporting.
  • Provide strategic guidance to African grantees and partners.

Required Qualifications

  • 15+ years of professional experiences in climate policy in the energy sector in the developing economies.
  • Savvy about the dynamics between political, government policymaking, business and financial community, and civil society in energy sector decarbonization.
  • Strong African stakeholder network, with a solid reputation in her/his filed.
  • Demonstrate excellent adaptive leadership the dynamic and changing landscape of energy and climate actions.
  • Strong Stakeholder and partnership development skills.
  • Aspire to drive and contribute to an inclusive and collaborative working culture.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently (both virtually and in-person).
  • Location Flexible, and willingness to work in a hybrid and virtual team
  • Master’s degree in a related field such as public policy, government relations, economics, or business administration, experiences with energy infrastructure investment, private sector and financial industry experience is a plus.


ClimateWorks offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience (geographic differential applied based on location).


ClimateWorks Foundation is based in the San Francisco Financial District. This position will be based in an African country (South Africa or West Africa)

Commitment to Racial and Social Justice

At ClimateWorks Foundation, we are driven by our vision of creating a thriving planet for all living beings for generations to come. We aim to foster an inclusive workplace that values diverse lived experiences and emphasizes the voices of marginalized people — especially Black, Indigenous, and People of Color — who are most vulnerable to climate impacts, and whose voices, ideas, and leadership are crucial to winning the climate fight.

To ensure that we are making meaningful progress, we have made a set of diversity, equity, and inclusion commitments across all dimensions of our work to further our mission and realize our vision. For more information, please visit: Fostering Racial and Social Justice in Pursuit of our Mission

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at ClimateWorks Foundation and as such we are committed to creating a diverse and multi-cultural work environment. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race (including traits historically associated with race), ethnicity, religion, color, sex (including childbirth, breast feeding, and related medical conditions), gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniform service member and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, age, protected medical condition, genetic information, disability, or any other protected status in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws.

This policy extends to all aspects of our employment practices including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, discipline, termination, promotions, transfers, compensation, benefits, training, leaves of absence, and other terms and conditions of employment. ClimateWorks Foundation is committed to complying with all laws protecting qualified individuals with disabilities, as well as employees’ religious beliefs and practices.

If you require an accommodation, please notify Human Resources. Once ClimateWorks Foundation is aware of the need for an accommodation, it will engage in an interactive process to identify possible accommodations.

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 for this position, interested candidates must follow the link below to submit a resume and cover letter. This position will remain open until filled.