Posted: Jan 06,2020
Closing: Open until Filled
Location: United States
Source: alliance

Position Overview

The Clean Cooking Alliance (the “Alliance”) works with a global network of partners to build a dynamic and financially sustainable industry that makes clean cooking accessible to families around the world. Established in 2010, the Alliance supports the development, sale, distribution, and consistent use of clean cooking solutions that transform lives by improving health, protecting the climate and environment, and helping families save time and money. In alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals, the Alliance is working to achieve universal access to clean cooking by 2030.

The Manager, Strategy (Manager) is responsible for developing and managing specific strategies, relationships, processes, and projects within the Strategy and Development team portfolio.  S/he supports the Senior Director of Strategy and Development to advise the Alliance team on strategic initiatives that will create stronger market systems, increase transparency within the sector, unlock additional investment, and foster long-term innovation. S/he works across the Alliance teams and external partners to develop, resource, and execute strategies at the sector, Alliance, and program levels.

Strategies at the Alliance provide guidance for a needs-based approach to programs, projects, and engagement opportunities. They support the Alliance to continue to iterate its role in a changing landscape. These strategies are not static or reactive. They serve as guidance reflecting key insights and learning from the Alliance monitoring and evaluation systems and anticipate trends that will influence the evolution of the clean cooking sector.  Together with Alliance senior management, s/he is responsible for identifying risks, opportunities, and solutions relevant to the Alliance’s objectives. As part of the Strategy and Development team, s/he aims to ensure that the Alliance remains relevant to the needs of the sector and continues to contribute value to its growth and development.

Clean Cooking Sector Strategy:

In 2020, the Alliance will begin the development of a ten-year strategy for the clean cooking sector (Sector Strategy). This is a unique and new opportunity for both the Alliance and clean cooking as an important component of the global access to energy challenge.

The Alliance will have dual roles in this initiative: serving as the custodian of the development of the Sector Strategy across multiple stakeholders and contributing inputs to the process as a participating stakeholder. With support from other Alliance colleagues, the Manager will lead this initiative from a project perspective. S/he will manage the transition from development to implementation of the Sector Strategy. The Manager is expected to dedicate a significant percentage of his or her time to this work, including through the management of staff and external partners supporting these efforts. This will include working with an external firm or consortium to develop the Sector Strategy report, specific frameworks, models, and tools that can serve as a roadmap for future action.  The Manager will lead work including research (through desk research and interviews), convenings, and design of components of the strategy related to specific technologies, fuels, countries, or stakeholder groups. The Manager will actively contribute to the design and execution of the project, including working closely with a Design Thinking coach to incorporate human-centered design and agile processes into the project to encourage innovation, contributions from diverse stakeholders across the sector, and transparency between the Alliance and partner organizations. Finally, s/he will be responsible for documenting insights and lessons from the process of developing a sector-wide strategy within the international development context.

The Alliance Strategy:

In 2019 the Alliance conducted several consultation efforts to ensure that the structure of the organization and design of program activities are responding to the needs of an evolving sector. In 2020, the Alliance will continue to use the outputs, findings, and insights of these efforts to update the organization’s overall strategy and specific team and program strategies. The Manager will be one of the primary team members to help develop these strategies, including the Alliance’s organizational strategy which will be situated within the context of the Sector Strategy. This organizational strategy will link closely with the Alliance’s refined Theory of Change and the insights and recommendations of the Sector Strategy initiative. The Manager will be responsible for developing the documentation and necessary materials to effectively communicate the strategy to internal and external audiences, including but not limited to implementing partners, donors, investors, businesses, and governments.

Development and Donor Relations:

As a member of the Strategy and Development team, the Manager will also contribute to fundraising efforts and managing specific donor relationships. This may include securing funding for future work as well as contributing to the design of new programs or initiatives that would fall under the Alliance’s role in implementing the Sector Strategy. S/he identifies and develops partnerships, proposals, concepts, and prototypes to bring funding, marketing, in-kind contributions, talent, and other assets to the Alliance. S/he helps facilitate relationships that bring together partners and donors in support of the Alliance’s strategy and priority issues, in a manner that also contributes to the Alliance’s self-sufficiency and relevance. The Manager will contribute to strategic development, operational management, partnership building, and resource mobilization for key relationships.

