Manager, Global Networks & Partnerships – Gender & Youth
The Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA) works with a global network of partners to build an inclusive industry that makes clean cooking accessible to the 2.4 billion people who live each day without it. Established in 2010, 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.
The Global Networks & Partnerships (GN&P) team works to initiate and strengthen cross-cutting and transformative partnerships to accelerate clean cooking impact and scale. The team engages with global multi-lateral agencies on high-level advocacy for clean cooking and pursues strategic partnerships focused on embedding clean cooking into adjacent ecosystems, including gender, youth, humanitarian, climate, nature and food-systems. GN&P works closely and collaboratively across CCA to ensure alignment and successful implementation.
The Manager will lead the Global Networks & Partnerships team in the management of the gender and youth portfolios. The Manager will oversee all gender-focused projects, including technical assistance and advisory support, and advocacy. She will also work closely with the market development, evidence and impact, communication and partnerships, and development teams to ensure that gender initiatives are adequately embedded and appropriately implemented across all of the CCA’s workstreams related to program coordination, market development, market enablement, communications, and partner and donor engagement. The Manager will also oversee gender and youth project budgets, agreements, payments, and compliance.
The Manager, Global Networks & Partnerships, Clean Cooking Alliance will report to the Chief of Staff and External Affairs and work closely across CCA.
Gender and Youth Portfolio Program Management:
- Provide thought leadership and strategic direction for gender and youth activities, while also ensuring the efficient use of resources and alignment with the CCA’s strategic goals
- Lead the execution of CCA’s gender and youth strategies. Provide technical support for all gender and youth activities, including for relevant grants, contracts, events, research, reports, tools, and budgets
- Manage all gender activities under CCA’s Market Strengthening program in sub-Saharan Africa, including but not limited to, implementation of activities, technical assistance, ad-hoc advisory services to grantees, and reporting
- Manage the Women in Clean Cooking (WICC) Mentorship Program, collaboratively managing the 2022 cohort and coordinating with SEforALL and GWNET on the development of the program. In addition, managing the rollout and upkeep of the WICC Mentorjam platform
- Manage CCA’s gender and youth program grants and contracts by supporting and contributing to the design of terms of reference/scopes of work, negotiating milestones, setting reporting requirements and payment terms, and monitoring deliverables and outcomes. Coordinate closely with other teams to ensure timely execution of agreements, track deliverables and payments, and manage modifications to agreement terms
- Prepare grant reports for donors, and support design and development of proposals, in coordination with the Development team
- Identify and collaborate with gender and youth experts to contribute to CCA’s programs as appropriate, particularly through capacity building programmatic activities
- Participate and contribute to UNF’s Girls & Women Interest Group by attending regular meetings and sharing updates on the CCA’s gender work with the broader UNF community
Gender Technical Assistance and Advisory Support:
- Function as the lead gender strategist and point of contact for gender programming at CCA by providing on-demand Gender-Smart Advisory Support (GSAS) to scale gender-informed business approaches, and support women business and policy leaders, employees, and beneficiaries in the clean cooking sector
- Provide direct support to companies in troubleshooting gender-related challenges and barriers and support the development of gender sensitive policies and demand creation initiatives
- Support CCA’s strategy development processes and collaborate cross-functionally on gender sensitive practices by conducting gender analysis and ensuring gender integration across CCA programs
Advocacy and Partner Engagement:
- Lead CCA’s on-going gender advocacy efforts to mainstream gender sensitive approaches within clean cooking and integrate clean cooking within global gender frameworks
- Support the development of partnerships with organizations who are focused on engaging and empowering women and youth.
- Represent CCA during global gender and youth convenings and conferences through attendance and public speaking opportunities
- Contribute to ongoing thought leadership on gender and youth and clean cooking by participating in webinars and/or writing blog posts or articles on key gender and youth developments in the sector
- Support the Chief of Staff and External Affairs in other related partnership engagement areas, including climate, nature, humanitarian and food systems
- Provide both strategic and administrative support to the Chief of Staff and External Affairs. In addition to serving as a strategic thought partner and implementer, the Manager helps managing scheduling, logistics, expenses, and correspondence
- At least 5 years of work experience in relevant area, e.g., energy, gender and women’s empowerment, policy
- Proven analytical and project management skills, including the ability to move projects forward from inception to implementation to completion with adherence to deadlines
- Strong communications skills (speaking, writing, editing, and listening); with attention to detail and broad strategy and experience communicating to different audiences
- Self-starter with the desire for continuous learning and the ability to synthesize information and respond positively to constructive feedback
- Ability to represent the organization with professionalism, diplomacy and self-confidence
- Personal commitment to the Clean Cooking Alliance and United Nations Foundation’s missions; demonstrated knowledge of global issues and the Clean Cooking Alliance and United Nations Foundation’s programs and goals
- Energetic and positive attitude
- Solutions-oriented and able to manage and advance multiple tasks and responsibilities in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
- Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
- Problem-solver with a proactive, no-task-is-too-small nature, takes initiative
- Team-oriented, supportive works style, and able to work independently
- Excellent communicator, able to synthesize and convey complex information clearly
- Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution skills
- Ability to work under pressure and handle stress
- High ethical standards and ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion with sensitive information
- Ability to learn new systems and collaboration platforms efficiently
- Proficiency in Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), with particular emphasis on ability to create compelling and professional PowerPoint materials
- Willingness to travel, including internationally
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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