The Innovative Finance Lead will join the Clean Cooking Alliance's Market Strengthening team to contribute to the identification, design, and implementations of interventions that seek to improve the development of financing options for a strong and sustainable clean cooking market and notably for small and growing clean cooking businesses.
The Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA) works with a global network of partners to build an inclusive industry that makes clean cooking accessible to the three billion people who live each day without it. Established in 2010, the CCA is driving consumer demand, mobilizing investment to build a pipeline of scalable businesses, and fostering an enabling environment that allows the sector to thrive. Clean cooking transforms lives by improving health, protecting the climate and environment, empowering women, and helping consumers save time and money. In alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals, CCA is working to achieve universal access to clean cooking by 2030.
CCA seeks to make high-impact clean cooking solutions desirable, affordable, and accessible for consumers and viable for businesses to provide sustainably at scale. It supports companies that design, manufacture, distribute, and retail biomass, ethanol, biogas, and LPG-based clean cooking solutions in addition to more efficient wood and charcoal cookstoves. It also supports technology innovation with the aim to commercialize new technologies such as highly energy-efficient electric cookers for off-grid/mini-grid communities.
CCA has been leading a system-wide Strategy development process. Launched in mid-2020 and expected to continue throughout 2021, the Clean Cooking Systems Strategy aims to secure commitment and mobilize collective action toward achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7 - access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. The emerging Strategy has been co-created with over one hundred stakeholders from the clean cooking ecosystem and adjacent spaces, including partners from the energy access, electricity, food systems, health, climate, and gender sectors.
The Market Strengthening team’s mission is to foster the development of a pipeline of sustainable, scalable, and investable clean cooking businesses that are able to attract capital to scale and replicate, accelerating the transition to cleaner cooking technologies that meet consumers’ needs. The three areas of interventions of the Market Strengthening team include the Venture Catalyst, the Market Catalyst, and the Demand Catalyst. The Venture Catalyst focuses on improving the pipeline of investment-ready businesses through business-level interventions; the Market Catalyst focuses on improving the enabling environment that helps such businesses succeed through market-level interventions; and the Demand Catalyst focuses on understanding consumers and driving demand through interventions targeted at consumers. Gender is a core and cross-cutting theme of the three Catalysts.
The Innovative Finance Lead will join the Market Strengthening team to contribute to the identification, design, and implementations of interventions that seek to improve the development of financing options for a strong and sustainable clean cooking market. The Innovative Finance Lead will be expected to work heavily through partnerships so as to leverage other institutions and efforts and scale the reach and depth of CCA’s work. The scope of work covered by this position will include equity and debt funds, results-based financing – including carbon credits, climate finance, public subsidies, consumer financing, crowdfunding, guarantees, and other financing vehicles that show potential for supporting the growth of the clean cooking market. The Innovative Finance Lead is expected to interface with a broad range of primary stakeholders through this position, including small and growing business, multinational corporations, angel investors, institutional investors, and family foundations.
The Innovative Finance Lead will also work closely with the Strategy and Development team, the Evidence and Impact team as well as with the Chief of Staff on strategic cross-cutting CCA initiatives relevant to the work of the Market Strengthening team.
This is a global, full-time position with working hours that are aligned with Washington D.C. or Nairobi. Candidates applying for a position in the United States and the United Kingdom, where UNF has offices, will be considered for a staff position. Candidates applying for a position in all other countries will be considered for a contract position. There is a preference for candidates located in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Innovative Finance Lead will join the Clean Cooking Alliance's Market Strengthening team to contribute to the identification, design, and implementations of interventions that seek to improve the development of financing…
English is required. French is preferred but not required.
English is required. French is preferred but not required.
How to apply:
Candidates applying from the United States and the United Kingdom, where UNF has offices, should apply for a staff position here. Candidates in all other countries should email a CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Application for Innovative Finance Lead, Market Strengthening Team.”
At CCA, we commit to cultivating an environment that is diverse, inclusive, and equitable in our work and in the communities we will serve through the Market Strengthening Program. We affirm and reinforce our belief in equality and inclusion at all levels by hiring from diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and voices. And we recognize that by committing to gender diversity, we will be better equipped to build an inclusive industry that makes clean cooking accessible to the three billion people who live each day without it.