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The Energy Manager, Caribbean Resiliency works across both the Clinton Global Initiative (70%) and the Clinton Climate Initiative (30%) programs. The incumbent will play an essential role with the Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery to address the immediate response needs, as well as the medium- and long-term recovery in the Carribean region in response to the 2017 hurricanes. The Action Network convenes stakeholders from across sectors and industries to drive action in key focus areas including energy, infrastructure, health, education, and economic development. Members of the Action Network will develop new, specific, and measureable projects – known as Commitments to Action – to improve disaster response and support the sustainable, inclusive, and resilient rebuilding of the region.
In close coordination with the CCI Islands Energy Program that aims to accelerate energy transition in small island nations from fossil fuels to clean energy, the Energy Manager will grow the Action Network membership from the private, nonprofit, and government sectors working on energy in the Caribbean. S/He will lead Action Network members in the development of Commitments to Action to address energy sector response and recovery needs.
The incumbent will work with the Clinton Foundation senior leadership and with managers from the Clinton Climate Initiative to execute priority renewable energy projects, including projects under “Solar Saves Lives,” a cross-sector initiative to solarize key infrastructure in Puerto Rico.
Work across the Clinton Foundation to grow the CGI Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery, serving as the primary point of contact (POC) for Action Network members working on energy.
• Serve as the primary energy POC for members of the Action Network working on all matters related to their engagement and participation.
• Serve as the primary POC internally at the Clinton Foundation on all Action Network recruitment, programming, and commitments related to the energy sector.
• Design and execute Action Network programming opportunities on energy (teleconferences, webinars, or in-person meetings) that are complementary to ongoing CCI efforts.
Manage and execute recruitment of new members for the Action Network, securing the engagement of organizations from the nonprofit, private, and government sectors, including significant representation from the affected islands:
• Identify, in coordination with other departments across the Foundation, key organizations from the nonprofit, private, and government sectors working in energy to engage in the Action Network.
• Build, develop and nurture relationships with key partners in the region to secure the participation of Action Network members from the affected islands.
Lead Action Network members in the development of Commitments to Action to address energy response and recovery needs:
• Identify, with support of the CGI team and the CCI Director, the most important topics for the Action Network to address within the energy sector in the Caribbean.
• Identify and develop, with each member, opportunities to create or partner on Commitments to Action.
• Create, with Action Network members, programming opportunities to workshop commitments, raise priority issues, and identify new partners.
• Identify ongoing opportunities for Action Network members to network, learn from each other, and share best practices.
• Track and report the Key Performance Indicators for the Action Network.
Support the execution of at least four in-person Action Network meetings every year (quarterly basis) and lead specific energy focused meetings through the year:
• Recommend, draft and develop the program and agenda design for quarterly Action Network meetings, in collaboration with other departments and leaders across the Foundation.
• In coordination with other teams of the Clinton Foundation, support all aspects of event logistics.
• Lead the design, strategy, and execution of focused energy meetings (virtual or in-person) throughout the year on different energy topics relevant to members of the Action Network.
• Follow up and report on each event, including but not limited to identifying new members to recruit to the network, advancing specific programming ideas, and finalizing Commitments to Action.
Partner with Managers from the Clinton Climate Initiative to develop and implement priority renewable energy projects, including projects under the Solar Saves Lives initiative:
• Support lead Project Manager with project development and implementation through pre-feasibility and action plans, procurement processes and documentation, scheduling, task management and cross organization coordination. and contracts review.
• In coordination with CCI Project Manager, manage partnerships under the Solar Saves Lives initiative to secure donations of solar equipment and other in-kind support.
• Provide technical support for the implementation of priority solar and battery storage projects, with a focus in Puerto Rico.
• Investigate and research funding sources and opportunities to provide financial and technical support for renewable energy projects.
• Occasional travel to hurricane impacted islands in the Carribean and other locations for the CGI Action Network meetings.
• This job description is intended to convey information essential to understand the scope of the position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, or responsibilities associated with the positions.
1. Education (Minimum Needed and Type of Degree Needed):
• Minimum Required: Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Engineering, International Development, Policy, Environment, Sustainability, or other related fields;
• Preferred: Advanced degree in related fields.
2. Work Experience (Minimum Needed):
• Minimum Required: 2-3 years of experience, including at least 2 years with energy sector issues, general project/program management and/or energy policy.
• Preferred: 1-2 years working in clean energy and/or research area that helped develop relevant skills.
3. Specialized Knowledge Needed for Performance of Job:
• Must be familiar with key players and constituencies in the energy sector, as well as current trends and future opportunities
• Is familiar with current issues and historical context of the Caribbean region and/or energy projects in a disaster recovery situation
• Has knowledge of energy issues from across nonprofit, for profit, and public-sector perspectives.
• Must have experience in developing and managing relationships with diverse groups and individuals, with a preference for private sector and/or government officials.
• Has experience with business plan development, grant-writing, project design, or other processes resembling Commitment to Action development
• Has experience in meeting and event design and facilitation
4. Skills (e.g. Level of Judgment Required, Ability to Direct, Work Independently, Multi-Task, etc.):
• Very strong relationship management skills, and ability to build and maintain relationships with diverse sets of individuals in public, private, and non-profit sectors
• Very strong project management skills, sound judgment, and ability to prioritize
• Entrepreneurial spirit, with a flexibility to work with individuals with varying work styles
• Demonstrated ability to acquire understanding and absorb new information rapidly
• Self-driven and results-oriented, with a positive outlook
• Ability to adapt and work in a very flexible, fluid, and evolving environment
• Able to troubleshoot problems, come up with creative solutions, while also identifying issues which need to be escalated and critically assesses own performance
5. Special Skills (Technical or Advanced)
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office tools required; knowledge of relational databases (CRMs) preferred.
6. Other (Communication Skills, Mechanical Aptitude, Math Skills, Learning Skills, or Other Specific Skills Required):
• Strong written and verbal communication skills, ability to present complex program and technical information concisely and to a wide variety of stakeholders
• Ability to lead and facilitate meetings
• Demonstrated passion and dedication for clean energy, sustainability, disaster recovery, international development or social impact.
• Fluency in Spanish preferred
7. Additional Comments
• Ability to work in a varying schedule including nights, early mornings, weekends and holidays.
• Ability to travel domestically and internationally, and work on multiple time zones, as necessary.
• Ability to work remotely, given projects will be based in a number of different countries.
• Office Environment: Constant computer work requiring repetitive motion, prolonged sitting and sustained visual/mental demands. Occasional lifting, bending, pulling, collating, and filing, some of which may be heavy (>15 lbs.) and require use of carts.
• Travel Environment: Occasional long-distance travel (sometimes to developing countries) which may require walking distances, lifting and carrying luggage and boxes (>25 lbs.) or prolonged periods of sitting in tight quarters.
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