Associate Director, Global Energy Transition Initiative (Southeast Asia)

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ClimateWorks Foundation

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Singapore, Singapore

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12 days ago

About ClimateWorks Foundation

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 solution areas including carbon dioxide removal, cooling, industry, transportation, and more — produce results that are bending the greenhouse gas emissions curve. From the U.S. to Europe, China, Brazil, and beyond, we collaborate with a diverse community of funders, NGOs, and climate leaders to accelerate just and equitable climate solutions.
  • Guiding and supporting funders: Our Global Services provide funders with comprehensive resources to assess, build, evolve, and execute high-impact climate-giving strategies. Our Global Intelligence service equips funders and the climate community with climate insights to pinpoint opportunities for impact and philanthropic insights to help identify investment priorities. We facilitate Global Collaborations that enable funders to increase individual and collective impact. Our Global Grantmaking services enable funders to invest in climate solutions around the world.
  • Fostering collaboration, exploration, and growth: Our collaborative approach and commitment to learning ensures that we continuously explore innovative ideas and emerging opportunities — all with the aim of scaling philanthropy-supported initiatives to help end the climate crisis.

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

About Global Energy Transition Initiative

The CWF Global Energy Transition Initiative (formerly named: Clean Energy, Clean Air Initiative) is a customized partnership between Bloomberg Philanthropies and ClimateWorks 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. This Initiative collaborates with philanthropies and partners/grantees to advocate for and implement high ambition solutions to accelerate the coal to renewable energy transition in East Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, South Asia, and Eastern Europe. Starting in mid-2022, this initiative is expanding its energy transition partnerships to include grantees in Africa and Latin America.

The Global Energy Transition Initiative is collaborating across a broad spectrum of stakeholders: from civil society, governments, companies, financial institutions, citizens, youth groups and local community. With key partners from these countries/regions, The Global Energy Transition Initiative aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Shape and implement robust country-specific coal phase-out and renewable-based electricity transition pathways in line with the global 1.5° C scenario.
  • Leverage international and regional initiatives to scale-up renewable energy investments and coal early retirement in developing economies in the regions noted above.
  • Advance open-source data, policy research, and analytics to inform and empower the energy and climate community and strengthen countries’ and non-state actors’ net-zero accountability.

To achieve these objectives, The Global Energy Transition Initiative collaborates with Bloomberg Philanthropies, grantees, aligned regional/in-country philanthropic foundations, and other partners to deliver five implementation strategies, including (1) policy advocacy; (2) civil society coalition building; (3) data and analytics; (4) supporting enabling environment for clean energy pilot projects deployment; and (5) identifying finance mechanisms to support a just energy transition for coal early retirement.

Job Summary

We are looking for an Associate Director, based in Southeast Asia to join the Global Energy Transition Initiative. They will lead Global Energy Transition Initiative’s Asia energy transition component, expanding Asian-based partners, and collaborate and coordinate with other regional energy transition works under Global Energy Transition Initiative.

Essential Tasks

Strategy development and execution

  • Will lead the country-specific energy transition strategy development, focusing on the emerging markets and developing countries in Asia.
  • 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 the Global Energy Transition Initiative, and other ClimateWorks Foundation Sectoral Programs.

Funder Engagement

  • Collaborate with Bloomberg Philanthropies’ International Energy Transition Team on strategy development and alignment.
  • Collaborate with regional/country-leads from the Bloomberg Philanthropies on strategy execution.
  • Advise funders on political, economic, industrial and technology developments and trends that are pertinent to energy transition in Southeast Asia countries.

Partnerships and Stakeholders Management

  • Develop and explore new partnerships with global, regional and country-level organizations and regranting organizations.
  • Collaborate with Initiative Director, ClimateWorks China office, and ClimateWorks country-level works to identify synergies and collaboration opportunities in the energy transition / climate mitigation.
  • Engage other philanthropic organizations, whenever strategy is aligned.
  • Convening, coordination and collaboration with a wider range of public and private sector stakeholders, including government officials, development finance institutions, private sectors, regional organizations, and inter-governmental organizations.

Grant-making, pipeline development and grantee portfolio management

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


Required Qualifications

  • 8-10 years of hands-on technical and policy experience in energy sector decarbonization; Experience in working on design, adoption and/or implementation of policies related to power sector decarbonization, in particular in the major economies in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Hands-on experience on the policy design and policy advocacy; corporate sector/or financial sector experience is a plus.
  • Working knowledge/demonstrated ability to learn of how high emitting economies’ power sector decarbonization and transitional finance in power sector, in particular moving away from coal finance towards clean energy investment.
  • Savvy about the dynamics between political, government policy-making, business and financial community, and civil society in power sector decarbonization.
  • Strong stakeholder and partnership development skills.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently (both virtually and in-person) with minimal supervision.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field such as public policy, economics, or business administration, background with electric engineering and/or power system modelling is a plus. Advanced degree in a related field 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 remote, candidate must be based in Southeast Asia with a preference for someone based in Singapore.

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

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.