Chief of Party, Clean Air Catalyst
Job TypeFull Time
Experience10 – 12 years
Job FieldProject Management
About the Program:

Through its network of global and local experts, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities supports city- and national-level change for people and the planet, focusing on integrated solutions to new and long-standing urban challenges, primarily in the Global South. The Clean Air Catalyst, a flagship initiative of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID – Cooperative Agreement), is a global partnership led by WRI and the Environmental Defense Fund and supported by seven global atmospheric science, public health, media, and policy partners. By combining scientific analysis, community engagement and strategic coalition building, the Clean Air Catalyst focuses on locally tailored, cost-effective and sustainable air quality interventions that can help reduce air pollution and achieve health, climate and equity goals.

Job Highlight:

Reporting to Director, Urban Efficiency and Climate, you will serve as Chief of Party for the Clean Air Catalyst to help accelerate clean air solutions in Indore (India), Nairobi (Kenya) and Jakarta (Indonesia). In this role, you will work closely with project partners and colleagues across WRI to ensure effective leadership, strategy development, annual work planning and stakeholder and funder management.


What will you do:

Provide strategic direction and management of the Clean Air Catalyst, ensuring
the project is on track to achieve stated goals and objectives, timely delivery of all
outputs, and effective use of funds to deliver impact
Oversee and coordinate activities of global project partners and pilot teams, in collaboration with technical leads and pilot project managers, and maintain project plans and trackers via Asana
Manage consortium of global project partners, and support pilot team leads in maintaining relationships with pilot partners
Line management of the global Clean Air Catalyst team (8 FTE) and ensure close collaboration with other WRI Programs and International Offices
Liaise with USAID to refine and adapt Clean Air Catalyst activities, workplan, monitoring, evaluation, and learning, and other project structures as appropriate to meet project goals
Articulate project successes and lessons learned internally and to global project partners, USAID, USG constituencies and other relevant stakeholders, and lead development of high-quality knowledge products
Develop strategic opportunities to build on the successes and lessons learned from the Clean Air Catalyst to accelerate integrated climate and clean air action in other cities, and engage partners and funders as appropriate
Represent WRI and the Clean Air Catalyst at external meetings and discussions with key regional and international partner organizations
Ensure the project is compliant with USAID Rules and Regulations


What will you need:

Education: Advanced degree in science, engineering, policy, or related fields
Experience: Minimum 12 years of relevant full-time work experience, with 10+ years of experience in project management and project implementation in an international setting
Management experience in a USAID program of comparable size and scope is highly desirable
Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills, with demonstrated ability in managing teams, collaborating with project partners (e.g. city officials and NGOs) and engaging funders
Strong knowledge of technical and policy aspects of climate and clean air
Knowledge of management of key air pollution sources in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (e.g. transportation, waste burning)
Effective project management approach, and experience leading large, complex,
multi-stakeholder programmes, and ability to manage and prioritise multiple
parallel tasks
Fluency in English combined with excellent communication skills, and
demonstrated ability to communicate complex concepts clearly and effectively in
conversation and writing
Experience working across different cultures, languages and time zones
Experience living and/or working in a Global South context
Demonstrated commitment to cultural sensitivity and inclusivity
WRI is unable to sponsor any visa work sponsorship for this position
Please submit a resume with cover letter by the date of 30 May 2023. You must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.


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The World Resources Institute is a global research non-profit organization that was established in 1982 with funding from the MacArthur Foundation under the leadership of James Gustave Speth. WRI is a global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being.WRI's mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.