As a member of the Alliance Strategy and Development team, the Manager, Strategy, reports to the Senior Director, Strategy and Development. S/he works closely across all Alliance teams, and in collaboration with external strategic partners and stakeholders, including but not limited to donors, the Alliance governance board, other clean cooking sector actors, and representatives from industry and adjacent sectors.

Essential Functions

  • Lead the development of a comprehensive project plan to successfully complete the Sector Strategy project using an agile and highly collaborative approach in collaboration with the Chief Executive Officer, Senior Director of Strategy and Development, Chief of Staff, Design Thinking Coach, and other Alliance staff.
  • Serve as project manager for the Sector Strategy project, including managing external resources (such as one or more consulting firm, a design coach, and monitoring, evaluation, and learning consultants), Alliance team contributions, funder expectations, and budgets.
  • Work with the Alliance Monitoring and Evaluation team to track progress and develop feedback loops for learning and course correction for the project.
  • Evaluate current Alliance strategies and operations to make sure that they align with the Alliance’s objectives and Sector Strategy outcomes.
  • Bring private sector acumen to designing the Alliance’s organizational strategy and various program-level strategy components.
  • Identify and design specific company-wide short- and long-term strategic initiatives with specific program teams and the Alliance team.
  • Support fundraising efforts for strategic initiatives and/or priorities identified as part of the Sector Strategy project.
  • Contribute to effective management of a portfolio and pipeline of specific strategic relationships as needed.
  • Manage a process to keep strategies up to date and relevant and develop and update collateral to share with Alliance teams and partners.
  • Monitor, measure, and evaluate progress toward goals and objectives set by the Alliance’s strategy and work with colleagues to ensure integration, accuracy, and timely progress.
  • Travel as appropriate to manage specific project, partnerships, and/or strategies.
  • Communicate the Alliance’s objectives and strategies to all levels of the company and external partners.
  • Represent the Alliance with external stakeholders.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Selection Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in Business Administration or International Relations preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in strategy design and implementation with strong track record of success required.
  • Proven experience managing projects related to innovation, entrepreneurship, impact investing, energy, or nascent industries required.
  • Experience fundraising for and designing programs, finance mechanisms, or systems, especially in an international context.
  • Experience working in a developing country context and comfort engaging with different cultures.
  • Ability to cultivate strong relationships and anticipate the interests of stakeholders.
  • Proven experience navigating complex dynamics within large organizations, sectors, and landscapes, including a track record of building cross-sectoral partnerships, teams, and/or closing deals.
  • Proven experience managing teams and projects across multiple geographies.
  • Experience in management consulting or in-house corporate strategy development is a plus.
  • Experience working at a start-up, new division of a corporation, or in an entrepreneurial environment is a plus.
  • Ability to work both autonomously and as part of a team in a dynamic work environment.
  • Solid analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to think strategically and develop short- and long-term plans.
  • Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy.
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress, including from tight deadlines and competing priorities.
  • Ability and willingness to apply design thinking to project work.
  • Ability to translate complex concepts into clear presentations, pitch-decks, or visualizations.
  • Comfort with uncertainty and being agile.
  • Enthusiasm for playing a leading role in developing and testing new solutions to dynamic challenges.
  • Enthusiasm for affecting change.
  • Appreciation for diverse perspectives.
  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Willingness to travel internationally (up to 25%).
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

Benefits & Compensation 

  • For full-time, benefit-eligible employees, UNF offers an excellent range of benefits, including:
  • a choice between two health plans through UnitedHealthcare (PPO or HDHP with HSA)
  • dental insurance
  • vision insurance
  • flexible spending accounts
  • 403b retirement savings plan with a generous matching contribution
  • group term and supplemental life insurance
  • short-term disability
  • long-term disability
  • health club discounts
  • commuter subsidy
  • back-up care
  • employee assistance program

Additionally, all benefit-eligible employees have 12 paid holidays, 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 3 personal days, and 8 weeks of family leave care.

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